Nov. 3 will determine whether we continue to live our lives in the pursuit of happiness, or merely exist while cowered in fear.
The battle line crystalized early Monday evening after Marine-One returned President Trump to the White House. He walked up to a second floor balcony, removed his mask and saluted the Marines as the chopper lifted off the South Lawn.
A "news" story from CNN reported, "The building he's returning to has become a center for viral contagion — in part because of disregard for mitigation measures."
The president then recorded what the cable news giant called a "propaganda" video.
"We're going back. We're going back to work. We're gonna be out front. As your leader I had to do that. I knew there's danger to it but I had to do it," Trump said.
"I stood out front. I led. Nobody that's a leader would not do what I did. I know there's a risk there's a danger. That's OK. And now I'm better, and maybe I'm immune? I don't know. But don't let it dominate your lives. Get out there, be careful."
Not quite as eloquent as "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," as Franklin D. Roosevelt declared during his inauguration, on March 4, 1933. But it was along the same lines: we’re Americans; we’ve been in tough spots before; we’ll get through this one if we just roll up our sleeves and work together.
Not according to CNN, however, which described the president’s message as "jarring" and "irresponsible," in part, because they came from someone who had "experienced serious symptoms of the disease."
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa was more direct.
"To recap," she said: "We have a biological terrorist in the White House."
Fear has been the message from CNN, MSNBC and the broadcast news outlets for at least the last five months, and it’s taken root.
A poll of 1,000 American adults taken in July found that they believe coronavirus is far more widespread and deadly than official figures indicate.
Specifically, the survey found that the average respondent believed that one-in-five Americans had contracted COVID-19, and 9% of the population had died as a result.
The actual percentage of deaths is around 0.04%, and just 0.005% of those under 55 years of age.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is doing nothing to allay those fears.
He’s said more than once that 100 million Americans have died of coronavirus.
He also said he would implement a nationwide mask mandate if elected president.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes believes that doesn’t go far enough.
The government also has to deal with the mask-naysayers and anyone not sufficiently frightened of the pandemic.
"The most humane and reasonable way to deal with all these people, if we survive this, is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission," he said.
"If we survive this"? Is there seriously any question?
But infinitely more chilling is his call for a "truth and reconciliation commission."
Would those individuals be sent to re-education camps to taught the "truth"?
Even more frightening was this response from Bill Kristol, a person many conservatives formerly admired when he was editor-at-large at The Weekly Standard, a political magazine he’d founded.
"How about truth and no reconciliation?" he suggested. So, if they’re not reconciled with society, they’re what? Sent to the gas chamber? Firing squad? Labor camp?
The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was asked what kind of government the Founders were putting together. He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."
And we already appear to be losing it — or at least some of our essential liberties.
Early Tuesday morning SV news reported "HAPPENING NOW: New York City police officers forcefully dispersing Jews who gathered outside to celebrate the Sukkot holiday."
Actor James Woods had the perfect response.
"'Rounding up the Jews' is an optic that I would never have expected to see in my American lifetime," Woods tweeted. "De Blasio is a criminal. No wonder he changed his name from Wilhelm. He is an anti-Semite . . . "
Most people of my generation will recall studying a poem by Rudyard Kipllng titled "If."
It read like a father’s advice to his son.
"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you," it began, "Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!"
The person most conspicuously keeping his head while others are losing theirs is the unpredictable, volcanic "orange man" in the White House.
He’s the best firewall we have protecting us from tyranny and oppression.
Vote red on Nov. 3 as though your freedoms depended on it, because they do.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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