How Should We View Trump

Trump was the best President in terms of policies, and actions that we’ve had in a long time. No one has gotten as much done and made the kind of strides on the Domestic and international scene as Trump during his one term.

The guy confronted China and had them on their heels for his entire term. For instance he never let up on China’s theft of American intellectual property, and their unfair trade practices. For his entire term he simply continue putting pressure on them. He put Kim Jung Un in check. He got NATO partners to contribute their fair share of the alliance’s budget. He unleashed our Military to have them defeat ISIS. He helped negotiate amazing peace/normalization deals in the Middle East, and after decades of past Presidents promising to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, he did it.

There’s more, but you get the point.

On the domestic scene we had the lowest unemployment amongst blacks, and Hispanics, and the lowest numbers for women in over 65 years. We produced more energy under Trump than we did in the previous 75 years, and were far on our way to being energy independent. Under Trump, he auththorsized “the right to try” that allowed patients who had run out of options to try experimental drugs that had not yet gained FDA approval, and he cleaned up the VA.

Gone were the extremely long waiting periods for veterans to get appointments. The number of veterans waiting to get care sharply decreased, and the VA implemented a system allowing veterans the option to visit doctors outside the VA approved network without having to deal a lot of bureaucracy.

Trump signed an Executive order enacted Jan. 1, 2021 that requires hospitals to provide medical prices to patients upfront so they can shop around.

This one goes largely unreported. Trump initiated “Most Favored Nation” executive order so that the U.S. (through Medicare) would pay no more for a drug than what’s offered to foreign countries.

Under Trump, there were no new wars, and he refurbished The US Military, increasing funding for the upgrade of Military equipment and systems, weapons, readiness training, etc.

Trump was the first President to fund HSBCUs for a 10 year period, and the economic zones he created to help black communities was proving to be a worthwhile endeavor, because of the economic growth they generated, plus opportunities for black entrepreneurs.

There’s more, but you get the point.

Despite all of this Trump can be a liability as he has often proven himself to be. The guy just does not know when to shut the heck up. When he should be focusing on his successes, he has to constantly focus on defending something stupid, or controversial that he said.

With that attitude he helped to ensure the media featured him all the time in the most negative light possible, in addition to the fact they just did not like him.

A few days ago he found a different way to chew on his toes when he seemed to take a shot at Governor Ron Desantis by calling him “Ron Desanctimonious.” I mean…come on! Wrap your head around that if you can. The man is feuding with Desantis. And since then he’s now going after Candace Owens for something unfavorable he thinks she said about him.

If Trump could go after Desantis and an ally like Candace Owens in this manner, you know he’ll be getting himself into more unnecessary fights, and entanglements with the media and Democrats, which would detract from whatever he does.

Despite all that he did in his first term, we got Biden, chiefly because Trump always gave the media so much rope that they could use to hang him.

Make no mistake. What attracted many supporters to Trump in the first place was his propensity to fight back against Democrats and the media. They loved his fighting spirit. Trump refused to play the media game, and he would not allow Democrats to stomp on him.

For years Republicans would just try to appease the media and the Democrat machine by not fighting back when the media and Democrats called them all kinds of horrible names and accused them of all manner of nefariousness.

Trump taught Republicans how to fight for the first time. He showed them that the media hates them and will go after them no matter what they say or do, so why not fight. Republicans don’t have to go into the fetal position, rocking back and forth with their thumbs stuck in their mouths in a corner somewhere, hoping the Democrat machine and the media would stop.

Demonstrating to Republicans what it looks like to fight, and teaching them not to back down was a great thing that Trump did, because it produced a handful of fighters.

One has to ask though, at what point is Trump’s penchant to pick unnecessary battles going to become a major liability, and sabotage anything he or the party does? Is it worth electing Trump to run again if nothing is going to change, and all we are going to get is a repeat of the first term?

Don’t get it twisted. This is not an anti Trump screed. Trump was great. He shook things up in a manner we had no seen before, and many people became more engaged because of it. That is a good thing.

He’ll never have the media on his side, and the left will never give him or any Republican credit for anything they do, but maybe we need a fighter like Trump minus all of the side show stuff.

The drama rama is getting ridiculous now.

What do you think?

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