As I type this it is three months until what is almost certainly the most important presidential election in living memory. OK, I know that sort of thing gets said a lot. It is mostly bombast and political rhetoric. This time around it isn’t.
Donald Trump is far from perfect. That being said I honestly believe he is a well-meaning patriot who wants to do the right thing and is not always sure exactly what that is or how to go about it. He is also beset by a near-perfect storm of problems. Covid-19. The economic contraction caused by our government’s reaction to Covid-19. A never-ending string of moronic attacks, believed by some, asserting that Donald Trump is a Russian asset. (He had to have cheated or he could never have beaten Hillary, right?) A serious ongoing attempt by anarchists and other hard-core radicals as well as never-Trumpers to destroy Trump, the American government and society by piggy-backing on some completely legit political unrest caused by a small number of outrageous incidents of police misconduct.
Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, is a senile sock puppet. Even in highly controlled settings, from his basement reading off of a script, or in tightly managed pesudo-press conferences the man often does not know what year it is or even what city he is in, and that is when he is in his own home town. He has either drunk the Kool-Aid and become a true believer or is so brain-burnt that he doesn’t realize, or doesn’t care, that he has moved from being a “moderate liberal Democrat” to being a hard-core leftist mouthpiece.
If, due to some gross mischance he does get elected, what is going to happen? He has made conflicting statements on his stance towards defunding the police. He either really believes the ChiComs are nice guys or he is so desperate to keep his son out of the slammer he will say anything to cover up his son’s criminal activity, aided and abetted by Senile Joe himself and the Obama administration. He wants to raise every tax on the books and enact some new ones, close down the schools and the churches by government decree, force people to wear face masks anytime they are out of their house and destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution. (Remember who he said he was putting in charge of his administration’s Second Amendment policy? Beto O’Rourke. Mr. “Hell yes we are coming for the AR-15s.” That’s the guy.). By the way, how does the thought of Barack Obama, or Michelle Obama, or both of them, on the Supreme Court strike you?
Several weeks ago he PROMISED to put a woman, probably a woman of color, on the ticket with him. He is apparently actually going to do it, probably because the Blacks in his circle will not let him forget about it. It doesn’t matter if she is competent or even honest, merely that she have the right skin tone. We should find out this week who is getting the prize.
Four years ago I opined that I thought Hillary would probably win, but also that there would be a very large and possibly decisive closet Trump vote. I was at least half right. It may be even bigger this time around. The Cancel Culture is pissing off a lot of moderates. That is where elections are won, in the middle.
I did not vote for either Hillary or Trump last time. I live in CA. If I thought that Trump had a chance of winning CA I probably would have voted for him simply because I detest Hillary so much. This time around I will likely vote for him if for no other reason than to do my small part to screw up the stats.
Bob Walsh is a California resident and retired from the State of Ca. Dept. of Corrections.