Election 2020: The Swamp vs. the Salt of the Earth

Election 2020 poses a stark choice: the swamp versus the salt of the earth.

In the arena’s gilded corner kneels the swamp faction’s tool, former Vice President Joe Biden, a dullard dulling daily. This makes little difference, for Biden is the puppet not the hand. He is controlled by a Left hand, with the five fingers of the Democratic Party—the administrative state, the media, academia, the entertainment industry, and Big Tech oligarchs. Their joint aim is to drag Biden across the electoral finish line. Whether Biden knows it or not is beside the point, for running mate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is there and she will serve the swamp faction with the same zeal she once served . . . never mind.

The swamp faction encompasses the national gaggle of elitist malcontents, ranging from the rich to the riotous, who are bound by hubris and a triggering hatred of Donald Trump. As a baseless article of faith, they believe themselves morally superior beings entitled to control the fates of their fellow citizens and “fundamentally transform” America—i.e., the font of all evil “-isms.” (Well, except for their beloved socialism/Communism that they seek to impose.)

Across the ring stands President Donald J. Trump who, while trying to reduce government control over citizens, is called an authoritarian by the very people who want to “fundamentally transform” America whether you like it or not.

Champion of the salt of the earth populist movement, Trump’s successful policies have benefitted the American people—and, indeed, the world. The Trump Administration fostered the most robust and inclusive economy in generations; returned American manufacturing jobs from overseas; negotiated the USMCA trade agreement; helped birth peace agreements between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Israel; and started bringing American troops home, among other accomplishments.

Recognizing the benefits of Trump’s tenure, his salt-of-the-earth populist movement is comprised of hard-working, patriotic people who believe America is a fundamentally great and good nation and a force for moral good in the world. Not wishing to be “fundamentally transformed” into a socialist collective, this movement seeks to protect and promote the God-given right of all Americans to pursue their happiness free from radical, coercive policies—be they governmental, corporate, academic, or any other. These are citizens who cherish the “permanent things” of faith, family, community, and country; and with impromptu flotillas and homemade signs urge their fellow citizens to reelect President Trump.

Deviously, the elitist swamp faction recognizes the need to chip away at the salt of the earth coalition. Because salt of the earth voters aren’t morally onanistic elitists or capable of being bought (because they know in the end they’ll be stuck paying the bill), the swamp faction has resorted to fear (insidiously) and identity politics (risibly). 

The swamp faction is about to find out the salt of the earth is made of sterner stuff.

The swamp faction blames 200,000 COVID-19 deaths and 18 million lost jobs on President Trump. (The swamp’s statisticians don’t bother to differentiate deaths between those “from” or “with” COVID-19.) In fact, one radio ad from the Biden campaign essentially accuses Trump of using the COVID-19 pandemic to engage in black genocide. (So much for Biden “lowering the temperature” of racial rhetoric.) 

In short, the “narrative” the swamp faction concocted is that Biden will “keep you safe” and “build back better” (one wonders what kindergartner devised that alliterative slogan for “the smart party”).

Of course, the swamp faction cannot remind voters that Biden has never protected America—see the Iran pact, where he supported sending billions to the number one state sponsor of terror and one that is intent on destroying America and Israel. Or the fact that Biden botched the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. 

So, too, they can’t mention the real blame for the pandemic belongs with Communist China, the source of the virus, because the swamp faction is in bed with that genocidal regime for the sake of making a few extra bucks—you know, people like Biden’s son, Hunter

Isn’t it odd that the swamp faction can’t mention Biden’s and other Democrats’ objection to stopping travel from Communist China? These Democrats encouraged people to visit and party and dine in major cities, like San Francisco and New York, in the early and uncertain stages of the pandemic. Also not mentioned are Democratic governors’ lethal policies to place COVID-19-infected patients in nursing homes and long-term care facilities with noninfected senior citizens, the most vulnerable to the virus. Or how about the fact that the vast majority of the economic devastation resulted from Democratic governors using emergency powers—with little scientific support for their actions—to arbitrarily and unilaterally lock down their economies for “15 days” to “bend the curve,” which in reality translated into “until election day” to “defeat Trump.”

All these and more truths about the COVID-19 pandemic run counter to the swamp faction’s “narrative” (i.e., lie); and, thus, are counterproductive to converting salt of the earth coalition members. 

Nonetheless, the deceit continues and now the swamp faction is also employing identity politics to hoodwink and co-opt salt of the earth voters.

Biden continues to cite his “roots” in Scranton, the lie that he was the first member of his family to attend college, and is proudly proclaiming that he understands “working folks” for some abstruse reason. This from a person who has spent nearly 50 years in Washington, D.C., either as vice president or as a U.S. senator. Yes, nothing says “hard work” like the U.S. Senate; and nothing says “common sense” like Washington, D.C., said nobody ever. 

The simple truth is Biden is a “gray-suited grafter” and he’s not only masking his face these days; he’s masking the fact he’s the poster boy for D.C. swamp creatures. Thus does his cynical candidacy make perfect sense for an elitist swamp faction that masks its radical agenda to coerce the “Californication” of America.

Yet, the nominees of the swamp faction and the salt of the earth populist movement do battle in the arena of politics, where any manner of outcome is possible. Will the swamp faction’s siren song of fear and flim-flam seduce the salt of the earth coalition into fraying and betraying not merely President Trump, but more importantly the legacy of liberty every American has been bequeathed?

The swamp faction is about to find out the salt of the earth is made of sterner stuff.

About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

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