Big issues most years, but this election is not about any of them. It’s about competing visions of America. Trump wants to Make America Great Again. His supporters, he says, are “people who love America.”
Biden, on the other hand, tweeted last week that “America was an idea. We’ve never lived up to it but we’ve never walked away from it before.”
Trump’s slogan tells us he believes in America and its people and that, given the freedom to do so, they will build an ever-greater country for their children and grandchildren. To help them, government needs only protect them and their property and, beyond that, leave them to their own devices. Keep taxes low so they can invest, and regulations unintrusive, so all can take part in economic growth.
Since announcing his candidacy for President, Biden hasn’t looked at what’s best for America. Instead, he’s continued his 50-year record of doing whatever is politically convenient. Biden opposed the Hyde Amendment until he didn’t; now he wants you to pay for abortions until the day a baby is born. He used to be tough on crime; now he says America is systemically racist because of the policies that he helped enact.
Today, while Trump wants to better America, Biden has kowtowed to the radicals in his party. As playwright Tom Klingenstein points out, “the Democratic Party has been taken over by its radical wing” — Biden claims he is a check on the excesses of his party but he is a blank check for his party. They want riots during a pandemic, but not church services. Your children cannot attend school but politicians can attend a funeral. Biden claims to be able to fix a tumultuous world and take us back to a place of normalcy, yet he’ll actually smuggle the forces of chaos into the most powerful house in the world, rescinding individual freedom and America’s values of race-blind equality of opportunity.
An Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll conducted following the first presidential debate supports that view. It showed that the president›s backing among Black Americans had nearly doubled — from 8% in 2016 to 15%.
One reason for this support is that many Black Americans remember how they were doing in Trump’s pre-pandemic economy. In my book, I quote the old maxim a “rising tide lifts all boats.” That unquestionably applies to Black Americans.
According to the White House Council on Economic Advisers, 1.2 million Black Americans were lifted out of poverty between 2016 and 2019 — «the largest reduction on record spanning over 50 years.»
Also, of significance, the Black unemployment rate has decreased by nearly 5% since May.