In these days when one major party Presidential candidate only occasionally emerges from his basement to warn of a “dark winter” coming (and it will be, if he’s elected), we could really use a little optimistic light. So a salute to Al Perrotta of The Stream for writing this MUST-READ article.
He “senses” that in the past week or so, the mood in America has noticeably changed. The American people who know what a great and generous nation this is have had enough of being locked down, bullied and told that we’re sinful and racist and have to be “fundamentally transformed.” He senses an impending landslide for the candidate of growth, freedom, patriotism and optimism; an end to the politically-motivated virus lockdowns and cruel partisan delays in providing help to those who need it; the return of American pride and a truly happy Christmas, not because of what we plan to buy for our families but because we can finally be with them. And he reminds us that no matter what happens, God is in control.
Read it all. And to any cynical liberals who scoff that he's dreaming, I’ll quote your hero John Lennon: You may say he’s a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.
While I share his optimism about the election trends, I will also be realistic and remind you that such a dream doesn’t happen without everyone pitching in to make it happen. That means voting as if America’s future depended on it, because it does. You might want to take advantage of early voting (in person!) just to make sure you’re not stuck in a long line on Election Day when the polls close (I wouldn’t count on an activist judge ordering them to stay open late so Republicans can vote.)
As they say at Instapundit, “Don’t get cocky,” but there are growing signs of optimism despite the media trumpeting their fantasy polls that suggest voters are in the grip of Bidenmania. It’s not just the massive size of Trump’s rallies compared to the sparse handful who show up to sit inside a hula-hoop at Biden “rallies.” There’s also the fact that Trump, having conquered the dread COVID in a weekend, is already back giving hour-plus speeches in three different states per day and continuing to do his job while Biden barely shows up on TV screens, always double-masked and looking terrified of catching the virus that Trump ate up and spit out. Americans like strong, vital, energetic leaders, and Biden, with his gaunt, fragile look and cloth-wrapped face, looks as if he should be starring in a “Mummy” movie.
There’s also the little-remarked-upon makeup of Trump's rally crowds.
They are composed of a surprising number of Democrats, Independents and people who’ve never voted before (who aren’t included in polls of “likely voters.”) At his rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin this week, over 50% of the attendees were not Republicans. That could mean that for all the media hype about how many Democrats are voting early, a lot of them might not even be voting for Biden.
Finally, I’ll point out that at Trump’s rally in Michigan yesterday, thousands of people lined up for hours in advance in very cold, rainy weather, just to see and hear Trump. What other political figure could possibly draw a crowd like that? (No, don’t say me: I’m much too modest to believe that!)
Years ago, the conservative humorist P.J. O’Rourke wrote about how shocked the US media were when the Nicaraguans voted to throw out Daniel Ortega’s socialist Sandinista government. The polls showed them winning a landslide reelection, and there were long lines to vote. But O’Rourke said he wasn’t surprised at the results. People lied because they didn’t trust the pollsters not to tell the goon squads that they opposed Ortega. And O’Rourke stated one of his political rules of thumb: people don’t stand in long lines in the middle of nowhere to vote for the status quo.
In this election, Trump may be the incumbent, but there’s no question that Biden represents the status quo. That might as well be his campaign slogan: “Big government, high taxes, corrupt elitist leaders and foreign wars: Bring back the status quo!”