VANCOUVER, British Columbia — In every presidential election, like clockwork, the candidates ramp up the culture war rhetoric. It’s a well-worn formula: painting your opponent as some kind of omnipotent force that will single-handedly decimate the country within four years.

“Are you safe in Donald Trump’s America?” Democratic nominee Joe Biden asked in a recent campaign stump speech. He blames Trump for fostering division, failing to control the ubiquitously marketed Coca-Cola of viruses, and bungling the economy. But there’s no proof that Biden and the Democrats would have fared any better. Nor are they providing any. They just want you to believe that they would have done better than mean ol’ Trump.

Maybe the Democrats are more subtle and sophisticated in their style, but they haven’t proven they’re more competent in substance. In fact, this entire presidential campaign is so devoid of substance and so full of shallow bickering that one has to strain to think of any substantial campaign promises from either candidate. But how many voters have even noticed?

Here’s a test. Ask the next person you meet which candidate they support for president. Then ask which specific policy point of that candidate appeals to them. Make them cite the actual policy in detail. I bet they can’t.

It looks as if this election is going to be decided by feelings. It’s the epitome of a political dumbing-down.

And it’s all so tiresome. “He’s a bully!” yells the grade-schooler who cries that the other kid punched him in the face first. But most teachers realize that an entire series of events occurred behind their back and only came to a crescendo as they turned around.

Democrats and Republicans have been yanking each other’s pigtails since at least the late ‘90s, when a permanent seismic crack developed over the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton following the Monica Lewinsky saga.

That divide widened after the 2000 presidential election that saw former President George W. Bush defeat Al Gore as the result of a recount in Florida. Democrats spent the next eight years trying to delegitimize Bush.

Then, Barack Obama was supposed to heal divisions and unite Americans. There’s no reason to doubt that he had such intentions. But how is it even feasible when the system is polarized by definition and about half of voters didn’t choose you? Independent voters exist, but not nearly enough of them. Although 38 percent identify as independent, most of them still lean toward one party or the other, according to a Pew Research Center report.

Trump’s presidency isn’t an outlier. The American electorate is still clinging to one of the two magnetic poles. Based on the heated political rhetoric these days, those two poles are the “Commie Pole” and the “Nazi Pole” — apparently political paradigms haven’t changed much in the past century.

Trump would have voters believe that Biden is a Trojan horse for the fringe left, while Biden is peddling the notion that Trump is a threat to democracy — which is a way of saying that he’s a fascist. For every instance where Trump is accused of fascist proclivities by Democrats, he lets slip his iron grip. For example, Trump is getting slammed for his management of the coronavirus. He’s accused of freewheeling it, allowing state governors to make their own decisions based on the truth on the ground. Yeah, sounds like a real fascist all right. And one has to stretch the imagination to imagine that 77-year-old institutional fixture Joe Biden is doing the bidding of people who want to fight about the use of personal pronouns.

In order to haul America down the slippery slope toward either fascism or communism, a president would have to mow down a whole lot of institutional speed bumps. Countries that are taken over by extreme ideology have a very tight top-down structure, permitting orders at the top to rapidly trickle down for efficient execution by the lowest civil servant. Meanwhile, it takes months to even get a U.S. passport. This doesn’t bode well for a fascist or communist takeover of America.

Polarized electoral America is nonetheless leaving the impression that one has no choice but to choose a camp in this culture war. You’re either with Trump and his right-wing stormtroopers, or with Biden and his left-wing radicals. It’s all an illusion that plays on fear. And the only way to win the culture war is to opt out and refuse to play this manipulative political game, and to make decisions based on logic and analysis rather than emotional chain-yanking.

Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and host of an independently produced French-language program that airs on Sputnik France. Her website can be found at http://www.rachelmarsden.com.

(43) comments

Dwasserba

"Make them cite the actual policy in detail." Make them? Bet you're popular.

DickD

Apparently this writer has missed what Trump has been doing to the country over the

last four years..He fires those who are approved by Congress and puts in appointees, not approved by Congress, who he can again fire at any time if they don't do Donald Trump's bidding. That, along with Trump's attacks on the free press is the beginning of Facism.

bosco

Here are Saul Alinsky's 8 steps to socialism. See how many of these line up with the Democrats pledges and platforms.

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Greg F

What an o outdated list. Half this is applicable to gop

bosco

Which half?[ninja]

threecents

2, 3, 6, and 8.

PurplePickles

@bosco

So you are still bragging you read a whole book last night? Not sure I’d be bragging I’d read this particular book? Also I’m not sure you understood what you read? You are the one that seems to be controlled, are you really that afraid your guns will be taken away and isn’t god everywhere? How can those two things possibly be taken away?

public-redux

bosco, I’m really curious about something. When you find you’ve been lied to about something you wish were true, do you start to distrust the source that lied to you?

I ask because the Alinsky 8 Steps are a lie invented in 2015.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-alinsky-social-state/false-claim-saul-alinsky-listed-a-scheme-for-world-conquest-creation-of-the-social-state-idUSKCN2252LY

If it were me, I’d be very distrustful going forward.

hayduke2

Public- 👍

hayduke2

ONCE AGAIN, you are posting made up and misleading stuff... Numerous sources that are legit confirm this . Once such source is https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-alinsky-social-state/false-claim-saul-alinsky-listed-a-scheme-for-world-conquest-creation-of-the-social-state-idUSKCN2252LY

hayduke2

Apologies Public - didn't realize I was duplicating your reference.

public-redux

No harm done.

I truly don’t understand why bosco isn’t outraged about be lied to by people who apparently share his views. Does he know he is being lied to and doesn’t care? Does he not know he is being lied to and is just being a dupe?

hayduke2

I am always mystified by how easily facts and verifiable information is ignored. It would be my guess that Bosco and others enjoy being lied to

C.D.Reid

"In order to haul America down the slippery slope toward either fascism or communism, a president would have to mow down a whole lot of institutional speed bumps."

Exactly, yet the Left will continue to call Trump a Nazi. Hell, I'm still waiting for the WWIII they promised that he'd get us into if he won four years ago. When's that gonna start?

Greg F

Rump has mowed over many speed bumps, and every ethical one and moral one also. He’s working on the war part after pushing allies away and coddling dictators.

C.D.Reid

Sure Greg, you just keep thinking that and, in 2025 when Trump has finished his second term and there's been no war, I'll remember to remind you about your war that never was.

phydeaux994

Who is “they” you reference in your 6:42 comment. No one ever said Trump would start WWIII if elected. They said he would be a freakin’ disaster as President if elected. They were right. 👎

olefool

I've heard some of your cast say that war will start the day Trump is ejected from the white House, of course after he loses the election in a landslide... Will that make you happy????

bosco

I've heard from several unnamed sources that Biden sniffs the seats on little girls bicycles. Several news sources have confirmed with their own unnamed sources as well, two of which are corroborating each other as an unnamed source. Schiff has irrefutable proof that Biden is not guilty of sniffing little girl's bicycle seats and will release it with his irrefutable proof of Russian collusion.

Wasn't it Harris that said in the Kavanaugh hearings that it's up to the accused to prove his innocence?

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PurplePickles

@bosco

when were you in Cuba and for how long?

C.D.Reid

Bosco, did you see that fido wants us to post our life stories here? [lol]

C.D.Reid

Still assuming I see, PurPic. What is this fetish you have with making an @$$ outta yourself?

C.D.Reid

By the way bosco, good one at 9:55!!! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

phydeaux994

CD, compared to mine, yours would be pretty dismal. Now bosco, been to Cuba, Sturgis, rode his Harley through the barrio in South LA, owns a Plantation in FC called Bosco Manor, his might be interesting.

bosco

CD, hear anything from the LLBTT worth replying to today?

Who is slated to play you in your life story movie? I'm thinking Vin Diesel.

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C.D.Reid

Not much, bosco. Fido is still going on his rants and PP is still insisting on making a fool of himself. In other words, same old same old. At least I found out that, compared to fido's, my life is pretty dismal. Considering he doesn't have a life, I'm not sure I agree.......

C.D.Reid

Oh, and bosco, I like the idea of Vin Diesel too, but I'm having my agent contact Chris Hemsworth, Josh Holloway, Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum, and Jacob

Gyllenhaal to see if they want to audition for the role of a lifetime. I'm kinda partial to Gerard Butler, though. Being a Scotsman, I'll bet he likes blood pudding as much as I do and that's a plus, in my book. [thumbup] (I wonder if he likes maple syrup on his pudding too?)

bosco

I'm not posting my life story since I'm still in the witness protection program and they haven't recovered all of the money or bodies.

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C.D.Reid

Why would it? I wasn't the one babbling about Trump getting us into a war, the Sore Losers were.

PurplePickles

@CD

So since you think Trump sleeping with a porn star was cool, and you approved, because you are a Trump supporter, do you also approve of him paying the porn star to keep quiet?

C.D.Reid

Christ PurPic, you just don't get it, do you? You keep harping on how I feel about Trump's claim that he slept with a porn star, but you refuse to answer the question I asked you to answer before I answer yours. Why the hell does my opinion on the matter mean so damned much to you? Am I getting as deeply into your head as I already am in fido's? Maybe you should hook up with him and play tiddlywinks, hopscotch, try new outfits on your dolls together, needlepoint, anything to get the life that you both obviously don't yet have.

PurplePickles

@CD

Ask your question again, but I believe I answered it? Wasn’t it how I knew you approved of Trump sleeping with a porn star? Cause your a Trump supporter right? So you approve of Trump sleeping with a porn star, bareback, while Melania was recovering from childbirth and you approve of Trump paying the porn star to keep quiet. Thanks for your answer!

C.D.Reid

Hey PP, f u.

phydeaux994

🤬😤🤯fu.😂🤣god, I luv it!!! I hope these two never go away!!!

hayduke2

Bosco and CD have quite the bromance going! So cute!

PurplePickles

@phy

Me either... ...I’ve never had more fun...lol

C.D.Reid

Hey fido, your LLBTT (Liberal Left Bully Tag Team) was really out in force yesterday, just like three little kiddes playing in a sand box. Hay is just like you, jealous that two men with common ideas can get along, and PP acting just as childish as you are senile. I'm sure you're quite proud of yourselves, aren't you? [lol][lol][lol]

bosco

CD, it's going to be fun watching the LLBTT take the steps to socialism and deflect them and try to turn them into the Republican agenda and blame Trump. And not one of the bunch has been to Cuba or Venezuela to see what Biden and Harris are striving for. Heck, they'll even deflect Cuba and Venezuela by claiming they are not really socialists.

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C.D.Reid

Yep, that's true. And I've also been wondering why we haven't been hearing a bunch of paranoid, moronic Hollywood libs declaring that they will move out of the country if Trump gets reelected?

bosco

CD, on another, but similar thread where I raised the issue of socialism and the Democrats, Fido has now decided, and I quote:

"That’s what the FNP Opinion Forum should be used for, an honest debate on the facts of an issue".

You may want to bookmark that one. I guess the LLBTT is swearing off the hate and vitriol directed to anyone with whom they disagree, let alone crying racist.

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phydeaux994

Show me one example of hate and vitriol that I have ever directed at you bosco, just one. You too CD, just one. You are my friends.

phydeaux994

racist[ rey-sist

noun

a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that one's own racial group is superior or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.

threecents

OK Bosco/Eric

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. No vulgar, racist, sexist or sexually-oriented language.
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TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
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Say it once. No repetitive posts, please.
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