By Jeff Lowe /Dispatch Record
President Donald Trump has tenaciously defended national sovereignty, the sanctity of life, and the “forgotten man and woman” who are overlooked by Washington elites.
His first term has brought major breakthroughs for peace, prosperity and America’s standing in the world. Even the turmoil of 2020 proves the wisdom of some of Trump’s core platform positions: ending reliance on China, and the importance of border security.
He crushed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. He ended a dangerous, one-sided Iran deal and stood up to an aggressive
Chinese regime. Trump also understands the domestic threats of violent anarchy and socialism.
These are just a few reasons the Lampasas Dispatch Record endorses Trump for re-election as president of the United States.
Trump is known as a fighter. Despite his fiery personality, he has made successful efforts at peace -- including historic deals with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain -- but not by compromising America’s interests. Far from the power-hungry caricature that his critics use to describe him, Trump has resisted opportunities to seize power.
In the spring, when fear about the coronavirus gripped the nation, Trump faced a difficult balancing act: needing to preserve the limited role of the federal government while also burdened with a sincere desire to save lives.
Little was known about the virus then. To be fair, no politician on either side could have predicted a year ago the impact COVID-19 would have. The national panic that set in early in 2020 was a crisis that easily could have been used as a pretext for assuming unprecedented federal power.
But Trump instead allowed many decisions to be made by states and local governments, while offering the best medical guidance he could with the information available. He supplied military and National Guard aid to the epicenter of the virus, where a political rival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, acknowledged that the president “has delivered for New York.”
Trump’s Attorney General William Barr called out infringements on civil liberties that were imposed by states and localities, such as when churches were banned from the free exercise of their faith under “social distancing orders.”
Though Trump supported states’ temporary emergency measures that many constitutional purists rejected, he rightly embraced reopening in the ensuing weeks. He understood stay-at-home orders could not be a long-lasting solution and should not be used as an excuse to seize power.
He has attempted to unite the interests of minorities with an appreciation for law enforcement -- a challenge that was put to the test by several high-profile incidents this year.
Trump fought back against efforts to defund the police, while some far-left cities abandoned police precincts to rioters this summer.
The 2020 Republican National Convention reinforced this unifying message with speeches by conservative black patriots such as Sen. Tim Scott and Herschel Walker. Walker, a personal friend of Trump’s for more than 37 years, testified to his character against false claims of racism. Scott discussed Trump’s initiatives for school choice and opportunity zones in inner cities.
Trump’s acceptance speech highlighted America’s greatness, while the Democratic platform dwells on past wrongs such as slavery and segregation -- which were defended largely by Democrats in past centuries.
“In the left’s backward view, they do not see America as the most free, just and exceptional nation on earth,” Trump said. “Instead, they see a wicked nation that must be punished for its sins. Our opponents say that redemption for you can only come from giving power to them. This is a tired anthem spoken by every repressive movement throughout history. But in this country, we don’t look to career politicians for salvation. In America, we don’t turn to government to restore our souls; we put our faith in Almighty God.”
Trump’s growing faith is encouraging, after his pre-presidential behavior that left some evangelicals unenthusiastic about his 2016 run.
When Trump first entered politics, there was good reason to be skeptical of a brash New York billionaire/TV star. But his actions have far outweighed words.
He has been the most pro-life president since the time abortion became a national issue. He strengthened our alliance with Israel and opened a new embassy in Jerusalem, signed historic tax cuts, improved border security, and proclaimed national sovereignty over globalism and capitalism over socialism.
His latest of three Supreme Court nominations, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, could prove to be the most constitutional originalist of all three.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden, meanwhile, has not even said who he would appoint for the Supreme Court or if he would pack the High Court to ensure a liberal majority.
Trump has stood for America. It’s up to voters to do the same.
JEFF LOWE is a writer/photographer for the Lampasas Dispatch Record.