The Phantom Voice
Good luck class of 2017!
The Presidency of Donald John Trump has been one of the most hotly contested Presidencies that ever existed in the United States. From its conception, it has been the subject of fierce debate and violent conflict. The fact that Trump won the electoral vote but not the popular vote incited resistance from the liberal and Democrat portions of the public (who seemed to ignore the fact that the electoral college was created by the Framers of the Constitution to prevent radical popular factions from assuming and abusing power), and there were many demands for the college to be cast out. (For an example of how the lack of an electoral college resulted in tyranny, one needs to look no further than the doomed Weimar Republic of post-World War I Germany, a government that only used the popular vote to determine elected offices and allowed the extremely popular, radical, and fascist Nazi Party to take control of the country.) Indeed, there have often been cries that the Presidency be re-assigned to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had taken the popular vote from Trump by 2.1%, although the reasons for the call have varied. Initially, it was because Russia supposedly hacked the election to get Trump elected. Then, it was because of Trump’s alleged incompetence as President, with his plans for a wall along the southern border of the United States and a new healthcare plan failing to materialize. Finally, the reason for Trump’s removal circled back to the Cold War fear of Russia using Trump as some kind of Manchurian Candidate.
Although one may disagree on the exact reason for the resistance movement, known as the 100 Days of Resistance (a weak parody of the concept that a President’s worth is measured by his first one hundred days in office), it can be agreed upon that President Trump has faced numerous obstacles ever since he stepped foot in the White House. The liberal judges of the Ninth Circuit of the United States, as well as Hawaii, have repeatedly superseded the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review and struck down Trump’s orders restricting immigration from countries with known terrorist activity, claiming that the travel bans are racist towards Muslims (despite there being no distinction or even mention of Islam or any other religion in the orders themselves) and that they prevent families from seeing their foreign relatives. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, who had previously been universally praised, was heavily protested against by Democrat Senators to the point that the Republicans in the Senate had to change the rules in order to get Gorsuch officially appointed. (Gorsuch was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the late Anton Scalia; had the rules not been changed, the vacancy could have continued on for several months or even the rest of the Presidency, jeopardizing the Supreme Court’s ability to rule fairly and comprehensively.) Trump has even faced opposition from members of his own party, particularly in regards to his promise to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act created by President Barack Obama. The first attempt to repeal it ended in the replacement bill dying on the House floor due to Democrats and “Never-Trump” Republicans either refusing to vote on it or voting against it. The second attempt is still locked in committee.
These failures have resulted in the “left” side of the country labeling Trump as useless or,
if one subscribes to the theory that Trump is a Russian spy, a saboteur purposefully failing in order to ruin the nation. The media in particular has promoted the condemnation of Trump, whether it be liberal news networks like CNN or irate Democratic politicians. Even moderates, the “silent majority” that Trump credited with being crucial to his election, have begun to view him as not being effective enough. It seems as though the only crowd left who supports him are the die-hard fans who will defend him vigorously against the wave of hate crashing against the White House.
But is he really a terrible President? Is it sensible for people to condemn a leader who has faced so many obstacles in his first one-hundred days? Most Presidents didn’t accomplish all of their campaign promises in the span of one hundred days. Abraham Lincoln, inaugurated March 4, 1861, didn’t follow up on his abolitionist promises until January 1, 1863, when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. When he was sworn in as President on September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt waited until June 30, 1906, before listening to the cries of his fellow members in the Progressive movement and signing the Pure Food and Drug Act in order to regulate the food industry. Even Barack Obama, whom the left lovingly dotes upon as though he were the best President ever elected, waited a year (from January 20, 2009 to March 21, 2010) to follow up on his pledge to create the affordable healthcare for all Americans. Given these facts, it is highly illogical to slam Trump as the worst President ever when, in reality, he has actually tried to do everything he promised in his first one hundred days, from creating the highly mocked “border wall” to repealing Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act.
Trump has actually accomplished a surprising number of feats during his first one hundred days. He successfully re-initiated the Keystone XL pipeline project, which will, at least, temporarily increase job growth and possibly pave the way for future job creation and decrease the country’s reliance on foreign oil. He has signed several executive orders that benefitted small business by strengthening punishments for trade violations and creating new programs to help rural farmers in the United States. Trump’s wall may have fallen through, but he has been able to decrease illegal immigration rates through increased ICE enforcement, helping, in turn, to lessen the economic burden that illegal immigrants inflict upon the nation. The President has, as shown, accomplished multiple important goals since he took office, and had he not received such fierce opposition from the media and liberal Democrat judges, maybe he would have accomplished much more.
The American public--or, rather, the part of the public that has been taught by the left to hate Trump with all their heart--needs to give the President a chance. The United States was formed on compromises and trust, namely the trust that the people invest in their President. It has been proven throughout history that the most successful Presidents have also been the most supported, from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Maybe if the public stopped opposing and resisting him so much, Trump could also benefit the nation greatly.