If we were to treat this like a “regular” election between “regular” candidates, it would be sensible to compare the candidates’ core beliefs and positions on important issues. The problem with that, in this case, is not only that Donald Trump is not a regular candidate, he has no core beliefs or strong positions on any issues.
Very important to remember (and I’ve been harping on this, I know): Trump lies. About everything. Virtually every word out of his mouth. There is no good reason to believe anything he says. The Washington Post Fact Checker documented 20,000 lies by Trump as president, and that was back in July. (As they say, the hits just keep on coming.) If in any moment Trump needs his audience to think that he believes A, because he thinks the audience members believe A, he will say he believes A. If in another moment he needs another audience to think he believes not-A, he will say he believes not-A. It doesn’t matter to him whether he really does like A or actually prefers not-A, or if he’s even given the whole A/not-A dichotomy any real consideration: he will say anything if he wants it to be true in that moment. What’s more, he thinks we are too stupid to realize that he has taken both the position of A and not-A at one time or another.
Also important to remember is that Trump has demonstrated he is not good at presidenting. I mean being president of the USA—don’t even talk about his record of business bankruptcies. He touts his handling of the economy, but he denies that he took office with an economy that was in pretty good shape and managed not to screw it up. (By the way, the stock market is not “the economy.”) He quickly reminds you about passing a tax cut bill…one that primarily benefitted the already-wealthy, AND which he doesn’t want you to remember is only temporary, AND WHICH was contributing to a big increase in government debt even before pandemic relief.
Oh yeah, the pandemic. Any government effort to protect Americans from an insidious virus that was spreading across the country and killing thousands of people a week would have started by asking people to isolate themselves, and that was what forced so many businesses to temporarily close and shocked the U.S. economy back in the spring. Once medical researchers identified the transmission path AND a simple and efficient way to block it—yes, the mask—a good president (and governors and mayors) would have been working like hell to get people to voluntarily help themselves and their neighbors by wearing the damn mask. Other countries did, and they did not suffer the rates of infection and death that America has; they have not suffered the economic hardships that we have. Trump’s willful mismanagement of the government’s response to COVID-19 is likely to be his legacy: his public denial of the problem, which contributed to the expansion of the problem, which led to more than 9 million infections and the deaths of more than 213,000 Americans (so far) along with the prolonged weakening of the economy. You’ve probably heard: a third wave is already underway.
(Recently I read a woman’s complaint about wearing the mask; she feels she should not have to do that because “they have already taken so much away from us.” Honest to god, lady: no one set out to take anything away from you. There is an attack against our country underway right now, and our best response to the threat—which will help protect you, your children, your neighbors—calls for you to make a tiny sacrifice. Why is this a problem? It almost couldn’t be any easier. Also: who is “they?”)
Very important to keep in mind—maybe most important—is that Trump does not believe in America, or its Constitution, or the rule of law, or our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or in racial or gender equality, or supporting the sacrifices of our fellow citizens in the armed forces, or in any type of service to country. He doesn’t believe in Truth, or Justice, or the American Way. He says he does, but he doesn’t. (Remember, Trump lies.)
He ran for president as a publicity stunt, and was as surprised as anyone when he (barely) won. He has used the office to enrich himself and his businesses, he’s alienated our allies, and he’s used the government itself to attack protesters and political enemies—he was impeached for doing that! He wasn’t removed from office for it because he has also, somehow, managed to drag the Republican Party and a lot/many/most (?) of its leaders down to his level. They talked themselves into believing that protecting Trump is what “real Americans” want them to do, because…why again? Because with Trump as president they will get judges who will incorporate their political and religious beliefs into American law?
There was an ad on television the other day (please, Jesus, end the TV ads!) in which the candidate looked sincerely into the camera and told me “this election is about getting our economy moving again.” No; no, it’s not. I understand why you say that, and that would be a very good thing to get the economy back up to speed…also, to be able to go to a restaurant or a ballgame again, or even back to the office. But no, that’s not what this election is about.
This election is about saving the United States of America from the chaos and fascism and authoritarianism that is undoubtedly right around the corner if Donald Trump wins re-election. Even if Joe Biden is not everything you want in a president, he is one thing you need in a president: he is not Donald Trump. He is a patriot, and he will govern with the best interests of this country at heart. Just ask these Republicans:
You could also ask yourself, when was the last time I remember a president promising me that the next election was going to be rigged…unless he wins? The last time a president running for re-election, and his political party, spent so much time making it harder for people to vote, and laying the groundwork to overturn the results?
He’s a clown…a cartoon.
Vote him out of office next week. Do it for America. A landslide may not be enough—let’s make it an avalanche that will also defeat whatever nonsense he pulls to try to ignore our votes and hold onto office (and stay out of jail). That will make America great again.