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Assault on America, Day 600: MAGA agenda Trumps doom and gloom at the RNC this week

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Republicans better take an aggressive stance against socialism at the RNC this week

It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans were known as the party of easily explainable plans -- you know, detailed policy proposals that addressed concrete and solvable problems and laid out schemes to take care of them. In the 90’s, then-House Minority Leader Newt Gingrich devised the famous “Contract With America” which presented voters with ten specific bills that a new Republican-controlled House would act upon if entrusted with power.

In the aftermath of 9/11/01, President George W. Bush introduced the concept of an “Axis of Evil,” which served as a visual for Americans set to engage in the War on Terror. The nations of Iraq, Iran and North Korea all fell upon the “axis,” which of course led to the United States’ ill-considered invasion of Iraq and entanglement in a Middle Eastern quagmire that persists to this day. Iran and North Korea remain serious adversaries, though President Donald Trump’s wise foreign policy has (somewhat) neutralized them.

A decade ago, Republican establishment policy-wonk Paul Ryan brought forward his “Roadmap for America’s Future” which, if enacted, would’ve paved a sensible way forward to address vexing fiscal dilemmas such as the growth of federal entitlement programs and the national debt. (Note: the “roadmap” was the GOP’s response to the passage of Obamacare in early 2010.) The plan wasn’t perfect, but certainly would’ve alleviated some of the monetary mess we find ourselves in today. For his trouble, Democrats produced political ads depicting the Wisconsin congressman pushing a wheelchair-bound granny off a cliff. Thanks to the demagoguery, Ryan’s idea didn’t get far.

Now, with Democrats having nominated Grampa Joe Biden and his identity-politics sidekick Kamala Harris as their presidential ticket, it’s time for Republicans to get working on their own convention. Some suggest they’d better stop compromising and playing by the rules of decorum if they’re to win this year. Cal Thomas wrote last week at The Washington Times, “Democrats have been known since the Great Depression as the party of government, luring more and more voters by dispensing free stuff and promising to take care of them. Government has replaced individual responsibility and accountability. We now subsidize bad individual decisions and failure, and penalize those who have succeeded by playing by what used to be called ‘the rules.’

“For many, government has become an addiction with Democrats serving as ‘dealers.’ Republicans have had only marginal success in countering this because they don’t seem to be able to come up with a set of unified policies and goals. Instead, the GOP has become like a protein shake dieters drink because it contains fewer calories. In too many cases, Republican positions resemble ‘Democrat-lite.’ The growing debt is only one example. Republicans seek only to manage it, not reduce it…

“There’s a cliche about sports: ‘It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game.’ In politics it’s about winning, and if you don’t win how you played the game won’t matter. Texas politician Jim Hightower wrote a book titled ‘There’s Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos.’ Modern Republicans might learn from that Texas liberal.”

I’ve always said half of a bad idea is still a bad idea. Imagine you’re a manager of a baseball team and your opponent maintains that they’ll play by a different set of rules, such as setting their pitchers’ strike zone from the ground to a foot over the batter’s head and include the width of both batter’s boxes. Not only that, if you don’t agree to their demands they won’t play -- and it’s a charity game that funds your church. What to do?

Beat them at their own game. Set your own rules. The longtime political observer Thomas has sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s tone at times but now he appears to recognize that a greater degree of Trump-like fight is needed in all Republicans to meet the Democrats on their own turf and emerge victorious. Last week’s Democrat love-fest for all things big government control demonstrated that liberals always come to play and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they believe they’re entitled to.

Many a conservative commentator has lectured that Republicans never get anywhere by presenting themselves as malleable “moderates” and slightly more fiscally minded than free-spending Democrats. The GOP (ironically, under then-Speaker Paul Ryan) had the opportunity early in newcomer Trump’s first few months to repeal Obamacare (as they’d been promising to do for years) and then put together a package of market-oriented policies that would cost consumers less and provide better health coverage at the same time. It’s an old story now, but party infighting led to a series of watered-down compromises that ultimately didn’t pass.

The late senator John McCain single-handedly torpedoed the party’s last-ditch effort at partial Obamacare repeal and replace that his good friend Sen. Lindsey Graham authored in July of 2017. The two-year anniversary of McCain’s passing is tomorrow and yet nothing’s been done in Congress to “fix” the problem ever since. McCain held up the whole thing to spite Trump -- and look where it’s gotten the GOP.

The squishy McCains and Mitt Romneys of the party no longer cloak their contempt for Trump, harboring personal vendettas that transcend party loyalty. Former Ohio Governor John Kasich even spoke (via video) at the Democrat convention a week ago, as did Colin Powell and a handful of other washed-up liberal establishment Republicans who don’t matter a lick in today’s political balance. The press fixates on the #NeverTrumpers but no one else does. Do you think Democrats would have anything to do with the “moderate” crowd if they suddenly started backing Trump’s agenda?

Democrats tried making their convention into a grand personality contest where citizens and pols alike relentlessly clobbered Trump as aloof, uncaring, unserious, self-centered, incompetent, arrogant, destructive and purposely neglectful. Barack Obama even stated that Trump doesn’t work very hard. (Fourth night host) Julia Louis-Dreyfuss laughed about the president cheating at golf. If you didn’t know anything about politics, you’d surmise that Joe Biden deserved to win just because he's the better guy. But as is often said, elections are about the future, not about past good friendships.

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (played by Jeff Daniels) in the movie Gettysburg said, “Here we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was. Here you can be someone. Here is the place to build a home.” Why introduce this quote here? Because most people couldn’t care less about whether a candidate is someone to go have a beer with, they want leaders who won’t relent when times get tough. Republicans would do well to remember it this week.

Dem convention was all about electing the compassionate good guy in chief -- and abortion

Last week, there were four nights’ worth of (supposed) ordinary American citizens -- and some illegal “undocumented” aliens too -- testifying via video or live feed about how awful Trump is and how his administration’s decision-making and policies have adversely impacted their lives. Then there were the gushing accounts of what a great guy Joe Biden is. On Thursday night, for example, Delaware Senator Chris Coons spoke of Biden’s comforting him when his father was in hospice care. That’s great, isn’t it? Warms your heart.

It may be grounds for a service award (Obama already gave Grampa Joe the Medal of Freedom), but how will it make the country better if Joe is well liked?

For high school community service projects, my daughters volunteered to spend hours at nursing homes and care facilities to provide the residents some outside social interaction. When (or if?) the COVID-19 pandemic panic ends, no doubt Grampa Joe will find many willing takers for offers to visit with those who could use a little Biden-like comforting of their own. Or Joe could sign up for one of those telephone suicide-prevention services to talk with people on the edge. Empathy? He’s got it in spades! If you need a guy to comfort you, then Joe Biden certainly sounds like the perfect one to call.

But what does any of it have to do with governing the country? While it’s true a president serves many roles -- including comforter in chief -- where the proverbial rubber hits the road, it matters a heck of a lot more whether the chief executive can handle the myriad of duties of the office. The last thing we need is for China’s Xi Jinping to feign going through a tough personal crisis and ask Grampa Joe for more time to get his country’s trade act in order because of it.

Compassionate Joe could easily become doormat Joe on the world stage. Would Biden insist on NATO partners paying their committed share to their own defense like Trump has?

It's not like being able to relate one-to-one is a new concept, either. One of the most famous acts of empathetic compassion occurred during the American civil war when presidents Lincoln and Jefferson Davis exchanged sympathy wishes for having lost children during the war. Neither had any time to grieve their loss but still there was the human-to-human sense of decency. President Trump lost his younger brother Robert last week. I could be wrong, but did any of the Democrats express their condolences? Has Trump proven any less compassionate for those who’ve lost family members? Did Grampa Joe give Donald a call?

And while there was plenty of talk about being there for the children at the DNC -- Joe’s and otherwise -- what about the most vulnerable young ones of all, those developing in the womb awaiting a chance to be born into the world? Joe’s wife Jill delivered her speech from a classroom setting, decrying the fact kids couldn’t be back in school because of the grave danger they face from COVID-19. Oh, the children!

Republicans should highlight the truth -- that they are the party of all lives matter, including the unborn. It’s yet another issue area where Republicans could attract support from conservative ethnic minorities who historically voted Democrat. If Democrats care so much about providing universal healthcare, why do they discriminate against a certain class of human beings? Is it reverse age discrimination? Would Joe Biden be willing to lend a compassionate ear to a woman who’d decided she couldn’t vote for him because he now favors unlimited abortion?

Or would Grampa Joe be willing to meet with the Angel Moms and Dads about the often-tragic downside of illegal immigration? Or with families of police officers who were murdered by thugs? How about parents who’d recently lost a loved one in Chicago or New York City because the police weren’t around to provide community safety?

Where’s good guy Joe, the comforter in chief?

Democrats spent millions on propping up Joe Biden, but it’s still all about Trump

As previously noted, Democrats must’ve labored hour after hour honing their message on Joe Biden. They worked extremely hard trying to shape the half-century swamp dwelling politician into a tragic character who cared so much about his young half-orphaned sons that he rode AMTRAK trains to and from Delaware to his “job” in the upper chamber every day. Joe will be that shoulder to cry on, and he’ll melt the suburban soccer moms’ hearts in the process.

All of that fluff and voters on both sides still really only care about Trump. Seth McLaughlin reported at The Washington Times, “An ABC News/Washington Post poll released [last] week showed that 48% of Mr. Biden’s supporters were ‘very enthusiastic’ about throwing their support behind him — nearly double what the same poll found in March.

“Mr. Trump, though, retains the upper hand with 65% of his backers describing themselves as ‘very enthusiastic.’ Mr. Trump’s support has hardened since four years ago when 56% of his supporters said their driving force was voting against Ms. Clinton, and 40% said they were all-in for Mr. Trump. Now 73% say they are casting their vote for Mr. Trump, and 26% say they are casting their vote against Mr. Biden.

“Meanwhile, 59% of Biden backers say they are casting their vote against Mr. Trump, compared to 38% who are casting it for Mr. Biden.”

It's safe to say in every election there are folks who claim they’ll hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils, and the 2020 version will have a good share of those people -- mostly on the Democrat side. Hatred is a good motivator, but love is more so. The fact that Democrats went so over-the-top last week in their eight hours of primetime coverage won’t bode well for them. Did they win anyone over with their dark, dour presentation of America today?

And featuring a bunch of unknown people talking about what a great guy Joe Biden is -- does it matter? Or the introduction of the blatantly phony Kamala Harris? Anyone want Harris one 78-year-old (Biden will have turned 78 by Inauguration Day) heartbeat from taking the oath of office?

All of the Democrats’ -- and Joe Biden’s -- myriad of issues will rise to the surface in the time remaining before Election Day. The liberal party seems to be on cloud nine after their virtual convention last week, but the Trump party, a.k.a. the GOP, gets its shot at defining the narrative beginning tonight. Will the president rise to the occasion? Definitely.

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