Worst Year in Decades Capped by Worst Election in History

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

At the end of this devastating year, the majority of Americans have apparently chosen bigger government, higher taxes, creeping socialism, waning economy, more abortion, iniquitous sexuality, weaker military, fewer freedoms, illegal immigration, unchecked lawlessness, and Kamala Harris as the likely future president. I believe most of those Americans ignored those consequences opting rather to demonstrate their displeasure with the president’s personal behavior. Here is my take on this unprecedented election.

First, let’s be real. I doubt that over ten percent of the voters really wanted Biden and Harris as their president and vice president. Hardly any enthusiasm could be detected in their lackluster campaign. Biden voters just hated Trump. Biden seems destined to become president only because he wasn’t Trump. So now, we have sent a message to the world that our great nation is plunging more deeply into socialism and immorality–because most voters hated the president’s personality.

However, in defense of the anti-Trump voters, their views were largely based on deception. They were formed mostly from an overwhelmingly biased news media and social media. American media, with few exceptions, have become a formidable arm of the Democratic Party. Most Americans have been victims of a constant daily diet of media bias, untruths, and censorship. Trump was grilled mercilessly by the mainstream media while Biden got hardly any challenging questions. I never saw one single positive news story on Trump outside of Fox News and Newsmax. Conversely, I never heard one negative report on Biden from the liberal media. The concept of balanced reporting from mainstream media went away years ago. This is a sad commentary on our nation.

Had Trump received even minimal consideration of his accomplishments from the House and the liberal media, he would have won this election handily. Instead, both the House and the biased media attacked him with the fake three-year Russia probe, baseless impeachment, legislative and policy rejection, constant harassment, and misrepresentation of his pandemic leadership. No president could hold up under that level of prejudice.

Then, on top of all of this, the election was an absolute sham. National pre-election-day polls that predicted double digit wins for Biden, ballots mailed out to all registered voters, days or weeks allowed to count the votes, legal observers not allowed to observe, batches of thousands of votes coming in last minute 100% for Biden, Trump votes found in trash cans, and voters accepted with no I.D. All of the irregularities favored Democrats, and all could have been easily avoided. Trump would have clearly won in a fair election. This was NOT a fair election.

I pray we will retain the Senate majority. Otherwise, I believe there would be no hope for our nation. The assumed new president and the House will make major strides in liberalizing and weakening America. But the very worst of their initiatives, the Green New Deal, socialized medical care, new states, and destruction of the electoral process will hopefully not see the light of day. If the Senate counterbalances the House, little will be accomplished for the people, but at least the House and the White House will be limited in their attempts to radicalize the country.

I can’t see what God is doing in the America with which He blessed us. We don’t even deserve His attention now considering what we have done with this greatest of all nations. Maybe He is humbling us to have to depend only on Him. We must embrace Proverbs 3:5-6 at this point: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Will we do that? Lord, please straighten the path of America.

How To Choose Between Two Flawed Men

Which flawed man: Trump or Biden?

Let’s face it, each of the presidential candidates leaves a lot to be desired. Yet we have to choose one to lead the greatest nation in the world for the next four years. If you love your country, you will vote. When you vote, don’t look at the man; look at what the man brings with him. Here are some crucial considerations.

The incumbent president and the former vice president are probably two of the most flawed men to ever run for the sacred office of President of the United States.

One has held elected office in the highest echelons of government for 44 years with little positive impact on anything. He has a reputation of lying and political deception along with other moral issues. He will be the oldest presidential nominee ever. He has serious cognitive issues.

The other is an incurable egotist whom some psychologists would classify as a narcissist. He has a reputation for being untruthful. He has a history of moral failures. He is unpredictable. He entered the presidency as the oldest man to initially occupy the oval office.

All of us are flawed. We are all defective. But Americans expect our choices for president to be less defective than these two. This year in particular, we must not vote for the candidate, but for everything the candidate represents–the principles, platform, world view, influence, and ideology that will be ensconced with the position. This election is not about who is worthy of the position, but what the position will do for America and for each of us and our families.

Furthermore, each of these flawed men will be heavily influenced by and obligated to a lot of other powerful people. One will give attention to and favor the far left socialist factions of our nation. The other will listen to and lean toward the extreme conservatives. These relationships will heavily influence judicial nominations, foreign affairs, domestic policy, government control, federal spending, and social programs. We must choose which half of a divided America will have the greatest access to the White House.

So, as you watch, listen, and read about these two flawed men, think beyond the two individuals. Think about which individual will move America closer to the nation you want it to be.

Please “like” this post and share it with your friends. For more thoughts on this topic highlighting differences in specific issues, scroll down to my post, “Vote Your World View,” June 22, 2020.

Who Is Joe Biden?

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It looks like Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee for president. We should know a lot about him, since he has held political office longer than two-thirds of America’s people have lived. We may think we know Joe, but let’s take a close look at who this man was and is.

Vice President Biden was born on November 20, 1942. He grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Biden, Sr., a used car salesman, and Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden. In 1955, his family moved to Mayfield, Delaware, a blue-collar community where almost everyone worked for DuPont chemical company. As a teenager, he work to help pay his tuition to the prestigious Archmere Academy.  He became a standout football player described by his coach as one of the best pass receivers of his 16 year coaching career.

He studied history and political science while playing football for the University of Delaware Blue Hens. He admits he was more interested in girls and partying than academics and barely qualified for law school. The inauguration of President Kennedy inspired him enter Syracuse University Law School in 1965. The next year, he married Niellia Hunter with whom he says he fell in love at first sight. A mediocre law student, he flunked one of his first classes for not citing a reference on an assignment. He managed to graduate and pass the bar exam, then moved to Wilmington, Delaware to practice law.

He immediately became an active member of the Democratic Party and was elected in 1970 to the New Castle County Council. From there, his political life would continue unbroken to this day. In 1972, at just 29 years of age, he ran a long-shot race for the U.S. Senate to unseat a popular Republican incumbent, J. Caleb Boggs. His narrow victory made him the fifth youngest senator in the nation’s history. That year, just a week before Christmas, his wife and daughter, Naomi, were killed in a terrible car accident while Christmas shopping. His two sons, Beau and Hunter, were severely injured. Devastated to the point of considering suicide, Joe desired to withdraw from the Senate seat, but his family and friends convinced him to honor his commitment to the voters. Considering his family situation, he decided to commute to Washington from Wilmington by train. This commute continued for his 36 straight years in the senate.

Biden married his second wife, Jill Jacobs, in 1977, and they had a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981. Jill Biden has a PhD in education. In 2015, Joe Biden suffered another personal loss when his son, Beau, died at age 46 after battling brain cancer.

In 1987, Joe decided to run for president, but dropped out of the primary after reports that he plagiarized part of a speech. He had been suffering headaches during the campaign, and doctors diagnosed two life-threatening brain aneurysms requiring surgery. After seven months of recovery, he resumed his senate obligations.

Twenty years later, the senator once again ran for the presidency. However, his 35 years in the senate failed to create enough support to overcome the field dominated by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He dropped out after receiving less than 1% of the Iowa caucuses votes. A few months later, the victorious Obama selected Biden for his running mate. His job was to help the low-experienced Obama convince the blue collar workers he could recover the sluggish economy. The duo prevailed in victory.

Vice President Biden’s main wheel house was behind-the-scenes advisor to the president in foreign affairs and financial policy. He is credited in hammering out negotiations with Russia and tax increases with the Congress. He was also a leading figure in the national gun control debate.

His climb to the top of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race has been fraught with many issues. His alleged Ukraine scandal to enrich his son, Hunter, plus Hunter’s other misdeeds are constant drags on his campaign. His age at inauguration, if elected, would be 78, eight years older than the next oldest newly elected president in our history…Donald Trump. Biden would be 82 at the end of his first term, older than 98% of all Americans. A lot of speculation is stirring about his health, particularly his mental acuity at that age. Many go so far as questioning his mental state, even suggesting he has the onset of dementia or alzheimer’s. These assessments are mostly based on his exponential increase in verbal gaffes.

Although Joe has been gaffe-prone most of his life, he seems to be stockpiling the incidents of late. Here are just a few examples from his present campaign rhetoric:

  • Calling his opponent, Julian Castro, “Cisneros”
  • “You can’t, in fact, preach to the choir if you can’t sing.”
  • “I’m going to make sure that we rejoin the Paris Peace Accord on day one.” (The Paris Peace Accord was the treaty to end the Vietnam War)
  • Saying he went to college at Delaware State (a historically black college) instead of University of Delaware
  • Claimed that over 40 students were shot at Kent State in 1970 (actually only four)
  • Confusing Iraq and Syria
  • “We have to start rewarding work, not just wealth. I would eliminate the capital gains tax.”
  • “Why in God’s name should someone who’s clipping coupons in the stock market pay a lower tax rate than someone who is a school teacher and a firefighter.”
  • Claimed his policy would put more than 720 million American women to work
  • “My health plan is not quality and will increase premiums.”
  • “Who is Boris Johnson?”
  • Told a moving story about pinning a Silver Star on an elderly Navy captain in Afghanistan. When the statement was challenged as being totally false, he said the central point of the story was correct.
  • “We choose truth over facts.”
  • “Poor kids are just as bright as white kids.”
  • Referring to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, he said he remembered when the Parkland kids came to see him in Washington when he was vice president. (The Parkland shootings were in 2018, over a year after Trump took office.)
  • “What’s not to like about Vermont?” (He was in New Hampshire.)
  • “It’s a three-letter word: jobs.”
  • Recently declared, “I’m running for U.S. Senate!”

Many political pundits say the Democrats are going to Biden because he is the moderate choice. I suppose he is moderate compared to Bernie, but, make no mistake, he has spent his career pursuing liberal policies. He is far left of center. Joe Biden has had many personal and political challenges in his life and has shown amazing resilience. The question is, do we want a life-long, very old liberal politician who has never known anything but beltway politics since law school. He is ensconced in the swamp and may have serious mental issues. America has a crucial decision to make.

 

 

 

First Lady Melania Trump Close Up

America’s First Lady, Melania Trump, is arguably the most complex woman in the nation’s history to hold that title. With the grace and poise that may exceed that of Jackie Kennedy, this foreign-born super model has a checkered past and a rather mysterious present. The general public seems to admire her, but knows little about her. Here are some facts you need to know about the elusive celebrity hostess of your White House.

Like it or not, when America elects a president, it also elects a First Lady. President Trump came to the White House as an anomaly to say the least. It is only fitting that he brought with him an equally enigmatic spouse. Born April 26, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia (then part of communist Yugoslavia) as Melanija Knavs (pr. “navs,” [j’s and k’s are silent in Slovenian]), she grew up in a modest home with her older sister, Ines. Her father, Viktor Knavs, was a card-carrying communist who managed a state-owned car dealership. Her mother, Amalija Knavs, worked in a children’s clothing factory as a designer. Melania was closer to her mother than to her father who traveled a lot on business. She has a half-brother, Denis Cigelnjak, from her father’s out-of-wedlock relationship that none of the family including Viktor has ever met. I have to wonder when Denis is going to show up on a liberal media newscast as another thorn in the Trump family’s side.

At age 16, Melania obtained some local modeling gigs. The family moved to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana where Melania was quickly scouted as a model. Her father’s fortunes in the car business increased with his Communist Party affinity, and he drove a Maserati during Melania’s high school years. She enrolled in Ljubljana University in 1987 majoring in art and design, but dropped out after a year to pursue a modeling career. She and her sister moved to Milan then Paris as both began working with well-known photographers. They changed their last names to Knauss (pr. “noss”), the Germanized name for Knavs. Melania Knauss moved to New York in 1996 where she landed covers on magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, GQ, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She posed nude for a section of a French magazine and for provocative pictures in other publications , something I assume she regrets now. She entered the U.S. on a work visa and soon received her green card for permanent residency. The green card was issued under the EB-1 program which grants residency to immigrants who demonstrate “extraordinary ability.” She became a U.S. citizen in 2006. She considers citizenship in this country the greatest privilege on the planet and says she cannot and will not take our freedoms for granted.

Melania met the recently separated Donald Trump at a New York fashion party in 1998. She first rejected his request for a date refusing to give him her phone number. Later, she agreed to take his number and call him. The couple eventually began a relationship and were engaged in 2004. The following year, they married in a lavish million-dollar Palm Beach, Florida, ceremony attended by celebrities galore including Bill and Hillary Clinton (little did Hillary know…). Melania was 35, Donald was 59. It was her first marriage; his third following wives Ivana (1977 to 1992) and Marla Maples (1993 to 1999). There is no contact among the three ex-wives. In 2006, Melania gave birth to Barron Trump.

Keenly business minded, she launched a jewelry collection, “Melania Timepieces & Jewelry,” in 2010. In 2013, she debuted a skin care line, “Melania Caviar Complexe C6.” Both brands have enjoyed significant success. She speaks five languages–English, French, Serbian, German, and Slovenian. She has taught Barron Slovenian and French.

Viktor and Amalija eventually followed their daughter to the United States where they now live, alternating between Trump Tower in New York City and Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach. They are adamant about staying behind the scenes. Sister, Ines, is single and now lives in New York residing in the $2 million apartment owned by the Trumps and previously occupied by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Melania is very close to her sister and considers her as best friend and confidant. Barron spends considerable time with his grandparents in New York particularly during the Trumps’ official travels. Below are pictures of the Knavs (left) and Ines Knauss (right, with Melania). Isn’t it uncanny how much the Knavs look like Donald and Melania?

The last thing Melania ever dreamed of was being America’s First Lady. She kept a rather low profile during the 2016 campaign finding it difficult to transition from her role of mother and business woman to the harried political scene. After her husband’s unexpected victory, she retreated with her son and family in familiar New York until the school year ended before relocating to the White House. After a year-and-a-half, she is still adjusting. Her’s and Donald’s has not been a model marriage. They have worked through alleged affairs, travel separations, and little time to themselves. They differ on many political issues. She is, nonetheless, a devoted wife and nurturing mother. Although her life as First Lady is not one she chose or even desired, she urged her husband to run for president. She was concerned that he would regret not doing so, but she never thought he would win. However, she considers her job as First Lady a duty and wears the title proudly, honorably, and capably. She maintains a respectful popularity among most Americans and many foreigners including some of our enemies. I would have to say she provides a much needed and delicate balance to the often caustic environment of the White House.

 

 

 

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