I have always been fascinated by American history. While I did not major in history in college, I absorbed as much information as I could about how our country was formed and the seminal events in our nation’s development (I’m a Political Science major). As a post-1960 born Boomer, I was too young for Vietnam and too old for the Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. I did not serve in the military, but my father, uncles, and son did.
Politically I am an independent, but I incline towards the Right on most issues (but by no means all). I voted for Reagan, Bill Clinton twice, and George W. Bush once. I’m not a conservative ideologue, but I am a true believer in American exceptionalism. I’m a very flawed patriot, but a patriot nonetheless.
Why am I telling you this? What does any of my personal history have to do with the impact of this election on small businesspeople? Because no doubt what I’m about to say will cause some of you to cheer and others to wish me drawn and quartered in the Progressive virtue-signaling public square.
This election is a turning point in American history. Yes, I know, pundits say that about every election. But this time it is true.
After the Revolutionary War, America was fundamentally changed. We were our own country, no longer beholden to the British Crown. After the Civil War, the South was forever changed – its economy and its way of life were destroyed. After World War II, America became the dominant superpower, economically and politically. Is that what we are living through now, a time of transformational change?
Yes, it is. Have no illusions. 2020 is a pivotal moment in history. 2016 was too, but 2020 is even more so.
This election is not Trump v. Biden, Democrats v. Republicans, or even Right v. Left; it is “America, yes or no?”
I voted for Trump in 2016, and I’ll vote for him again. Do I “like” Donald Trump? Not really, but I certainly don’t hate him. I think he’s done an excellent job overall, especially pre-COVID. Is Trump a narcissistic, ego obsessed billionaire who believes the sun rises and sets on his every utterance? Yes. Is Trump obnoxious? Again, I find him to be quite unpleasant at times. So what. Trump’s personality is not on the ballot. His leadership, his policies, and vision for the country are on the ballot.
The only incumbent Presidents not to be re-elected in the past 80 years were Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. That said, Donald Trump is the definition of someone who is his “own worst enemy.” What stupid things will he say or do before November? Will his Twitter rants and megalomania destroy his chances, or will he rein it in and run as a law and order, America is worth saving candidate? You tell me and we will both know.
On the other side, we have Joe Biden.
How much of “Joe Biden” is actually left? Unless you’re not paying attention or you want to hide from the truth, anyone can see that Biden suffers from dementia. Every time he opens his mouth, Biden proves that, more often than not, he cannot remember where he is or what he’s talking about. This is precisely why he is the perfect candidate for the Progressives.
The Communist and Socialist revolutionaries masquerading as American Congresspeople or anchors and pundits on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC know that they need a transition candidate to implement socialism. Why? The American public will not directly elect a socialist President in 2020 (sorry, Bernie). Biden is a puppet, a pawn in their game. Without a doubt, he only lasts a year in office before he is forced to resign due to “health issues.” Who will force Biden’s resignation? Not the Republicans, the Progressives.
As of today, we do not know who Biden’s Vice Presidential running mate will be. I doubt that he will pick a moderate female VP. His choice (well, his handlers’ decision) will be a massive signal to America. If the VP is a Progressive female, which seems almost a lock, that’s your next President if Biden wins (at least for most of Biden’s four-year term).
I wish that I was more optimistic about a Biden Presidency for small business. Forget about Joe Biden as a man or as a President. He will not be calling the shots. If he tries to do that, he will not last even the year I’ve given him in office.
Radical Progressives want to transform America into a socialist state. They view a Biden presidency as their once in a generation chance to do this. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. That’s devastating for American small businesses.
If Trump wins, the good news is that we avoid systemic economic collapse for four more years. His pro-business policies (decreased regulation and lower taxation) remain in place. Will Trump win? For sure, do not trust the polls. Why not? Most polls do not sample properly. Many Trump voters, both male and female, simply do not want to be identified. Yes, they flat out lie to pollsters. Trump was behind, big time, the week of the 2016 election in all the polls, and he won handily. Nothing has changed in this equation. In fact, people are even more reluctant now to publicly support Trump than they were four years ago.
Progressives despise small business owners. Why? Because we still believe that in America, if you work hard, take risks and play by the rules, you can build something that not only serves your community but also raises your family’s standard of living. We believe in neighborhood schools. We believe in property rights and sane zoning laws. We believe in a country built on the principles of justice and equality for all. We love our neighbors and view them as fellow Americans, whether they are White, Black, Brown, or Asian. We believe in capitalism, but we know our system isn’t perfect. We understand our Constitution, and we believe in our God-given freedoms as articulated in the Bill of Rights.
All of which, in toto, makes us de facto enemies of Socialists and Communists. We stand between them and their goal of destroying America as we know it.
I know this is hard to swallow for many of you. This sounds all too radical, right? I wish it was my friends. Pay attention. Take the Progressives seriously. They mean exactly what they say. They hate you, they hate Christianity, Judaism, Islam – any worship of God. They want to create a world where you submit to and obey them, or else. Cancel culture is just the beginning. Wait until they control the Federal government, then the nightmare really begins.
We must put our emotions aside, put our values and our country first, and save our grand experiment in human freedom. If we allow ourselves to be bullied and bamboozled by these Leftist devils, God help us all.