The Old Year draws to a close, and it’s time for siege-level security in Times Square, sobriety checks across the nation, overpriced tickets to parties with cheap champagne, and … lists.
In keeping with this tradition, here is a list of some of President Trump’s big accomplishments in 2017, presented in no particular order.
And for every accomplishment President Trump achieved, he exposed a false media narrative.
Take on trade cheaters
The media said President Trump’s America First trade policy would destroy American jobs. President Trump kept his promise to get tough on trade cheaters – and we’ve seen jobs coming back to U.S. soil.
The U.S. International Trade Commission found South Korean companies Samsung and LG are dumping high-end consumer washing machines on the American market below fair market value. The threat of the U.S. imposing tariffs on the imports – a threat that is credible under the Trump administration – has led the Korean companies to announce they will begin producing their appliances in the U.S. Bingo – more jobs for Americans as a result of the Trump trade policy.
Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
President Trump kept his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and now the Israelis want to name a train station after him. So much for the media smear that President Trump is anti-Semitic. Another lie exposed.
Exposing federal spying
Used to be liberals were warm toward Russia and suspicious of U.S. government intelligence agencies.
Forty years ago, they launched the Church Committee, named after Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, to investigate abuses by intelligence agencies, such as reports J. Edgar Hoover used the FBI to target Martin Luther King Jr. and the CIA tried to assassinate Fidel Castro.
The Church Committee established the permanent Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which exists to this day, to exercise oversight on the CIA, FBI, NSA, et al.
Today, with credible evidence emerging that elements of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party may have used the intelligence apparatus to spy on and monkey wrench Donald Trump, his campaign, his presidential transition and his administration, liberals want less oversight – not more. They impugn the patriotism of President Trump and anyone who would dare question what the spy agencies say or do.
The media were apoplectic when President Trump said his team was being “wiretapped.” It turned out that was true.
Democrats love state power, including police power, as long as it’s federal. As for local police, they have no problem labeling them racist, sexist, Islamophobic or whatever.
And as for Russia, now that the Bolsheviks are out of power, Democrats have fallen out of love.
Trump tax cuts
In addition to cutting taxes, President Trump exposed the true ideology of liberal lawmakers and media. Democrats and their fellow travelers have defaulted to the far-left position that government drives the economy, and any cut to government revenues is a dagger aimed at the heart of the nation.
Congressional Democrats refused to participate in shaping the tax cut or voting for it. As businesses invest, expand and raise wages, Americans across the country will enjoy the benefits. Democrats and the media that have been predicting the sky will fall will once again be exposed as the Chicken Littles they are.
Trump exits Paris climate accord
President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, and the media screamed the world would come to an end. But when Obama signed the accord, liberals complained it was toothless. Either way, if this thing were so important, it should have been submitted to the Senate for approval as a treaty as required by the Constitution.
The Paris climate accord is a textbook example of how transnational progressivism works. Leftists use interlocking international agreements and institutions to enact progressive policies that would never make it through Congress.
The Paris climate accords, the U.N.’s Global Compact on Migration (from which Trump also withdrew the U.S.) and a score of other similar declarations are officially non-binding. But that’s not the end of the story. The rule-making body of the TransPacific Partnership “free trade” deal was empowered to create binding rules consistent with the Paris accord and other “international fora.” President Trump scrapped the TPP on his first day in office, so we dodged that bullet, too.
Trump exposes NFL protests for what they are
Aside from any other offenses, Colin Kaepernick and his enablers (en-kneelers?) are guilty of political malpractice for the national anthem kneel-in.
Martin Luther King would never have allowed such a protest. He understood he needed the majority of Americans – most of whom were white – to support his drive to gain equal rights for black Americans. Refusing to stand for the national anthem is sure to offend a good number of the very people the protestors need on their side.
At best, Kaepernick is ignorant of the basic precepts of building a broad-based movement. At worst, he is cynically manipulating concerns (justified or not) about racial inequality to push a Hate America agenda. Both things may be true.
Meanwhile, Roger Gooddell is guilty of management malpractice for allowing misguided protests to damage the profitability of the brand under his stewardship.
Since Donald Trump descended the escalator in Trump Tower in June of 2015, he has exposed one lie after another perpetrated by the media-political establishment.
We can look forward to more in 2018. Happy New Year!