Happy Fourth of July weekend!
In an effort to show American solidarity against the coronavirus and its catastrophic shutdowns nationwide, as well as to show the same for those patriots who are currently upset with the wanton destruction of historical American monuments and traditions in the wake of the BLM protests and summary riots, President Donald Trump is traveling to Mount Rushmore to participate in the July 3 fireworks show in South Dakota.
The mainstream news media has already seized on the event as being one that promotes “white supremacy,” as the New York Times has deemed the historical site – one of the most famous in the US – to be a vestige of institutionalized racism that must be demolished.
According to NPR, this will be the first time in 10 years that the once-traditional Rushmore fireworks extravaganza has been held, as it was banned for a decade due to concerns about wildfires and amidst various Native American protests.
Naturally, the media – in addition to decrying the event as racist – has also used it to preemptively blame the President (and his constituency) for putting people at risk for spreading the coronavirus.
Pushing back on that, Republican Governor Kristi Noem has stated that event staff will be handing out free masks but that wearing them is optional, and social distancing will not be enforced.
In an Interview with Fox News, Noem explained the event protocol to host Laura Ingraham Monday.
“We will have a large event July 3rd; we told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home. But [for] those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one, but we won’t be social distancing.”
Naturally, this could be more ammunition against Trump, particularly if cases spike in SD after the festivities. The state has seen only 91 COVID-19 deaths during the entire pandemic to date.
If that happens, the double whammy of the virus and the protests/riots could further tank Trump’s reelection odds, which are already at all-time lows at every major offshore political betting site.
As of July 3, here are the President’s numbers for the 2020 general election:
2020 Presidential Election Winner
- Joe Biden -160
- Donald Trump +140
- Joe Biden -180
- Donald Trump +150
- Joe Biden -160
- Donald Trump +120
In a bit of pro-American news for our Independence Day, Trump 2020 might see a boost from the most recent jobs market report.
Per Breitbart, the US economy added 4.8 million jobs in the month of June, with the two-month total numbering at around 7.3 million.
This comes as businesses have been reopened in many states around the country and workers have returned to their duties, though some of these are new jobs, as well.
While another looming pre-election lockdown is likely in the works (and being championed by the media at large), for now, this could reinvigorate the Trump campaign.
In another America-first move right in time for the holiday, the Trump administration announced on June 30 the Spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which seeks to overhaul the H-1B visa work program for legal migrants and curtail B-1 and B-2 windows for “undocumented” immigrants.
This should, in theory, move more jobs from imported foreign hands and disperse them among hundreds of thousands of US citizens coming out of college.
According to many analysts, the current post-Millennial generation of young people in the US has a stronger conservative bent than generations past, and this could be a boost for Trump among first-time voters and college graduates.
Regardless, this election will likely be more difficult for Trump than the last one.
While many view the Bad Orange Man as an imposter to the “throne” or an “illegitimate” President, the fact remains that he’s wildly popular among his substantial base – a base that, for the time being, has been keeping its head down.
This 4th of July, you can expect to see a few patriotic Americans start to visibly and publicly push back.
For many, given the devolution of the American system of governance in recent months (see the Seattle CHOP Zone “Summer of Love” as a prime example), the national reaction to – or revised interpretation of – Independence Day 2020 will mean something that it hasn’t in many, many years.
Regardless of all the hooplah, all the lockdowns, and all the negative press America gets in domestic and international press coverage, it remains the best country in the world.
America, for all its perceived faults, attracts more migrants – legally and illegally (and who can blame either group?) – than any country on Earth, and it is still the home of the ideal of ideals: The American Dream.
Frankly, the only place the Land of Freedom falls a tad bit short is in the bipartisan foot-dragging when it comes to online sports betting and casino gambling.
Until such a time as US lawmakers figure out how popular these markets are – and until they want a piece of the action to help make this nation a better place – you can continue sending a clear message to your representatives by using offshore Vegas election betting sites, sportsbooks, and casinos.
Hopefully, those with the honor of upholding freedom and personal agency will finally – finally! – go all in.
At any rate, like it or hate it, here’s hoping that America has a happy 244th birthday and that it will be just a little bit older and wiser across the board during its 245th year.
Which Presidential candidate is going to lead that charge?
We’ll find out in November.