On November 6, Americans will vote in the most important election of their lifetimes. At stake is the direction of our nation. Will we move toward socialism under the Democrats or towards a restoration of the civil rights and civil liberties traditionally associated with our democratic republic?

I believe Americans want a continuation of the United States we recognize from our Constitution. Therefore, I am expecting a majority of people to cast their vote for Republican candidates. A vote for Republicans is a vote for progress and an affirmation of President Trump’s strong leadership. We need strong presidential leadership today more than ever.

In the face of non-stop negative media coverage, President Trump has quietly checked off the accomplishments he promised to the American people. In fact, Representative Jim Jordan told a group of people at a conference I attended a few weeks ago  the President keeps a white board listing promises he made to us, complete with where he made them. His office lists 289 checked-off accomplishments, so far.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders have jeopardized their midterm election prospects by embracing the left’s radical politics while waging war against the Trump administration’s successful record. The booming economy benefits everyone. Blacks and Hispanics are thriving, and the black approval rating for President Trump has reached a record level for a Republican president.

According to Gallup, public satisfaction with the nation’s direction is at a 12-year high. And yet, since President Trump’s 2016 election, many in our nation have clamored for impeachment – which would essentially be a leftist political coup, something we just do not see in a democratic republic in the developed world.

I believe Democrats have overplayed their hand. High powered leaders have encouraged confrontation and harassment of conservative leaders. Moreover, in the past two years, the American people have witnessed FBI corruption, the never-ending Mueller investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to win the 2016 election, the character assassination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the chaos and destruction fomented by Antifa activists, and the increasingly un-American behavior of leading Democrats  at every level of government. Democrats in Congress no longer defend due process and the presumption of innocence. Instead, we see the politics of division geared toward dividing and separating Americans into warring factions.

These actions are aided and abetted by a partisan media that spends its time demonizing our president while denying him his successes. Such actions are wrong for our nation and terrible for our children.

I believe thoughtful Americans can see through the charade. Thoughtful Americans want to live in a society they recognize, not in a leftist’s counterfeit remake of our nation.

Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is host of the podcast Be The People, here on the America Out Loud Podcast Network. Passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square she is an author, public speaker, and political commentator. Dr. Swain is the author or editor of eight books with a ninth forthcoming in 2018.

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