My Closing Arguments

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PoliticsThe campaigns are over.  An amazing number of people have not only made up their minds who they want to vote for - they have taken advantage early voting, absentee ballots and mail-in ballots.  Tomorrow we have the final election day and we will elect a President and Vice-President; the entire House of Representatives will stand for re-election and roughly a third of the Senate will be up for grabs.  In addition, there will be countless down-ballot state and local elections and there will be a host of ballot initiatives to choose from. 

This is the system the Founding Fathers (and Mothers) gave us to permit "WE the People" to choose our leaders.  This is the obligation that goes along with the Freedoms that we enjoy.  

I am going to take a moment to discuss the Presidential race - but as indicated there are many other ballot choices that deserve our consideration too.

President Trump has been in office for almost four years. You all have had the opportunity to view his record and decide whether or not he deserves a second term.  As a part of that decision, you need to evaluate his competition.  Mr Biden has been a public servant for 47 years.  He has been affable and has friends on both sides of the aisle in Congress and in the Senate.  His accomplishments have been limited and he has the reputation of being wrong on every foreign policy question that he has been involved in. Second there are clouds of doubt as to whether he is an honest man.  He has certainly accrued more wealth than seems possible on his Senatorial salary alone.  The media seems willing to overlook the questions and to provide cover for the Biden family.  The truth of these allegations is for you to evaluate.  I cannot advise you on what you should decide.

President TrumpPresident Trump has some baggage from his earlier life as well.  But he was not an elected public official during his prior life.  I ask you that you disregard his previous existence and his personality, if he has offended you prior to his election as President.  President Trump now has a record as President that you can evaluate for yourself.  Take a look at what he promised to do if you elected him the first time he ran and see if he has kept his promises.  I tend to view the appointment of Judges and Justices of the Supreme Court, as the opportunity comes along, to be of great significance.  This is because the judicial appointments tend to last for years after the President leaves office and must be viewed as an important part of his legacy.    Also, I have a legal background and I believe in the rule of law which must be defended at every opportunity, in my view.  President Trump, with the consent of the Senate, has placed hundreds of District (trial Courts) judges, more than fifty Circuit (appellate) Judges and three Associate Justices to the Supreme Court.  

He has led the charge for tax reform and easing of regulations and restrictions on businesses.  He has looked at numerous international agreements that did not have treaty status and left the Iran agreement and the Paris environment agreements because he believed they were not in our national interests.  He has renegotiated trade agreements and has taken strong stands against China and other bad actors on the international stage.  He has pressured our allies in NATO and other organizations to pay their fair share for the defense umbrella that we provide.  He has established the beginnings of peace agreements in the middle east and has supported Israel as a central player. He has moved to update our immigration laws and begun the erection of the protective wall on our Southern border.  His economic benefits to all citizens and lowest unemployment in all sectors of the economy prior to the threat of the pandemic of Covid 19, or the Chinese Virus led to a strong economy which is in recovery as we approach the election.  

Some of President Trump's accomplishments are discussed by journalist Steve Hilton in the following clip:   (9.30 minutes)

Old BaileyThis is the most significant election in my lifetime.  From my view, our basic freedoms and the foundations of our economy are under attack by leftist socialists. We can choose President Trump to continue his management of our government and his protection of our freedoms or you can choose a turn to the left and socialism.  The choice is yours to make.  Whatever you favor, it is important that you vote in this year's Presidential election.  From my point of view, it would not be an exaggeration to say that our way of life as a nation hangs in the balance.  Fletcher Kneble described the situation in his 1962 novel, Seven Days in May, The government of the United States is balanced on the top of the Washington Monument and may tip over and break up on the pavement at any moment.

Choose wisely, but vote.

Comments (9)

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

There is still one thing which is very different between these two men. One is a pathological liar (undisputed) and the other is not. Funny, I do not need to say who I mean, yu all know. So, what are exactly the accomplishments of a liar? 22 thousand of them to be exact...

Nov 02, 2020 11:49 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Ted.

Regardless of who wins, this one will be talked about for a long time.  My wife and I voted last week 

Nov 03, 2020 12:27 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Hi Jon - nice to hear from you.  It has been a while.  I have to disagree with you but you are entitled to your opinions.  I do believe that President Trump had a history of questionable actions and statements when he was not an elected official or candidate.  So I consider these to be of less interest to me than his policies and actions since he became a candidate and the President of the United States.  

Take care, Jon. 

Nov 03, 2020 10:25 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Thanks for stopping by, James.  I also voted last week.  Looks positive, but not to be completed tonight.  


Nov 03, 2020 11:16 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Ted, do you think we have any chance with recount and examining the ballots in michigan and nevada?

Nov 04, 2020 01:49 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Hi Mike - I have enjoyed a young analyst (on youtube) called "red eagle politics" out of Michigan.  He has analyzed polling with other factors and come out with fairly accurate results - He may be discussing possible fraud or cheating toward the end of the week.  The President indicates he will fight back in certain battleground states.  The left has theorized that Trump rushed Justice Barrett's confirmation to have a friendly Court for the big finish to come.  I don't think I have answered your questions yet. Best I can do.

Take care.  Even with the possibility of error or fraud - Biden has proven to be stronger than I expected.  A number of states diddled with their election laws close to the election.  Final results are not clear to me.  But I do not think I have come this far to see the President lose.


Nov 04, 2020 07:47 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ted- I like your train of thought!  It's been hard to keep my typically apolitical mouth shut this time around. 

Nov 06, 2020 07:13 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Thank you Kathy for kind words (I think)

Now we come to the dark side of American Politics... the post-election activity.  There will be recounts, state court legal activities and then federal questions that can move the federal court system.  We hope these can take place within the given time period - we will see.  So there are escape processes that will take place when the time comes.  We hope that enough of the processes will be completed by January 20 so we can have a President to inaugurate. Will it be President Trump or Mr Biden?  Again we shall see.

Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.


Nov 07, 2020 06:04 PM

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