Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Once again, we find ourselves at a midterm election, and once again, the nation is at an impasse. Essentially we are confronted with a referendum on two alternative and incompatible visions for the future of our nation.
On the one hand, we have the followers of Donald Trump. Take away what you feel about Donald Trump himself, his tweets, his comments. . . his quips. The fact is that certain people placed him in power, and those people believe in certain things. If you support Donald Trump or the candidates in his camp, you are supporting the aspirations and dreams of this group of Americans.
These are people who believe that the United States is the greatest country in the world. They believe this status carries with it certain responsibilities. Those include an affirmative leadership role globally.
They also believe the United States is truly exceptional, not because of a shared ethnicity since the country certainly does not have that, but because of a certain set of circumstances that made this country an exception to all others. They believe it is the human spirit that drives greatness, freedom, and success. They believe that the more government gets the hell out of the people's lives, the better off the people are, and the better off the government and the nation is.
The great flag bearers of this philosophy are people like, Mark Levin, John Bolton, Rush Limbaugh, and Ben Shapiro.
On the other, we have the followers of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Once again, remove from the analysis whatever feelings you may have towards Sanders or Clinton. Instead, think of the things the people who put them in positions of authority believe. These folks are not the Democrats of old. They are not the people who, like John F. Kennedy, asked not what their country could do for them, but what they could do for their country. These people are totally different.
They don't believe that there are problems plaguing the nation. Rather, they believe the country is the problem. They believe the United States is the great promoter of injustice. This is because they think America is a flawed state; from its inception!
They believe that the United States is the greatest fomenter of evil in the world today. They believe that so many of the world's injustices; poverty, famine, disease, and even the future decline in the health of the planet itself is to a great extent the result of the presence and actions of the United States. They believe that because the United States has achieved a certain amount of stability and wealth, it must now give most of it up to the rest of the world.
The people in this camp believe it is appropriate to suspend due process because of the many injustices the United States has itself perpetrated in the past.
They believe in socialism, wealth distribution, and in the inherent evil of their opponents. They believe that each and every one of you is responsible for the health of all those around you, and you should pay for it.
They believe that every majority group is inherently hateful, or at least unjust, towards every minority. For this reason, they claim others as being racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobes at will.
This group's flag bearers are Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joaquin Castro, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Mazie Hirono, and George Soros.
And there you have it; the two directions being offered to the American public.
Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen such a stark dichotomy between the two groups hoping to lead our country, and today, each group is asking you to help it take the nation in the direction it believes is better for the nation and the world. Each is trying to convince you that theirs is the better way.
The question you need to answer is which vision do you believe is better? Your response is fundamentally important to our nation's future.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.