By Rod Thomson
The reason this election feels like the most consequential since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 is that it is really the most fully realized and open battle of diverging worldviews since 1860. This isn’t about Donald Trump being compared to Lincoln, it is that the election itself is as momentous in determining the course of the country.
The distance between Republicans and Democrats has never been greater. But the distance between institutional America — universities, media, Hollywood, the permanent administrative state — and average working Americans has also never been greater. And never more revealed.
Norman Podhoretz said: “We have created a society in which more people enjoy more freedom and more prosperity than any human community ever known to human history. And that is not nothing, to put it mildly.”
Indeed. But what makes this moment so enlightening and far-reaching is that there is one side that does not believe that. The driving, illuminating force on that side believes that America is irredeemably racist, built on slavery and the capitalistic rape of other nations; a nation consumed by hate and greed. This has been said and believed in the margins for decades, but it is quite in plain sight today and makes up the dynamic core of the Democratic Party.
This core believes that America requires “fundamental change,” as President Obama promised but failed to accomplish because he was blocked by Republicans in Congress. But make no mistake. He wanted to be a radical in office, and still was in as many ways as he could be.
Odd as it sounds to say straight forward, many on that side are done with the route of freedom and prosperity, regardless of the election outcome. They will indoctrinate our children through the schools even more blatantly, now with the 1619 Project repudiated by historians but already in use in schools, and increasingly radicalized colleges of education churning out further and further leftist teachers and professors.
They will use every cultural lever they control to redefine and reeducate Americans, continuing the rewriting of American history in future American generations.
But many on that side will not wait for those inevitable affects as the long march through the institutions continues, but will again take to the streets to burn, destroy and even kill on the thinnest of pretexts. They are revolutionaries. Not the Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton kind, but the Che Guevara, Mao Zedong, Leon Trotsky, Hugo Chavez kind.
This election ranges vastly beyond Donald Trump and Joe Biden as people. But in those two, we have avatars. Trump agrees with Podhoretz, in seeing America as a great country and a force for good in the world like no other ever. This is evident not just in the raucous crowds of tens of thousands at his rallies, but who those people are and represent — non-coastal elite Americana. These people see America as a force for good, needing marginal improvements but certainly not fundamental change.
Whatever Joe Biden may really have thought about America at one time, he is now reduced to a sock puppet of the radical revolutionaries described above. Just looking at his own web site — and he may well not know what is on it — reveals this truth.
So when you vote, your choices are between a very imperfect President who has implemented objectively successful policies for Americans and loves this country, or an empty suit fill-in expression for the revolutionary left that hates much of America and wants to tear it down and rebuild something entirely different — the fulfillment of every dystopian movie ever.
Middle East peace vs. Antifa burning Portland.
Choose wisely, America.
Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Like Rod on Facebook.