If former President Ronald Reagan were now in office, does anyone who lived during his remarkable modern presidency believe that “The Gipper” would not have taken strong action to hold the Communist Chinese accountable for unleashing what was likely a bioweapon, causing death and destruction in our nation and globally?! Does anyone also think that Reagan would have gone more than 24 hours in taking charge of local police and other law enforcement and put down what is a modern-day Bolshevik revolution to overthrow the vision and creation of our Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776, in my birthplace and the country’s birthplace of Philadelphia?! The answer to both questions is a resounding no!
Over the last weeks in particular, I have engaged in discussions with some of my self-professed conservative friends who continue to maintain that what the president is doing, or should I say not doing, in particular with regard to the violence in the streets, is politically shrewd. By putting the onus on local and state officials to quell the violence in major cities and then telling the American people that he must be asked to send federal forces in to lock up the “Bolsheviks,” they cynically argue, The Donald is shrewdly harming the political prospects of not just Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but all Democrats this fall. But cynical political ploys like this have not stopped the looting, burning, maiming and killings of not just the police, property and person, but ordinary citizens, including very young children!
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