It is Election Eve 2020, and while politicians and pundits have always spoken in hyperbole and warned about the doom and gloom that will befall us all if you vote for the “wrong” candidate, this time, they may be right.
Right now, the United States is at a crossroads that goes far beyond these two candidates and even beyond the “politics as usual” differences between the two main Parties. Long-time Senator and former Vice-President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump are more than just rivals for the nation’s highest office -- they are the representatives of completely diametrical and, frankly, incompatible visions of what America is, and more importantly, what America can be.
After nearly a half-century in “public service”, Joe Biden is perhaps the last, best hope for the Old Guard of the Democratic Party. He represents an entrenched power structure that equates so-called “progress” with the rejection and dismantling of the history, traditions and ideals that made America the greatest country on Earth.
Biden at times seems to be almost ashamed of our country, despite the many contributions he has made as a career politician to some of the problems with which he takes issue. Less than two weeks ago, he basically called America a failure when he said, “America was an idea. We’ve never lived up to it…”
The man who would be President of the United States speaks of America in the past tense. Is that who we want leading us?
Contrast those words with what President Trump said just yesterday in Michigan;
“We stand on the shoulders of American heroes who crossed the oceans, settled a continent, tamed the wilderness, laid down the railroads, raised up the great skyscrapers, won two World Wars, defeated Fascism and Communism and made America into the single greatest nation in the history of the world. And the best is yet to come.”
It doesn’t sound like they are even talking about the same country, does it?
As Shakespeare would say, therein lies the rub.
On the one hand, we have a lifelong politician who evidently never believed in America. His policies, remarks, and behaviors have hurt Blacks, Latinos, women, the LGBTQ community, and the economy, yet he wants US to be so ashamed of HIS mistakes that we vote for him.
This time, it will all be different. He promises.
On the other hand, we have a lifelong businessman who believed in America so much that he gave up his lavish lifestyle to try to fix the mistakes of previous administrations. At the final debate, the President pointedly told the former Vice-President, ‘Y’know Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would’ve never run.”
President Trump rejects identity politics, so his policies are aimed at helping ALL Americans. Blacks, Latinos, women, the LGBTQ community, and the economy are all better off than ever before, and that progress can be measured by tangible success, not by the empty promises that are made every four years.
In the end, the decision comes down to this: Before anything can ever be ACHIEVED, it must first be BELIEVED.
Joe Biden has never truly achieved anything positive for the American people -- go ahead, name ONE thing he has done -- because he has never truly believed in America.
Donald Trump has achieved so many great things for the American people -- the economy, unemployment, prison reform, peace agreements, and on and on -- because he truly believes that together, we can continue Making America Great Again.
If YOU believe in America, vote for four more years of President Donald Trump.