Joe Biden’s election to the presidency and how people voted is telling. More than 72 million people voted for Trump despite 4 years of watching his corruption, incompetence, racism, and lying. People of color claim they want systemic inequality removed and a chance to develop wealth. I define equality as an equal chance to be successful with dignity and respect for everyone. No one discusses the other side’s view of our society; Republicans say they do not want universal healthcare or other equalizing policies, and do not recognize unequal treatment based on race or ethnicity. The question for America is; are we committed to liberty and justice for all, or will enough Americans buy into an authoritarian style government as long as it preserves white supremacy? 77 million plus citizens voted to continue the American experiment and strive toward a more perfect union. We have not resolved the question of our future course as a nation yet, but the Biden administration will be significant in predicting our future.
There has been a lot of information shared about the election of 2020. Many people feel that politics does not change anything, but I feel their numbers are falling. Trump and the COVID pandemic have shown rational people that leadership matters, but a large number of people seem to base their choice on a few specifics like abortion, judges, and immigration. It is interesting that these specifics involve controlling other people. I think that Trump voters want a world where they feel entitled and advantaged over other people. Trump provides these people with constant attacks and others to hate; he even encourages mistreatment of certain groups while maintaining deniability with claims he is not serious. The issue that lies below all the talk from Trump is the corrosion of the rule of law, science, and decency. Trump pushes the idea of the law as a tool for some against others who are not part of the group. Trump’s practices represent an end to the ideas that are central to the ideals United States Constitution. The election of 2020 is pivotal to not just the United States but the future of mankind as dictators and authoritarian regimes appear to be on the rise. Democracy and human rights used to be supported by the United States but this is in decline under Trump. The American citizen is the last bulwark against a wave of selfishness, corruption, and degeneration. Research and vote because as the saying goes “Eternal Vigilance is the price of liberty”.
Americans are facing multiple crises due to COVID19 and the cascade of issues that stems from a failure of leadership. We have been asked in the past ‘Who do you want to have a beer with?” to choose a leader. The question was always disingenuous because it asked people to feel comfortable at a level that disregarded the capacity to manage something as complex as the executive branch of the US government. It used to be said by politicians such as John F. Kennedy that you could not trust someone who did not drink. Donald Trump doesn’t drink, but too many Americans chose him because they felt he was a change. Now we exist in an absurd time where people at home and abroad are shocked at the incompetence of an America that has no rational answers for anything. We have a president that adversaries want to see victorious because he strengthens their goal of being dominant in the world as American influence collapses. We do not lead or trend in the right direction on climate change, response to COVID, race relations, or anything important. America faces a defining choice in the election of 2020. Make sure you research and vote your values in this and every election!
Notice that the title is the most important elections of our lives; plural and not singular. Every voter needs to realize that it is not just about Trump, but the Republican Party that has enabled our current reality to exist. Trump and his administration have been on a four year spree with no accountability while Republicans are still after Hillary Clinton’s emails. Four years ago Republicans said a new Supreme Court justice should not even be considered while primary elections took place, and now they are pushing a selection after general elections have started. Americans are seeing politicians and leaders lie, cheat, and steal on a massive scale; America is at an inflection election and will normalize kleptocracy or re-animate our republic. If Joe Biden wins he will need a Senate and House of Representatives to do anything substantial like healthcare. Gerrymandering and police abuse will continue if state representatives, mayors, city councils, district attorneys, and other local politicians are not focused on respect and justice for all citizens. Learn about the candidates and issues then vote up and down the ballot in 2020, and every election!
The news that the governor of Michigan was the target of a plot to kidnap and murder her is appalling. I wrote a thriller (Centurion Crew available at Amazon) based on a fictional president using racists militias to overthrow the republic. When I wrote the book I was thinking of worst case scenarios, but the headlines keep walking closer to my plot. It is uncomfortable to live in times when unstable people actively seek power while spouting evil thoughts and ideas. So far we have had elements of the government uphold their allegiance to the Constitution. I pray that reality does not mirror fiction. Tom Clancy said “The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.”. Let’s vote and work to make sure the good guys win, and America helps to save the world from Climate Change and evil.
Trump showed himself to be a true threat to America at Tuesday nights debate. He lies, creates threats to minority citizens and every decent person, blocks the truth, and generally attacks our republic. It seems like desperation from Trump, but he has always been high energy as he sold his lies and created an alternate reality. My question remains the same; “Who supports this guy and what do you think you will get?”. Every major figure who is respectable has announced warnings that our future as a republic is at stake in the coming election. Racists and fascists rally to Trump because they recognize he is one of them. Trump continues to attack our process of selecting leaders. He is trying to block what he believes is the will of the people; a Biden presidency. Trump’s behavior lines up with an evil fictional president in my book Centurion Crew (available at Amazon). Tell everyone you know to vote for Joe Biden to save our republic!
The term Trump tax cut has taken on new meaning after the New York Times report on his tax records. Trump has not changed in the time he has been president and you have to wonder what is going on in the minds of his supporters. It has to be hard to support an amoral man who thinks you are stupid for believing in him. Trump’s records reveal the extreme nature of his white privilege and complete lack of character. He gave himself a tax cut every year and let the country increase its debt burden and pull the money from hardworking honest citizens. Every voter has to ask themselves is this who you want as your president at a time of heightening crisis? Research and vote in 2020!
“Begin Again” by Eddie Glaude Jr. is an excellent reflection of today’s issues surrounding race and equity, with a review of the life and times of James Baldwin. I found this book provocative because it revealed clearly that confronting white supremacy and systemic racism are not new. Black Americans have been challenging the evil known as racism on multiple levels for many years. The book examines not only the damage to Black people perpetrated by racism, but the debasement of Whites as well. Even the establishment of the White identity in the Americas is discussed as a pillar of racism. I would advise anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the modern world to read this book. For lighter but still informative and entertaining reading; check out my book “Centurion Crew” on sale at Amazon now!
There is a lot of reporting that millennial voters are not motivated about the upcoming elections. I hope the reporting is incorrect because no group will be impacted more than younger citizens. The continuation of our republic, civil rights, economic growth, climate policy, healthcare policy, and infrastructure development are all on the ballot. If America makes the wrong choice in 2020 there will be a series of unfortunate events accelerating the demise of decent culture and civilization. If you know a millennial or are one; make sure you share the importance of voting with someone who is struggling with priorities and choices. The choice this year is clear and stark. Vote in 2020 like your life depended on it; it does!
If you can’t decide on who to vote for in this election try thinking about your priorities and hopes for the future. Do you want young people and future generations to know that lying is a path to success? If you are fine with lying your way to victory then vote for Trump. Do you care if clear crimes and corruption go without accountability; then vote for Trump. If you do not care whether current and future issues are adequately addressed; then vote for Trump. If you are fine with bullying, xenophobia, ignorance, racism, sexism, and fear-mongering; then vote for Trump. If you believe that the climate crisis is a hoax and unworthy of serious attention; vote for Trump. If you believe the United States Constitution matters and that we need a president who has a clue about the importance of the office; then vote for Biden. We will get the government and the reality that we deserve. Please research, register, and vote as soon as you can in 2020.