Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

An Acceptance Speech to
Test the American People

September 5, 2020 --

If Joe Biden's speech, accepting the Democratic nomination for president, showed that brevity could be a sign of frailty, President Trump's speech, accepting the Republican presidential nomination, showed that a 70 minute assess need not be boring but, come across strong,  replete with political insights and even sound Capraesque.  LPR expects that the differences between the two nominees will become increasingly apparent as the campaign nears Election Day.  

President Trump made it clear that America is faithful to its founding legacy, while "Joe Biden and the Democrat assail America as a land of racial, economic and social injustice."   As the president asked, "How can the Democrats ask to lead our country when they spend so much time tearing it down?" The president pointed out that the left considers America "as a wicked nation to be punished for its sins," with its redemption possible only by giving them power.

LPR liked the president's observation that Americans don't look to career politicians for solutions, or look to government to repair our souls; "we put our faith in Almighty God."   The president indicated the unwillingness of the Democrats to turn to God by their omission, at their convention, of the words "under God" from their version of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The president also noted, and how can independents gainsay this, that the cities where rioting and looting and arson has taken place are led by Democratic mayors.  LPR would ask, how can a rational people insist that the urban violence of the past few months is just a form of "peaceful protest?"

And how can even Democrats disagree that the liberal who sends his children to elitist private schools is a hypocrite when he opposes school choice for inner-city parents who also want the best for their children?

At the end of his speech, President Trump sounded Capraesque when he said that acting together the American people are "unbeatable," "unstoppable."  These comments were, for LPR, simply a variation on a theme found in Frank Capra's "Meet John Doe," about as traditional and populist a movie as one can get.

President Trump was also not hesitant to sound combative in his acceptance speech. Among other issues, he criticized Joe Biden for representing the outsourcing view, "Made in China," while the president  intends to replace the words "Made in China" with these words, "Made in America." And, significantly, President Trump made it clear that people will no longer be afraid to speak their minds, if he is re-elected.

It is astounding to LPR that the left sees no parallel to the political intolerance of the 1950's, with  job dismissals for being insufficiently correct concerning  "Black Lives Matter." That is to say, in 2020 the left no longer accepts free speech - while it accepts violent protest. How can that be the winning mindset for a presidential campaign in the USA?

In truth, the forces opposed to individual liberty and democratic government are on the left.  It is President Donald J. Trump who holds aloft the banner of freedom in the USA. The attacks on him from the left and their Never Trumper allies would replace our democratic institutions standing on the principle of government of, by and for the people, with institutions of oppression, standing the principle of rule by the few, over the people.

Lincoln's famous observation that some of the people can be fooled all the time, and all of the people can be fooled some of the time, but all of the people cannot be fooled all of the time is to be put to the test come November 3rd.  LPR cannot see how the American people, giving Donald J. Trump for more years as president, can fail that test.