Here are my observations on President Trump’s first year in office.
While other conservative media are listing President Trump’s first year accomplishments, and there were many, I thought I would take a look back at why we voted for him.
I begin with his final campaign speech at 1 a.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan:
“Just imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag. I’m asking you to dream big because with your vote we are just hours away from the change you’ve been waiting for your entire life. So, to every parent who dreams for their child and to every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight. I am with you. I will fight for you and I will win for you. I promise.”
Before the first vote was cast that day, he seemed to be predicting his victory. Call it typical political rhetoric, but Donald Trump is not a politician.
His suggestion of “working together as one” is his dream that has been met with resistance on the left – Democrats, establishment Republicans and the media. The fact that our country is divided cannot be disputed, but he continues to forge ahead to fulfill his promise to make America great again with a policy of putting American first.
“(Trump) has spent much of his first year in office defying the conventions and norms established by the previous 44 presidents, and transforming the presidency in ways that were once unimaginable,” observed Peter Baker in The New York Times. “He has revolutionized the way presidents deal with the world beyond 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, dispensing with the carefully modulating messaging of past chief executives in favor of a no-holds-barred (style).
While many of those in “old Washington” see Trump as someone who seems to promote divisiveness, the outsiders like what they are witnessing. Not doing something the way it has always has been done has energized them. “(They) cheer his efforts to destroy political correctness, take on smug elites and smash a self-interested system that, in their view, has shafted everyday Americans,” says Baker.
Clearly, businessman President Trump has become frustrated with the slow, plodding ways of Washington and our democracy. I believe it was FBI Director James Comey’s prolonged investigation of possible Russian collusion that lead to his firing.
In previous blog posts, I have commented on the president’s low approval rating, while cautioning you not to be concerned about it. While pundits continue to call attention to his rating and predict gloom for the party in 2018, I believe the Republican party under his leadership will retain the House and Senate.
Finally, put aside those comments that President Trump isn’t presidential. Isn’t that what we “deplorables” liked about him as an outsider? Why we voted for him?
The year 2017 was just the beginning for the Trump administration. There were stumbles, but overall, it was a happy year. I’m looking forward to an even more productive 2018.
Here’s wishing you and yours a Happy New Year.
FLASHBACK: On September 16, 2016, Hillary Clinton made her infamous “basket of deplorables” speech at an LGBT gala in New York. She said: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump‘s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it.”
She went on to say, “The other half of Trump’s supporters feel the government has let them down (and are) desperate for change