In 2016 I voted for Donald J. Trump. It wasn’t that I was an enthusiastic supporter of Mr. Trump throughout the primary process – I was pretty much a supporter of Carly Fiorina and Scott Walker. I enjoyed the debates with Mr. Trump because he had the chutzpah to say the things that we all felt privately – particularly about Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and Sen. Ted Cruz. It wasn’t that I thought he could accomplish all that he claimed he would, although it was great to hear someone finally willing to use the economic might of America – as opposed to hand wringing diplomacy that never did work – against the global tyrants (Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, etc.) And it wasn’t his bombastic personality that made my ego pale in comparison, although I was encouraged that he was an unrelenting cheerleader for all things American.
No. In the end it was the fact that his opponent was that miserable, self-serving, greedy, smug Crooked Hillary Clinton. The prospect of somebody of that low of moral character occupying the White House while lining her pockets made my skin crawl. It wasn’t the lesser of two evils by any stretch of the imagination – even if it was, Ms. Clinton’s evil was much more wide spread and corrosive than anything Mr. Trump could ever imagine.
Like many conservatives I didn’t think Mr. Trump had a chance. After all former President Obama had anointed Ms. Clinton as the “most qualified person’ to ever be nominated for the presidency – but then how would the worst president in history know what “presidential quality” looked like? And the mainstream media gushed at the prospect of the first “woman president” – choosing to ignore the person and focusing only on her gender. And any rate, I chose to retire early on the night of the election, finish a couple of chapters in my book, and catch up on some sleep. It was left to my wife to watch the returns and when she woke me after midnight to tell me what was happening I was astounded. Astounded and giddy at the fact that a political novice had beaten the “most qualified person to ever be nominated.” Not just beaten her but out maneuvered her at every turn to produce an overwhelming electoral college victory – apparently Ms. Clinton and the Democrats chose to ignore the constitution and assumed that winning in California, New York and Illinois was all that counted. Regardless, it was a heck of an evening and it was just the beginning of a wild ride with President Donald J. Trump.
Well, four years have passed and Mr. Trump has proven to be just as bellicose and annoying as he was during the 2016 campaign. He may be the only President to use the word “I” more often than Mr. Obama. Despite that, I often watch his rallies for the shear entertainment value. He takes great glee in needling Liberals, Progressives and the mainstream media – I realize that is redundant because they are basically all members of the same clan. And if you listen closely you note that he has a quick wit and enjoys the humor of the moment as much as anyone. Of course if you are on the receiving end of his wit I can only advise you as Sen. Martha McSally famously noted: “grow a pair of ovaries” and get over yourselves.
But let’s be clear, Mr. Trump can be annoying and bellicose but he is not a racist, a misogynist, an anti-Semite, a homophobe, a xenophobe or any of the other hateful things that the Democrats and mainstream media hurl at him everyday. Joseph Goebbels, the National Socialist (Nazi) Party’s chief propagandist is quoted as having said:
“A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”
The fact that Mr. Trump disdains Mr. Obama does not make him a racist. The fact that Mr. Trump had affairs with a variety of women, including gold diggers, thrill seekers and naïve wannabe’s does not make him a misogynist. The fact that Mr. Trump has called out a variety of nations, including China, for unfair trade practices does not make him xenophobic. The fact that Mr. Trump has limited travel and immigration from some Middle East nations, does not make him Islamophobic. While the affairs might make him a cad, the remaining matters (in order) make him a good judge of character, an economic realist and a prudent manager of our national security. The fact of the matter is that a lie told a thousand times is still a lie – even if it becomes the chief talking point of hateful Democrats.
As annoying as Mr. Trump can be I am still going to vote for him again. And let me put this as simply as I can. My vote is not a vote for Mr. Trump as a person, rather it is a vote for the policies that he advocated AND implemented. The latter point is most important because politicians are fond of talking but reticent to act – just ask those mired in poverty to whom Democrats and Republicans alike have promised a better tomorrow. Just ask the people of color who have been promised an end to discrimination only to be cast into the “new plantation” of welfare dependency. Just ask working men and women who have been promised better pay and benefits only to see their jobs shipped overseas and their factories closed. And the list could go on forever of bold promises and negligible action.
In contrast Mr. Trump passed a tax reduction for all Americans to stimulate the economy. The result was additional money to spend and invest thus creating the best economy in American history – prior to the pandemic. Mr. Trump implemented trade tariffs which resulted jobs and manufacturing returning to the United States and a narrowing of the trade deficit thus further stimulating domestic growth. Mr. Trump withdrew from one-sided international agreements that his predecessors had meekly conceded and in which only America was required to suffer – the Iran nuclear deal (which Iran routinely violated), NAFTA, the climate accords (which allowed the two worst polluters – China and India – to continue spewing toxins into the atmosphere), the TransPacific Partnership, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Agreement (which Russia routinely violated) and a variety of other one-sided agreements. Mr. Trump also threatened to withdraw from NATO unless member nations began paying their agreed to allotments – they finally began to increase their payments.
The result has been the highest employment levels and the lowest unemployment levels for all working men and women with Blacks and Hispanics enjoying record numbers. The greatest increase in disposable income, the highest rate of investment in manufacturing and best growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in decades – all before the pandemic. And while Democrats like to point only to the period following the pandemic, they are losing that argument also because the economy is regaining its momentum and will soon recover from the downturn. Most importantly, economic and healthcare officials now believe that the nation’s governors overreacted to the pandemic and that many continue to do so to the detriment of people’s economic well-being, mental health and a variety of other medical conditions that went unattended during the focus on the pandemic. Mr. Trump led a rapid response in generating necessary equipment, supplies and personnel that has resulted not so much in the decline of cases identified but a dramatic decline in the morbidity rate. The rapid production of new therapeutics and the final stage testing of a variety of immunizations have resulted in the United States out performing all other Western nations in detection, treatment and recovery. (It has to be said again, that we have no idea about the status of detection, treatment, recovery and morbidity in hostile nations like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran because they routinely lie. Many developing nations lack the resources for a systematic reporting regimen to determine their status.) Only the Democrats, who remained silent or accused Mr. Trump of xenophobia during the early stages of the pandemic, have the gall to accuse Mr. Trump of failing in his duties to protect the nation and its people from the ravages of the pandemic – like their accusations of racism, this is a lie told a thousand times and it still remains a lie.
But the real kicker is Mr. Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp.” Over a period of decades, Congress has ceded much of its power to the executive branch – not the President, but the executive branch. Now unelected bureaucrats make laws in the form of regulations. They interpret them, try them, litigate violations of them, hear appeals on them all within their individual agencies. Congress and the courts have enlarged the problem by giving deference to their opinions and findings. Their powers are almost absolute and they have come to abuse those powers routinely. And when those attitudes are similarly adopted by the enforcement agencies – the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the National Security Administration and others in the deliberate attempt to interfere in the last presidential election and its aftermath, it is indeed time to drain the swamp.
And we are now on the verge of learning the truth about the corruption of those agencies by former President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For instance we have just learned recently that the State Department has copies of the 30,000 emails that Ms. Clinton deleted but has been stonewalling acknowledgement of them as well as access to them. We have learned that the Central Intelligence Agency warned FBI Director James Comey that Ms. Clinton directed the introduction of a phony accusation that Mr. Trump colluded with the Russians in order to distract from her email scandal. And we have learned that the FBI routinely lied to and misled the FISA court in order to obtain surveillance warrants on American citizens. The preservation of our representative form of government depends on a full airing of the unlawful acts of these bureaucrats and actions necessary to ensure that they are not repeated.
The election of the Democrat nominee, Joe Biden, will ensure the end of these investigations, the burying of the truth and the centralization of power in a unelected governing elite. And the more corrupt the government becomes, the more readily people will respond to the false claims of reform by the socialists and the anarchists.
I’ll put up with an annoying and bellicose President Donald Trump every day of the year if we can continue the progress made during his first term. Hell, I may even start laughing at his jokes.