Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

By Rube Render
Columnist 

Country much better under Trump

 

January 10, 2018



Much has been written about President Trump’s first year. Allow me to add my critique.

For starters, we should remember that calls to impeach Donald Trump began prior to his becoming President Donald Trump. Stalwart Democrats refused to attend his inauguration because he was not a “legitimate” president.

In November of 2016, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman wrote in the “New York Times,” “It really does look like ‘President Donald Trump’ and markets are plunging. If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is ‘never.’” Undeterred, the Dow has risen exponentially.

President Trump was never accorded the traditional honeymoon period usually granted to new presidents. Trump opponents continued the attacks that began during the campaign and have continued to the present day. That has not stopped the president from accomplishing the following:

President Trump is moving rapidly to fill the vacancies in the federal judicial system. He appointed more judges in his first 200 days than Presidents Obama, George W. and Clinton. This includes the signature appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The appointment of Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations was a stroke of genius. Haley will name names, pulls no punches and refuses to apologize for the sin of representing the United States of America.

While Trump’s opponents characterize him as an imbecile with no concept of what forces propelled him into office, the president has assembled the most conservative cabinet in ages. It could also be said that President Trump and a few members of his cabinet have generated more wealth for the workers of the United States than all the members of Congress.

I have skipped noting that President Trump: recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; withdrew from the Paris climate accord; opened up drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; moved to downsize the administrative state — and completed the first major overhaul of the tax code in decades.

Donald Trump’s overriding achievement is recounted by classics professor Victor Davis Hanson: “Over eight years, Obama had institutionalized, to the degree any president can, his left-wing agendas. By January 2017, American culture and the economy at home and foreign policy abroad reflected Obama’s values: pathways to abortion on demand, radical gun control, tribalism, and democratic socialism. What Obama started in 2009 would be completed and institutionalized by 2024 with the completion of Hillary Clinton’s second term.”

Donald Trump saved the country from eight more years of Barack/Hillary duplicity.

Rube Render is the Curry County Republican chairman. Contact him at:

rube.render@actsnm.com

 

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