IF THE 2020 presidential election was strictly a referendum on the character, temperament, diplomacy, decency and behavior of Donald Trump, the Democrat candidate, no matter who he or she might be, would have a very good chance of winning.

But if the Democrat candidate insists on making the election about their own extremely liberal agenda, there is a good chance Trump wins re-election and continues to confound his critics. Their far left agenda is seeding the Republican Party’s campaign strategy. It’s very early and there is a long way to go before Nov. 3, 2020.

So far, after two Democrat debates, the Democrats have painted a picture of America as a bleak house for everyone but the very rich. They said the country is divided by class, race and gender, and that is the sole responsibility of Republicans.

Progressives and radical liberals spend every day telling us the endless ways we are falling short as a country; that inequality is rampant, that we’re a racist bunch and are most likely bigots. Despite eight years under the Barack Obama administration, Democrats accept no responsibility for these shortcomings.

Unless you give some credit to Obama, the Democrats see no benefit from having a booming economy which has produced rising wages, lower taxes, low unemployment and job opportunities for Americans of all social classes.

Has everyone benefited equally from this economy? Maybe not, but let’s not obsess about that and consider the reasons for rising family living costs. Politics of envy is not a good image and Democrats shouldn’t tell people that the government is the only way out of every bad situation.

Because this is America, we have a high standard of living. Folks insist on having it all regardless of the costs. In many areas, a household could have an income of $80,000 a year and still struggle to make ends meet.

Chances are that same household could see their income increase to $100,000 a year and they would still be unable to cover an unexpected $1,000 emergency expense. We tend to live beyond our means. Who doesn’t love easy credit?

We’ve learned from the debates that Democrats are mostly sold on climate change, the Green New Deal, the end for all fossil fuels, open borders, free health care for all Americans and for all illegal foreigners, forgiving most college loans, tuition-free college, raising tax rates on middle-class citizens and socking the wealthy with tax rates as high as 70-90%.

They support the idea of reparations. Some want to end private health care for 170 million Americans. They want the electoral college ended, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico made states, and they propose expanding the Supreme Court from nine to 15 members so it can be packed with liberal judges.

These planks in the party platform will traumatize a majority of moderate Americans. It’s hard to have a conversation without facing accusations of political correctness. They even had Kamala Harris attack Joe Biden, Obama’s vice president for eight years, for being insensitive to racial norms because of what he did 30 years ago.

In what part of the real world does anyone believe college should be free and loan debts be forgiven? Think of the millions of working-class people who never considered going to college, yet they would be forced to help pay off the loans for others.

How about the millions of people who have lived their lives voluntarily taking out loans for cars, homes and business ventures, and it never occurred to them that someone else would be asked to repay the loans. It just doesn’t seem right to them.

It’s this kind of pandering for votes that turns off millions of voters. Those voters want a good reason not to vote for Trump’s re-election. Democrats should reconsider the tone they are projecting. They should legislate, not investigate. They should not want the current administration to fail.

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WHEN I watch TV or read a newspaper column, they talk about being woke, lit, drip or a snowflake. I don’t know what they mean. Is it a good or bad thing? I did some online research.

A snowflake is defined as a term used by individuals who generally self-identify as conservative to name call individuals who politically disagree with them.

The dictionary said it is a derogatory slang term, implying that they have an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, are overly emotional, easily offended and unable to deal with opposing opinions.

The slang term drip has had many meanings over the years. It once meant being arrogant. Now, it means being very smooth, cool, pleasant or another way of saying awesome.

Years ago, if a person was lit, they were intoxicated. Now, it means exciting, excellent, fun and amazing. It’s good to be lit and drip.

Now, about woke. If you are woke, you are aware of and attentive to important facts and issues of racial and social justice. The more woke one is, the more sympathetic and knowledgeable one is about a topic or type of person.

Merriam-Webster said “We have a moral obligation to ‘stay woke,’ take a stand and be active; challenging injustice and racism, and fighting hatred.”

The Free Dictionary said woke is a slang term. No kidding? If you are woke, you are aware of the injustice of the social system in which we live.