The 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 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeYMKR4ozwY. (9.30 minutes)
This 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.