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The Donald J. Trump Presidency, R.I.P.

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Posted: Jan 20, 2021 12:01 AM
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The Donald J. Trump Presidency, R.I.P.

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As Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America today, while the U.S. Senate takes up the second impeachment attempt against Donald J. Trump by the House of Representatives, we are left with some thorny issues that deserve answers sooner than later.

Looking Beyond Words

As Nathaniel Fischer reminds us, “When judging a statesman, we must look beyond his words and values to assess his true impact. While good values can play an important role, impact also depends on prudence to navigate contemporary challenges, the work ethic to push for results, and the courage to make hard decisions. A statesman can eloquently articulate sound values but fail on these latter traits.”

Bruce Thornton has explained, President Trump has recalibrated the failed foreign policies of Obama with “Reaganesque principles: We win, they lose; American interests are paramount; and we should always be no better friend, or worse enemy.”

Despite what a litany of hypocrites (mainstream media, Big Tech, the Academy, Corporate America, celebrities of all ilk, avowed communists like BLM and Antifa, the leadership of blue states, and the majority of our members of the U.S. Congress) have been spouting for the past four years, it is time to recount Donald J. Trump’s myriad accomplishments not just his words. A time will come, sooner than later when we will all wish he were back in office despite his “unpresidential” behavior and impolitic demeanor.

It is helpful to view President Trump’s accomplishments in the same way as we have of General Electric CEO Jack Welch. Welch was a hard-ass commander under whose leadership General Electric became the strongest and most profitable corporation in the world. Leadership gurus like Tom Peters, Peter Drucker, and academic management experts like Jim Collins, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Clayton Christensen have also sung Jack Welch’s praises in their academic writing. Like Trump, Welch was all about getting the job done efficiently and effectively, not politically; if a few toes needed to get stepped on or feelings hurt, so be it for the mission. Under each of their helms, GE and the United States had no equals in the world, were the object of envy of everyone, and feared by enemies.

Like with Trump, Welch ruffled many feathers and bruised fragile egos. Many executives left GE during Welch’s tenure because he was too tough. Likewise with President Trump, the “poor, poor pitiful me’s” (apologies to the late, great Warren Zevon) hit the road then hit the pundit and book circuit

It should be a clarion call to conservatives who either voted for Biden or didn’t vote, with his contested 81,283,098 votes and the fantasy than such an unimpressive candidate, backed by an admixture of Marxist, socialist, race-mongering morons, could garner the greatest number of votes for the first time in election history. You reap what you sow in politics and this is your and your country’s new fate.

Trumpian Accomplishments

To put the Trump Presidency in stark relief, I offer below just some of the distinguished accomplishments the President garnered from 2017-2020:

  • Encouraged and brokered historic treaties/normalizations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia (after Biden takes office).

  • Initiated through his “Operation Warp Speed,” Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are producing and distributing hundreds of millions of doses of effective Covid-19 vaccines for America.

  • Trump overturned Obama’s Title IX executive order and gave both parties in a sexual misconduct allegation the chance to present evidence on their behalves.

  • Ended the cash-for-desisting nuclear enrichment Obama deal with Iran. With Biden back at the helm Iran is now going to throw out the U.N. inspectors and is increasing uranium enrichment to 20%, and installing new centrifuges. As with his mentor, expect Biden to cave.

  • Those with investment portfolios saw four years of record S&P and Dow highs which closed above 31,000 on January 7, 202, in spite of the Covid-19 effects on product sales and business climate.

  • Trump finalized the U.S. Space Force designed to keep America ahead of China and the Soviet Union in space offense and defense.

  • Under Trump’s leadership, in 2018 the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas.

  • In spite of Big Pharma’s tenacious lobbying Trump harangued the U.S. Congress, to pass a law he signed ending the gag order on pharmacists preventing them from sharing money-saving information with patients.

  • Trump put an end to the NATO countries not paying their own fare share toward their defense and relying on the United States to pay far more.

  • The President issued an order giving him final signoff on any specific operation to kill General Qasem Soleimani who led Iran’s Quds Force, that ware responsible for killing many Americans in the Middle East. Thanks to Trump, Soleimani now swims with the fishes.

  • Trump rightfully took on the mainstream media at every opportunity, especially in his large rallies and press conferences where he called them out to his audience on television for their fake news.

  • President Trump presided over 4 million jobs created since his election, most notably in the manufacturing sector, and while some of that was lost because of the China epidemic, The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job gains increased dramatically in May and June then continued to rise slowly and not fall, until January 2021.

  • By the end of 2020 the number of alien apprehensions reported by the U.S. Border Patrol had reduced by almost 50% and Trump saw to it that 452 additional miles of border wall was built and paid for.

Believe me, those who looked the Trumpian gift horse in the mouth on November 3, 2020 will long for his policies, and even his “unpresidential behavior” in the months and years ahead. God bless you Mr. Trump and thank you for being our President and standing up to the wind that will now befall us.