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It’s On: Patriotism Versus Tribalism | By Louie Overstreet

September 14, 2020 by  
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Didnt Happen Then, Aint Gonna Happen Now!


Louie Overstreet

When Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, it guaranteed that the presidential campaign would devolve into a mud-wrestling grievance match.

The outcome will depend on how Americans answer two questions.

Will citizens vote to restore the slow, but measurable pursuits needed to form a more perfect union, out of a sense of patriotism — by reestablishing the fact we are a nation of laws, not “men”?

Will the male leaders of the tribe that has been in power since the founding of the United States appeal to baseless grievances in order to carry the day?

You will need a scorecard to judge this grievance match of Biden/Harris versus Trump/Pence for the heart and soul of America. The events that have taken place over the last three years and eight months have created a climate in which most citizens sense that the decision will also be a referendum on race and gender in America.

Further, fair-minded conservatives will need to determine whether the Republican Party, dating back to Eisenhower up through Bush, is worth salvaging — or will they allow it to become the party of white men whose vision of America does not abide by the one person, one vote fairness idea that is the foundational bedrock of our democracy?

Prior to filling in your scorecard, here is one thing you can make a lot of money by betting on. Republicans will be running on Fox News a non-stop, 24 hour loop of industrial strength advertisement implying the N-word more often than is explicitly stated in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Since this is a family magazine, I can’t be too graphic — so just let me say one thing about the upcoming vice-presidential debate: Pence better have strong bladder control, because Lord knows Harris has the chops and can “sho nuff” bring it!

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