President Trump promised in his first inaugural address that his administration would be guided by one “crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.”
President Trump went on to say that “every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.” His first year in office has been a story of promises kept.
While the President’s critics reflect on a year full of sound and fury, the President and his supporters will take satisfaction in a year of successes – #Winning – despite unyielding opposition.
By every measure of personal and national prosperity, the nation is better off than it was one year ago. The Trump administration has overseen a renewed respect for citizenship. The lofty sounding rhetoric of globalism, GONE, along with unwinnable foreign wars and open borders. Back is talk of what we can do together as Americans.
You’d hardly know President Trump had any accomplishments by watching most cable news, which continue’s to indulgensure in its perverse obsession with Russian conspiracy theories, West Wing “palace intrigue” and the President’s Twitter feed. It’s exhausting — and also largely beside the point.
Conspicuously were the foretold dogs that didn’t bark. These are the predictions of imminent calamity certain to accompany a Trump presidency that have, happily, failed to materialize.
- Nuclear war did not break out, despite this being one of the Trump detractors’ favorite predictions.
- Nor did the President sell the country down the river to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- He didn’t ignore court orders.
- Didn’t shut down the free press
- Didn’t fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
- And the markets didn’t crash, quite the opposite. This particular prediction earned New York Times’ Paul Krugman the No. 1 spot in the President’s Fake News Awards.
After a year of peace and prosperity, more people are likely to believe that such outlandish predictions tell us less about the President and more about the temperament of his critics.
So what did Trump accomplish?
For one thing, he appointed an all-star Cabinet that has been quietly and dutifully implementing the President’s agenda even as their boss runs interference for them, taking the slings and arrows of a hostile media.
He has appointed more judges to the federal bench in his first year than any President — EVER! His appointments include Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, six federal district court judges and twelve appeals court judges. Not only is that a record, but they are ALL constitutionalists. This alone represents a triumph that will resound for the next few generations.
There’s more. Under Trump:
Construction has begun on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
- The United States will soon achieve oil production of 10 million barrels per day,
- Will become a net exporter of oil sometime in the next decade,
- is set to rival Russia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2019.
Did I mention that the Obamacare individual mandate, removed in the tax cut bill, has been consigned to history’s dustbin as well?
But Wait! There’s more.
At the border, illegal crossings are down as much as 60%. Even without the Wall, a willingness to enforce the law and end incentives to enter the country illegally can change behavior.
Likewise, Trump has overseen a change in national security policy. From the globalist moral imperialism of his recent predecessors to American-interests based that he calls America First. His speeches in Warsaw, Poland, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were triumphs. They encouraged our friends and put our enemies on notice.
For all the talk of Russian conspiracies, Trump has taken a tough stance with Putin — willing to work with him where it advances U.S. interests, but also arming Ukraine in its ongoing fight with Russia.
In the Middle East, ISIS has gone from a burgeoning caliphate stretching from the Atlantic to the Levant to a failed pseudo-state. Meanwhile Trump has revitalized our decades old alliance with Saudi Arabia and its new, reformist crown prince.
Back in Washington, Trump’s appointees are quietly cutting regulations pursuant to one of his first executive orders. Cut TWO regulations for every new one they put in place.
There is much yet to be done, but this is just Year One.
There is a wall that the President has promised to build and infrastructure he has promised to rebuild. There are more judges to be appointed and, perhaps most difficult, a swamp yet to be drained. So to Trump’s critics I say, go ahead, keep talking. While you’re doing that, Trump continue governing.
Even those who are not happy with President Trump’s style, tweets or personality cannot argue with his results. At least not with a straight face. He has his opponents and critics so flustered, so consumed with distractions and conspiracies that they are always on their heels. His critics are fighting a conventional political war with an unconventional President, and he’s dominating them. There’s still 3 more years, probably 7, to go. Happy Trumpiversary!!