Democracy at Work: President Trump’s 1st 100-Days
Trump voters can see that the president has had both successes and failures in the 1st months in office. That’s normal. The successes have been ignored by the Democrat press, but we inform ourselves by going to our own, more truthful, news sources. There is much to celebrate.
When we focus on our side’s accomplishments, this is a happy time for our country.
We know full well President Trump is not perfect, nor is his team, and his first 100 days have brought disappointments, too.
Support for Trump is not like the creepy hero-worship that Democrats gave Barack Obama. Conservatives have God to worship.
We do not confuse politicians with the Messiah. We do not need to think our president is the most brilliant man in every room, or that all his failures are the fault of others.
The reason we are so happy is that the big picture is astoundingly positive. Perhaps this is why the Democrats have to scream so very loudly and continuously, in their effort to drown it out.
There are so many things to celebrate, in a few short months, it is hard to remember them all, here are some:
- Jobless claims are at a 17-year low.
- Illegal border crossings are at a 20-year low.
- The stock market had the longest winning streak since Y 1987.
- Our trade deficit is down and exports are up.
- Companies are hiring.
- We are beginning a sane energy policy.
- Job-crushing government regulations and waste are being rolled back.
- Four thousand illegal Somalis have been deported
- Embassies told to slow down and do their job in vetting.
- Foreign policy successes are impressive.
The speed of change to rational, pro-America policies is dazzling.
There are clearly brilliant strategic thinkers at work, as we were promised with the Mattis and McMaster nominations. Presidnt Trump is following American interest on the world stage without asking permission from the UN.
Our swift, unilateral bombing of Syria’s chemical weapons stores showed President Trump and America can once again be trusted. At the same time, the President signaled to China that their dangerous Korean games are over.
By coupling threats on trade with a clear demand we expect cooperation on Korea, President Trump has accomplished more in getting China to act responsibly than every president before him. We have Israel’s back at the UN, which has been put on notice that antisemitism is no longer accepted as normal, thanks to President Trump’s wonderful pick for Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.
There are things conservatives do not like so far, but most of them have to do with the pace, not the direction of change.
Donald Trump the fighter is underperforming in Key areas.
Powerful Obama people are still in place, and likely to remain so for months, even years, at the rate his appointments are going. The remnants are creating havoc with their leaks, and fighting implementation of President Trump’s policies.
Odd and disturbing reports tell us that Trump’s national security advisor, Lt. General McMaster, claims that ISIS isn’t Islamic and advised the president not to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
It is troubling that both Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson fought to bring in truly awful Obama appointees — the people who enacted Obama’s attempt to hand Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, his Benghazi lies and the Iran Deal.
That’s not good.
President Trump picked his Cabinet members for their capabilities, which are impressive, but they seem dangerously comfortable with leftover Obama operatives. We cannot promote Obama policy makers to positions of even greater power.
What is going on?
On several big campaign promises there have been setbacks, but not defeats, and, so far, no broken promises.
We do not like the way President Trump and Steve Bannon were outmaneuvered by activist judges on their 1st 2 attempts to control Muslim immigration.
We expected Brack Obamacare to be repealed by now.
We expected more focus on jobs and trade.
We were told the Iran Deal would be dead the moment President Trump arrived in office. It’s still in force.
Welcome to the real world.
President Trump has not given up on a single one of these challenges.
We were given expectations by campaign rhetoric about how fast things happen.
We can wait.
We understand that setbacks are often a necessary step on the road to success.
That does not mean we won’t have strong criticisms of our President.
President Trump’s supporters are the opposite of see-no-evil Hillary Clinton supporters. Hillary Clinton opened our national security secrets to the whole world on her secret e-Mail server, to hide her corrupt dealings selling favors (including strategic uranium reserves) as Secretary of State.
Democrats pretended she was neither a felon nor a traitor, she is both.
That will never happen on our watch. Conservatives are not loyalists the way Democrats are. We do not march in lockstep, hedged in by vicious thought police. Our enthusiasm about PresidentTrump is tempered by general cynicism about the corruption of power, the DC swamp, and a belief in checks and balances.
Liberals swallowed Barack Obamacare whole and blamed the mess on Republicans.
We fought President Trump on his backing of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Lite. We understand that President Trump is to the left of his conservative base on healthcare. He has a paternalistic streak of wanting government to take care of people, that has been obvious all along. We remain vigilant.
Despite our own strong principles, we accept that the sausage-making of opposition and compromise is healthy and necessary politics. We are pressing the conservatives in Congress to win us a free market health care system. In the 1st round on Obamacare, we forced President Trump to line up with us. He listened and we are still with him.
Big changes are not accomplished without time, effort and conflict.
Democrats have succeeded in filling the headlines with off-putting and depressing stories, fake news, fake outrage, real violence against President Trump’s supporters.
We are fighters, we know what is at stake, we care with all our hearts and souls. We are so happy we finally have someone to lead the fight from the White House.
Conservatives are eager to fight, not just for policies we like, but for our very Constitution, which protects our freedom and the primacy of personal responsibility.
Donald Trump ran on our ideal: we want to replace Democrat divisiveness with an emphasis on our common national identity.
This fight is the other huge reason we are so happy to have Donald Trump in office, with Jeff Sessions heading the DOJ, and Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court. What an amazing team to reassert rule of law under our Constitution.
As the 1st Hundred Days marker approaches, we are rejoicing in President Trump’s positive accomplishments, large and small.
Let democracy work, this is a happy time for our country.
Paul Ebeling, Editor