Policy, not Personality, Should Guide Voters’ Choices for President

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NEW YORK — Focus on public policy!

This is what I have advised others to do since Donald J. Trump secured the Republican nomination in 2016. Some people, including otherwise intelligent and thoughtful free-market and cultural conservatives, cannot tolerate Trump’s larger-than-life persona, his often grandiose statements, his Twitter blasts, and the sneaking suspicion that he might be the reincarnation of P.T. Barnum. Some Americans find the president’s quirks and conduct amusing. Others are appalled.

President Trump’s antics make me grin more than they make me grimace, Regardless, I focus on public policy: What legislation has he signed? What has he vetoed? Do his actions as president make Americans freer, safer, and more prosperous? Do America’s enemies advance or retreat in his presence?

As voters pick the Oval Office’s next occupant, they should imagine it’s Christmas morning. A large, mysterious box sits beneath a shimmering tree. Is it covered in soothing, lovely wrapping paper or in months-old newsprint? Who cares? The box’s contents matter.

Former vice president Joe Biden generally exudes a vaguely calming tone. His empathetic demeanor, perhaps forced by multiple family tragedies, also amplifies his appeal. For some people, that’s plenty. They, especially Republicans in their midst, should meditate long and hard on what Biden actually would do as president.

While Biden might seem warmer and toastier than Trump, his public policy will be colder than Siberia if he shutters Washington, D.C.’s school voucher program, as threatened. Biden’s vaunted compassion will be lost on thousands of poor, mainly black kids who would have no choice but to return to often-dangerous, reliably dysfunctional government schools. While their minds would be crushed, Biden’s teachers-union masters would cheer. Conversely, a second Trump term promises school choice for every parent.

President Trump has created 8,700 Opportunity Zones, largely in low-income minority neighborhoods. Incentives have attracted some $75 billion in private investment to these communities. If Biden kills the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as he has pledged, wave goodbye to Opportunity Zones.

Biden hopes to grant citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens. Most of them likely would vote Democrat. This would steepen GOP election prospects.

Free healthcare for illegal aliens? Biden’s prescription is malpractice for an already overburdened medical system and a morbidly obese federal budget.

Biden now claims he “will not ban fracking.” While this could become his “Read my lips: No new taxes” moment, he could keep this promise while also pleasing keeping his fossil-fuel-loathing far-Left base. Why kill fracking when you simply can study it nearly to death, as Obama-Biden did the Keystone Pipeline? Thankfully, President Trump greenlighted that pipeline.

While President Trump proposes patriotic education and Americanism in U.S. classrooms, Biden-Harris most likely would set the anti-American 1619 Project on a fast track via the Department of Education. After Trump ditched Critical Race Theory training within federal agencies, Biden-Harris would resurrect it in the U.S. government and perhaps impose it on the private sector. As happened recently at the federal Sandia Laboratories, white males would be subjected to mandatory re-education sessions where they would be denounced as racists and forced to apologize for being born white.

“I will end the Muslim ban on Day One,” Biden said. This policy does not ban Muslims. Rather it limits arrivals by foreigners who have traveled through several nations designated by Obama-Biden as either tainted by terror or hobbled by insufficient security standards. Biden would throw the Golden Door open to these travelers, some from nations that sponsor terrorism. What could go wrong?

And, among other planned blunders, a President Biden would revive the Iran Nuclear Deal. Appeasing the ayatollahs surely will unravel the growing Middle East peace that President Trump has orchestrated by isolating Tehran.

Voters are free to reject President Trump’s eccentricities. But if Joe Biden prevails, the ensuing far-Left agenda will be the steep price that 330 million Americans pay to satisfy the Trump haters’ burning desire never to see his face again.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

  1. unfortunately this is preaching to the choir it need to get to those fools who like sleepy Joes calm demeanor and don’t look any further what they fail to understand is he is a career politician who has dined at the trough like the pig he is they don’t look at his record of 47 years of racism cronyism weakened military high taxes with nothing to show for it he has contributed nothing to the welfare of this country he will say anything to get elected if Biden-Harris win America loses big time the accomplishments of President Trump will be steamrolled and buried forever socialism will rule and we will never recover

    1. In other words….Joe Biden is a loser who has enriched himself his entire career at the expense of the Taxpayer and of the world market. China has given him Billion dollars for being China Friendly.

      1. Creepy Joe has not only enriched himself but a large number of his family have also become multi-millionaires as a result of his 47 years of feeding at the public trough.

  2. Joe Biden has done nothing for America in 47 years. Also take note Joe Biden wants free ride into White house as you can see by MSM and ton of others carrying the water for Biden to win the White house while Joe Biden hides in his basement. My vote goes to Trump 2020 MAGA

  3. Democrats dislike/hate Mr. Trump because they are wannabes who wish they had the brash personality Mr. Trump exhibits, but they just don’t have the potential nor the moxy to pull it off.

    1. So true. And may I add that the folks who are voting for Hidin Biden, hate Trump more than they love the country. They would rather live under what Mr. Murdock said regarding Joe, than enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that this great country gives us and Trump is fighting to keep..

    2. Democrats hate Trump because he was one of them and switched parties, just as Reagan did. Democrats hate that most of all. Just ask any former Democrat who will tell you that many of their friends shunned them after they switched parties. It’s kind of like the mob. Once you’re in…….

    1. History will judge him as one of the best Presidents, you’ll see! He has much of the same experiences as Lincoln who was mocked, attacked and maligned by the opposing Party, the Media and his Generals. You can read about it in history books and there is an uncanny comparison to our President!

    2. History will show otherwise. Trump has shown to be a President of and for the people. Biden has shown that he will be a puppet for the Clintons , the Obamas and for the investors who lost the return on the investment they expected from Hillary.

  4. What scares the wadding out of me is the possibility that Biden would die and Harris would succeed him

    1. He [joe] won’t need to die, Nancy Pigloosi will manage to get him declared mentally unfit, which by the way would be true, that way Kameltoe can name Nancy as her V.P.

    2. God help us if that happens. Kamala who is an avowed Marxist and Pelosi with no conscience what so ever, would flatten the US and all Americans with it. It’s a terrifying thought.

  5. If America wants to go backward then vote for sleepy, forgetfulness joe blow, this country is better than that, we need to move on and forward, not be restricted and taxed to death. Giving everything to illegals is another great decision by the democraps. Only had to see the confirmation judiciary hearing to see what they’re like.

  6. I have seen three or four interviews where undecided voters still remain undecided after showing them the fact. The only one that goes towards Trump is usually the foreigner.

  7. This article neglects to mention the worst scenarios of all under DemocRAT Biden. They WILL ban fossil fuel. Democrat reps here have emailed me notice of their bills in process, boasting that they have worked to ban fossil fuel. This means unless you can afford an electric car, kiss your transportation goodbye, you will be needing a bike. (Is that why they made so many bike lanes?) Imagine it. All gas run vehicles banned: Tractors, DTE equipment trucks, ambulances, buses, taxis, delivery trucks, mail vehicles. Farmers will have to return to ox or horse driven plows. Then there is the good old shovel. Utopia? Hardly! Then then of those fuels will cause a stock market crash, 401K, IRA, Annuity. Gas station employees and businesses closed out of business. Funny how they planned this after Trump made gas plentiful and prices lowered. Democrats kept telling us there was a shortage. Oh the fossil fuel is a big-ee. Then remember how we could not say Merry Christmas? Remember how Damocrats kept (and still keep trying) banning the Mention of God or prayer in public prayers, even sidewalks? The Demonrat governors even called Churches “non-essential” and abortion “essential” during the lockdown. If Biden wins, every religious freedom Trump put in place will be withdrawn. This has been their agenda. Biden LOVES China. China HATES religion. China HATES freedom. The extreme left have vowed revolution. Biden has failed to condemn BLM or Antifa revolutionaries, riots and looting and murder and burning. Trump is our voice. Under Biden and Obama we had no voice. Lord, have mercy on us. Deliver us from the Communists and democrats.

    1. That is the tip of the iceberg. Taxpayers paid 76 billion dollars last year alone to keep illegals. Just imagine how high the cost will be when Dems open the borders to everyone. We have already reached the point where the population has reached it’s saturation point, meaning anymore illegals will put us in a position where our population is unsustainable.
      Our prisons are filled with illegals who have committed criminal acts. The most recent number was illegals made up over 90% of the prison population. Medicare for all is another one of the liberals pet projects. They with their Cadillac insurance, want us all on government insurance, which will put insurance companies out of business and Americans at the mercy of a handpicked group who get to decide who will get services and when. Dr’s will be told what they can charge for services, along with hospitals. This group has no oversight, so they can do whatever they want. Wait times will be much longer, and Dr’s will quit practicing medicine, because they can’t afford to keep practicing. A vote for Biden/Harris is a vote for, complete government control over every aspect of our lives .I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t want that for my kids and grandkids.

  8. The similarities between Lincoln and Trump are striking! Lincoln was much aligned, mocked and attacked by the Party, Media and his upper Brass and he stayed strong just like this President who had to fight for everything and accomplished so much. He has also run a clean Administration and not used the Intelligence Services to spy on detractors nor the IRS to shut down non profits! If you vote for Biden we will lose many of our freedoms and if you can’t grasp that you have been beaten down by the never ending propaganda! Trump/Pence

  9. If you love your life and your families life and rights, VOTE TRUMP. If you don’t give a shit about your life, your families or next generations life or rights, vote Biden 🤮

  10. i still believe in money caps for elections as well as TERM LIMITS,..this money donated could very well be put to good use to help our communities address the homeless and families struggling to have hope in our country of freedom and love..Lets not make this election about the money donated but about VOTES…It makes me feel candidate’s can buy an election… with the most money wins…..MAGA !!!

  11. Just curious as to why neither candidate is talking about the December 31, 2020 currency reset? If the national debt is going to be zeroed out, why is it so difficult for the citizens to get help during this China virus outbreak. And furthermore, why is it that this leaked virus isn’t considered an act of terrorism. I cannot imagine anything more befitting the description of “Act of Terrorism”.
    President Trump, Please continue Making America Great Again.

  12. President Trump has done more for this country than Biden has in 40 years. Enjoy the benefits before the Democrat’s remove them if elected.

  13. I can surely like to tip my hat to Deroy Murdock, reading his articles we can still have hope that true journalism is not dead yet, may he keeps up his brilliant work!


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