Trump or Biden: Are we voting on issues or personalities?

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The first presidential debate managed to sidestep the number one issue in the election: What is your vision for our country’s future? Chris Wallace omitted it in his questions, Joe Biden lied about it, and President Trump let it go. Trump’s vision and Biden’s vision are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. A vote for Trump is a vote for the Constitution and the rule of law. A vote for Biden is a vote for “Democratic Socialism”—a euphemism for the end of the United States as we know it.

During the debate, Biden denied that he supports the Green New Deal, defunding police, and socialism. It is at best a lie and at worst a deflection. Even if Biden doesn’t support these issues, Kamala Harris does and she is the real candidate, not Biden. President Trump argued that Biden is dominated by leftists in the Democratic Party, to which Biden responded with, “I am the Democratic Party right now.” A bigger lie has never been uttered.

The Democrats want to turn the US into a socialist nightmare. Obama started it and Harris, if given a chance, will finish it.

From the Democratic Party’s perspective, said former Rep. Michele Bachmann, “they don’t care who’s at the top of the ticket because what they know is that 100 days after the election, should Joe Biden prevail, they intend to put in a Marxist form of government. They’ll have it done in about 100 days. We’ll never go back to who we were before.”

Progressive Democrats have come out of the closet as “Democratic Socialists.” Their goal is a utopian society, a reprise of the Soviet Union with an American accent.  Every attempt at a socialist utopia has failed. Socialism is a form of big government that rejects the rights of the individual. Make no mistake about it, the Democrats want to destroy the institutions and values that make America great: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the primacy of individual rights over unlimited governmental power, freedom of speech, the rule of law, private property, meritocracy, equality of opportunity via free market competition. By redistributing income and increasing the size of government and its encroachment on our lives, the Democrats would turn the US into Venezuela.

Sadly, this key issue is being ignored as the campaign descends into a battle of personalities. This is nothing new.

Four years ago, I published an article entitled, “Decision 2016: Have We Lost Our Minds?” (Clash Daily, October 11, 2016) It described the willingness of many voters to ignore Hillary Clinton’s assault on the Constitution because they disliked Trump’s personality traits. In other words, the substantive issues that should have determined the outcome of the 2016 election were overshadowed by irrelevancies, unproven allegations, and personality quirks.

Here we are in 2020 and nothing has changed. Presumably, intelligent citizens are ready to overlook the Democratic Party’s leftist agenda because they don’t like Donald Trump’s personality. When you ask them why, the usual answer is that they can’t possibly vote for Trump because he is a dictator, an enemy of democracy, a racist, a liar, a man without morals. He is none of those things. I have compared Trump to Winston Churchill. Both men suffered from criticisms of a personal nature. Churchill was attacked because he drank too much. Trump is attacked because he is brash. He tends to be too candid about his views. He tweets too much. He reacts personally to attacks. He has a bad haircut.

Historian Victor Davis Hanson explains the Trump dynamic in The Case for Trump. Hanson compares Trump to Achilles in The Iliad, General George Patton, the Gary Cooper character in High Noon, and the John Wayne character in The Searchers. Each of them is a dangerous, unlikeable loner who solves a critical problem in a way that no one else can, often by violence. Trump the outsider has many unpleasant traits but he is the only one who can deal effectively with the excesses of the Deep State and the subversive challenge from the Left.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if Trump stood on his head for the full 90-minute debate. He should be judged by his policies and his effectiveness as chief executive. “Since taking office Trump has done exactly what he promised he would do,” said Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen. Trump promised to pass major tax reforms, to impose a ban on countries that export terrorism, to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices, to bring jobs back, to renegotiate unfavorable trade deals, to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He kept these promises. “When Trump says he will do something,” says Thiessen, “you can take it to the bank.”

Yet people complain on Facebook that Trump does not deserve to be president because there are no dogs in the White House, no pictures of family enjoying their vacation in Hawaii, only a “self-serving, vapidly non-intelligent bully who has no problem destroying America as long as he can play golf and make empty promises that never make it into reality.” The irony of this rant is that it describes not Trump but Barack Obama, whose attempts to replace the republic with a socialist dictatorship are to be excused because he is a charming, charismatic man with a family and a dog.

Biden is another politician who, like Obama, offers social grace as a substitute for competence.

Author Mark Levin sums up the current situation: “This election comes down to one thing, do you love your country or don’t you? You want to save this republic or don’t you? You want to be free or not? You want to save your way of life or not? You want to end the violence in the streets or not? Or do you believe in Democratic Socialism, aka Marxism—because it is on the move, it has devoured and conquered the Democratic Party. That’s your choice in this election.”

Biden, in the words of Victor Davis Hanson, has made a “devil’s bargain” with the extremist wing of the Democratic Party. The threat should not be underestimated. “We are but one generation from third-world poverty, dissolution, and enslavement,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “if we choose to stand idly by and allow those seeking to project their failed [Marxist] ideology onto the landscape that is America.”

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