Which America Do You See?

Written by Bill Thomas on August 26, 2020

Yanny or Laurel?  In 2015 this was a debate that raged across the country. An audio clip was made in which one of two words was heard. Strangely, some people heard “Yanny,” while others heard “Laurel.” A twitter poll on which word people heard revealed the division that existed. 53% heard “Laurel” and 47% heard “Yanny.”

I remember listening to that audio clip and, depending on the day and the source I was using, I could hear “Laurel” sometimes and “Yanny” at other times. This controversy, along with the dress being either black and blue or white and gold, has divided Americans throughout all forms of social media.

This kind of division is in good fun and doesn’t have much significance. In 2020, though, there is something much bigger before the American people. What kind of country are we and what kind of country do we want to be?

These questions are at the heart of the 2020 elections. From the presidential race down to local races, the American people will be answering these questions.

The Democrats, with the help of their ever-present ally, the mainstream media, have been trying to paint the picture of America as a dark, gloomy place. Their virtual convention lamented the way American life is now and spoke of how terrible things were.

The GOP convention just started this week. Already, though, the mood is markedly different. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) told the powerful and poignant story of how his family went from “cotton to Congress in one lifetime.”

Former South Carolina governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley boldly declared “America is not a racist country” before describing in detail her own story of growing up in America. “I was a Brown girl, in a Black and white world. We faced discrimination and hardship. But my parents never gave in to grievance and hate.”

She continued, “In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country. This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants.”

Scott and Haley set a clear tone for the GOP. Their virtual convention is about possibilities and overcoming.

The theme and tone of the two conventions could not be more different. Biden and the Democrats only see misery and despair. Hope and opportunity are emerging from the Republican perspective. Two pictures, I think, will clearly show this.

Take a glimpse at the economic opportunity picture. Biden sees America as a land of limited opportunity. He decries that the economy only benefits the wealthy and he’s willing to shut the economy down if told to do so by scientists. He doesn’t seem to care about how that might affect ordinary people. It is, to him, a winning talking point. Biden wants to return to the time when everyone in America struggled. The facts bear that out. GDP growth was below-average during Obama’s presidency and the median income grew at a slightly slower pace during Obama’s presidency than it had historically.

This is the America Joe Biden sees and promises to deliver more of if elected.  What’s the other choice?

President Trump sees a different picture. The pre-pandemic economy was remarkable and he’s promising to do it again. Women prospered in the job market under Trump and  African Americans and Hispanics enjoyed an all-time low unemployment rate. Trump stands firm about reopening America in the face of blistering and biased criticism. That’s the picture of America Trump sees and offers.

On the big issue of what America is better for the financial well-being of the family, it isn’t even close.

Biden and the Democrats want a return to the days when everyone struggled to just get by. They hope to make it so that more Americans than before have to rely on the government. They are willing to close things down and jeopardize the lives of American families.

Trump and the GOP see a different future. They are pushing for America’s return to greatness.  It’s a place where everyone can find a job and build a future for him/herself and family.

Which picture of America do you like best?

A look at a second picture is also revealing. Riots, looting, and lawlessness plague our cities. Peaceful protests have blown up into ugly, vicious scenes where people’s lives are in danger.

Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t see this picture. They refuse to look. Biden and the Democrats are okay with lawlessness and riots in American cities. Throughout their four-day convention they never once mentioned the riots or support for law enforcement. They seem to think that talking about riots is racist.

President Trump, though, does look at this tough picture. As he does, he strongly supports law enforcement officers and wants to quell the riots. He’s offered to help cities with Democrat leaders only to be ignored by them.

Law and order have vanished from the lexicon of Biden’s Democrat party. As they see it, those words, too, are racist. Trump’s GOP, though, stands for protecting people of all races, both their businesses and communities.

Lawless acts cannot be tolerated.  Donald Trump, Jr. in his opening night speech said it well, “Every American must be free to live without fear of violence–in your country, in your communities, and in your homes.”

Which America do you see?  One with law, order, and respect or one with lawlessness and riots?  In less than seventy days, America will choose. Pray she chooses well.

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Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.