November 05, 2018
In politics, everything is always compared to something else. And, as wrong as Obama was about almost everything, he was right when he said, “Elections have consequences.”
So in your local race for House and Senate, here’s your first option:
Vote for Democrats who are 100% committed to doing everything necessary to stop anything Trump or Republicans try to do and who will work night and day to prevent Trump’s re-election — no matter how careless, or how destructive, or how pointless.
If you choose the Democrat option, we’ll get a Congress hell-bent on one and only one goal: destroying Trump and any achievement for which he might get credit. If that means tearing down the economy, putting people out of work, hurting families, driving small businesses bankrupt, no problem.
The truth is Democrats are perfectly happy burning everything down as long as they’re the ones left standing on top of the ash heap afterward.
Resist will become investigate, snarl, impeach. Forget fact, decency, or truth; all such hindrances will be sacrificed to the ultimate goal of Democrat control. In that event, the next Congress will make the Kavanaugh hearings look like an ice cream social.
But unending investigation and baseless charges by Democrats intended to stop Trump and Republicans from doing anything that might benefit the American people is just the start.
If Democrats win, you know what we’ll get: higher taxes, a wrecked economy, lost jobs, weakened families. We’ll get a government take over of health care that raises costs, restricts access, and damages quality. We’ll get schools that are increasingly better places to work, but far worse places to learn. We’ll get more division in our politics, more anger and hatred in our culture, and a far larger, more expensive, more intrusive federal government.
Then there’s the other choice, your second option.
You can vote for the Republicans and send a message to Democrats that you aren’t falling for the ugly bitterness, indecent behavior, and phony charges of scandal they’ve waged over the last two years.
With that message delivered, we’ll give Congress the chance to put aside their discord, and work together to solve the problems we still face. We can make progress on fairer trade rules, infrastructure improvements, immigration reform, and entitlement fixes; but those problems will only be addressed when both parties work together to address first principles.
With Republicans we can also expect a fairer, lower system of taxes; a return to respect for rule of law, and a strong stand for national security.
Democrats want us to believe Republicans don’t like public education, more affordable healthcare with protection for pre-existing conditions, and greater social justice. Nothing could be further from the truth. We just have a different perspective on how best to deliver those outcomes.
Republicans believe the best route to better schools, stronger health care, and more social justice runs through the fee market economic system. We want more transparency, greater competition, and clear rewards for innovation and risk taking. That’s how we create a strong economy that provides more opportunity and higher incomes for everyone. We want more competition in health care so patients have choices, and providers have incentives to reduce costs and increase quality. As just one example, President Trump has suggested government negotiate for lower drug prices the same way insurance companies do. We want parents to have more choices in education so schools have to compete, and we want education professionals to be held accountable.
Republicans support social justice, but we know you can’t have social justice without economic justice and vice versa. Ultimately, it’s about justice and put simply it’s unjust to help one group by tearing down another. If wealth could be created by governments; then kings and politicians would have done so long ago. Republicans know we can’t repeal the laws of economics.
What’s true at the federal level is also true for the states. Democrat candidates for governor will see a vote for them as support for more sanctuary cities and states … more taxpayer supported entitlements for illegal immigrants … higher taxes on gas, property, income, and sales. With Democrats, you’ll get bigger welfare rolls … oppressive state regulations … and more state employees along with the cost, bureaucracy, and pension problems that growing government requires.
Schools will get worse as Democrat politicians make teacher unions stronger, caving to their demands: prohibit firing bad teachers, end merit pay, no standards of accountability, higher pay, bigger pensions, and more political correctness.
With Democrat Governors, you can count on more support for open borders and more interference with ICE and other federal immigration authorities responsible for enforcing our immigration laws. You’ll also see higher state taxes to pay for the new benefits they give illegal immigrants.
With a Republican Governor, you won’t have the expense or threats to safety of criminals who are illegal immigrants because there won’t be sanctuary status.
Your Republican Governor will put students first when it comes to public schools. Government will be smaller, less expensive, and in most cases more responsive. You can expect your Republican Governor will be a strong advocate for lower taxes, and you can be sure he or she will work with, not against, the White House to reduce medical costs and improve health care quality.
This Tuesday, you have a choice between two possible futures. One promises more division, more expense, and a bigger, more intrusive, less effective federal government. The other empowers individuals, seeks greater opportunity and prosperity, demands accountability from government, and gives people more control over their own lives and futures.
Elections do indeed have consequences, and you know clearly how one choice compares to the other. Now, the decision is yours.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.