Trump looks to be pulling ahead – after the third debate. Here is why. An axiom says voters, in the end, balance security (personal and national), the good life (health, education, employment, retirement), and moral compass (integrity, honesty, judgment) – when choosing. A second says voters reach a moment – late in every race – when they look for one reason to “vote for” – or “vote against” – the incumbent. A final adage links everything to “death and taxes” – so credit Ben Franklin.
Take these sayings in turn. What did the last debate show? From personal liberty to law & order, COVID vaccination to border security, Mideast Peace to China – Trump takes security seriously. From quality healthcare, lower drug prices, and retirement to reopening schools, restarting jobs, and restoring small companies, Trump gets economics. From appointing strong judges to defending the unborn, hitting drug traffickers to ending public corruption, Trump gets moral compass. He is about “draining the swamp,” represents dry authenticity in office – sometimes blunt, never bland, focused on accountability.
By contrast, Joe Biden seems unaware how deeply Americans feel – about preserving constitutional rights (including free speech, worship, association, and self-defense), the border, military, heritage, language, flag, and indicia of traditional America. He seems unaware how many detest the idea of socialism, just want the US economy to reopen – for all races, creeds, citizens, sectors, and regions.
Biden seems unaware how many Americans know Obamacare threw them off better private coverage, raised premiums to unaffordable levels, increased drug prices and shielded drug companies, lowering the quality of what they get. Nor does Biden see that most Americans do not want a federal mask mandate, eviscerating their 10th amendment rights, they just want a vaccination and chance to work.
Perhaps most stunningly, Biden does not see how devastating his own implicit public corruption is – and how clearly now, despite media suppression, Americans see it. To have been implicated in abuse of office a year ago was remarkable. To learn that irrefutable emails, documents, and photos are now in possession of the FBI and others, confirming his involvement in public corruption, is stunning.
Yes, these revelations come late, and were apparently held by the FBI – for reasons that warrant a closer look – but they appear incontrovertible and damning. To hear Biden’s word-parsing protests is like hearing Richard Nixon again insist he “is not a crook” – but Biden’s greed, stupidity, and assumption of American stupidity, as well as the assumption of media complicity, is worse.
Joe Biden – and involved family – are the embodiment of no integrity, ethics, or judgment. Is it any wonder Biden was charged with ethics violations in law school and in prior election cycles, finished bottom of his class, and was charged – by Obama Administration officials – with insensibly poor judgment on foreign policy and national security? If you look up “swamp” – you likely find Joe Biden.
But move to the second adage – the one about people reaching a magic moment, prior to any election, when they seek a reason to “vote for” or “against” an incumbent. That moment was the third debate.
Unlike the first, Trump came out self-assured, if not patient then tolerant, if not indulgent then restrained, almost gracious, in control of issues and emotions. The audience cannot have missed that here, before them, stood a fighter – a man unfairly attacked, vilified, disparaged, impeached, impugned, and left for done … who is nowhere near done. His tone was exactly what some were looking for.
Moreover, Trump’s relentless use of facts – from Obama-Biden putting “kids in cages” and mismanaging immigration, national security, and economics to eight years of “all talk and no action” – left an impression. Biden’s bold graft in China and Ukraine – which Trump refuses to let lie – also got airtime.
Perhaps the most remarkable fact – offered by Biden unsolicited – was a pledge to shut down the US oil economy. No spike was ever more perfectly set. If Trump had wished a perfect admission, one that gave undecided voters a “reason” to vote Trump, this was it.
From Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota to the Western Flank of Alaska’s North Slope, Biden’s pledge to end one of America’s biggest industries, feeding every sector, affecting every household’s bottom line, tied to tens of millions of American jobs – may have been the “shot heard ‘round the world.”
While America’s oil-producing adversaries, like Russia and Iran, celebrated – moderate Democrats and Republicans, thoughtful Independents, and undecided American voters shivered. That is a pledge that – in the final analysis – may cost Biden the election. Voters looking for a “reason” to go Trump – got one.
Finally, circling back to a quintessential American, the erudite revolutionary, intrepid scientist, inventor and writer, wise old man of yesteryear, grandfather of the American revolution, Ben Franklin – just one word on death and taxes. If they are unescapable, they are not vote-getters. That Biden pledges more Obamacare failures, under the moniker “Bidencare,” and higher taxes, cannot be solid strategy.
Net-net, the third presidential debate produced fascinating – and overdue – “newness.” Americans heard a resolute tone from a seasoned President Trump, vote-rocking revelations, and breathtaking admissions from canned candidate Biden. Adages are just sayings. They can be wrong. But one reason they persist is they are often right. If these are – Biden may have been done-in. We will know soon.
The biggest takeaway for me, Biden’s “How do you like me now?” — came a few days after the Debate. Amy DC posted the Google information on the numbers of people asking, wait for it…
“How can I change my vote?”
Yes, how can your vote be changes? If a person decides to change and vote in person, will that nullify the prior vote?
You can’t change your vote. You get one shot to do it right and have to live with the consequences. Which just points out the importance of doing it right to begin with.
This elimination of the oil industry with the ‘green new deal’ should be most disturbing to all. Remember ‘cash-for-clunkers’? Under Biden, you most likely will have ‘cash-for-dumps’ – that would be any home that is not all-electric. Here comes mortgage forgiveness, along with the bull dozer. Watch out!
For the folks in the country that generally don’t pay attention to anything related to politics or how the country is run until the last few weeks of the campaigns, all this information may or may not cause them to reconsider how they normally vote. I say this because such people tend to generally be clueless about most issues involving the nation’s economy, foreign relations, scientific issues that have the potential to impact the overall economy and the future, as well as a whole host of other areas. For them, their focus in centered on their day to day existence for good or bad. They just don’t find anything else of particular interest, since they usually think none of it impacts them personally. Which of course is wrong, but it is none the less their view and that is how they vote. If they vote at all.
For these folks, they begin paying attention to the political ads they see on TV a few weeks before the election. Maybe they’ll watch a few minutes of a debate or two. They then make their decision on how to vote based on that. Usually voting the same way, straight line (R) or (D) knowing really nothing about the candidates themselves or the issues.
I’m saying all this, because the debates really didn’t produce anything substantially new, unless the people watching haven’t been paying attention for quite a while. Biden has stated several times, as have ALL the 2020 Democrat candidates, that he was against fracking and the entire fossil fuel industry in general. What do you think the GND is all about? That has been the default official policy of the Democrat party for years. This should NOT be news to anyone.
The Biden family corruption has all been out there for years. Even many in the media were openly discussing it up until Buden was given the nod as the official nominee of the Democrat party. then it became an off limits topic. Biden’s brother Jim’s billion dollar Iraq housing deal, when he has no experience or background in housing or construction. Check how many actual housing units were really built. Hunter’s China and Ukraine deals. All of it is so thinly veiled as simply a means for foreign entities (governments and individuals) to pay Joe Biden for “favors” (we call them bribes) through a third party. How does anyone honestly think Biden has been able to live like a multi-millionaire, with four rather very nice homes, on a government salary.
The choice for president should be obvious to anyone who is capable of rational thought. President Trump has done more on foreign policy, the economy and to promote peace in the world than any president since Reagan. He is the only candidate on the ballot, that is pushing back against globalism and to provide a fair and levl playing field for the United States to compete on the world stage and a bright future for the American people. All Biden (or Harris) offers is a rapid decline into oblivion on all fronts, while he personally enriches himself at YOUR expense.
In light of recent revelations about Joe Biden’s handling of foreign policy (Hunter and other family members profiting off the Biden name, Burisma, the laptop, Chinese deals) as Vice President, is it time to consider eliminating early voting?
I’m not advocating ditching absentee ballots for those who cannot show up at the polls. But, as more information surfaces from investigative journalists, I wonder how many early voters wished they had voted for President Trump.
Apparently, after the last debate, quite a few have looked into how to change their votes, per Google.