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far are white men.” Regarding this record, Biden noted, “I’m particularly proud that these judges reflect the diversity that is our country’s strength.”

In contrast, of 237 judges appointed by Trump, 200 were white and 37 not white. Seventy- six percent of Trump appointments were men and 24% women.

Inevitably, those on the left will say Trump’s appointment criterion was white male supremacy.

But the difference between Trump and Biden appointments is putting the Constitution front and center as opposed to ethnicity.

Of course, there is more to the picture than the judiciary.

The fiscal situation of the nation is frightening and dangerous.

Our only hope for turning this around is Republican control on Capitol Hill.

For the first seven months of fiscal year 2024, expenditures of interest payments on our massive national debt exceeded both spending on Defense and on Medicare. The Senate is on a razor’s edge, with Democrats controlling 51-49. Estimates are that retiring Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin will be replaced by a Republican. In a 50-50 Senate, with a Republican in the White House, a Republican vice president will cast the deciding vote.

Of the 34 Senate seats up this year, estimates are the most vulnerable are Manchin and four other Democrats.

Certainly, on the social issues of great concern to the country — abortion, our dangerously declining birth rates and marriage rates — Republicans bring a pro-life, pro-family agenda to Washington.

And then, of course, is the position of our nation in an increasingly dangerous world.

Per the American Enterprise Institute, “China also now boasts the largest navy in the world, alongside the biggest coast guard and maritime militia.”

This while U.S. Defense spending flirts with a historic low, at half as a percentage of GDP where it stood in the 1980s.

Hudson Institute scholar Walter Russell Mead writes in The Wall Street Journal, speaking about the aggressive advancement globally of Iran, Russia and China, “Many Americans still don’t fully grasp how serious the international situation has become. … Team Biden, unfortunately, would rather starve the military and embrace the diplomacy of retreat.”

So, yes, every presidential contest is a battle of personalities. But let’s not lose perspective that party is what draws the dividing line in Washington. And perhaps there has never been a time where the gap between the worldviews of Republicans and Democrats has been this gaping.

So, the mindset going into this election season should be about policy as well as about individual candidates.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” Her recent book, “What Is the CURE for America?” is available now. To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2024 CREATORS. COM

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