A Man vs. A Movement

I do not think the Republican leaders are framing the election properly. 

Nor are they doing a good job describing what’s at stake in this election. 

This election is a contest between a man, Donald Trump, who believes America is good, and a man, Joe Biden, who is controlled by a movement that believes America is bad. Or to put this another way, between a man who wants to preserve the American way of life and a man who will end up destroying it. 

Republican leaders are too focused on policy. This is not a policy election. This is a regime decision; a way of life election. One way of life, the traditional American way of life, is based on individual rights, rule of law, and a shared understanding of the common good. Government’s role is to create the conditions for freedom to flourish. 

The other way of life I call “multiculturalism” or “identity politics.” This way of life assumes that society is made up of identity groups, all of which are oppressed by white males. Government’s role in this regime is to create equal income and power for each group. 

As should be immediately apparent, achieving this kind of “outcome equality” requires a never-ending redistribution of wealth and power. This can only be achieved by a tyrannical form of government. This is to say, multiculturalism, which has taken over the Democratic Party, constitutes a revolutionary movement. I do not mean a metaphorical revolution. It is not like a revolution; it is a revolution, an attempt to overthrow the American Founding as President Trump said in his excellent Mt. Rushmore speech. Republicans should say the same thing. Republicans everywhere, at every level and at every opportunity.

[Related: Watch Tom Klingenstein deliver his remarks on “A Man vs. A Movement.”]

In order to defend the American way of life, Republicans must disabuse the public of the notion that Black Lives Matter cares about black lives. To BLM, Republicans might say something like: “absolutely, black lives matter. They just don’t matter to you. You don’t care about Mr. Floyd, the black businesses you have destroyed, or the blacks who are getting killed because you have forced the police to back off. These blacks are just abstractions to you. Their tragedies are just a prop for your agenda. You’re here for destruction. Not black lives, not any lives.” 

And then Republicans must explain how the revolution works. Specifically, they must explain that the revolution is being led, not by Black Lives Matter, but by the left-wing of the Democratic Party which has used the BLM riots to move farther and faster than it otherwise could have moved. The left-wing, let’s call it the “BLM wing,” has taken over the entire party. Most Democrats, though not themselves revolutionaries, go along. Joe Biden is one of the “go-along BLM-Democrats.”

Their policy agenda is clear: reparations, socialism, endless affirmative action, open borders, confiscation of guns, and so forth. 

But the revolution goes deeper. BLM-Democrats understand that if they are to achieve their policy agenda then they must get us to change our values and principles and the way we understand ourselves. They must get us to believe that national borders and colorblindness are racist; that we are not one culture but many; and that the most important thing in our history—the thing around which all else pivots—is slavery. More extensively, they must get us to believe that we are unworthy—not just that we have sinned (which of course we have)but that we are irredeemably sinful, or, in the language of today, “systemically racist.” And sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic etc. to boot. The BLM-Democrats (quite reasonably) assume that once Americans accept their guilt they will accept the BLM-Democratic policy agenda.

Republicans cannot let that happen. They must assert—loudly and often—“no, America is not racist.” Period. The American people need to hear what they know in their hearts: They are not racists. Americans also need to hear that America is “incredible,” to use President Trump’s adjective of choice. Republicans must remind the American people that, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, America has brought more freedom and more prosperity to more people than any country in the history of mankind. 

In order to change American values and principles, the BLM-Democrats must destroy, or radically restructure, the institutions that teach these values: family, religion, education, and community life. We are engaged not in a policy war but in a culture war. This is where the real action is. Republicans are missing in action. 

Republicans should use BLM, the riots, and the government’s response to the Coronavirus to show that the BLM-Democrats wish to destroy traditional marriage and religion, rewrite America’s past, further encroach into community life, and insist on even more affirmative action and the teaching of the America-is-evil narrative. 

It should not be difficult to tie this radical agenda to the Democrats. After all, the riots were never a popular uprising; rather, they were always the work of elite Democrats: That is, state and local Democratic officials who permitted, even egged on, the rioting; the Democratic media which looked the other way; Democrats’ largest contributors, major corporations and their leaders, who have given billions upon billions of dollars to BLM, and more recently, leading national Democrats who are, in effect, giving BLM permission to riot because President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat. 

Republicans must make it clear that these are the “Biden riots.” For Biden too has embraced the agenda of the BLM wing of his party. Just listen to him. “Let’s be clear, transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” he said. A year ago, he may not have even heard of transgenderism.

Biden now regularly talks about “systemic” racism. On one occasion Biden said, though without evidence, there is “absolutely systemic racism in law enforcement [but] “it’s not just in law enforcement,” he continued, “it’s across the board. It’s in housing, it’s in education…It’s in everything we do.” 

He is wrong on every count, but if indeed he believes that racism is in “everything we do,” that it is systemic, then, whether he realizes it or not, he is calling for the overthrow of the American way of life. I presume that is not his intent, but when the words that he is reading off his BLM teleprompter get translated into policy, that will be the consequencethe destruction of the American way of life. 

There is nothing to fear from Biden says Biden: “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” No, he does not, but what he does look like is a sap, a puppet being played by his handlers, 13 of which, by the way, gave money to post bail for BLM rioters, some of them alleged murderers. 

Also, Republicans should give more support than they do to President Trump’s efforts to beat back multiculturalism. Trump thinks our culture is “incredible” and that’s the way he wants to keep it, as evidenced by, among many other things, his recently issued executive orders banning the teaching of the America-is-evil narrative in administrative agencies and establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education. 

I know Trump has many faults. I myself sometimes cringe listening to him. He is a braggart, often misinformed, petty, and more.

And yet, we are very lucky to have him. At any other time, he might well have been a bad president. But in these times—these revolutionary timeshe is the best president we could have had. No other national Republican leader can hold a candle to President Trump. I am almost prepared to say that having him is Providential. How else to explain that we find ourselves with this most unusual, most unpresidential man who has just the attributes most needed for this moment?

He has the indispensable attribute of a leader: courage. As a leader must, he goes where others are afraid to go. He has common sense, which means he generally wants to go to the right place. And he is a fighter.

Above all else, and above anyone else, Trump is committed to America. He is unreservedly, unquestionably pro-America. He feels no guilt for America’s past. He makes no apologies. He concedes nothing. And Trump has unlimited confidence in Americans. In this time of woke guilt and doubt, this is just what the doctor ordered. 

If we want to save our way of life, then we should support himunequivocally. I am. I am giving many times more than I would in a normal election cycle. This election is that important and President Trump is that good. 

Remember, Trump versus Biden is the choice between a man who believes America is good and a man who is controlled by a movement that believes America is bad. 

About Thomas D. Klingenstein

Thomas D. Klingenstein is a principal in the investment firm of Cohen, Klingenstein, LLC and the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Claremont Institute.

Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

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94 responses to “A Man vs. A Movement

    • Excellent article and I and my wife agree with all you have written.We need for our Republican Party to start standing along side President Trump and start telling the American people the truth and the people have to start telling their Senators and Represenatives to start doing what the people want.

  • Mr Klingenstein does a good job if delineating the differences between Trump and Biden. But what he misses are the myriad of quislings in the GOPe. They support the global plutocracy and China over America. They’re willing to destroy our Country if they can get rid of Trump in the process. Those backstabbers are the lowest of the low.

  • I think Trump’s presence at this time, in this place, is indeed Providential. We are being given a *last chance* to retreat from the brink, to revive the Covenant made between the Founders and the Almighty. Trump’s re-election is necessary, but far from sufficient to achieve that end. We have forgotten that the very idea of the United States as Founded is odious to those who traffic in power over others, for the culture, religion, and norms we risk losing stands as a rebuke, a challenge, to their conceits and a reason for people across this globe to have hope for liberty. This war shall never be settled until the End of Days.

    Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    • Your attempt to cast Trump is some holy & religious light is merely putting lipstick on the pig to sell to the evangelicals. Some Trumper had this ‘King Cyrus’ idea that Trump surely represents that figure in history and that Trump is God’s second Cyrus. That’s a heck of a stretch, but more window dressing for the benefit of evangelicals. What we saw on Tuesday night is that Trump is the one who has nothing without HIS teleprompter — that droning read he does while switching between the left and right displays. The fact that you have fallen under the Trumpian spell doesn’t mean the rest of us need to fall down that same hole that you couldn’t step over.

      • You are the reason we need President Trump. Whether you stepped over the hole is irrelevant . He is here at the right time time in the story of our nation. I personally think it won’t end until the left are destroyed and the support that President Trump has now that he has a proven record is enormous. Your marxist revolution will go down as a dark stain in our country’s history!

      • For everyone who does not agree with this article, you probably have not heard the breaking news about Hillary and Obama’s Benghazi coverup. The truth is now being told.

    • The “end of days” can rightly be ascribed to the last seven years of human history often referred to as the “seven years of tribulation” nowhere to be found in scripture. Its all in the mathematics:

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JB1XGHT

      Have faith, a Creator that can change all human understanding can turn things around before the election.; the God of Sinai is not sitting this one out…He is fully engaged.

    • “Providential ” ? Trump’s American Carnage inaugural speech set the tone for his Administration. It suggested that some Americans were the enemies of the United States, that the press were the enemies of the the United States, that there was a vast ” Marxist, Communist, Fascist, Socialist ” conspiracy to gain control of the United State . Mr. Klingenstein repeats this “straw man” theme .

      From the very start of the Trump Administration was not for anything but against everything . Trump ,ably assisted by Barr , has undermined the Rule of law and destroyed responsible government. He has packed the Federal Judiciary with conservative judges . He has discredited and denigrated the Electoral System, . He has discredited and denigrated the National Security apparatus, the FBI and the DOJ.

      He supports white supremacy and stirs up racial tension. He promotes evangelicals and their anti LGBTQ agenda. And on and on . All of these actions directly contradict the premise of Mr. Klingenstein’s article.

      • Whether a Deep State troll or just a garden variety Leftard, it is a troll. Kindly from feeding this creature.

    • Perfect Biblical quote. We need to pray for America and the President God has given us. The Left hates the thought of Provenance because the thought of Him takes away from their lust for power.

      • It would be far better world if the Evangelical Christians believed in and followed the Beatitudes —Matthew 5:3 – 12. instead of the Prosperity Gospel or the racist Gospel of Trump and Falwell Jr. .

    • Trump wants to destroy Democracy and undermine our election process. He is the threat to the American way of life.

  • Trump only believes in Trump. He believes in America? He absolutely despises the blue states, which, believe it or not, are a part of America.No one doubts Trump would slash and burn America if it would benefit him personally.

    • Sleepy Joe’s close cousin, dozy Joe C, attacks the man and refuses to engage with the argument.

  • The debates for me was much more like a WWE Raw event, but it was entertaining. Biden at the debate denied he is endorsing the Green New Deal (even though it was listed on his website at the time,) denied he supports the Bernie Sanders platform (even though he promised Sanders to use many of his ideas,) and he denied he’d name his potential nominees to SCOTUS. It was like watching Peter deny Jesus 3 times before the cock crows.
    I think simply stated- if you want higher taxes, less control over your healthcare, fewer jobs, a stagnant economy, rolling blackouts like in California, caving into China, more wars in Countries where there is no benefit to the US, vote for Biden/Harris.
    It you want lower/stable taxes, more choices in healthcare, more jobs with higher wages, energy independence, adequate electricity, fewer wars, a stronger military, better care for Veterans (remember this was all happening pre-pandemic) then vote for Trump/Pence.

    • Disqus had problems. First, it was consuming a lot of processing power and cutting into page load times. Second, they were pushing their own ads, from which we realized zero revenue. Third, it was hit and miss on banning trolls. This WordPress commenting system might take some getting used to, but as I understand it, once we’ve approved your comment, your comments will no longer go into the moderation queue. I guess we’ll find out!

  • History has shown over and over again that the only way to achieve equality of outcome is to make everyone poor and miserable.

  • While there are many examples of the ‘left’ calling for ‘equality of opportunity’, can you please provide us with any specific quotes or examples of the ‘left’ calling for “equality of outcome”?

    • Easy You complain about anything that ‘s not equal and have programs to “make” things equal No one cares how it’s worded, it’s the objective that matters

    • @reality check: you’re asking a reasonable question. Given the monumental difference between policies which aim for equality of opportunity and those which am for equality of outcome, conservatives have a real obligation to prove their case with actual quotes and examples. Many conservatives would specify the following components of social life as the ones where they believe progressives have an explicit commitment to policies which will produce equality of outcomes:

      (1) Rate of incarceration across racial groups (equality of outcome implies they should match demographic representation in the general population)
      (2) Income disparities between men and women (equality of outcome implies men and women should make the same amount of work)
      (3) Political representation by race and gender (race and gender of legislators should match the race and gender distribution of the populations represented)
      (4) University matriculation rates by race
      (5) Family wealth by race

      Do you think conservatives are mistaken in believing that progressives seek equality of outcomes in these areas?

  • As the Democrat Party goes off the rails leftward, the media is doing its best to shove the Democrats and their Socialism down our throats. Let’s not let the traitors to America pick our next President WE Decide who’s President not a bunch of media wannabees that like White House parties with a Dem President

  • Good article. Democrats are playing us all for fools especially black people. If you are reading this, and you want a better life, perhaps you should investigate other alternatives to voting for Democrats. They are not helping you. Search “Walk Away” on the net. Not all the videos are great, but there are a lot from Black people and some are very compelling. Here are some suggestions: Walk Away guy in kitchen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW5NtvE231I
    Walk Away guy in foyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ke9iCv0AgY
    Vernon Jones Dem Georgia house Rep vid on supporting Trump: https://www.facebook.com/DailyCaller/videos/322367018877124/
    Also see these videos of successful, articulate black men. Larry Elder Video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piwaBO6U43U
    Or this video featuring Dave Webb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv7hsiUirUU
    Immigrant from Spain and Cuba on USA: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3197412896971954

  • DaGOP is controlled opposition – funded by the same gang driving DaDems.
    DaLeft? No, they’re not in charge of this ‘destroy America’ operation. So who is?
    Simple – a collection of GlobalustOligarchs who have been in the forefront for decades, trying to turn America into NOT-America. They control our institutions and entangle our military in continuous wars with no American interests. It’s THEIR interests!
    They own BOTH major political parties – FACT! Read Eric Zuesse’s report on a study made years ago – the preferences of Americans mean zilch to Congress or our DeepState bureaucracy – $$$ talks.
    This election is about Trump and traditional Americans against DaDems, DaGOP and the whole freaking DeepState – in other words – America against DaOligagarchBastahds!
    Who wins this election won’t determine anything but what happens next – and what happens next is NOT what, but how it gets resolved.
    “It ain’t over ’til it’s over – and we’re just getting started!” DaOligarchBastahds are gonna lose!

  • Why is it such a problem that Biden staffers gave money to post bail for BLM protesters? As far as I know, the statement “innocent until proven guilty” actually means something. Bail is not intended to make sure that everyone who is arrested stays in jail forever. It is an incentive to show up for a trial.

    If a judge sees fit not to remand someone without bail, it is implicitly a statement that they can be allowed to be free until, again, they are proven guilty. This freedom should not be the province only of those wealthy enough to afford bail. If and when they are convicted, by all means put them in prison.

  • Making America (or anyone/anything, for that matters) required acknowledging where there are issues and then fixing them. It is not all or nothing and this garbage wanting to make it so is the problem with people who can only think two dimensionally. Trump feeds into this division and hate because it is politically the only play he has.

    Acknowledge and fix the reality of over 400 years of systemic racism (that has resulted in minorities remaining in poverty with worse education, harsher sentencing and stereotypes that create bias) and we will get more out of ALL of our citizens to truly make our country greater. Ignore and deny that reality with the false projection of “destroying American way of life” instead of equal opportunity (NOT socialism or equal income) and you make America far worse. Stop the division, hate and ignorance and be better.

  • ‘I know Trump has many faults. I myself sometimes cringe listening to him. He is a braggart, often misinformed, petty, and more.’

    Stop doing this, Mr. Klingenstein! We have nothing to apologize for in supporting the greatest President since Lincoln. Do you see what the poor man is up against? Like my mother, GRHS, would say ‘Walk a mile in his shoes.’ That story he now tells about watching TV with his wife waiting for mention of his Noble Peace Prize nomination is heart-rending. Further, President Trump is NONE of the things you mention. He is a WONDERFUL, kind-hearted man. I look forward to his speeches every day. All of us should be down on our knees HOURLY begging God to give him the strength he desperately needs to win re-election. May God bless Donald Trump forever! Amen.

  • Spot on! And where is John Lennon when you need him? He has no choice but to sit this revolution out as well. And Trump is indeed of God’s providence, and proof that God has a sense of humor!

  • Klingenstein, an apparently intelligent man, must not have taken enough math courses in college. Consistently, the President, over the course of his term, has (based upon every poll I’ve seen, including FOX, Rasmussen, etc.), has the support of 40-44% of the electorate – BUT NOT 50%. Despite every effort, he has not made that number budge sufficiently to have the proverbial “puncher’s chance”. Could he pull off some version of what happened in 2016? Of course …. but then, in 2016, we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, we hadn’t lost 205,000 Americans (and counting), we hadn’t suffered economically as we have over the last 6-8 months, and Hillary Clinton was the Democratic candidate. Not one Trump supporter I know has explained how he gets to 270 electoral votes this time around, especially with his “Midwest trifectra” looking more & more blue every day, and a few states he won in 2016 (Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, & Ohio) either rated as “Toss-Up” or leaning blue. (Even Texas polls show it closer than anyone would have thought).

    • Fred Palmieri, why the insult about “math courses in college”? There is not a single sentence in Klingenstein’s article that indicates whether or not he thinks the President will win re-election. You’re welcome to argue that the President will not or cannot, but you’re refuting something Klingenstein never even addresses in this essay. If anything, he seems to agree with your math. Klingenstein argues that Trump’s campaign is suffering because he has NOT addressed the most consequential issue in the election. Can you point to something specific in the article that implies the author thinks Trump is winning?

  • Joe Biden:

    “Le Parti Démocrate c’est moi.”

    Can’t think of a better description of the decrepitude of a once great organization.

  • Mr. Klingenstein. What is the difference whether it is a member of left or you saying: “I know Trump has many faults. I myself sometimes cringe listening to him. He is a braggart, often misinformed, petty, and more.”

    • I agree with you…after all his sacrifice I felt sick reading that sentence!! It put a negative slant on what could have been a sharable article.

  • Trump versus Biden is the choice between a man who believes that he is the center of the universe and a man who believes that America is much stronger as a unified country. We don’t need a gladiator. Gladiators might be strong and tough, but they are not strategic. The best gladiator Rome ever produced would be far too simple to lead America today. That is what the Trumpies are failing to understand. Just because you’re tough, doesn’t mean you’re a leader.

  • “…….Republican leaders are too focused on policy. This is not a policy election. This is a regime decision; a way of life election……”

    This does not surprise me one bit! In the 2018 Republican DISASTER, Republican strategists focused their message on “tax cuts” which applied to 47 percent of “tax payers.” (granted, the Republican house and senate did absolutely nothing except pass the tax cuts, so strategists had little to work with). Meanwhile, Democrat strategists focused on “health care” which applies to 100 percent of ‘all’ Americans.

    The result was the loss of the house to the rising mass of democrat voters known as “suburban women.”

    I do not expect the results to be any different this year. Mr. Klingenstein is directly on target with his column.

  • Yes, one candidate believes that the leaders of the FBI are scum, that there is a deep state conspiracy in all of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the pentagon, that our elections are fraudulent, that our major cities are anarchist jurisdictions. He also believes that our major media outlets are Fake News and the enemies of the people. He does not like soldiers who were captured and became Prisoners of War. He thinks that the leaders of the military conspire with the weapons manufacturers to waste money. He also thinks that prior to 2016-the United States was no longer great. Other than that he is a great lover of our country and people.

  • On what planet does Trump think America is good? His entire pitch is that America is corrupt and horrible. He hates Democrats (who are 45% +/- of the American population). He hates American environmentalists, American academics, American celebrities, American athletes. He hates Americans who are black or Latino. He hates the American media. He hates the American Department of Justice. He hates the American court system, and he thinks the American electoral system is corrupt.

    He apparently thinks that all of America and all of its systems and institutions exist solely for the purpose of victimizing him personally. So, I ask again:

    On what planet does Donald Trump think America is good?

  • This is pretty monumental. They lie and lie and lie saying the president won’t call out white supremacists when he’s done it time and time again and Biden says Proud Boys. Which are the only thing we have fighting Antifa because the left has hamstrung the police. Proud Boys are our answer to burning looting and murdering.

  • The GOP and “Conservatives” in general are terrifyingly weak reeds to rest your hopes upon. They are nothing more than the more passive wing of the governing duopoly concerned only with feathering their own nest. They have more in common with the maoists in the DNC than with anything that might be accurately called Trump’s base. The proof of this is the way they have let Trump twist in the wind for 3 years and six months and are on bestirring themselves to some zombi like approximation of action two months before an election.

  • I love this website but I have decided to boycott it. I don’t know who the stupid genius was who decided to switch from Disqus but the A hole should be fired.

    What the F?

    Disqus gives us the opportunity to interact THIS POS commenting engine shuts down interaction.

    I, consequently, will from this day forward not be coming here and I suggest you write Chris Bursik at chris@amgreatness.com and tell him so.

    Good bye until American Greatness wakes up and smells the reality roses. Whomever thought this was a good idea is a certified idiot.

  • Tom…. Jerry in Hartford here. I couldn’t agree with you more!! I remember we discussed the election in October of 2016 and neither of us thought Trump had a chance at all. I hope my former client is doing well

  • The Democrats are hoping that the American people are dumb enough to believe their lies

  • It is clear to everyone who pays attention that the left (which controls the Democratic Party) is trying to crush Christians and white people. This is not a conspiracy theory; just take their words and actions at face value.

    Trump is not a “white nationalist;” he just doesn’t hate whites and Christians. He’s not joining the Dems in their crusade against the historic American people.

    As for Trump being crude: When you’re in a war, your side needs a fighter, not a polite guy.

    Those who hate Trump (such as El Norte) hate whites and Christians, or are too foolish to realize what’s going.

  • Antifa, blm, and Leftists claim they want to rebuild society. The problem is that they’ve never built anything. Probably not even with Legos. It’s one thing to raze a building to replace it with one more suitable for a purpose. But these “people” only understand destruction for destruction’s sake

  • Within Biden’s first term, the Democrats will move to replace the Flag of the United States with a new version, with or without the admission of new states to the union.

  • This new format stinks. I won’t be sticking around. Congratulations on ceeding the field to trolls

  • One outsider and the establishment of past 3 decades is pissing in their pants. Oh what about all the wars they have enjoyed for past 3 decades spending Trillions of taxpayers money while enriching themselves and their families? How bout killing millions of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, drone attacks in Pakistan, Somalia ……… and you want Biden from the establishment back?
    Make no mistake Democrats ( Hillary, Biden & Obama) wanted to go to war with NK & Russia and will do when return to power.
    Their Motto: SCREW USA & EVERYONE ELSE!

  • It’s a battle of two movements, it’s just that ours is censored at every turn by employers, schools, covid fearmongers, etc. Our voice will be heard, hopefully distinctly above the millions of faked ballots from the other side.

  • There is nothing to fear from Biden says Biden: “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” No, he does not, but what he does look like is a sap, a puppet being played by his handlers…

    Biden looks like Professor John Gill, the figurehead “leader” of a dystopian, Nazi-style world in the original “Star Trek” series. And that’s probably how Slow Joe’s administration is going to work, too.

  • Donald Trump has to win this election or the USA will be finished. These children bashing him on here. They will be starving on the streets in a few years. Antifa , BLM , CNN and the rest do the Domestic terrorists will be long gone. Mission accomplished. You MUST vote. In person. Make sure. Your life depends on it.

  • Absolutely right. And if the Democrats succeed in stealing the election, the only recourse to save and preserve our nation is civil war

  • What are you talking about?Trump is aginst frad in our elections,Go to the poles and vote.

  • As I watched the President’s address to the crowd in Duluth on Wednesday night, i found myself bored and sensed the same from the assembled. It even seemed to me that the President was bored with his speech and its content.

    Having attended scores of political rallies, 90% of them rather dull affairs, I recognized the presence of a common political disease: the Laundry List Appeal. The President has taken to giving – has most likely had foisted upon him – 90 minute recitations of his accomplishments and plans, no matter how picayune and detached from the current moment they may be (Space Force!). There is no theme, no animating idea to inspire the people, not to mention the President. The fact is, 90% of the President’s speech could be delivered by a local pol from the area and no one would notice, they are that pedestrian.

    And now American Greatness has published two articles this week identifying the need for a more focused, robust, and relevant GOP campaign, along the lines of MAGA’s call for border control, better trade deals, an end to blood and treasure adventurism, and national pride. Problems in the President’s campaign aren’t a figment of the imagination.

    A Keep America America campaign is needed:

    1) Run against Ilhan Omar – she’s the face of the Destroy America Revolution;
    2) Attack the imposition of Critical Race Theory;
    3) Protect our National Monuments from those who would tear them down if they could;
    4) Protect our American Flag from those who would replace it if they could;
    5) Support Law and Order, the bulwark of civilization.

    I’m afraid, however, that the GOP campaigns have been hijacked by the same losers who have run every other GOP campaign since 2006 – they don’t do “themes”, let alone “divisive” themes along the lines of what I’ve suggested. The President had a lifetime to construct his MAGA agenda; his presidential duties have sapped his energy and attention and have prevented him from constructing a new agenda, one that excites the mainstream of America, not to mention the President himself.

    • Welp, Trump has a certain problem: he daren’t draw attention to the promises he made last time and didn’t keep. Specifically, the Wall, catapulting Dreamers over said wall (allowing a few back in via a big, beautiful door), and reducing legal immigration (though he flip-flopped on this during the campaign). He also tweets about law and order and then fails to enforce it.

    • He has had 24/7 of four years of constant verbal abuse against him and his family. He has had to defend himself and his family against a party that has had only one goal for four years, removal from office no matter any form of legality or civility or cost. He has accomplished more in one year than the previous President did in 8. Anyone would be a bit fatigued with his schedule. If anyone doesn’t believe that the Democratic Party’s true goal is to drastically change the basic principles and the history of this Country by “brainwashing” the voter starting in college, now public schools, control of the mainstream media, and constantly playing the “race card” is either dead or dumb. This election is NOT about the individual BUT about how long this Republic will survive under a Harris/Biden administration if they are elected. Once you lose your freedoms, it will be costly to regain them if even possible.

  • The album cover for the Beatles’ Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, from 1967, features a plethora of 20th century cultural figures from the (Western) world of arts and entertainments, science and literature, medicine and sport, of stage and screen as well as obviously music. The Beatles had proudly arrived and apparently in their way celebrated with their album cover this variety of talented stars each of whose image I suppose is depicted on it (the laptop in its day for young people) because they were all great in their own way …. and were pretty much household names. Are they still household names?
    Or are they all to be consigned to the dustbin of history? Are Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, Carl Jung (or was it Freud), to end up in the bin along with Tony Curtis and Laurel &Hardy? Were they not all great in their own way? They were. What has the West got to feel guilty about? I don’t recall all the figures depicted on that album cover;: but all of them probably sprung into their opportunities from under the shadow of church tower or spire; or synagogue. Christianity’s basis is love. Love has led to music, the arts, entertainments: though now we gorge on excess in the misery guts internet age.
    If the Dems load depressingly tedious Woke agendas and power point bulletins galore on Wokeness ad infinitum on the people after they achieve power; if they load on the country to the hilt the dogma of political correctness, as I believe they would, then it’s the death of the artistic and entertaining mind. Forget another Motown, forget another hit. When was the last one anyway? It’s been years.

  • No doubt that Trump has great courage. He proved it when he got daddy to pay a doctor to say that he has “bonespurs” and dodge the draft. Without a doubt a man of great integrity and courage.

  • I agree with this article. Lefty’s hate America. They hate Men. They are a bunch of radical feminist/LGBTQ/Transgender wackos. The difference between a liberal and a radical liberal? A liberal believes in the empowerment of women/gays/transgenders/whatever. A radical liberal believes that men, America and the traditional family must be destroyed for that empowerment. We aren’t going quietly radical liberals. And its taken a man like Trump to show just how subversive radical liberals are. He is a warrior against the non stop attacks on him. I pray for Trump that Jesus will keep him empowered, in the flow, standing for the greatness of America. Liberals arguing against Make America Great?!?! Take that in, really, take it in. American Pride is at an all time low in the liberal world. Sorry, Not interested in that view running my government.

    If you want to use LBGTQ/Transgendered pronouns, go right ahead, its a free country and the constitution ensures the right to free speech, but don’t presume to think that you can tell me what can or has to come out of my mouth. The subversive part of liberals is that they are demanding through internet powerless outrage bullying and shaming, things they say that are against, that somehow they get to say what history is and what people can or can not say. Sorry libtards, you aren’t God. Do what you want, but stop trying to tear down America to do it. You’re in for a real battle. Not a VR one. Not a Facebook trolling session, but real guns with real bullets. You’re angry, I get it, but the constitution provides for it to be a living a morphing document. Respect it or be labelled an anarchist and be thrown in a hole.

    If liberals start a civil war, it will last about 10 minutes. The Deplorable Nation outguns libtards 10000×1. Calm down everyone, we can all coexist. The intolerance of the tolerance of Liberals is tearing at the fabric of our country. Its subversive anarchy and I hope this becomes clear to more and more people. I don’t count China/Russia out in promoting the angry Roman mob mentality that is radical liberals.

    If America wants to save the world, we need to legalize drugs and stop the black market and absolute terror that industry, which isn’t going anywhere, is causing on the planet earth. Democrat based legislation, the Great Society and 3 Strikes and you’re out, did more harm to black America than the cops every did. Bill Clinton and a Democrat controlled congress gave the police state a BIG leg up. Democrats tried to stop the abolition of slavery. Democrats are no friend of the black community. The great society created slums and black mothers being dependent on the federal government. Talk about being married to bully.

    If monkey’s want to be wacked out on Heroin, go for it. Let liberty ring and that includes destroying yourself with drugs. I’m just tired of the blood required in human sacrifice for a heroin/coke loving monkeys to get their fix. We did this with that 18th/21st amendment. We’ve already lived this lesson. Prohibition of chemicals DOES NOT WORK!

    It’s time we end the madness that is the war on drugs. That will solve an infinite amount of problems in our communities and in the world. #EndTheWarOnDrugs. Let non-violent offenders go free, absolve their records, let them vote. Reduce crime. Reduce the need for police. Shut down prisons. Make gangs irrelevant. Dissolve the DEA. Reduce people flocking to our southern border to escape the terror that are drug thugs. Legitimize the supply chain. Bring stability to Mexico and Central America. Black Markets = Crime/Thug State. Wake UP AMERICA!!!

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