United (Socialist) States of America?
The final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden highlighted what is really at stake: not the political fortunes of two politicians, but rather what a future America might look like.
Perhaps not since the Great Debates of 1858, between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, which focused on the issue of slavery, has there been a political struggle of more epic consequence than the one raging right now in the US. That is not cheap hyperbole. The outcome of the 2020 election has the power to radically transform the nation – socially, culturally, and politically – to the point where it may become wholly unrecognizable in a very short time. I will leave it up to the reader to decide if that is a good thing or not.
On the debate stage, Trump and Biden may seem a lot like your typical American politicians, promising voters a paradise complete with paved roads and timely trains if they would just give them a chance. Behind the sloganeering of these two men, however, are vastly different blueprints for what a future America will ultimately look like.
As the consummate businessman, Trump seems content to keep the US economy chugging along the well-worn capitalist path to wealth and prosperity, spewing noxious fumes from coal-burning power plants, while investing heavily into fracking and domestic oil production. Biden tends to lean heavily in the other direction, and some would say radically so.
Indeed, one of the most revealing parts of Thursday’s debate came during the discussion on climate change, and how the two candidates would cope with it. Here is where the difference between the two presidential contenders is most striking. In traditional conservative style, Trump spoke rather disparagingly about solar and wind power, for example, and pointed to their limited use and development. In fact, the only plan Trump seems to have to combat this doomsday scenario, assuming it is a real problem (the science, regardless of what Greta Thunberg would have us believe, is fiercely divided on that question) is by joining the so-called One Trillion Trees initiative, organized by none other than the Wo
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