This is not an “issues” election. As I write this, Hunter Biden’s leaked emails, if authentic, are revealing facts about his business in Ukraine that reveal his father’s flagrant dishonesty, at the very least. The potential implications of this utterly eclipse those of the inconsequential phone call over which Trump was impeached. But not only has the press downplayed the emails: the New York Post exposé that first broke the story has been blatantly censored by both Facebook and Twitter.
All this should matter much more than it does. But I suspect people are not paying attention to tech censorship, or Biden’s corruption, or really any individual bombshell or policy proposal. What we are fighting about right now is who we are. Each of the two presidential tickets represents a vision of American citizenship and national identity which goes far deeper than politics in the day-to-day sense of the word. The difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is