Does America Still Have Courage? | Opinion

If, in early June, a headline could be written that would summarize all of the other headlines to be written for 2020, it would be along the lines of:

"2020: The Worst Year in the History of the United States."

That reflects how the mainstream news media has characterized the year, and it is likely the way they will continue to characterize it, at least through the November election—when results might encourage them to abruptly change their tune.

This is the theme that "Sleepy Joe Biden" hopes will carry him to victory in November. If enough people in the country have the sense that things are simply out of control and if enough people feel we are on the brink of a horrific collapse, the corrupt and confused former vice president might just be able to present his campaign as a "return to normalcy."

Add to that the possibility that he could openly vow to serve only one term, along with his promise to be "healer-in-chief," and it may cause people to overlook the fact that there are very serious questions about his cognitive health.

If you think I'm being overly sensitive in suggesting that the media are portraying this as the "worst year in history," think again. A May 31 article in The Atlantic puts forth that exact argument. In comparing it to 1968, the writer laments that while that year was terrible, 2020 still has seven full months to go. Buck up, America, things can certainly get worse—and likely will, according to The Atlantic.

It is a fundamental element of human nature to get so frightened, so filled with anxiety over uncertainty and disruption, that we want things to "just stop." It is the sociological equivalent of a nation curling up into the fetal position and putting its thumb in its mouth. The hope of the media and the Democratic Party is that, come November, they can have the American people so terrified and confused that they scream "I want my daddy" when they go to the polls (or mail in their votes if vote-by-mail expands).

According to this strategy, a vote for Joe would signify a return to some sort of "normalcy," if normalcy means a reversion to having a corrupt deep state and ruling class placed back in charge of government. We would normalize all relations with China and give them fresh access to our markets, our proprietary technology and our physical health. We would re-energize the globalist agenda and place American interests behind those of other nations. We would sign onto every third-world sponsored environmental initiative and start to transfer our wealth and quality of life from America to other nations—all under the banner of "climate change."

This was the "normal" into which Donald Trump stepped when he took office in January 2017. Anyone who thinks that the old normal was somehow more desirable would do well to remember the following facts that held true up until the self-induced economic coma that was the pandemic:

  • On December 31, 2019, the national unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, with 15 states having a rate below that number. The unemployment rate for black Americans was 5.7 percent. Those numbers at the end of 2016 were 4.7 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively.
  • GDP grew by 2.3 percent in 2019 and 2.9 percent in 2018. The GDP growth rate was 1.6 percent in 2016—remember when the Obama administration told us that would be the new normal?
  • In February, the Dow Jones average of stock prices was up 61 percent since Trump's election.
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President Donald Trump Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Despite these irrefutable facts, people may be so overcome with fear that they will be tempted to turn to a man who was front and center in causing the decline of America. How could such a paradox exist? It's easy to understand. Under the progressive rule of people like Joe Biden, America is "quieter."

President Trump has been the most disruptive president in American history. There's no getting around this, for either his supporters or his detractors. His term so far in office has spawned a whole new breed of politician the likes of which we haven't seen in modern times. These are people who, like the president, are unwilling to settle for anything. They are willing to take on the deep state and ruling class with a vengeance. Representatives Jordan, Gaetz, Gomert, Nunes and Stefanik come to mind. This is a messy and noisy process. It has been uncomfortable.

But regardless of the doomsday predictions, we can already see signs that things are beginning to turn around, starting with May's job gains of over 2.5 million—defying economists' predictions by an incredible 10 million jobs.

So when frightened American voters contemplate what to do in November, if they seek a return to normal, they might want to consider just which "normal" they want. Is it American impotence and frailty of the Obama/Biden years? Or is it the new normal that President Trump has been trying to create of a robust and vibrant America, against unprecedented headwinds?

I'll choose the latter. I pray America still has enough good sense and courage to do the same.

Charlie Kirk is the author of The New York Times bestseller The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas That Will Win the Future and host of The Charlie Kirk Show.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.