Trump’s First One Hundred Days: Is America Great Again Yet?

Last Saturday was Donald Trump’s 100th day in office as President of the United States.  So how’s he doing?  Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani used to ask that same question, didn’t he?

 

If a president is judged by how much the opposition hates him (within his own party and without), Trump is doing fantastic. Yesterday was May Day (May 1st) the official holiday of the Communist Party.  On May 1st, 1889, the First International Workers Day was declared.

 

They have several holidays in which they celebrate the births of their greatest notables: April 22, Vladimir Lenin; May 1st,   May 5th, Karl Marx; and far out there on the calendar, Leon Trotsky, Nov. 7, Josef Stalin, Dec. 18, and Mao Tse-Tung, Dec. 26.  May1st was chosen in honor of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, Ill., in which actually occurred on May 4, 1886.  Workers were striking for an eight-hour work day.  The police killed a few demonstrators.  The next day, the protestors threw a bomb at the Chicago police.  Seven police officers were killed.   The site of the incident was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1992, and a public sculpture was dedicated there in 2004. In addition, the Haymarket ‘Martyrs’ Monument at the defendants’ burial site in nearby Forest Park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997.

 

This year’s May Day riots were particularly violent in response to the election of Donald Trump as president. The violence has been on-going since he won the election last November.  Trump can be congratulated for adding at least one new slang word to our vocabularies:  “Snowflake,” describing the young Millennial Liberals falling into an emotional swoon over the loss of Hillary Clinton to Trump.

 

There, then is Trump’s first accomplishment.

 

  1. Foreign Policy

 

Pres. Trump vowed to repair all the foreign policy damage his predecessor committed for the last eight years. One of his first acts was to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  On January 28th, the President signed an executive memorandum ordering the Secretary of Defense to work with other cabinet members to develop a plan to defeat ISIS.  On February 3rd, the President authorized the Treasury Department to sanction 25 individuals and entities that provide support to Iran’s ballistic missile program and to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force.  He has met with over 16 foreign leaders.  Much to the dismay of many, he has vowed to meet with such controversial leaders North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.  The Dear Leader’s response was to fire off some of his toy nukes, sending many Western pundits under the nuclear table.

 

But Trump’s finest hour in the first 100 days was his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 6 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago hotel. Just before dessert, Trump excused himself to the Chinese president in order to bomb a Syrian airbase, after Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad “allegedly” chemically bombed his own people in the Syrian rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun

 

Not to be outdone by himself, a week later, the Commander-in-Chief ordered the military to drop the most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever created, to so called MOAB Bomb (“Massive Ordance Air Blast” or “the Mother of All Bombs” – Moab was also an ancient kingdom mentioned in the Bible, in what is now Jordan). The bomb’s target was ISIS tunnels in Eastern Afghanistan’s Achin district of Nanganhar province.

 

Pres. Trump did an admirable job of getting China’s attention concerning its North Korean satellite. Jinping has promised to rein Kim Jong-un in.  Still, Trump has yet to address the issue of China’s “fake” Spratley Islands, a string of man-made islands between China’s mainland and the Philippines.

 

As for the issue of Radical Islamic Terrorism, the President has loudly denounced the various terrorist group threatening Europe and, of course, the United States. He signed an Executive Order on Jan. 27 “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”.  However, a revised Executive Order 13769 suspended for 90 days the entry of certain aliens from only seven countries:  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  The president also stipulated in the EO that he didn’t mean to discriminate against anyone of the Muslim religion; only those who pose a threat to other nations, i.e., ISIS.

 

We must forgive Mr. Trump if he doesn’t understand the entire nature of the threat – he is, after all, a city. He wouldn’t know anything about hornets’ nests and how most hornets go peacefully about the natural world, doing whatever it is hornets do.  They also build where they want to build and if you try to remove or destroy their nest, they will attack.  But make no mistake; they are one community.

 

There is an old saying about airline pilots: No one is more anxious for the plane to land safely than the pilot.  New York City stands as the Number One terrorist target in the world.  Thanks to the combined efforts of the New York City Police Department, the NY-NJ Port Authority Police, Homeland Security, and various other counter-terrorism agents, New York has proven to be the most difficult target to strike since 9/11.  That’s not to say that it will never happen again (or at least that the terrorists would try).  But our counter-terrorism agents and our military have not forgotten that September morning becoming more and more long ago in our memories.

 

New York City is the President’s hometown. Just because he’s pro-military and pro-security doesn’t mean he “wants” a war; only that he’s willing to fight one if our enemies become too obstreperous.  He proved that with the Syrian and MOAB bombings.  Trump laid his cards down on the table so that there would be no mistake about his intentions.  Some Conservatives are dismayed that he’s willing to “talk” to Jinping, Kim Jong-un, or even Vladimir Putin himself.

 

He’s willing to talk to anyone to prevent a war. He’s said that America has involved itself in too many foreign wars, to no avail.  George Washington would have agreed.  That does not mean that he’s willing to allow other countries to use the United States of America as a doormat, take advantage of our inherently peaceful nature, or endanger freedom here or around the world.
If Trump’s foreign policy style is more pragmatic than ideological, perhaps that’s better for America and the world that bowing down to foreign potentates. He knows how to play the game very well; just don’t tell our enemies.

2. Jobs and the Economy

 

Since January, when he took office, Pres. Trump has ordered no less than 15 Executive Orders regarding the economy. Everything from Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, which will reduce the bureaucratic burden on companies investing in new innovations, to an EO on the Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System, these being

(a) empower Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices in the marketplace, save for retirement, and build individual wealth;

(b) prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts;

(c) foster economic growth and vibrant financial markets through more rigorous regulatory impact analysis that addresses systemic risk and market failures, such as moral hazard and information asymmetry;

(d) enable American companies to be competitive with foreign firms in domestic and foreign markets;

(e) advance American interests in international financial regulatory negotiations and meetings;

(f) make regulation efficient, effective, and appropriately tailored; and

(g) restore public accountability within Federal financial regulatory agencies and rationalize the Federal financial regulatory framework.

As of February 2017, the unemployment rate was at 4.7 percent, a relatively low number despite years of media hysteria. Seven million Americans are collecting unemployment insurance; 14 million are actually unemployed while another 94 million (including retirees, stay-at-home moms and students) are not in the workforce at all.  153 million people are in the work force in some capacity; 163 million are receiving some type of government benefits.

 

The interest rate is still far too low, at 0.5 percent. That means that our bank savings are virtually worthless, when you add in a bank’s administrative costs.  The average American saves about $9,000 per year.  Our national debt is closing in on a record $20 billion – that’s $61,225 per citizen, more than most people who are working make.  Medicare/Medicaid fairly recently went over the $1 trillion mark.  The total unfunded liabilities for our entitlement programs dwarfs even the national debt:  $105 trillion.  So much for our retirement years.

 

How can anyone think that the national debt can be paid off through taxation when personal debt is only $1 trillion behind the national debt must have lost touch with economic reality somewhere around the time “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” aired. Most of that debt is mortgage debt, followed by student loan debt at a far distance. The total U.S. debt per family is $829,230.  Total personal debt per citizen is $56,286.

 

Just who is going to pay for all this? Although there are fewer workers than recipients, the wages for those in the highest tax brackets who actually work for their money rather than receiving dividends and so forth, are in the six figures.  As you’ll see below in the figures from the U.S. Census bureau, 49 percent of all income over $100,000 was earned by the top 20 percent of the population.  Of those, 23 million are government workers, who redistribute the wealth to the recipients.

 

The mean household income in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2014 Annual Social and Economic Supplement, was $72,641. Broken by race and ethnicity:

 

Asian:     $90,752

White:     $79,340

Hispanic: $54,644

Black:       $49,629

 

The aggregate income measures the combined income earned by all persons in a particular income group. In 2007, all households in the United States earned roughly $7.723 trillion. One half, 49.9 percent, of all income in the U.S. was earned by households with an income over $100,000, the top 20 percent. Over one quarter, 28.5 percent of all income was earned by the top 8 percent, those households earning more than $150,000 a year. The top 3.65 percent with incomes over $200,000, earned 17.5 percent. Households with annual incomes from $50,000 to $75,000, 18.2 percent of households, earned 16.5 percent of all income. Households with annual incomes from $50,000 to $95,000, 28.1 percent of households, earned 28.8 percent of all income. The bottom 10.3 percent earned just 1.06 percent of all income.

 

Pres. Trump has maintained that the income level for Blacks is deplorable. He has maintained that re-balancing the trade balance between the United States and foreign countries, bringing jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, back to America will help those communities struggling the most.

 

However, he also just announced that he has “renegotiated” NAFTA, seemingly going back on an important campaign promise to his most important base: the Trump Democrats.

 

According to CNN, “President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he decided to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than terminate the sweeping trade deal after speaking with the leaders from Canada and Mexico.

“The President told the leaders Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to U.S. workers.

“‘I decided rather than terminating NAFTA, which would be a pretty big, you know, shock to the system, we will renegotiate,’ he told reporters before a meeting with the Argentinian president.

Trump left himself some wiggle room on the trade deal, though, saying that if he is ‘unable to make a fair deal’ he will ‘terminate NAFTA.’

 

“’We’re going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot,” Trump said.

 

While foreign competition is a threat, especially to manufacturing workers, innovations in technology create just as much of a threat. Last night, we were watching a program on the Velocity Channel.  The episode demonstrated the manufacture of a Corvette Stingray.  Chevrolet has two factories for this car:  one in Bowling Green, Ky., and the other in Tonawanda, N.Y.  The manufacturing is done primarily by robots.  Watching the machines assemble the engine was amazing.  One machine was committed to drilling the holes in the manifold for the engine.

 

Each side had eight holes and the machine had eight separate drills that created the holes and then inserted the screws. What would have taken two workers who knows how much time to drill was done in seconds by the machine.  That’s of little comfort to the out-of-work machinists, of course.  Those of us who find ourselves falling into the cracks of employment time at nearly the end of our productive lives, wondering how we’re going to manage until Social Security kicks in (which has been moved back to later and later ages, while companies still pretty much kick most of their workers to the curb around the age off 55) find ourselves in the same predicament as those displaced hornets.

 

Still, looking at the cold, hard numbers and the cold, hard facts, we know the country is in economic trouble and we know the president knows it, too. The fact may be that we fifty-fivers are collateral damage.  Hardly anyone below the management level ever survives fifty-five.  Sometimes even the managers don’t survive.  My older brother is one of the few people I know personally who will make it to retirement age.

 

According to the White House website, over 500,000 new jobs were added to our economy last month. He approved the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL Pipelines. And he rolled back anti-coal regulations.

 

Trump admitted recently that the job of being President of the United States is a lot more difficult and complicated than he thought. Just the other day, his budget was voted down by Congress.  That meant that his budgetary opponents had a lot of assistance from Liberal and Moderate Republicans.  Chief among those opponents is House Speaker Paul Ryan himself.  Pundits have been theorizing that one of his replacements in the event of an ouster might be N.J. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.  Yeah, that’ll work.  Right.  A congressman who has been more liberal than some liberal Democrats.

 

So you can see the President does have a tough road ahead. He’s a tough guy, though, and the economy is the toughest of the fights he has ahead of him.

 

3. Education

 

Right out of the box, Pres. Trump eliminated Common Core, the much-bally-hooed, anti-education program created by Obama that held out the carrot-stick of federal money to states the implemented the Common Core standards and its follow-up test, the PARC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career). Common Core turned educational standards on their head.  With the goal of “narrowing the achievement gap”, Common Core lowered literary standards so that suburban schools, in particular, would witness plummeting grades, allowing a more favorable comparison with already-failing inner-city schools.

 

We have former Pres. Jimmy Carter to thank for creating a cabinet position for education in 1976, something that ought never to have occurred. Administration of schools should have been left at the state and local levels where they belonged.

 

Pres. Trump, for as much as education is in the federal president’s purview, has urged parents and students to consider vocational education as an alternative to the traditional college route. For many students, this route does make sense, especially if they’re not achieving academic excellence (and don’t especially want to) or they’re not interested in the typical ladder-climbing career in the corporate world.

 

The number of vocations available to those who don’t want to travel the traditional college career route is astounding. I’ve seen all sorts of interesting vocational careers: candy packer, betting clerk, clarity administrator (software guidance assistant) and more traditional occupations such as tool repair technician, LPN, RPN (nurses), medical billing clerks, speech pathologist (which would require college), bookkeeper, veterinary assistant, hairstylist, plumber, mechanic, electrician, cook, baker – all sorts of occupations that require training, but not college, necessarily.

 

My favorite is dog trainer. I would have loved that.  I’m a big fan of Cesar Milan.  There’s also an increasing demand for dog groomers.  Rich people love their high-end dogs.  All sorts of jobs need doing that can’t be done by robots.  That’s why there’s such a demand for health care workers.

 

4.  The Military

 

Then there’s the military. Obama decimated our military – and the military budget and Trump is doing his best to bring our military back up to speed.  In particular, he’s determined to revamp the Veterans Administration.  He wants to put an end to the horror stories of elderly veterans dying while waiting for care.  Trump goes all out to support the military.  He even highlights the military’s musical talent.  I’m still waiting for him to host the U.S. Army’s banjo brigade; they’re fantastic.  The Left has criticized him for being “obsessed” with the military build-up and that he’s a hawk, even while he holds talks with our fiercest adversaries, including a recent phone call with Vlad, a diplomacy the Media ignores at its convenience.  His proposed budget includes a $54 billion increase in the military budget.

 

Trump is old enough to remember the Vietnam War and how Congress withheld funds from the military to make it nearly impossible to win the war early and put an end to it. He’s determined that that’s not going to happen on his watch.  Despite the backlash from a namby-pamby Congress and the militant Media, who think nothing of encouraging riots for racism, illegal immigration, and sanctuary cities yet deplore the violence of war, Trump scored a coup in naming James Mattis, a former Marine, as Secretary of Defense.

 

Critics gnashed their teeth when Trump criticized NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) for not holding up their financial end of the bargain in guarding against an incursion from Russia or from any other threat to Europe or North America. Yet America does bear the brunt of the protection of Europe, while Europe does little if anything to stem the tide of North African and Middle Eastern immigrants, the stalking horses of ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations.  The “refugees” are the sheep in which the wolves are hiding.

 

Trump has also declared himself a staunch supporter of Israel. Yet, today he held a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.  Trump said he was “committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement.”  A Middle East peace agreement has been the golden ring on every presidential carousel since Israel was created.  They’ve all wanted to prove the doubters wrong, including Trump.  No peace agreement can ever be reached so long as the deal involves the destruction of Israel.  Israel has already ceded too much ground to the Palestinians.

 

Critics consider this another nuclear danger – that someone will bomb Jerusalem in order to lay claim to it. The Muslims built on the site of the old Temple in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D., and insist there was “never” a temple on that spot.  Never mind that the “Wailing Wall” still stands and that archaeologists have identified it.  To the Muslims, it doesn’t exist and even if it did, it’s theirs now, gold dome (built by Osama Bin Laden’s father, Mohammed) and all.  According to the Bible, the temple, if restored, will not be destroyed by fire but by a flood, in case anyone is interested.

 

Only one side is right in this conflict and it will not be resolved by any president, monarch, dictator or terrorist. Jerusalem is God’s call and if you actually read the Bible, you’ll find He’s the one who ordered the city’s destruction in the first place because the priests of the times were practicing pagan rituals and bowing to pagan gods right in the temple.  But don’t worry – apparently He has no use for its current occupiers.  According to Scripture, they’re “bowing to the wrong god.”

5.   Healthcare

 

We had to figure that the Democrats would put up tremendous resistance to ACA or Obamacare, Obama’s socialist, all-inclusive, government-run and mandated health care system. The idea was to do away with insurance altogether and provide universal health care to every citizen, from cradle grave.

 

Not only would this have put the government in charge of 7 percent (?) of the economy, but would dictate every individual choice we make concerning what we eat, if, when and how we exercise, and what care we will receive, if any, beyond a certain age. One of the more appalling conditions was that patients aged 75 and over who were hospitalized for, say, a heart attack, could not return to the hospital for a month, no matter how sick they were.  I actually heard an emergency room nurse telling a returning patient this very thing – that they could not be readmitted to that hospital and that they would have to go to the next nearby hospital for treatment.

 

“But I think I may be having a heart attack,” said the patient.

 

“Well, I’m sorry, but it hasn’t been 30 days since your last visit,” the nurse replied.

 

“What?!”

 

“If you think you’re having a heart attack, then you’d better hurry.”

 

Gosh, I almost had a heart attack just listening to the conversation. What if that had been my mother?

 

Trump, upon being inaugurated, signed an Executive Order repealing Obamacare. But Congress sent it back to him, telling him, “No way.”  Congress went to work to repeal the bill.  But they were only able to repeal three of the Obamacare conditions.

 

Obamacare Repeal was thought to have died on the operating table and Democrats cheered. Fortunately, Speaker Ryan pulled the bill before voting so that it could be resurrected another day.  That day has arrived and the most controversial item on the agenda is a problem Conservatives, not Liberals, have – pre-existing conditions.

 

Citizen Conservatives are in favor of preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. Who doesn’t have a pre-existing condition today?  With DNA testing, anyone can be diagnosed as having a “pre-existing” condition.  If you have diabetes, for instance, or suffer from asthma (both illness afflict the young as well as the old), what are you supposed to do?  If young Jennifer has an asthma attack on the roller coaster and has to go to the hospital, she (or her parents) are just supposed to suck up that huge hospital bill?

 

The point of insurance is to cover costs so you don’t go into bankruptcy and lose your house. Today’s health insurance premiums are so high, thanks to government regulations, that hardly anyone can afford health insurance.  ACA is hardly affordable.  The unemployed are not penalized for not buying government insurance, but it’s just as difficult for them to obtain it without selling off all their assets, leaving no income at all upon which to live.

 

Some years ago, a wiser GOP realized that the pre-existing conditions condition was unfair. But politicians also have donors, and the donors usually own health care-related businesses, or own stock in some, and pre-existing conditions are a way to keep costs down and profits up.  Now that they’re up against the vote, the Republicans (of all types) are complaining about eliminating pre-existing conditions from insurance policies.  Their donors are clearly not happy.

 

They make an argument along the lines of this: that if you had a car that wasn’t roadworthy, it wouldn’t pass inspection and the insurance company wouldn’t insure it.  Likewise with a driver with too many points on their license.  No insurance, no license; no license, no insurance.

 

Well, I have a bad hip. The joint is wearing down.  Lately, I suffered a few falls from the hip, which was unable to support me.  I fell publicly and because I look younger than my age, people laughed and sneered.  They just thought I was clumsy.  If only.  This hip, I inherited from my mother.  My mother had military spouse insurance.  She was able to have both hips replaced and went on to work as a bus driver until she was 75.  I also inherited weak abdominal muscles from both my parents, as in hiatal hernia.  I can’t lift anything heavy.

 

That means I will find it very difficult (painkillers don’t kill this particular pain) to take work in the retail environment, which requires standing all day. I also can’t lift anything heavy.  If only I could get that operation, I could do that that work.  But alas, because I’m unemployed, I have no insurance and haven’t the money to buy any.  Because I don’t have the insurance, I can’t get my mom’s operation, and since I can’t afford the operation, I can’t do the only work open to 58 year-old, non-managerial women.

 

So don’t talk to me about “pre-existing” conditions, you lot. Congress has its own, affordable insurance plan so what do they care if some of us have to go through life limping?  You pundits out there are obviously employed and have money and health insurance.  Poor Charles Krauthammer is in a wheel-chair for life, so he’s exempt from a scolding.  As for the rest of you:  limp this!

6.  Illegal Immigration

 

Illegal immigration and sanctuary cities have gotten the lunatics out into the streets. Pres. Trump has ordered numerous Executive Orders obliging local, state and federal law enforcement to enforce the law and arrest illegal immigrants.  Trump has already deported a number of illegal immigrants held in detention.  It’s time to fill up the detention centers with more.  He’s reluctant to target women and children.  However, just like the refugees from North Africa, they’re all part of the same tribe.  Where one goes, the rest must follow.

 

The federal courts have defied many of Trump’s orders regarding sanctuary cities. The cities are up in arms that Trump is denying them federal aid if they harbor illegal immigrants or refuse to cooperate with ICE in deporting the illegals.  College campii are also declaring themselves safe-havens for illegal immigrants.

 

America is a nation of laws. One of the first laws is that if you want to live here permanently, you go through the process of becoming a citizen.  Citizenship used to mean integration and assimilation.  Before you could become a citizen, you had to prove you were free of communicable diseases, weren’t convicted of any crimes, knew someone in the United States who could sponsor you, and had a job or some skill that would enable you to easily find one, and finally, that you could speak English, at least by the time you became a citizen.

 

Today, anything and everything comes over the border. Drug dealers, felons, sexual predators, children with measles and other, even worse diseases.  The illegals generally have no job skills at all and are only suited for menial labor.  That’s just fine with our Millennial Millionaires who would much rather not cut their own grass, weed their own gardens, clean their own houses or raise their own children.  An English professor of mine once said that our generation (the Baby Boomers) read too many English novels about wealth and privilege and that it wouldn’t end well.

 

What’s more, the Millennials are the drug pushers’ customers. They’ve relaunched the tired, old Sixties campaign that pot is harmless, even salubrious.  Yeah.  Right.  Fortunately, our new president doesn’t see drugs that way.  Who are you going to believe?  An addle-headed weed-whacko or our billionaire president who doesn’t touch the stuff?

 

“Just say no.” Users will never say, “No.”  But that doesn’t mean Americans have to say “yes.”  They want us to leave them to do their thing.  The problem is they want “to do their thing” in public which means the rest of us will be subjected to “doing their thing” as well.

 

Absolutely, say “No” to drugs and to the illegal immigrants who pedal them up and down our streets. Rumor has it that actor Tom Hanks is planning to move to this area.  That’s fine.  He’d just better mind the “No Trespassing” signs or he’s liable to find himself looking down the business end of a double-barreled shotgun or an AR-15 or even an AK-47.  Just stick to the state park areas (there are plenty of them).

7.  The Supreme Court

 

In another one of those stand-up-and-cheer moments, Pres. Trump’s first nominee for the Supreme Court, Neal Gorsuch, passed the Senatorial gauntlet and now sits on the highest bench in the land. The Democrats and Liberal Republicans are mighty anxious about Trump’s ability to bench the court.  A Conservative, or at least constitutionalist, majority could undo much of the damage the Liberals have done since FDR’s day.  We look forward to a more constitutionalist Supreme Court with much satisfaction.

8.  The Media

 

The bad news is that Fox News is going under. For months even before the election, the venerable Conservative news station was showing symptoms of Advanced Stage Liberalization.  The final straw was the railroaded ouster of Bill O’Reilly through a series of, if you’ll excuse the expression, “trumped-up” charges of sexual harassment.  We must remember that charges of “sexual harassment” are very “broadly” (please another expression) defined.  In order to be guilty of sexual harassment, a man has only to compliment a woman for being pretty, offer to assist her, or, heaven forbid, ask her for a date.

 

Glenn Beck came to O’Reilly’s rescue, stating that former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was behind the network’s hostile environment, fostering battles between his employees in the name of “competition.” Ailes himself was ousted.  It must be noted that whatever we think of Rupert Murdoch’s Liberal sons, they have cleaned up Fox’s website.

 

What does this mean for Donald Trump? Well, it just means that he now has one more network to add to his “Fake News” list.  Fox Business News is still Conservative, although the network has been forcing liberal commentators onto its programs.  “What are you doing here, anyway?” one of the FBN hosts asked Juan Williams.  Sean Hannity, Drudge Reported today, is staying on with Fox News, and the network confirmed it, as their lone Conservative.

 

Donald Trump can handle the media trash. He’s from television himself, and he’s a New Yorker.  What’s unfortunate is that we Conservatives now have one less dependable news network as a resource.

 

The future does not bode well for future Conservative networks. Judging by the left-handed, lopsided so-called Free Speech Zones at campuses across the country, free speech is heading towards the concentration camp.  Conservatives dare not express opinion for fear of being beaten or worse by Soros-sponsored thugs.  As in the past, these college students must keep their heads down and their mouths shut in case the Millennial Nazis hear them.

 

Let us hope that Pres. Trump will take up the mantle for freedom of speech, especially at universities and colleges, or our future will be filled with Fake News.

9.  Presidentiality

 

So, how does Pres. Trump rate in terms of presidentiality? As it happens, much better than last Spring.  Pres. Trump has matured exponentially as a speaker, a president, and leader of the free world.  His speeches are much more comprehensible, literate, and professional.  He’s still fond of tweeting, and a good speechwriter or communications strategists knows when to let the boss have some leeway to spread his wings – and his message.

 

The pundits sniff indignantly at Trump’s manner of speaking. Much of the man-of-the-streets is still evident.  While that might make English major or journalist major college graduates grind their teeth, it’s a breath of fresh air to Trump’s many followers and even to those of us who know a line or two of Shakespeare.

 

Julius Caesar both welcomed and feared the citizens of Rome. Plagued by epilepsy, he feared the day he would fall down in the streets where they would mock him.  Yet he recognized that ultimately his power was borrowed from them (at the whip of the lash, it’s true) and would return to them when he was gone.

 

Trump has engaged many of the world’s leaders in his first 100 days and to great effect, the best being his meeting with the Chinese president, which is destined to go down as a classic presidential moment. He has not come off worse for the experience.  He hasn’t thrown up on anyone.  He hasn’t bowed to anyone.  He certainly hasn’t bored anyone, as far as we know (and that’s highly unlikely).

 

Minus the Media filter (a decidedly Marxist red, as it happens), Trump has caused some minor concerns in his first 100 days (appointing his children as advisers; struggling to repeal Obamacare; renegotiating NAFTA rather than repealing it; backpedaling on the Syrian refugees and on female and underage illegal immigrants). The good news is that, at least on paper, the border wall with Mexico is still scheduled to go up as planned.  He’s said that he’s not going to renege on that promise, which helped get him elected President.

 

One hundred days is a short time period – about four months. In order to drain the swamp, Trump must make the case to the American people to dredge the swamp and remove the representatives who aren’t representing their interests or America’s.  It’s up to us, not him.  He can only lead the way.

 

The horses must decide if they want to keep drinking stagnant water or drain the swamp, remove the rotten wood and overgrowth, and refresh it.

 

 

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