As readers of this space know, I agonized over the 2016 election as a gamble between a largely unknown but troubling personality vs. policies which I believed would harm our country. I took the gamble on Trump’s personality, largely persuaded by my beliefs on abortion and his approach to rebalancing our judicial system.
Now it’s 2020, and the choice is even more polarized. Are these really the best two Presidential candidates in the nation?
Trump’s personality is no longer a question. He is a self-centered narcissist who views all events and relationships first through the filter of what they mean for him. He treats many people terribly, like a schoolyard bully. If he is a Christian believer, I’m still looking around the base of the tree to see which fruit has fallen. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are not qualities which leap to mind when thinking of him. If he’s ever admitted to making a mistake (other than in hiring people), I’ve not heard it.
Earlier this year I’d had my fill of his personal behavior and was seriously considering just not voting in November. But not any more. The last four months have convinced me that I must vote in November—even help campaign—largely to pull the Republican lever, including President Trump.
What has made this change?
However bad Trump is personally, the whacko Progressive Mob controlling Joe Biden is much, much worse, will cause more harm, and have much more staying power. Can you imagine our nation being governed by people like the mayors of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Baltimore or Portland? Can you imagine the consequences of our national government emulating the states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, or California with similar laws, regulations and finances? We all might as well join a government workers union or the NEA teachers union, because they will be dictating progressive policies, taxes and deficits to officials who use their lock-step support to stay in power. Not to mention the tragically monolithic Identify Politics voting blocks–be sure to watch “Uncle Tom, The Movie.”
The Biden Progressive Mob are power-hungry, almost-narcissists who will do anything to gain and then stay in power. Do you need some examples?
- They taunted the President from before he took office with the totally discredited Russia Collusion hoax, knowing it was untrue, but doubled-down at every chance, including the not-to-miss Impeachment Show, always focusing on the single real goal of discrediting him and his administration. Every day. Several times a day. Get Trump. Hopefully some proven, accurate, actionable information will come out soon on what appears to have been abuses of power at the highest level.
- They refuse to pass any legislation which might even give the slightest hint of a “win” for him. Immigration Reform and Police Reform are two current issues that they would rather have as talking points for a campaign than real solutions. What if Republicans had treated Lyndon Johnson, whom many of them deeply disliked, the same way? There would be no Civil Rights Act of 1964 and no Voting Rights Act of 1965—passed with greater Republican percentages than Democratic—in which case Jim Crow laws could still prevail in some areas, even today. Those Republicans voted for what was right, not for what was politically advantageous. Good luck with AOC and her crowd on that.
- Democratic governors, the press, and the NEA are now working together to make sure that our schools do not re-open this fall in large parts of our nation, almost guaranteeing another economic disaster just in time for the election. Americans in these states are being told that they can’t go to work, to school, a sporting event, or to worship, but it’s OK to gather with whomever you want in large groups to protest. How long will we put up with this insanity? See Heather Mac Donald’s excellent recent summary in this article. And see several more useful references below.
Back to the election. We simply must not let this Progressive Mob win, because, given their record of the last four years, they will never again let go. The lapdog press will obviously let them get away with anything to keep them in power. Liberties and truths as we now know them will be gone forever in the rush to wokeness, political correctness, thought control and social justice. Property rights and Rule of Law will be no more. There will be no turning back. We’ll be done.
Compared to that, we can navigate four more years of Donald Trump with comparative ease.
Which leads me to the tipping point in my mind for this November. If the whacko, destructive Progressive Mob wins, they will be in power forever. But if narcissistic Donald Trump wins with the Republicans, he is term limited to only four more years. And maybe he’ll get tired or bored after a couple of more and just quit, turning the nation over to the Vice President. (See my earlier impossible dream on this subject at “Win One for The Nation”).
So for 2020 that’s what it comes down to for me: the Progressive Mob in power forever, destroying our freedoms day by day, or Donald Trump in power for at most four more years. If that’s the only real choice I’m given, I don’t like it, but it’s not even a close call. And imagine Trump with the House and Senate behind him, actually passing much needed reforms and legislation, instead of running kangaroo-court inquisitions at every opportunity. What might we and they get done? AND there’s still the added benefit of being right on abortion and the judiciary.
And the Progressive Mob needs to lose for the sake of the Democratic Party and the concept of a loyal opposition in our nation. Both parties go through these swings. The Democrats last did so in 1972 and 1984, when they lost big, reformed to the center, and came back to win big. For all our sakes, they need to do so again.
As you enter the voting booth in November, visualize what your life will be like under the control of those who rule all the failed big Democratic cities and states, and then vote for Republicans. They are the imperfect but last bulwark against the Mob.
But if the Progressive Mob does win in November and pulls Uncle Joe’s strings for as long as he can stand up, there is at least some consolation for me. Not far from us are several military bases which were unfortunately named for Confederate generals. So my bus trip to the re-purposed Barack Hussein Obama Re-Education Camp should not be too long. And my family should be able to visit me fairly conveniently, after I “woke up”, stop clinging to my guns and Bible, and start making satisfactory Progress:
“Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad
Black Lives Matter, Others Not So Much
White Entitlement Bad, Other Entitlements Good
Traditional Marriage Bad, Anything Else Good
Father Knows Best Bad, Friends Know Best Good
Abortion Good, Baby Bad
Supreme God Bad, Supreme Government Good
Rule of Law Bad, Law of Rules Good
PS: If you need two excellent uplifts in this unusual season, watch Os Guiness at Socrates in the City, and read Eric Metaxas’s great book, If You Can Keep It. You won’t be disappointed.
Here are some useful references:
As I began reading the first paragraph, I thought you were going to unload on President Trump. Then your premise became clear – that President Trump, although humanly fallible, is BY FAR the lesser of the evils. Now instead of hurling, I’m pleased to say that I agree with you 100%. The Bible shows us many instances of God using less-than-perfect men for His purposes. The alternatives in 2016 and especially 2020 are frightening beyond conception. I never had an inkling that our country would ever come this close to communism, especially in my lifetime.
I hope we don’t have to renew our acquaintance at an obozo re-education camp. I can tell you right now – I will never pass the course. They’ll have to kill me.
Parker, I was looking at a book by Joel Rosenberg, and the Amazon algorithm sent me to you.
The photo bears a strong resemblance to a hoodlum who lived on W. Paces Ferry, and who was my good buddy for a few years at Margaret Mitchell.
I’m hoping this is a very small world….and I love what I’ve read so far in your posts.
Your description of the 2020 election dilemma is spot on.
Parker, I like your train of logic and its inevitable result. Trump is allegorical to Churchill’s description of Democracy: it’s better than everything else currently available. Trump is everything you describe him to be, plus a big bag of chips, which I attribute to his background of growing up and maturing in the commercial real estate market of New York City. Yes, he does keep hidden his many good works, which Dr. Robert Jeffress as pastor of Dallas’ First Baptist Church knows many…but Trump does NOT brag about his truly private good works. Another person you should discuss his character with would be Franklin Graham in Charlotte and Jerry Falwell, Jr., in Lynchburg, Virginia, who also know him quite closely. His public persona is the businessman with the “hardest nose”. I had an uncle like him…what most never knew about my uncle was “the man with the hardest nose also had the softest heart.” He carefully guards that as you would a state secret, since he knows that his political enemies would try to take advantage of him and his good works but more particularly the recipients of his good works. His enemies are quite evil and relentless, like the demons you describe in your novels.
So refreshing to hear from you Parker. Looking forward to Trump win in 2020 and what then…Parker for president in 2024.
David, Thank you. Not looking to run, ever. I just hope to keep writing, until He reassigns me. All the best.