Dear Editor:

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused crises worldwide. Since then many lives have been lost. Also, many families have become devastated by the shutdowns that have occurred, losing jobs, savings, and family businesses.

Let’s compare the leadership of both parties. When the pandemic started, little was known about it, but we did know that it originated in China. To contain the spread, President Trump blocked the Chinese from visiting the U.S., and Democrats called this act “xenophobic” and “racist”. In contrast to what Donald Trump has done, Joe Biden proposes to shut down the entire country until the pandemic is under control. But what is a shutdown? We still need hospitals, grocery stores, utilities, transportation for the food and required products, gas ... the list goes on. Who decides what is necessary and what is not? Perhaps he means that we shut down only restaurants, barber shops, antique stores, hardware stores (or are those necessary?), etc. So only those businesses will have families with lost income. It’s easy to say that you’ll “shut down the country”, but give us some details.

President Trump left the level of shutdown up to the states. Each state can determine what is best for that area. Largely urban areas have different needs than rural areas. Communities within those states rely on different industries to maintain economic viability, and President Trump trusts governors to have the best information at hand to make the best decision for their state.

Democrats are quick to blame President Trump for the high number of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S., which have topped 200,000. That is a horrific number. But, in perspective, there were over 300,000 veterans who died waiting for health care according to an IG report delivered in September of 2015. The Obama-Biden leadership (or lack thereof) is directly responsible for this number, but it doesn’t seem to rise to the level of worthy news in the media.

While COVID-19 seems to be a central issue of the Democratic campaign, there are other issues that will affect us in an even more dramatic sense. Joe Biden has supported abortion on demand, new taxes, and the Green New Deal, all of which the Republican Party condemn. The Republicans ask for replacement of the ACA, responsible foreign policy, school choice, controlled immigration, and a constitutionalist Supreme Court – all of which the Democrats have opposed.

Finally the lies propagated by the Democrats must be addressed. A partial list includes the Russian hoax, the Steele dossier, and fake quotes from “undisclosed sources” who say President Trump disparaged veterans who died in Europe. I could go on with Trump’s successful economic policies and support of the military, veterans, and first responders.

So, why am I voting Republican?