As president, Donald Trump has accomplished some of his agenda. He pushed for a big tax cut to juice the economy, he has cut regulation and has restricted immigration (although there is no wall paid for by Mexico).
We don’t think too much of the above, but give him credit for following through on some campaign promises.
Trump is, as his supporters often point out, not a politician. He suffers from personality flaws, many admit, but he loves the country and is doing his best for it.
But in fact the opposite is true. Donald Trump has done more to undermine our country, its institutions and our social fabric more than any president in modern times, probably even Richard Nixon.
We could print a long list demonstrating Trump’s mendacity, narcissism, corruption and bigotry that has corroded our nation. But there isn’t space.
Sadly, retweets of dangerous conspiracy theories, chants to lock up political opponents, racist dog whistles and childish rants are the daily diet of this American president. Perhaps more sad are those who justify or even cheer on this kind of behavior.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, in a GOP Freudian slip, spoke some to truth power recently:
"The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership. The way he treats women and spends like a drunken sailor. The ways I criticized President Obama for that kind of spending I've criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He's flirted with White supremacists,"
No single issue or desire for disruption is worth taking a wrecking ball to our decency and democratic values. They are the legs under which our very freedoms stand.
The coronavirus pandemic has fully revealed the dire consequences of Trump’s shortcomings. The denials and lack of leadership have led to unnecessary deaths and worsening political divisions.
Electing Joe Biden is no panacea for curing the problems that elevated Donald Trump to power. But it’s a start.
All the scare-mongering about some Leftist take over is just that, scare-mongering. Biden’s long career has been as a centrist representing the middle class. His empathy and humanity — shaped by deep pain and loss in his own life — could help the nation begin to heal.
Biden certainly has his character faults, but they are like puddles compared to the rivers of immorality unleashed by Trump.
We don’t like all of Biden’s big government plans. However, we do support more government action toward accessible and affordable health care. Ditto higher education.
And this country hasn’t raised the minimum wage in more than 11 years.
These are better solutions to improving our economic well-being than more tax cuts, continued scapegoating of immigrants and impulsive trade wars.
But most of all, we desperately need a restoration of respect and unity in our political and social discourse.
We need to renew the sacred vows to our basic creed that all people are created equal with inalienable rights.
We can start this process by rejecting the dishonestly and division of the last four years and support Joe Biden over Donald Trump for president.
— David A. Seaton, Publisher