CHARLOTTE, NC: Every now and then, when the news cycle slows, someone will write a column rating the presidents. Certainly Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump are among the most controversial and those comparisons are about the enduring legacy of President Barack Obama against the Trump Winning Agenda.
They are also among the most recognizable to the average person whose sense of history is limited to their lifetime.
Donald J. Trump and his place in history
There can be no doubt that Trump is a bigger lightning rod than Benjamin Franklin ever hoped to be. Though never a president, Franklin was certainly a powerful and influential founder of the nation.
On the other hand, Trump is frequently told “to go fly a kite”, even by members of his own party, which places him nicely in the same category as Franklin, though for considerably different reasons.
Not enough time has lapsed to truly evaluate the merits of Mssrs. Obama and Trump. Trump is still writing his legacy when he isn’t busy sending tweets, while Obama’s administration is so intimately linked with Trump’s that it will take considerable analysis and historical perspective to eventually arrive at some definitive conclusions.
Donald J. Trump a man of action
Certainly, Trump is known to have more tweets than the world’s largest aviary, but regardless of the degree of offense anyone may take to his personality, he is a man of action. Donald Trump gets things done rather than merely talk about them. Agree or disagree with his methods, he sees a problem and goes after it.
That alone is a refreshing change from the Washington swamp we have known in the past on both sides of the aisle.
All of that said, let’s look at some of the things Trump has “fixed” in just a year and a half of cleaning up Obama’s enduring legacy:
- Eliminated the individual mandate of Obamacare
- Ended the war on coal
- Brought more balance to the Supreme Court
- Replaced global appeasement with renewed American strength
- Moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
- Greenlighted the Keystone Pipeline and Dakota access
- Unleashed economic growth that stagnated for eight years
- Tax cuts and tax reform
- Halted the ridiculous arms deal with Iran
- Fighting illegal immigration and sanctuary cities
- Greatly reduced worldwide terrorism
The list continues to grow on a daily basis, though much of the significance of Trump’s accomplishments have either been overlooked or under-reported by the media. Rather we continue with almost daily updates about Russia influencing the election or some non-news item such as Melania’s fashion choices.
Do Americans feel happier with the economic success of Donald J. Trump
Let’s face it, Americans may not know why they are happier, or feel safer, or have more confidence these days. Anti-Trump sentiments in Washington combined with an onslaught of negative press and the occasional but steady cries of impeachment generally dominate the headlines.
Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in for the White House. However, the enduring legacy of President Barack Obama is built on a house of cards. The fact that Clinton lost is, in part, due to the American people rejecting the Obama era policies. Otherwise, Mrs. Clinton would have been resoundingly endorsed.
Clinton’s personality is every bit as abrasive as Trump’s.
Therefore, in the final analysis, if you are going to have someone you do not care for personally dictating the rules in Washington, why not choose someone who will at least attempt to make things right rather than line their own pockets?
As Candidate Trump says “What do you have to lose?”
Scare tactics have long been SOP in Washington. Opposing forces always produce doom and gloom scenarios to frighten Americans about political strategies.
A prime example is when we hear of the shutting down of the government. Whenever the subject arises the media goes into a full panic mode.
On the other hand, what discernable effect has a government shutdown ever had on the average American when it occurs?
The trouble with Enduring Legacy of President Barack Obama
Had Barack Obama’s presidency been the nirvana so many people would like us to believe it was, why would we still be in the process of cleaning up his mess nearly two years after he left the White House?
In that sense, the US continues to undo the damage of Hurricane Barack. Donald Trump, love him or hate him, has become the FEMA of the executive branch of government.
As Andrew Sullivan so poignantly pointed out in a May 18, 2018 article in New York Magazine, “Barack Obama’s only lasting legacy is: Donald Trump!”
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is the founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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