Early Reflections The Morning After 2020

This election is still not over but there are already takeaways from the 2020 election for president.

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The CSI Effect on the COVID Crisis

It’s a regular talking point from the Joe Biden campaign. “The way you fix the economic crisis is that you first fix the COVID crisis,” Joe tells us. Then he assures us that he has a plan to fix it, though the details are always absent. Ads all over the web and on TV boast that Biden has a plan, and the public responds positively. President Trump has been excoriated for saying that we are learning to live with the virus. In fact, one of Biden’s attack lines is that people are learning to live without the relatives who have passed from the disease.

This plays to a large segment of the American people who seem to believe that a cure is just over the horizon if we just apply the right amount of “science” to the problem.

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Cuban Woman’s Warning about Socialism

I keep a steady stream of informational and editorial videos running on YouTube as I go through the non-work parts of my day. Because advertising is what keeps the service free for the user, I tend not to skip ads. I might focus on something else or briefly step away from my phone or computer but the ad play gets logged, YouTube gets paid, and I get to avoid another subscription. During the election season the number of political ads is insufferable but every so often legitimate content runs in the ad space and I cannot look away or skip it.

On October 24th, Turning Point USA published a video where Charlie Kirk speaks briefly about socialism and introduces Sirley Àvila Leòn, a Cuban woman, who shared her real life horror experience in communist Cuba. The 12 minute video is worth your time to get an idea of what socialism actually looks like on the ground.

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The Republicans Suck… Vote for them anyway

I want to get one thing perfectly clear. The Republican party sucks. No ifs, and’s, or buts about it, they suck.

While I don’t doubt that there are many decent men and women in the Republican party, both as officeholders and activists, the party seems to be led by people who either don’t want to win or are misrepresenting themselves.

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The Left is Out of Arguments

A video recently posted to Twitter and retweeted by journalist Andy Ngo, showed a young black man walking up to tents set up by Trump supporters and flipping over several tables full of Trump 2020 gear while shouting insults at our president. The act is upsetting but it’s even more interesting in what it reveals about President Trump, his opposition, and the state of affairs in America.

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Magic Masks

The debate around masks has been raging since the start of the corona virus experience. Public health authorities first told us that masks were not an effective means of protection from the disease and that we should not buy them. Later, these same authorities changed their stance and demanded public officials require people to wear masks while in public. Some went further and demanded that people be required to wear them in their own homes.

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Dubya Wasn’t a W for Conservatives

The recent appearance of George W. Bush staffers in the #NeverTrump camp wasn’t a surprise to anyone who followed current events. George W. Bush, who maintained the tradition among ex-presidents of not commenting on their successors when Obama was in office, has made negative remarks about Donald Trump. Word in the lead-up to the election in 2016 was that the Bushes would not be supporting the nominee of the party that they had lead just eight years earlier.

It’s all very disappointing but it got me to think about just the type of president we had for eight years in George W. Bush.

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Mark and Laura and the Election

Mark and Laura* were some of the first neighbors my family met when moved into our home about 20 years ago. On first impression they were nice people and time would prove that judgement right.

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Stray Thoughts Heading into Election Day 2018

This is being written hours ahead of the opening of polling places on the East Coast for the 2018 mid-term elections. What comes next is a collection of thoughts about the whole scene.

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Migrants Behaving Badly: Europe vs. US

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom a radio host on our side of the pond asked what it is that the United States is doing right. That is, what are we doing to prevent or deter the terrorists?

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