WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2016 — OK. So Donald Trump is not the easiest candidate for Republicans to support. That’s mostly because he is not a politician and doesn’t say things in a politically correct manner. But considering the frustrations felt by Republicans who elected a Republican majority in the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, he is much better than the current Democratic alternative.
In 2010, after watching a Democratic president and a Democrat-controlled House and Senate run roughshod over the Constitution, voters were so frustrated that they elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, hoping this would put a stop to excessive spending and ballooning deficits.
Recall that in 2008 the federal government deficit was under $500 billion. In 2009, Obama’s first year in office, the annual deficit ballooned to more than $1.4 trillion. In 2011, the newly elected Republican House majority was still unable to rein in the massive spending and deficits as the Democrat-led Senate continued to stonewall nearly all such legislation.
Despite this, in 2012, the personally popular President Obama was able to win re-election. But in 2014, frustrated Americans took the next step and voted for a Republican majority in the Senate while increasing the Republican majority in the House. Still, the Republicans could not exert enough control over the White House to satisfy the voters.
President Obama was still able to push through what he wanted. Worse, if the legislative branch refused to sign off on measures he supported, he simply put his wishes in force via his numerous and often illegal executive orders. Voters saw that, when there was a confrontation with the Executive Branch, established Republicans in both houses inevitably caved into the president’s demands, sometimes giving him a blank check.
As a consequence, Republican voters became even more frustrated.
During the 2016 presidential primaries, this building frustration led to a majority of Republicans voting for Donald Trump to be their candidate for president. In addition, and not often noted, Trump’s totals began to swell with the votes increasingly disaffected but patriotic Democrats as well. Trump’s appeal was that he was not an establishment candidate. He was not part of the Washington elite. He would shake things up, finally.
Trump emphasized that he was a businessman,who knows how to get things done without spending ridiculous amounts of money. He was also seen as a candidate who would tell the American public the truth without holding back or without feeling forced to select words and phrases that were politically correct—a censorious, Democrat-led phenomenon that increasingly disturbed voters as well.
While these issues are Trump’s strength, they may also prove to be his downfall. His lack of political correctness in particular is being exploited by the MSM, a largely pro-Democrat cadre more interested in electing Hillary Clinton as president than in addressing the obvious concerns of a frustrated electorate. Unfortunately, many Republicans are starting to believe the MSM’s anti-Trump narrative and have stated they will not support him.
For example, Trump said he wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. The media convinced many voters that Trump was a racist and a bigot. Later Trump rephrased his proposal in a more acceptable manner, effectively saying, “I want to temporarily ban all people from entering the U.S. who come from countries who harbor the terrorists that want to destroy America, at least until we can vet them.”
More recently, Trump has been criticized for saying that President Obama “founded ISIS.” Again the media jumped all over this statement. What Trump should have said: “Because President Obama lacked leadership in the Mideast and was unable to negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraq in 2009 when the Iraq war was won, he created a void so that ISIS could be formed. In a way, Obama contributed to the formation of ISIS.”
Trump also said he wanted members of NATO to pay their agreed-upon fair share toward the organization’s support. He also wanted countries receiving U.S. protection to pay some of the cost if they are able. The media twisted this by saying that Trump wants to pull out of NATO.
Contrary to the MSM’s false narrative, Trump is not a racist, as can be seen by the number of people from various cultures who have for years been employed by him. He is not a misogynist, as can be readily seen by the number of women he employs in top positions in his organization. He is simply a man who has never learned to be a politician.
For Republicans who have said they will not support Trump, the alternative is much worse, ranging from economics to a potential re-alignment of the Supreme Court. Trump’s economic plan will jump start the economy because he has a pro-growth agenda, particularly when compared to the Obama/Clinton economic plan, which is geared not for growth, but to cure perceived social injustices. That policy has stagnated the economy for the past seven and a half years.
Trump will make sure America is safe by taking a leadership role and finding peace through strength, which was a position effectively taken by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He will also significantly reduce government spending by finally controlling costs, helping reverse this country’s downward spiral at last.
Many in the establishment are clearly fearful of Trump as they busy themselves signing open letters warning Americans about what a Trump presidency would look like. But if you are a Republican frustrated by your party’s lack of action since 2010 or if you are a Democrat who longs for a president who will be candid, forthright and truthful, then you should support Donald Trump for president.
*Cartoon by Branco. Reprinted by arrangement and with permission via Comically Correct.