The backbone of Republican rhetoric is that Democrats are dangerous. Republicans claim the Democratic party is filled with people who are going to destroy what you depend on and take it away. It is nearer to the truth to say that Democrats want to give more to ordinary Americans. They want to lift up ordinary citizens and commit government to their general well-being. That is what makes Democrats so “dangerous.”
Republicans don’t want you to vote your interests. They assail reasonable, equitable, policy goals as somehow subversive, un-American. Too good to be true.
The Democrats want to give you something. The Republicans want to demonize that aspiration; they have been doing it for years, acting as though, in the richest nation on the planet, there isn’t enough to go around. Republicans want you to believe in scarcity, in the hardship that will follow if the government tries to “lift all boats,” even as the tide has crested to record highs for the nation’s most wealthy. Two days ago, the Federal Reserve released data showing that the wealth of the fifty richest Americans is roughly equal to that of half of the population. That’s right: just fifty people have as much wealth as the poorest 165 million Americans, combined.
Republicans want you to believe that the Democrats’ more generous vision for America is dangerous. They want you to believe that the US can’t afford to a system of universal health care, that it’s too much to hope for coverage that continues when you lose your job. They want you to believe that efforts to ensure that you can see a doctor more easily and cheaply will harm you: that you will be harmed, your freedom destroyed, if American policy so much as ventures that way.
Republicans want you to believe the US can’t afford to have a thriving economy while mitigating climate change. They want you to believe that protecting vital natural resources is going to leave you broke or unemployed. Trump has rolled back every protection he can, adding pollutants to the water you drink and the air you breathe. The truth is that going green will safeguard your community, your health and your property while creating a gravy train of new and socially meaningful jobs.
Trump is a master at demonizing the Democrats, repeating lies about Biden over and over again, such as that Biden wants to defund the police and get rid of fracking. Trump groundlessly claims Biden’s recovery plans will destroy the economy, whereas Moody Analytics says that Biden’s plans are far superior to Trump’s, that they will promote a faster economic recovery while creating an estimated 7 million jobs.
So don’t believe the Republicans. Let yourself believe in a better, fairer, and more vibrant America. Vote for the “dangerous Democrats.” It’s better for America, and it’s better for you.
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