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| November 22, 2020 1:00 AM

If you're a D, you're certain President Trump is going to have to move out of the White House.

His lawsuits are going nowhere. His stubbornness is not negotiable currency in keeping his job. The D's agree he’s been fired. He just hasn’t acknowledged receiving the pink slip yet.

If you're an R, the fix is on — on a globally unprecedented scale. Trump will win because the only way he could possibly lose is if the D's cheated. And if somehow Joe Biden is eventually declared the winner, then full-steam ahead preparing a Trump II 2024 campaign.

Does that about size it up? Before you call the editor too many names or peck angrily on your keyboard, here’s some fodder for civic discussion and debate, a few opinions as the nation approaches what appears to be an unavoidable union with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Extremes aren’t good for America. We’re strongest when the middle is musclebound. And it all starts with the middle class, which has been losing too much weight for too many years now.

When it comes to toxicity, the far left and far right are equally poisonous to the wellbeing of the body politic.

Defund police? That’s simply criminal. What police need is more funding, more training, attracting the best candidates and ensuring they’re well-equipped to do the job.

Black lives matter. Damn right they do. As most proponents would tell you, they aren’t saying Black lives matter more than yours. They don’t matter one iota less, either.

Our country is great because of the opportunity it presents to most people. Work hard, strive to constantly improve and your dreams can come true.

Our country is great, too, because somewhere along the line, many of us need a hand up. Around the planet, there are no more benevolent people than our own.

Protesters resorting to violence destroy only one thing: Their credibility. It’s their cause that suffers the greatest injury.

Going too far, too fast in either direction — left or right — upsets equilibrium, leading to nasty bruises and broken bones. That’s why it’s never good when one party controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Accumulating wealth is not a sin. Just because someone has more than you doesn’t mean they owe you any of it.

The world really is flat. And small. And shrinking every day. That’s why America must restore its rightful place as a global leader by working hand in hand with its longstanding allies. Building bridges that strengthen all sides is more fruitful than building walls that create silos.