.@EdwardGLuce should be a regular must read for any person interested in the qualities of sobriety, thoughtfulness, historical perspective, honesty and common sense in the commentary surrounding our tumultuous times. Much of the political media covers politics with the
breathlessness of an X games commentator fresh from the student radio station. The overall effect is to create a type of undertow, a rip tide that pulls the whole of the population towards stupid. That’s unfortunate and frankly unsolvable but the good news is that it remains
relatively low on the list of escalating National crisis. All Presidents are tested by crisis and the accumulation of events. The American Presidency is a character test. It reveals its occupants fully. For example, some say the President is stubborn. What will be revealed
during the Presidency is whether that is an incapacitating trait. I don’t believe that is the case. There are moments when Presidents are alone both literally and figuratively. When Harry Truman arrived at the WH after rushing back from a card game in the Speakers office on
April 12, 1945 he was greeted by Eleanor Roosevelt. “Harry, the President is dead” she said. Truman responded by asking if there was anything he could do for Mrs. Roosevelt. “No Mr. President, is there anything I can do for you” she replied. Truman recalled the moment by
saying he felt like “the moon, the stars and all of the planets had fallen on me”. So it is today. All Presidents err. They make mistakes. Tragedies unfold on their watch. The test of a great President isn’t whether bad events occurred during their time . Rather, it is whether
they demonstrate the character to lead in the darkest hours. Some of the things Joe Biden brought to the Presidency were endurance, grit, empathy, conviction, faith and determination. All will be tested. For me, I have faith in the man. I trust his character. The Presidents
coalition is not made up of cultists who are programmed by a vast propaganda apparatus. Biden leads the Democratic Party. It is the only party in America that remains faithful to the Constitution, pluralism and democracy. He leads a fractious coalition that will often exist in
some state of disappointment and disapproval. That is irrelevant in the context of making electoral calculations. In the end, political greatness is the province of historians. We are living on the edge of a fault line straddling an old era and a new one in this country. I wish
I could say that I knew how it would break in the end. I don’t. The American people will decide that question over the next two elections. The answer will determine the type country our grandchildren live and die in. It is a monumental choice. I voted
for Joe Biden because I had faith in his character. I still do. I believe he will meet the test. He is surrounded by bad faith in the form of an emboldened extremist movement that has the ability to turn the United States into a North American version of Hungary over the next
5 years. Failure isn’t an option.

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