• America’s Future: Freedom vs. Fear?  Moving Ahead vs. Running and Hiding?

    Surge Summary: As so many Americans are aching for the nation to open again and move forward, one of the big differences between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is coming to light: Trump wants America to be careful in the coronavirus era, but get back to business as well. Biden has more of a “curl-up-and-hide” approach to the challenging times the nation is facing. It’s a standoff between freedom vs. fear.

    by Gary Bauer

    When President Trump left Walter Reed Medical Center yesterday evening to return to the White House, the media were grumpy about his apparent recovery.  Trump later released a video urging Americans to be careful, but added, “Don’t let [coronavirus] dominate you.  Don’t be afraid of it.”  …

    This debate is actually a marker for a larger debate about the role of America.  It is another explanation for why the left hates the president so much.

    For the past 30 years, the political left and its cultural allies have been content, if not eager, to manage America’s decline.  Many of them believed that America was never great, and virtually all of them were unwilling to make the hard decisions that could make us great in the future.

    Trump came along and rejected their entire worldview.  He unapologetically defended America, declaring that we have been great from our very beginning and that our best days are still ahead.

    His campaign themes were “Make America Great Again” and “America First.”  These are more than mere slogans.  They were value statements shared by tens of millions of Americans.  And Trump’s election upset all the left’s plans of hoping we would continue to sleepwalk into their future.

    Fast forward to today.  The president wanted to reopen the schools.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was safe to do so.  The left and its teacher union allies said, “We can’t do that.  Children will die.”  In the schools that listened to the president and the CDC, I am not aware of any recorded deaths.

    Small businesses all over America wanted to reopen. If they didn’t, their owners would be financially destroyed, employees would lose their jobs and families would be crushed.  The left has fought against reopening in every state and they have stopped it in states they control.

    The president said we need to get America back to work again.  States that are reopening have fewer deaths than progressive states like New York and cities like New York City, which is still essentially locked down.

    The left didn’t want baseball, basketball or football to come back. They tried to stop college sports from returning.  The president used the bully pulpit and got the Big Ten to reverse course.  Again, the president’s position, not the left’s, reflected the science, which tells us that young people are not at significant risk from this disease.

    There are tremendous differences between Trump and Biden on taxes, law and order, the sanctity of life and America’s role in the world.

    But perhaps the most important difference of all is that Joe Biden represents fear, paralysis and weakness.  No country can thrive on those traits.

    Donald Trump represents strength, optimism and courage.  A country like America must have leaders with those traits.  As one columnist so aptly put it, this an election between fear and freedom.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Gerd Altmann’s picture on Pixabay . 

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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