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The Outrageous Outsider

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Posted: May 14, 2018 12:01 AM
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The Outrageous Outsider

I don’t think those who voted for President Donald Trump knew what they were actually getting when he won. They were tired of the polarized inaction out of Washington. They recoiled at the prospect of Hillary Clinton, tainted by her questionable decisions and the prospect of another eight years of liberal overreach. They surprised the pundits and voted for a man with plenty of opinions and no political experience. They elected what might accurately be described as an “outrageous outsider.”

Many complain about his impulsive tweets. He brags too much. Instead of political decorum, he calls his political adversaries names, from “Rocket Man” and “Pocahontas.”  But no matter what you feel about this president, you have to admit that he gets things done. This president actually delivers on his campaign promises.

Trump campaigned against the Obama/Kerrey nuclear agreement with Iran as early as September 8, 2015. He wrote inUSA Today, "It was amateur hour for those charged with striking this deal with Iran, demonstrating to the world, yet again, the total incompetence of our president and politicians. It appears we wanted a deal at any cost rather than following the advice of Ronald Reagan and walking away because 'no deal is better than a bad deal.'" On Wednesday, May 9th, President Trump refused to certify a very bad deal with Iran.

Experts said that his strong stand and increased sanctions against North Korean President Kim Jong-un had brought the world closer to nuclear war in which millions could die. Mark Fitzpatrick, head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, warned: “More likely a limited strike would not stay limited and would quickly escalate. Everything I’ve read about North Korean military doctrine and way of thinking indicates they would fight back fiercely….”

Instead Trump persisted and strong-armed China to discipline their wayward ally creating North Korea’s potential economic collapse. Instead of war, Trump is meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un on June 12thto negotiate potential disarmament and three formerly incarcerated Americans are now home free.

He said he would cut taxes and stimulate our economy, and with the help of the GOP members of the House and Senate, he delivered. When Democrats complained that only the tax cuts on businesses were made permanent, President Trump and House Republicans have begun working to make income tax cuts permanent. In contrast, if voters give Democrats control of the House and Senate in November, they promise to roll back the tax cuts that they claim will only “add to the deficit.”

But rather than increasing the deficit, the May 7thCBO report indicates that the federal government took in a record tax haul in April creating the biggest-ever monthly budget surplus: “All told the government collected $515 billion and spent $297 billion, for a total monthly surplus of $218 billion. That swamped the previous monthly record of $190 billion, set in 2001.” The tax cuts and the surging economy left Americans with more money in their paychecks and provided more revenue for the federal government.

Like many past presidents, he promised support for Israel and to move the US Embassy to its capitol in Jerusalem. But this president has kept his word. Promise made; promise kept.

His commitment to strengthen our military rings true to some of the outrageous statements that Ronald Reagan was known for: “Of the four wars in my life-time, none came because the U.S. was too strong” or “Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.” Reagan wasn’t afraid to call an evil empire an evil empire! Neither is President Donald Trump.

What has been the Democrat’s strategy since the election? They have unleashed their supporters in the mainstream media to unleash a barrage of negative coverage—from Russian collusion to affairs with Stormy Daniels. The one-sided coverage has contributed to further polarization and social media posts that unleash extreme hatred and calls for impeachment.

Addressing the California Democratic Party’s annual convention in San Diego, Congresswoman Maxine Waters implied that impeachment is on the way: “I say it is time to get ready for impeachment. I cannot wait and I’m counting on special counsel Mueller to connect the dots.” Many partisans are buying such an inevitability. In aNPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, Democrat voters were asked if they would definitely vote for or against a 2018 midterm elections congressional candidate who wants to move to impeach Trump. A whopping 70 percent of Democratic registered voters said they definitely would vote for the candidate.

But many party leaders are distancing themselves from the call for impeachment. It may finally be dawning on Democrats that running on Impeachment with no tangible platform except repealing tax cuts may attract only the radical left. Thankfully, the voters who put this outrageous outsider into office aren’t going to desert their president’s party in the mid-terms. They know Trump needs Congressional majorities to continue to deliver on what he’s promised.