TRUMPBIDEN

Election Special, 2020

Introduction

Those who know me know that I am no conspiracy theorist. I do not think it is a good look. That said, 2020 has been a year for the ages. In fact, the last four years have been quite the ride, and 2020 seems to be the culmination of said chaos. The U.S. election is nearing, and the stakes are higher than ever. The division stemming from the tension is palpable. It seems like a time when brother will betray brother, a father will betray their child, and children would rise up against parents. However, I am also against bad exegesis, so I digress.

The reality of what is before us is no easy task to discern. The final Presidential debate was held on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020, featuring Presidential hopeful, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Incumbent, President Donald J. Trump. What was displayed to Americans were very stark differences. The differences were notable in terms of perceived character, policy, vision, commitment, and transparency. Today’s article will take an honest look at both candidates in all five forms and lay before you the choice you have as a Christian.

Character

Donald Trump

This is where Trump has issues. Everyone knows his checkered past. The women, the business deals, the failed college, and the list goes on. The 2016 primaries were a key indicator of how nasty Trump could be. Though I argue he has toned down the rhetoric over the last four years, the vitriolic capacity persists.

Christians may completely disagree with me or say this is precisely what we need right now. I do not see it this way. This is never what we need. Leaders (whether Christian or not) should conduct themselves with common décor. True, we are not choosing a Pastor for America; however, we are choosing a leader. The unfortunate setback to this will be that in selecting a leader, that leader is often nothing more than a reflection of the people who elected him and their values (I am looking at you, Saul).

Trump’s character is and should be an issue for Christians. This is not the kind of person we should be ok with, period—hard stop.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden comes across as a gentle, grandfatherly person. Even though his past is not exactly clean, he comes across as a much more likable figure, with considerably less baggage. You can say whatever you want to about his children or an extramarital affair, but in some respects, he is no different from many Christians who darken the doorway of American Churches every Sunday—to our detriment. For all intents and purposes, Joe Biden is a standard American citizen. A decent, kind guy, with what we would call “bad habits” if we were talking about ourselves.

That being said, his character is below the acceptable standard of Christian ethics as well. His parental failures and likely political corruption make him only a step above Donald Trump when it comes to character.

I would also note that it is wise to remember, we can only judge these men based on public knowledge. If you are reading this article, you likely do not know either man personally, and they are likely both warm and empathetic in person, as many people we come across tend to be.

Policy

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s policy revolves around bring jobs back to America. Trump has a law and order position regarding our streets and establishing the government and police authority, which is biblical (Rom 13); the law is supposed to punish evildoers and protect the innocent. We have watched cities burn over the last few months with Democratic leaders actively refusing the President’s help or even joining in with the people associated with the violent (or their predecessors).

America cannot continue like this. Americans need order. Americans need to function in a society where free speech and thought are considered normal and desirable within polite society.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden’s party is the party that hides behind platitudes and refuses direct answers.

The Tax Foundation has found these key problems with the Biden financial plan for America.

  • “Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would enact a number of policies that would raise taxes on individuals with income above $400,000, including raising individual income, capital gains, and payroll taxes. Biden would also raise taxes on corporations by raising the corporate income tax rate and imposing a corporate minimum book tax.
  • Biden’s plan would raise tax revenue by $3.3 trillion over the next decade on a conventional basis. When accounting for macroeconomic feedback effects, the plan would collect about $2.8 trillion the next decade. This is lower than we originally estimated due to the revenue effects of the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn and new tax credit proposals introduced by the Biden campaign.
  • According to the Tax Foundation’s General Equilibrium Model, the Biden tax plan would reduce GDP by 1.62 percent over the long term.
  • On a conventional basis, the Biden tax plan by 2030 would lead to about 7.7 percent less after-tax income for the top 1 percent of taxpayers and about a 1.9 percent decline in after-tax income for all taxpayers on average.”[1]

The said tax plan results are being hidden by the left, and it will do significant damage that Biden may not even be around to see.

Additionally, the lie that Biden only rejects new drilling on public land is the total opposite of what his campaign has said for months on end. Also, his VP running mate committed to banning fracking on the primary campaign trail.[2]

Biden has suggested that while he personally disagrees with abortion, but he will not impose his belief on others. However, Biden does believe he can impose his belief about the wearing of masks, saying he would impose a national facemask mandate. Let me help you with this logic.

Facemasks are essential because “science dictates that they work,” but it seems that science no longer determines that a baby is a human. Let that sink in. Let us take an interesting statistic from the CDC. The CDC reported a 2% decrease in abortions in the U.S. Compared to 2015, 2016 was “only” 623,471 abortions. So, there were 12,469 fewer abortions from 2015.[3] While we celebrate any decrease, especially year-over-year, on abortion, even at the 2019 rate of over 12k (in the U.S.), the worldwide number is currently tabulated at over 35.7 MILLION worldwide.[4]

Why is it ok to force your belief with facemasks in the name of safety, but not in the name of saving thousands of infant lives? It is a void of morality. Furthermore, it would be useful to realize the “quality of life” argument is not in play, as the Christian church is responsible for many of the adoption agencies, shelters, and crisis pregnancy centers that help those in need.

Vision

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s vision is easy to see: America first. However, is that a biblical position? There are likely competing arguments for this.

On the one hand, Galatians 6:10 tells Christians to do good unto all men while able. The Bible is replete with admonitions to stand up for the weak or those who cannot defend themselves. Exegetically, I argue that many, if not all, of these admonitions are within the context of Christians worldwide (sans Gal 6:10).

The opposing view is one of practicality. Can any man do good to others if they are not able to do so? That requires a man to keep his own house in order if he is to do good for another. Additionally, Trump’s vision for America is one of a thriving business. Trump likely values what his supporters value because they are his supporters. In many ways, we can see him as a flatterer; if you say something nice about you (Kim Jong Un), he will say something nice about you. Many will dismiss this by speaking of being cordial, but even Paul says to mark people who cause division, while James says not to show partiality.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden’s vision of the country is that America would be a globalist nation. Biden looks to readd American back into the Paris accords, keep us in NATO, and finance terrorist regimes worldwide. To the Democratic party, America is a tool to use in their question for power and a one-world-government.

Commitment

Donald Trump

Perhaps the important thing is, “how do we define commitment?” The easiest way is to look at the dictionary (maybe). The Oxford English Dictionary calls this “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.”[5]

For purposes of this, we will determine this to be a commitment to America and its principles.

That being said, Donald Trump is the first President in 40 years (since Regan) not to start a war.[6] That is quite an accomplishment because it is hard to focus on helping your people if you are busy making life and death decisions abroad. Trump has continued to build the U.S. military. Even Politifact, while trying to dismiss this, cannot adequately do so.[7] Politifact cites that while Trump has given money to the Military, it will take a while for procurement to turn into improvement—thus, they mark the claim false, which is grasping at straws. Putting money into the Military is improving it, even if the items have not been implemented yet.

Luke 14:28-20

28        “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

29        “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,

30        saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’[8]

When you consider what commitment means, you understand that it is about keeping your word and doing the necessary things. On the contrary, the commitment to accomplishing these things forces us to ask the question about stewardship of the national debt. Has the blow-out spending seen by this President wise?

Joe Biden

Ironically, the musical Hamilton has been hot these last few years. Because it was Alexander Hamilton who said some variation of “if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Joe Biden is that man.

For a politician that has been in the government for 35 years in the Senate, eight years as vice president, and now the presidential nominee, Biden has accomplished nothing. He has only sponsored a handful of bills in his time in Senate and has a 12.2% absence rating from votes on the floor, which is much lower than the median 2%.[9]

Joe Biden has spent the last ten months backtracking on positions, avoiding questions, and avoiding the media. At one point in September, the Daily Caller reported Biden called a lid 7 out of 14 days.[10] A lid is where one basically calls it a day and packs it in, taking no questions or conversation for the remainder of the day. If Biden cannot be present in an attempt to become President, what will he do once he has the job? Will we ever see Biden again? You cannot govern in absence.

Transparency

Donald Trump

In a 2019 study of the language used by Donald Trump between 2009-2019 (specifically focusing on the Presidential run), it was determined that the corpus of Trump’s Twitter usage lend itself to a more informal style of communication.[11]

This discovery may be necessary for transparency’s sake because nothing screams “fake” more than prepared political soundbites. This was on full display in the 2016 primaries, where Chris Christie hammered Marco Rubio on his prepared soundbite for the conference, displaying Rubio’s lack of transparency and preparation.[12] People simply do not trust politicians who primp and prepare every word they say—nor should they.

Mr. Trump’s ability to speak directly to the American people in a way that is more common, less practiced, and realistically attracts many people to his side. While this may not be ideal, as Trump also does not always process thoughts before speaking, he sometimes comes across as belligerent, ignorant of facts, and haphazard.

Proverbs 10:19

19              When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.[13]

Proverbs 18:19

19              A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,

And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.[14]

The fact of the matter is that sometimes, harsh words are hard to come back from. People who take offenses are not easy to win back, and those who speak without thinking often offend. Trump’s words are often thoughtless, emotional responses to his own environment. The upside is that he is likely more honest about what he thinks on a topic. The downside to this approach is that people become easily offended, and that alone can lose support.

Joe Biden

I’ll let you decide. Do you know who this man is? Is he even running his own campaign? These are all things we need to consider as we hit the polls Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.

 

P.S. Don’t forget to vote down-ballots (Senate and House of Reps). While the Presidential race will set the tone, the local elections will determine how you live in the immediate future.
Grace and Peace,
CNC

 

References

[1]              “PolitiFact | Trump Exaggerates Spending on U.S. Military Rebuild,” accessed October 23, 2020, https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/jan/10/donald-trump/trump-exaggerates-spending-us-military-rebuild/.
[2]              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4_2ynjacFI
[3]              “Data & Statistics – Reproductive Health | CDC,” Accessed November 2, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/index.htm.
[4]              “WorldOMeter | Abortions worldwide this year, Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/.
[5]              “Commitment | Definition of Commitment by Oxford Dictionary on Lexico.Com Also Meaning of Commitment,” accessed October 23, 2020, https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/commitment.
[6]              “Trump Is The First POTUS In 40 Years Not To Start a New War – Democrats Outraged – News Punch,” accessed October 23, 2020, https://newspunch.com/trump-is-the-first-potus-in-40-years-not-to-start-a-new-war-democrats-outraged/.
[7]              “Biden Tax Plan: Details & Analysis | Election 2020 | Tax Foundation,” accessed November 2, 2020, https://taxfoundation.org/joe-biden-tax-plan-2020/#Key.
[8]              New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Lk 14:28–30.
[9]              https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/joseph_biden/300008#:~:text=Biden%20was%20the%20primary%20sponsor%20of%2042%20bills,1738%20%28110th%29%3A%20PROTECT%20Our%20Children%20Act%20of%202008
[10]             https://dailycaller.com/2020/09/26/biden-campaign-lid-before-noon/
[11]             Isobelle Clarke and Jack Grieve, “Stylistic Variation on the Donald Trump Twitter Account: A Linguistic Analysis of Tweets Posted between 2009 and 2018,” PLoS ONE 14, no. 9 (September 1, 2019): e0222062, accessed October 23, 2020, https://doaj.org.
[12]             “Chris Christie Clips Marco Rubio’s Wings In Final New Hampshire Debate,” accessed October 23, 2020, https://www.thedailybeast.com/chris-christie-clips-marco-rubios-wings-in-final-new-hampshire-debate.
[13]             New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Pr 10:19.
[14]             New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Pr 18:19.

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