Giving Thanks: Donald Trump’s Top Ten
There are many things that can be said about the election of Donald Trump and most will probably get said before 20 January 17. Beyond an unlikely candidacy and an even more surprising election, Trump, long before inauguration, is an overachiever on many fronts. Indeed, a “Reelect Trump” bumper sticker was spotted in Easton, Maryland just a day after the election. Here are the top ten things Trump has already accomplished before his first term begins.
10. He Hijacked a Major American Party
Just as the Democrats had a coronation planned for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republicans had a tiara in mind for Jeb Bush too. Alas, Donald Trump beat the odds, and the party hacks, for the Republican nomination. The Grand Old Party has yet to recover from the insurgent coup.
Withal, Republicans need Trump more than Trump needs a party. Either the old guard adjusts to Trump’s pragmatism or Trump might start a new party. Clearly he has the votes.
The Democrats too were bull-rushed by the Clintons, then gob smacked by Trumpsters.
News on the left keeps getting worse. Democrats are now looking to the Minnesota caliphate for new blood, considering Representative Keith Ellison (D) as party chief. Elevating Ellison is a little like playing Russian roulette with five rounds in the cylinder. Ellison isn’t so much a progressive as he is an outspoken Islamist huckster and anti-Israeli demagogue.
Seems the DNC learned nothing from the election.
9. He Bitch-slapped American Media
There’s no polite way to put this. American press and broadcast shills, nationally and universally, tried to cook the 2016 primaries and general election with bias, lies, vitriol, hate, and racism. Both parties and the media insinuated, with little or no evidence, that the Republican nominee was a Kremlin stooge. Trump took it all in and gave as good as he got. He was correct throughout; the press, the federal cops, and Clinton Inc. are “crooked.”
When it counted, America’s productive “deplorables” turned out to be a lot more reliable than America’s dependent barnacles. If there is a fundamental demographic schism in America, the divide is between the makers and the takers. Score one this time for “makers” and family Trump.
Next time the media sneers at non-college graduates, blue-collar men/ women, or “flyover country,” those cynics would do well to remember that folks with enough moxie to get a job and work for a living are the same citizens who get off their keisters and vote.
The press tried to lynch Trump for what he said while largely giving Hillary a pass on what she had done. Sensible voters took that double standard personally. The country will recover from Trump rhetoric long before voters will forget how badly the Clintons, print and broadcast “professionals” behaved.
Trust is a terrible thing to waste.
8. He restored Political Integrity
When Hillary drones chirped “I’m with her,” Trump responded “I’m with you.” When the vice president elect was asked about Trump’s character, Mike Pence replied, “you can’t fake good kids.” When Hillary was asked about those huge “pay to play” checks, she responded, “I took what they offered.” When Trump was asked about his presidential salary, he said that he will be a “dollar a year man.”
Even when the question is relative, character matters.
When asked if Trump might make America great again, deplorables across the country responded with a resounding “yes.”
7. He Saved the Judicial System
With the election victory, Trump gets a judicial trifecta: some balance on the highest court and the opportunity to clean house at the Justice Department and the FBI. Recall that Justice Sotomayor suggested that sex, race, and melanin were unique sensitivities. Also recall that Justice Ginsberg campaigned very publically against Trump, an unprecedented breach of judicial temperament and discretion. With any luck, these two and the Keystone cops at the Justice Department should be history or irrelevant under a new court and administration.
6. He Torpedoed Immigration Inertia
For decades, both political parties have played kick-the-can with border security and immigration. Indeed, associated pathologies like drugs, crime, and terror have been neglected or minimized. Even after the Saudi 9/11suicide bombings, political paralysis prevailed. In the recent campaign, Trump used the now famous “wall” metaphor to illuminate the unalloyed stupidity of open borders and uncontrolled, unvetted immigration of refugees, Muslim or Mexican.
Trump has put an eminently logical question on the table. How do we have open borders and ensure national security or the defeat of terror and the Muslim jihad?
A nation is safe, secure, and sovereign -- or it is not.
5. He Made Emigration Fashionable
Many Hollywood poseurs, low-rent music divas, media fan boys, and their big city cohorts have vowed to leave America if Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
Poor loser day is here. Flyover country is waiting. If left coasters are moving north this year, they need to start for Canada before the snow flies.
Note to Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, and Amy Schumer: Please stop on the East Coast and pick up Chuck Schumer, Chris Matthews, and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. on your way out.
4. He Reset the US Foreign Policy Agenda
Trump suggests adjustments to policy with Europe, Russia, Israel, and the Muslim world are needed. Winning is back on the table too. If the various Muslim small wars cannot be won with EU or Ummah partners, then new coalitions make sense. Israel is the indispensable moral center of gravity in the Middle East. Russia is the indispensable ally for defeating Islamism and the jihad.
Stand by for Putin/Trump and Netanyahu/Trump bromances to be consummated.
3. He Burst the Globalism Bubble
If the fatally flawed assumptions of globalism and world government were wounded by Brexit, a Donald Trump presidency might be the coup de grace. By challenging feckless interventions, naïve foreign policy, weak trade deals, and flaccid partners/alliances; Donald Trump has turned US foreign/ military policy on its ear, all to the good.
New thinking and new players are long overdue. The true path to global diversity is national sovereignty, not the rote of EU or UN globalist conformity. Trump’s skepticism about utopian hokum is fresh air.
2. He Cashiered Humanitarian Intervention
With Trump, disastrous small wars associated with so-called “humanitarian” interventions may be resolved or allowed to die on the vine. “In it to win it or out” might be the new doctrine from the start. If Europe and the Muslim world care not to finance or fight for the defeat of Islamism, so be it. The target set for America, Russia, and China is thus simplified.
Even James Clapper now agrees that America cannot save Islam from itself.
1. He purged three Dynasties
Armed only with the wisdom of crowds, Trump brought an end to the Bush, Clinton, and Obama regimes. Call it regicide. Call it a political trifecta. Call it hiatus from breeding lawyers in the White House. Whatever! The prospects for loony liberals and chronically constipated conservatives are greatly diminished in the next four, or eight, years.
If the president elect is as cost efficient as Commander-in-Chief as he was as a candidate, then America may be well served. In spite of an unprecedented media and Clinton Inc. bias blitz, Trump demonstrated that ground truth is the often the default setting in a digital world -- if the internet, not the press, does the vetting.
The most obvious post-election irony comes from the mean streets of American cities, liberal urban sinecures where Clinton/Obama voters riot and vandalize in the wake of defeat, validating the worst about the American Left; first arrogant winners, now sore losers at every turn.
Maureen Dowd at the NY Times once pandered to Barack Hussein Obama as the “black prince.” As is their wont, the Times was only half right. Alas, the euphemistic prince turned out to be just a black swan who never flew, never set a better standard for America.
Withal, a quarter century national nightmare may now be over. There’s much celebrate in 2017, thanks to “deplorables” across the land.
G. Murphy Donovan writes about the politics of national security.
Illustration by Ronny Gordon