Cable news has announced: Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States.
If that’s the case, what ideas won?
For what, precisely, did America vote?
I’m speaking, to be clear, of policy.
Among those who punched the ticket for Joe and Kamala, what was the ideological demand?
To generalize is to err, and it would be foolish to paint Donkey Party supporters with a broad brush.
I’m focusing solely on a subset.
You’re well aware of them–people who evidently exclusively get their news via a laser-focused, inaccurate narrative against Trump.
Concerning that particular group of voters, if Biden’s the new Commander-in-Chief, what ideas won?
It seems to me the answer is none.
Who has time for ideas when Satan is at the door?
For the sake of the planet, I believe many Blue voters waged war at the polls, not for something, but against.
They were combatting a cartoon.
For the last half-decade, talking heads have crafted an animated evil by perpetually passing along a portrayal of what could never have walked the earth.
We were presented with the notion that a Democrat celebrity fawned over for decades as a lovable, eccentric billionaire and championed in rap songs had all the while–and without notice from anyone anywhere, including close liberals and minorities–been an angry, white supremacist hatemonger sent from the bowels of hell to, suddenly and without warning at 70 years old, become the 21st century’s Hitler. Even as his opponents were socialists–like the Nazis.
What was crafted was a character drawn with a sharpie and colored by markers. He was no more a realistic possibility than Daffy Duck.
Yet, we seemed to be told, we were now living in a Space Jam world: Cartoons had come to life.
And it was quite an evolutionary leap.
Objective news had been going the way of the dodo bird for quite some time. But with Trump, on our way to the filtered future, someone hit the lever for lightspeed.
It didn’t have to be that way. Decades ago, the media was a trusted source. Reporters didn’t give their opinions, as that was the antithesis of reporting.
News outlets didn’t slant with the steepness of a fat-kidded see-saw, because that was the opposite of information.
But things have changed, perhaps permanently.
Such an 86’ing of objectivity led to a friend of mine–over the last few years–persistently sharing gun control information online, with all of the facts repeatedly wrong.
It paved the way for another friend recently telling me of the myth of the mob. He said no one had set fires in American cities, except maybe in a dumpster. As for looting, he spoke of mass exaggeration. After watching whatever media outlet he trusts, he even provided me a number of those responsible: “Maybe 12.”
From all he’d seen or read, he believed there had been “maybe 12” looters.
Meanwhile, social media continues its tightening of the reigns on information–offerers out of step with monolithic message-makers will be muted.
Still, the most potent punch of the last few years hasn’t been a general skewing of national events, but rather the created caricature of Donald J. Trump.
The stories have stacked atop one another, until a tower of babble blocked the sun.
And in darkness, rumors abound.
On Twitter, you’ll still find users decrying the President’s 2016 ridicule of a mentally disabled person–despite the fact that he never did that.
For four long years, we’ve lived with the Leader of the Free World as Lucifer.
And given that, policy debate went out the window.
The way it once was, a election meant the bout of policy vs. policy–a way of going about making the nation better.
Most all agreed on the country’s problems; parties only differed in ways of solving them.
But it appears there’s a new approach: One party is evil, so forget all the methodological meaninglessness.
Hence, 2020 was not an election of policy, an election of solutions, an election of ideas.
That goes, I believe, for many at the polls.
But don’t misunderstand–as for Americans who genuinely believe in left-wing answers to all the world’s woes, they should absolutely have voted for Joe Biden.
In their case, I support them making an informed choice.
The fact that, in my view, many did not, isn’t a sad state for Republicans.
It’s a sad state for America.
If I’m correct, in the end, for those fighting a fictional phenomenon, the ideas that won were no ideas at all.
But whether they voted for it or not, buckle up, Satan-slaying Blue balloters: Where policy’s concerned–if January brings a Biden/Harris White House–change is a-comin’.
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