Commentary: An election about liberty, optimism and security

For a half-century, Republicans accepted a left-leaning Supreme Court without questioning its legitimacy. The moment the tables are turned, Democrats want to change the rules. This is how societies crumble. 

I’m about to safely step into the voting booth. It’s not the most defining election in history but there’s a lot at stake, including control of the U.S. Senate. Three months ago I laid out my overarching views and two months ago opined on the future of my party.

The problem is Joe Biden’s running mate is a radical bigot of questionable intellect. Considering his age, the former vice president could’ve assuaged concerns and picked someone halfway sensible, but as I predicted, his team surrendered to the neo-Marxists. It was very telling on their judgment.

Biden-Harris administration would have insouciance toward Antifa totalitarians and Black Lives Matter vandals. Most Democrats have succumbed to hateful movements bent on destroying American culture. Biden is a means to their end. He recently said he doesn’t look like a radical; give his tyrants a few months. A man of principle doesn’t run away from the few sensible positions he once held.

The catastrophic “Green New Deal” will crush America’s innovative energy producers and essentially turn successful states into failed states like California. “BidenCare” will ensure quality health care evaporates and bankrupt the country.

Big Tech, media allies and campus radicals will dominate the landscape. They’ll continue placing people into identity groups based on genderracereligion, and sexual preference.

They’ll bow to a woke cabal that would rather tear down history than learn from it. 

They’ll silence oppositionshutter schoolscondemn police, attack the Second Amendment, kowtow to avaricious teachers unions and eradicate the rule of law by packing the courts.

For a half-century, Republicans accepted a left-leaning Supreme Court without questioning its legitimacy. The moment the tables are turned, Democrats want to change the rules. This is how societies crumble.

Despite bashing military endeavorshasty withdrawals, and his occasional moral relevance on rogue regimes, the Trump administration annihilated the ISIS caliphate that Obama allowed to amass a territory larger than Ireland. I prefer unwavering Israel support and historic peace deals over Iranian appeasement from John KerryBen Rhodes and naive buffoons who call terror attacks “man-caused disasters.”

In addition to his egregious foreign policy instincts, including misguidedness in Latin America and weakness on combating China, Biden promotes dreadful economic policies.

He was part of the only presidential team never to hit an annual 3% gross domestic product. Barack Obama and Biden took four years to get unemployment below 8%. But after unemployment quickly jumped to nearly 15% due to COVID-19, the Trump administration got it back under 8 in about five months and wants to cut more regulations and lower taxes. They achieved this despite California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and New York — about 100 million people—  effectively closed most of the year.

I hesitated to vote for Donald Trump four years ago because his past views concerned me. Since 2015, I’ve called balls and strikes, defending him when he’s right and criticizing him when he errs. I wish the president wasn’t unpopular among young voters, expanded his base, and didn’t browbeat allies. I disagree with his massive spending and most tariff policies.

But I am eternally proud that Trump and Republicans unequivocally support police and denounce lawlessness in urban America. I’m glad the president offered federal assistance to quell mayhem in ChicagoMinneapolisNew YorkPhiladelphiaPortlandSeattle; and I’m infuriated when inept Democrat “leaders” reject it or deny reality. These political grudges allow violence and property destruction to continue.

Though Trump can be petty, his attributes serve well against today’s domestic revolutionaries. He exudes confidence, a can-do attitude, and has common sense, instead of guilt.

When it comes to the global pandemic, seemingly the only topic Biden wants to discuss, the current administration protects the vulnerable, defers to states, and seeks to defeat it; Democrats seem inclined to politicize deaths, deny science and live in a tunnel of perpetual fear. Talk of a “long, dark winter” is reckless flummery.

Since I’m not a sycophant, I’m under no illusions. The polls have been stable and Trump could lose because, despite what some muse, 2020 is not 2016.

Many people say they are not voting for Biden, but rather against Trump. Perhaps, but millions likely will vote to re-elect the president because they abhor what the left has done (and will do) to their country.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hadn’t endorsed a Republican for president in nearly 50 years —  until yesterday. Their informative 800 words concluded with a summary that aptly closes my election season commentary:

“Biden is too old for the job, and fragile. There is a very real chance he will not make it through the term. Mr. Trump is also too old but seemingly robust. But in Mike Pence, Mr. Trump has a vice president ready to take over, if need be. He is a safe pair of hands. Sen. Kamala Harris gives no evidence of being ready to be president.”


A.J. Kaufman
 | Website

A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.