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November 2020: A Credo of Endeavor vs. A Credo of Envy

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Martin Sherman By Thursday, 29 October 2020 11:09 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Although most elections are billed — at the time when they are being held — as "fateful" and "historic," the upcoming elections next week are, indeed, undeniably both fateful and historic.

In effect, they present the electorate with a choice between a vote for preserving or — rejecting — the political credo that, for well over than the last half-century, has propelled America into becoming, arguably, the most remarkable — and inarguably, the most powerful and prosperous — country on the face of the globe, a magnet for immigrants around the world, wishing to partake in the material plenty and political and intellectual liberty it offers.

America's success was fueled by an ethos of rugged individualism, self-reliance and personal responsibility. It fostered a sense of national exceptionalism and drove it to rarely surpassed heights of achievement in virtually every field of human endeavor.

It is a credo that has been largely embraced by Donald Trump and the Republicans and largely rejected by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party — particularly by the increasingly influential and radical left-wing — that, in large measure is striving to un-moor the country from its Judeo-Cristian foundations, which have underpinned the nation and its achievements since its inception.

In essence, the ideological energy driving the Democratic party today is aimed at supplanting a doctrine of endeavor with a doctrine of envy — in which the success and achievement of others are not perceived as a product of effort and enterprise, of toil and talent, of diligence and determination. Instead, it is being portrayed as the ill-gotten fruits of cunning and corruption, mendacity and malfeasance, discrimination and duplicity.

Accordingly, a vote for Biden is a vote for rationalizing failure; while a vote for Trump is a vote for celebrating success — which precisely why the November elections are so fateful and of such historic significance.

Dr. Martin Sherman is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, dedicated to the preservation and propagation of joint values shared by the USA and Israel as embodied in the U.S. Constitution and Israel's Declaration of Independence. He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli Defense establishment and acted as a ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir's government. Sherman lectured for 20 years at Tel Aviv University in Political Science, International Relations and Strategic Studies. He holds several university degrees — B.Sc. (Physics and Geology), MBA (Finance) and PhD in political science/international relations. He was the first academic director of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference and has authored two books as well as numerous articles and policy papers on a wide range of political, diplomatic and security issues. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Israel since 1971. Read Martin Sherman's Reports — More Here.

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Accordingly, a vote for Biden is a vote for rationalizing failure; while a vote for Trump is a vote for celebrating success
Thursday, 29 October 2020 11:09 AM
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