Election 2020 – Biden’s Dark Winter or Trump’s Shining Spring?

November 1, 2020
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I don’t think it is hyperbole to state that never in the history of this nation has there been a Presidential election quite like this one.

On one side an incumbent who half the country and a vast majority of the national press and media complex hold a hatred for so visceral that no amount of truth or fact can wrench them away from their Never Trump blankies.

On the other a professional politician that’s been feeding at the public trough for nearly half a century.  A man, who only now, in this third attempt at the Presidency, suddenly has the solutions to America’s problems that for some reason escaped him these past five decades.

In October 2017 I closed a column with:

“America today, for all practical purposes, is two countries under one flag.

On one side, the Founding Fathers, limited government and maximum liberty; on the other a “living” Constitution, a “caring” government, and rights allotted on an “as needed” basis by that same government.

The next generation of Americans will either be governed by facts and the rule of law, or feelings and the emotion of the day; one will win, one will lose.  The only thing we don’t know is how long the battle and which side the victor.”

Forty-eight hours from the publishing of this column, polling locations across the nation will be receiving the last votes of the first major battle of this political conflict.

And the stakes could not be higher.

A Trump win keeps America on a path as close to the Founding Fathers’ intentions since Ronald Reagan last attempted such forty years past.

As we emerge from COVID-19 the Chinese Communist Party that unleashed it into the world will find a President even more resolved to hold them to account for intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, and their increasing aggression against long standing American allies in the region.

Iran will be forced back to the negotiating table regarding its nuclear weapons program or stand by and watch as their economy collapses and brings them down once and for all.  And the Palestinian terrorists that have kept the region a powder keg for decades will see themselves isolated into insignificance as one by one, Arab nations join a re-alignment focused on Israel not as the enemy but as a partner in peace and prosperity for all.

And here at home, Americans will once again see their wages increasing, plants re-opening, and levels of employment back to the pre-pandemic times.  Times when John F Kennedy’s principle of “a rising tide lifts all boats” were more than just words, but policies in action making real and lasting differences in people’s lives.

A Biden win however will not only wipe it all away, but risks severing all ties back to the Founders and our founding principles for at best a generation, at worst forever.

And God forbid, the House holds, the Senate falls and single Democrat party rule returns to Washington.

While it’s true that only twelve calendar years has passed since that last mistake.  In terms of the party then versus the party now it might as well be an eternity. The Democrat party of today isn’t even a fifth cousin twice removed to the party of 2009/2010.

Yes, the Affordable Care Act was rammed through and yes, a wasteful and mis-managed stimulus plan was passed (I’m looking at you Joe Biden) but overall, the damage of one-party rule was contained.  The damage that came from Obama executive orders and failed foreign policy has in most part been negated thanks to President Trump using his own “pen and a phone” to undo the Obama/Biden follies.

The far left that has taken over today’s Democrat party has made it very clear what they will demand from a President Joe Biden.

From cabinet posts for the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, destroying Medicare with their Medicare for All scheme, turning the judicial branch into the political enforcer of the party’s platform, to following through on Joe’s flip flopped fracking ban and the rest of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, the list of demands from the left wing will grow longer with each passing day of a Biden administration.

And while the above alone if enacted is enough to undermine what’s left of this nation’s foundation, the expansion of the administrative regulatory complex under a Biden Presidency would make even FDR blush.

If you think the federal government intrudes on your life and liberty now, just wait till Uncle Joe and his merry band of progressives gets done with you.

And that’s not just a feeling, that’s cold, hard, fact.

PUBLISHER NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the November 1, 2020 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

 

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