(RightWing.org) – America was founded on the idea that anything is possible, and that liberty is worth fighting for. Time and again, Americans have proven that true. Though not perfect, we believe in ourselves and in our country. We Americans don’t quit on our ideals and never stop striving for a better tomorrow.
In 1776, our forefathers fought off the chains of tyranny. In the 1860s, the Civil War was won to ensure the freedom of slaves. The suffrage movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s inspired generations of women who not only secured the right to vote, but today hold positions of power in government and business as well. The Civil Rights movement in the 1960s helped clear the way to ensure the liberties won a century earlier would be fully realized.
2020 Challenges America’s Resolve
Thus far, 2020 has been a year for the history books. The country experienced:
- Revelations about a coup attempt on President Donald Trump
- Trump’s impeachment
- A pandemic that took over 200,000 American lives
- State government-induced business shutdowns and stay-home-orders unlike any ever seen in history
- Constitutional erosion of liberties
- Protests and destructive riots around the country
- New revelations about Joe and Hunter Biden’s potential abuse of office for financial gain
There can’t be more, can there?
Many conservatives are sitting on pins and needles, wondering what’s going to drop next. Just weeks away from a pressure cooker election, America’s resolve is being challenged once again.
Are Things as Bad as We’re Told?
Despite the challenges of 2020, there is hope. Evidence is mounting that things are looking up for conservatives, and it’s not as bad out there as the media wants to paint it for Donald Trump.
Republicans Increasing Voter Registration
Across key battleground states, voter registrations are outpacing Democrats.
Pennsylvania is the state that could determine the outcome of the presidential election. In 2016, the president won the state by a slim 44,292 votes out of 6 million votes cast. In 2020, Republican registrations surged, adding 103,171 more voters than Democrats.
In Arizona, Republicans added 30,000 more voters than Democrats since mid-August. In Florida, Hillary Clinton had a 320,000 registration advantage in 2016, and she still lost the state. In 2020, that number was cut in half.
Polls are Tightening
Despite claims to the contrary, the election was never Biden’s to lose. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Biden’s margin is decreasing as the polls tighten. In Florida, Trump is surging. In Arizona and Pennsylvania, the president is gaining significant ground.
Notwithstanding, the polls aren’t accounting for the changes in voter registration. The Trump campaign is making the case that the polls are getting it wrong again. They could have a good point.
There hasn’t been much talk about the enthusiasm gap in recent months. However, it may be the most important metric in presidential elections. It’s how one accounts for a Republican winning a state like Pennsylvania since Democrats have a sizable registration advantage.
In elections, enthusiasm matters. A recent Pew Research poll said 57% of Biden voters strongly support him, contrasted with 68% of Trump voters. That’s an 11 point difference. In 2016, it was a 13 point gap between Clinton and Trump.
In Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio, Pew Research shows mail-in voting patterns favoring Republicans as of October 20. This is a contradiction to national polls suggesting Democrats would far outpace Republicans. Republicans are outpacing Democrats by 2% in Michigan and Wisconsin and by 6% in Ohio.
All told, the picture is not as rosy as the media wants to paint it for Biden. A clear majority (56%) of Americans say they are better off today than they were four years ago. That’s saying something considering everything the country has been through in 2020.
While the media tries to paint doom and gloom for the president, all hope is not lost. It’s quite the opposite. Republicans, as well as moderate and conservative independents, are enthusiastic about voting for Trump.
It’s not a time to give up and conclude the far-left is going to win the country. There is too much hope for that.
By Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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