The Battle of Opposites

By Travis Harmon-Smith

Publishers Note: Travis Harmon-Smith is a freelance reporter and political columnist currently residing in Indiana.

Contrary to popular belief, an election result is as powerful as an apocalyptic Nostradamus prediction. But President Trump isn’t Nostradamus, nor was he prepared for a COVID-19 outbreak responsible for nearly 250,000 U.S. deaths with approximately 9 million confirmed cases.  The mortality rate snowballed, and when it did, it became more about economic redistribution and less about mourning the families who lost their loved ones. 

Trump, along with Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden despise one another. Americans watched the 2020 Presidential Debates with open ears, made judgments, and castigated each candidate as such. But in a political race, considered by many as the most important, controversial election in U.S. history, which candidate deserves to lead us in the future? 

President Trump’s deprecatory remarks during the debates sparked outrage and agitation from voters nationwide. Each time the former Vice President tried to state his claim, Trump intervened brutally, interrupting with no remorse. The President’s leadership has been questionable throughout the pandemic, but questions rose even more after the debates concluded. Who do I vote for? Republican or Democrat? Who has the best policy? How are these policies different? What should we expect? And, what can we expect after November 3rd? 

Regardless of the legislation and congressional support,  Dr. Anthony Fauci’s medical expertise, support from each of the candidate’s constituents, and the CDC guidelines, Americans demand answers. In a battle of opposites, it’s hard to discern the next leader in a land of divisiveness where the average facial expression is more lugubrious than a coronavirus death itself. We’re dealing with a morbid situation without answers. 

Perhaps the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, known as the CARES Act endorsed by President Trump and Congress pacified the struggles of Americans. And, upon reception of a $1200 stimulus check, our sorrow just went away. That wasn’t the case. 

When Democrats, along with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin first introduced the bill, several citizens feared not just the ramifications, but how the package would affect personal finances. The bill necessitated a $600 weekly unemployment benefits boost and extra relief provided from the states of Americans who were laid off from their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It ensured financial stability for American families despite the economic crisis. Legislation deemed as the largest economic stimulus package in U.S history didn’t calm the horrors of a country taken by bioterrorism.  

Then came the HEROES Act. It mandated a nearly $1 trillion package intended for emergency supplemental appropriations to federal agencies, in correlation with economic assistance to local, state, and territorial governments. But will a new stimulus package be unveiled before 2021?  Democrats and Republicans continue to spar over as to if and when the new package will be signed into law. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday a new coronavirus bill could be considered at the beginning of 2021.

In the attempt to make a Nostradamus prediction, no one knows the next move in this process. Yet, we understand the respective policies each political candidate advocated throughout their campaign trails. 

At this point, atrocity could be a possibility. We hope not. Cities and states in the U.S. have taken safety precautions as we approach election night. Violence should not be an exemplification of democracy. But in a democracy of noxious rhetoric and opinion, expect the unexpected. 

That’s the Nostradamus prediction.