This Election Isn’t Just Binary, It’s Existential

By Jon Schweppe

America is on the ballot this election. Vote for the Republicans if you love your country. Vote for the Democrats if you’d rather see it burn to the ground.

That is, essentially, the argument put forward in a recent viral speech by Tom Klingenstein, a conservative thought leader and chairman of the Claremont Institute. Klingenstein posits that, come November, voters must choose: either America is good, and ought to be defended, or it is bad, and deserves to be cancelled.

It’s tempting to dismiss this contrast as hyperbole, and say Klingenstein is simply being a partisan, or a conspiracy theorist, or both. But, unfortunately, the more you listen to what left-wing activists say to each other when they aren’t actively gaslighting the public, the more and more his argument is proven true. It is now clear that the vast majority of the Left truly does believe that the American system is rotten to its core, and needs to be done away with entirely. Look no further than the 1619 Project and Black Lives Matter.

The 1619 Project received countless accolades (including a Pulitzer Prize) from left-leaning elites for arguing that America is foundationally racist and evil. Over the summer, this was the idea, embodied by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, that burned America’s cities to the ground.

BLM is arguably the most powerful left-wing “grassroots” organization in America. In a matter of months, BLM managed to get the news media, sports leagues, Hollywood, Big Tech, corporate America, and the entire Democratic Party to kneel down before them. If you doubt that BLM is at the top of the Left’s hierarchy right now, consider this: Black Lives Matter completely overshadowed this year’s Pride Month, normally the High Holy Season of the political and corporate Left’s liturgical calendar. Did you even notice it happened?

Of course, despite its name, the BLM movement isn’t really about racial justice. The riots that targeted monuments to Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and burnt down black-owned businesses and neighborhoods, didn’t do so out of concern for black lives. They did it out of a real, deep hatred of America and the American way of life. If America is racist “systemically”—essentially, all-encompassingly, foundationally—then nothing we traditionally call American should be allowed to survive.

Joe Biden, for his part, has signed on to this philosophy. He now decries regularly the “systemic” and foundational racism of this country, which, he says, exists “not just in law enforcement,” but “across the board. It’s in housing, it’s in education . . . it’s in everything we do.” He has joined with the Left in believing that, as Tom Klingenstein puts it, “the most important thing in our history — the thing around which all else pivots — is slavery.”

If the evils of America abound in everything we do and are, then everything about America must be overhauled. This is the core belief motivating BLM, founded by self-proclaimed “trained Marxists,” and the historical revisionism of …read more

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Mike Huckabee: Trump will move America forward, Biden would return US to disastrous Obama era

By Mike Huckabee The final debate Thursday night between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden showed the American people exactly what is at stake in this election. …read more

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Debate contrasted Trump successes with Biden failures

By Sen. Marsha Blackburn If you’re looking for a fighter and a political outsider, Donald Trump is your man. If you want an insider who is prepped and poised to go with the same old Beltway flow, Joe Biden is your man. …read more

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Gregg Jarrett: Hunter Biden laptop scandal — Even if Joe Biden wins, there’s no way out now

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Trump v. Biden Stays Trump v. Biden

By Curt Mills

Joe Biden scolded President Trump for coddling dictators, didn’t rule out a second national lockdown, didn’t foreclose on the possibility of steep tax hikes, and didn’t take the bait on Thursday night in Nashville.

The second showdown between the Democratic presidential nominee and Donald Trump was a far more demure affair than the controversial brawl that went down last month. For the incumbent, it showcased to the American people that he had recovered from COVID-19, and was still his old self. As for Biden, the former vice president comported himself like a man who has already made his closing argument.

Trump and his team went into the debate intent on raising hackles over the latest disclosures swirling around Biden’s son, Hunter, which possibly implicate the would-be president himself. A press call led by former Trump official Ric Grenell ahead of Thursday night made clear the campaign’s strategy, with Grenell and company refusing to take any questions not related to Hunter Biden.

“He doesn’t want to talk about the substantive issues,” Biden shot back. “It’s not about his family and my family. It’s about your family,”

Indeed, there is uneasiness among some in the president’s corner than the emphasis on Hunter Biden has been overdone, and distracts from a more coherent closing argument from Trump. But for Team Trump, it’s personal, with messy financials and personal shots firing all around.

Trump linked Hunter Biden’s troubles to his business endeavours with China. “That’s a typical political statement,” Trump said of Biden’s defense. ”‘Let’s get off the subject of China, let’s talk around sitting around the table.’ Come on, Joe, you can do better.” Biden’s team, on the hand, has tried to link Trump explicitly to Beijing.

“Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account?” former President Barack Obama said in Pennsylvania this week, remarking on a recent New York Times report. “They would’ve called me Beijing Barry.”

At times, for more seasoned political observers, the debate could be whiplash-inducing. In 2008, it was Obama who was defending reaching out and sitting down with America’s adversaries as necessary measures of diplomacy. Last night, it was Biden, the Democrat, who occupied the establishmentarian lane, attacking Trump for meeting with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un.

Trump defended his record. “North Korea? We’re not in a war,” Trump said. “We have a good relationship. People don’t understand—having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing.” During the handoff between their administrations, Obama warned Trump North Korea would be the most pressing issue he would have to face. But Biden argued the manner in which Trump grappled with Pyongyang had bestowed legitimacy on Kim, agreeing — on this score, at least — with Trump apostates such as John Bolton.

Trump was perhaps most effective when attacking Biden’s political vulnerabilities on fracking in the swing states. “I would transition from the oil industry, yes. … Because the oil industry pollutes, significantly,” Biden said. Trump alleged Biden was hiding the ball. “I never …read more

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Michael Goodwin: At Trump-Biden debate we saw president we should have seen weeks ago

By Michael Goodwin In Thursday’s debate as the president finally found his stride. He was substantive, measured and relatively calm — a combination that enabled him to give the best debate performance I’ve ever seen from him. …read more

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Richard Fowler: Trump’s weak debate performance and mishandling of COVID-19 may doom his reelection hopes

By Richard Fowler President Trump was better behaved at the final presidential debate but used the occasion to spread misinformation about the Biden family, health care and COVID-19. …read more

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Kennedy: Here’s how I feel about freedom and why I am hosting a podcast to explore its limits and potential

By Lisa Kennedy Montgomery I am so excited to start a podcast that tests and celebrates the limits and potential of the freedoms we embrace. …read more

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David Bossie: Top takeaways from Trump-Biden debate — one candidate exceeds expectations

By David Bossie President Trump gave a very different debate performance from his last face-off with Joe Biden. Trump had clearly learned his lesson; poor post-debate polling made it clear that browbeating his rival would not win over any votes. …read more

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