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What Trump Got Right: Our Choice Isn’t Democrats Vs. Republicans, But Socialism Vs. Democracy

Even today, we often hear there are no real differences between the two parties. They’re like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, we’re told. But hearing President Donald Trump’s lengthy, and detailed, acceptance speech Thursday night, we must agree: Never in modern history has there been a greater gap between the two major parties.

“Despite all of our greatness as a nation, everything we have achieved is now endangered. This is the most important election in the history of our country. At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas,” Trump told Americans.

“This election will decide whether we save the American Dream, or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny.”

He’s right. And yes, the choice is that stark.

In the midst of an American cultural and political crisis, brought on by far-left inspired terrorism and rioting in the nation’s cities, it’s important to draw clear distinctions. And that’s exactly what Trump and others did in their convention speeches.

“The president and his surrogates boasted of replacing NAFTA with USMCA, passing criminal-justice reform, getting a significant tax cut through Congress (though this didn’t receive as much attention as usual for a GOP convention), destroying ISIS, and killing Qasem Soleimani, along with many less widely heralded achievements in foreign policy and regulatory reform,” as Daniel McCarthy of the Spectator USA magazine neatly summed it up.

As for the Democrats and Joe Biden, meanwhile, they held a fuzzy, get-reacquainted-with-nice-guy-Joe convention. Little discussed were the ultra-radical planks of the Bernie Sanders-Joe Biden platform that inevitably would turn America toward socialism — a system that has failed everywhere it’s been tried, as I&I has noted repeatedly.

The Dems also virtually ignored the actual governing record of their candidate’s nearly 50 mediocre years in public office, itself a rebuke of the 77-year-old presidential candidate. And they pretty much kept mum on the Democrat-inspired riots now wracking the country, not to mention the Blue State Democrats’ unnecessary forced shutdown of the nation’s economy to deal with COVID-19.

Instead, they focused on how “empathic” and what a “nice guy” Biden is. Even so, when not making Biden into an object of pity and symbol of passive white-guy niceness, the Democratic National Convention provided a stark warning to all Americans who prize their freedom.

With their bankrupting plans for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a return to America-last globalism, a federal takeover of the nation’s suburbs, promises to defund the police, huge cuts to defense spending, massive re-regulation of the economy, growth-killing tax hikes, and use of mail-in ballots to make it easier to commit election fraud, Democrats have signaled their clear intent to end the free America we now know and replace it with something quite different.

The federal government, like it or not, under the Democrats’ proposals would end our democracy as we know it. Americans would no longer rule their own lives; Washington bureaucrats would. No free citizens, just subjects of an ever-larger national government.

This is the first step in the “progressive” Democrats’ vision toward a socialist superstate — one with no room for individuals with rights, just interest groups based on race, class and union affiliation. Those outside of favored groups and races would be social pariahs.

You know, “deplorables,” “racists,” “fascists,” “white nationalists,” “domestic enemies,” and whatever other ugly epithets they can throw at you.

So much for Martin Luther King Jr.’s deeply affecting vision of a nation where his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

In 1858, on his way to becoming perhaps our greatest president ever and with the growing possibility of a civil war looming over the issue of slavery, Lincoln in his “House Divided” speech foreshadowed with eerie prescience our very situation today:

“I do not expect the Union to be dissolved  — I do not expect the house to fall  — but I do expect it will cease to be divided,” Lincoln said.

“It will become all one thing or all the other.”

He was right, and that’s where we are today. Americans have a choice between “one thing” or “the other”: a return to slavery under socialism, or the freedom of a constitutional republic, with its guarantees of individual rights and liberty.

Both sides have presented their visions. At stake is a very clear electoral choice between freedom and tyranny. It’s now up to you to make it.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • The only time in our history when the differences between Republicans and Democrats was any worse would have been during the Civil War! Today the difference between the parties is immense. The Democrats are backing socialism at it’s worst, in fact MARXIST SOCIALISM! While Republicans still fit into their decades, if not centuries long beliefs in the Constitution, pretty much as it was written, and capitalism, while Democrats have swung 180 degrees from their original founding beliefs. They are embracing Radical Socialism to the hilt, and they aren’t above using force, destruction, or fraud to further their desires.

  • I heard something a little different. Maybe it should be called Communism. Call it for what it is. A lot of people think everyone will be treated equally due to communism. They really need to travel the worls because there are slums in every country.

  • Actually the choice is between communism and a Constitutional Republic ….which the United State is and has always been.

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