Commentary Bobbie Patray: The 2020 Election

Good morning,
We are now facing the 2020 election cycle. Many people think they know how the presidential election will turn out, BUT once again the entire U.S. House of Representatives (can Republicans take it back?) will be up for election as will one-third of the U.S. Senate.

In fact, we will have a U.S. Senate seat to fill here in Tennessee. The entire State House will be up for re-election and half of the State Senate. The moral and political climate has never been as they are today.

What to do? What to do?

The graphs and articles below give us things to think about and evaluate as we move into the upcoming campaign season.

Commentary: The New Social Contract We Must Reject

America’s public life is disordered; our discourse toxic. Competing lists of scandals and abuses (calls for impeachment, “nuclear options,” attacks on free speech, and so on) are long and shop-worn-and often miss the real issue that something profound, systemic, and dangerous has happened to our nation. A hostile ideology now permeates the institutions that inculcate our children’s values, that shape or manufacture public opinion, and that supply the public with our only menu of political options from which to choose.

In effect, our ruling class has declared a new social contract, and they expect us to accept in silent acquiescence.

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Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The economist J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.” What’s going on here? Why don’t facts change our minds? And why would someone continue to believe a false or inaccurate idea anyway? How do such behaviors serve us?

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Once again, I will remind each of us that God has directed us to pray for those in authority and we must be faithful in doing that. Our nation has never needed it more!

Bobbie Patray

(Bobbie Patray serve as the President of the Tennessee Chapter of the Eagle Forum and lobbyist at the State Capitol since 1987. She can be cpntacted via email at