Love him or hate him, you have to admire a guy who gets up every day, straps on a smile, and maintains a positive mental attitude in light of being constantly assaulted with vile insults, witch hunts, and threats. June 21 was no different as Donald Trump took to the stump again in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In a disjointed style that the president has become known for, the president reflected on promises kept and those he intends to fulfill.
The Donald opened by congratulating Karen Handel of Georgia and Ralph Norman of South Carolina for their recent electoral victories. He praised Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court for his expected defense of the second amendment, and offered prayers for Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, who was recently gunned down by a leftist madman at a baseball practice just outside Washington, D.C.
As if on queue, progressives in attendance began booing loudly and blowing whistles. The audience overwhelmed them with chants of “USA!” Police removed the disruptive derelicts. President Trump thanked the cops, pointed out their bravery in taking out the Capital shooter, and moved on to his speech.
Stating that the purpose of his presence was to celebrate progress and outline his future agenda, President Trump exclaimed, “History is written by the dreamers, not the doubters.” He pointed out that he was attempting to reintroduce The Swamp to the same respect for law and love of family and country that Americans in flyover country possess. In short, Trump plans to ram his America First doctrine down the throats of the swamp-dwellers whether they like it or not.
On the energy front, Trump re-stated his policy goals to ensure that America has as diverse and inexpensive energy supply as possible, including coal, oil, ethanol, nuclear and solar. He promised further energy regulation reduction, and to restrict the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to its mission of ensuring clean air and water. He also promised no more federal land grabs during his administration and reiterated that America would make U.S. energy policy for Americans, not for foreign powers.
In matters of the economy, the president pointed out that job growth had increased substantially and that the stock market had surged. He promised to rebuild America, and rural America in particular, by following two simple rules; buy American and hire American. He defended the appointment of Wall Street insiders to positions of power as the key to economic growth, saying that they took massive pay cuts to take those jobs, for selfless reasons, and they will lead the way to wealth for everyone.
Regarding foreign policy. President Trump pointed out that the U.S. has wasted six trillion dollars in the Middle East over the last sixteen years and it was in far worse shape than when we started. He mentioned North Korea and their irresponsible behavior, which he is trying to address. Trump reiterated his promise to renegotiate or leave any treaty which was unfair to the United States, and pointed out that he had already killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, left the Paris climate accord, and in is in the early stages of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. He said that he was discussing ways that our trade with China could create more jobs and that his recent trip to the Middle East had created action on reducing funding for terrorism and generated significant orders for American manufactured goods, which would increase domestic employment.
Mr. Trump tied public safety to immigration issues. He praised law enforcement and border security forces both for their support and their service and promised new policies and directives to reduce crime and protect police. He pointed out that the open border was a source of illegal drugs and criminals, and celebrated the fact that the U.S. was deporting thousands of offenders and, in particular, members of the notorious MS-13 gang. He rejoiced that illegal border crossings were down over seventy-five percent, vowed that he would build the southern border wall, and outlined a plan to use solar panels in the wall design to generate grid electricity, reducing the long-term cost of the project. Finally, Trump proposed new immigration rules that would require all new immigrants embrace American values, love the American people, and not receive welfare benefits for at least five years.
Regarding domestic politics, Mr. Trump completely ignored his critics, saying, “All we do is win-win-win.” He pointed out that he and the Republican-controlled Congress had signed thirty-eight pieces of legislation in five months. He celebrated the appointment of Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, saying that he expected that choice to save the second amendment and influence the nation for thirty to forty years. He trumpeted an increase in spending for the military and veterans and promised further that legislation on healthcare, tax cuts, infrastructure, employment, and regulation reduction, but blamed delays on Democrat obstructionism and nastiness. Signaling a willingness to cooperate with the left, Trump called out the Democrats, saying that their recent losses in every special Congressional election were a sign that their tactics were flawed, and invited them to work with him on policy.
While not particularly well spoken, The Donald knows how to sell a project, and the GOP voters of Iowa were buying. President Trump hit middle-class voters where they live by promising jobs, autonomy, and security, and showing them progress on those fronts. His core supporters appear unshaken by the turmoil inside The Swamp surrounding the Trump administration.
It would have been nice to see President Trump address the failure of his administration to protect the privacy rights of U.S. citizens, deal with deep state leakers, strike back hard against the left’s constant deceit and physical violence, or to back off his assignment of New York liberals to key cabinet positions. But we shouldn’t hold our breath. Mr. Trump is the president that we have, and it may be the best that we can expect from a New York businessman who used to be a Democrat. Compared to Obama, he’s a vast improvement, and it is unlikely that anyone without Trump’s unshakable ego and positivity would still be standing after five brutal months of withering liberal assault from all directions.