The Trump Agenda and Opposition to It

Hopefully Donald Trump finds success during his tenure as President of the United State. When the raw emotion that fuels the attacks against him are set aside for just a moment, and people consider many of his agenda items; these things make sense. Fixing the problem with illegal immigration makes sense. Just on a side note, many people have been pointed out that there is no such thing as illegal immigration. There is immigration and there is the issue of people living in the country illegal. These people are illegal aliens. They are not immigrants. Immigration involves a process that they have not gone through. They do not have a legitimate claim to be in the country. Many of these people are decent human beings who are here simply searching for a better life for themselves and their families and made the desperate the decision to overstay their visits here, or enter the country illegally disobeying the country’s laws. There are legitimate arguments about what to do with the people who have been here for such a long time, have families here and there entire life is centered here in the United States. That has to be worked out, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to put an end to the flow of people coming into the country illegally, and questioning what the social and economic consequences of doing nothing is going to be. President Trump is the first United States President to seriously confront this issue in decades and most Americans agree with him on that. Hopefully he can overcome the hurdles to fixing this problem and find a solution to the problem once and for all.

Income tax and healthcare reform are other issue that has to be addressed. They are the problems that every incoming administration must confront and in that regard Trump is no different. Obamacare in particular has proven to be a disaster and many of the gloomy predictions made about it have come true. The price of insurance has skyrocketed, the cost of deductibles is through the roof, people cannot buy the plans that they want, and they have to purchase what the government says they must. Most of the insurance companies have left the exchanges, reducing competition which in turn drives up prices and all indications are that Obamacare will continue spiraling out of control. Many Republicans and conservative pundits say that Obamacare was purposely designed to fail because Democrats have always wanted single payer and they want to be able to show that nothing else has worked before openly calling for single payer. President Obama himself has stated that single payer is his ultimate goal. Many other Democrats have uttered the same sentiment. One thing everybody agrees on is that healthcare has to be fixed.

Trump is implementing or attempting to implement many of the things that he ran on, many of them a lot of the country does not agree on and that is the way it is supposed to be, but elections have consequences. The person and the Party in power gets to the one implementing policy.  His energy policy, his attempt to deconstruct  the administrative state, his stance on the climate change agreement, his attempt to roll back regulations on business, and appoint originalists to the Supreme Court are all policies that face stiff opposition, and that is the way it should be. People do not have to like or agree with the President. What they have to do is make their arguments in the public square and convince people that their ideas are better. That is the way a Republic works. The Republicans fiercely opposed Obama because the two Parties have drastically different visions for fixing the countries problems, but they did not obstruct confirmation of the President’s cabinet picks, they did not obstruct his Supreme Court Nominees, they funded Obamacare though they possessed “the power of the purse.” They did nothing to undo Obama’s unilateral move on immigration when implemented DACA, infuriating their base along the way.

What we are seeing in the attempt to stop Trump though is something the likes of which we have not seen before (at least not to this extent). From the unprecedented number of leaks coming out of the White House and other agencies to Democrats opposition, obstructionism and delaying tactics confirming the President’s cabinet picks, the reaction to Trump has been picks unhinged and absolutely crazy.  We have seen riots in the streets, and university campuses, the destruction of property, violence against, Trump supporters, inauguration protests, the refusal of Senators to attend the inauguration, violence against Congressmen, and many other reactions that we have not seen in response to any other President.  Hollywood, Academia and the Media are united in their opposition to the President and they are working tooth and nail to undermine him. Presidents have been assassinated in the past and attempts have been made on the lives of other. The loss of life is the ultimate price that one pays in service to the country but in terms of the ongoing effort to unravel an administration, this is unprecedented.

Despite all of this though, Trumps base is strong, they are loyal and the reaction crazy behavior of the media, the Democrats and others only serves to strengthen their resolve to support this President. Trump though may be his own worst foe. His erratic behavior feeds the opposition, and his insistence using twitter to settle petty scores instead of using it to communicate his agenda maybe his downfall. At times he seems to speak without any thought whatsoever for what he is saying adding more fuel to his opposition’s fire. As one of his staunchest supporters pointed out the only reason that there is even a special counsel prolonging the Russian farce now is because Trump told a reporter that that he fired FBI Director James Comey over his handling of the Russian investigation. Trump now seems to be turning on Attorney General Jeff Sessions-one of his earliest and most loyal supporters-because of Session’s decision to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. Session’s recusal though would have meant nothing if Trump was not shooting off at the hip with Lester Holt during his interview. In that sense Trump is responsible for this conundrum he now finds himself in, not Jeff Sessions or anyone else.

A couple of weeks ago, some prominent evangelical preachers were featured laying hands on, and praying for the President. It they have the President’s air, they will do well to remind him of the following scriptures:

Proverbs 13:3 – He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Psalms 141:3 – Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.

James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

Those who support you want you to succeed Mr. President, but you keep shooting yourself in the foot with your mouth, do yourself a favor and guard your lips.

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