PERSPECTIVE: Three Little Words That Will Put ANY Trump Gaffe In Its Proper Context

Just to put things into perspective, repeat these three words to yourself several times: President Hillary Clinton.

Have a hard time doing that, don’tcha? I apologize if you were trying to eat or drink anything while reading this, but those three words are what all of us need to keep in mind. Every time President Trump (man…that makes me so happy to type…) says or does something considered “unpresidential”, just think, it could have been President Hillary Clinton.

Now, to put a somewhat larger perspective on this, let’s review what President Trump has accomplished in just over a week. Granted, this is all by executive orders, but nobody in the press or on the left (…I know, that’s redundant…) bitched when Obama governed by executive order.

Regarding The Economy
While the total impact of a Trump presidency on the economy has yet to be fully realized, a good indication is that the DOW hit 20,000 for the first time on Wednesday (1/25/17). While most “experts” predicted uncertainty, this was totally unexpected. Also, while it’s also true that had Clinton been elected, there probably would have been something of a surge in the market, but up to 20K? Doubtful, even with her Wall Street connections. I personally believe that such a surge is partly due to three things.

* President Trump has stated he definitely wants to cut regulations on American business by (maybe) 75%, even more. Keep in mind what an impact this would have. According the Heritage Foundation, since 2009 when the Obama administration came in, over 20,600 new regulations have been pushed onto American businesses, in all fields of endeavor. Regulations are more costly, time consuming and damaging than taxes, due to the fact that they have the weight of law, even though they are not Acts of Congress. The inability to fully comply with some regulations will shut a business down more often than a negative cash flow.
* President Trump has stated he wants to see our business tax rate, currently the highest in the world at 35%, reduced to 15 to 20 per cent. While it remains to be seen if this can actually occur, the will to do so is there. Now would be a good time for everyone to start contacting their congress critters to make it happen should the appropriate bills get presented.
* President Trump has had meetings with several union leaders and business executives. While these two groups are usually at odds with one another, Trump knows how to deal with unions and get things done. Once again, it remains to be seen what kind of impact the coming together of unions and business executives can have, but could a Clinton administration have accomplished this?

The Wall
This subject alone will be the focus of a lot of discussion, both positive and (mostly) negative. Nonetheless, it looks like some sort of action will finally be taken to stop the sieve that our southern border has become. Accordingly, President Trump has asked for the stopping of “catch and release”, stopping asylum fraud, cutting off of aide being given to Mexico, and the coordination of local, state and federal authorities regarding border security. In regard to immigration in general, President Trump is now on record as saying that we don’t need new immigration laws, we just need to fully enforce what laws are already on the books. Would Clinton have said that?

Just for the heck of it, I’d like to offer a suggestion of my own. I’d like to see the Border Patrol elevated to the status of the National Guard. Give them the same training and other resources as our guard units.

Enhancing Public Safety in The Interior of the U.S.
This includes a lot of territory you can bet the farm on that a Clinton administration wouldn’t even consider, let alone act upon.

Ending sanctuary cities, identifying criminal illegals, fining illegals who have overstayed, empowering local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws, and temporarily suspending refugees from certain Islamic countries wouldn’t happen under Clinton.
The shooting gallery otherwise known as Chicago has also come under scrutiny by President Trump. While Obama did nothing to stop or even lower the murder rate in the Windy City, would you have expected Clinton to do anything? She would have continued Obama’s “policies”, and Chicago’s death rate would have been nothing but leverage to use in curtailing 2nd Amendment rights for the rest of the county.

The Military
The appointment of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to Secretary of Defense is a great achievement, in and of itself. Finally, someone who is completely dedicated to the readiness and strength of the military. That’s all that needs to be said.

And without continuing into a very long exposition of other highpoints of President Trumps first week, let’s just say that he’s already made it clear he’s going to announce his pick to fill the vacancy of Justice Scalia. Thank you, Lord God, that it’s not Clinton doing the picking.

President Trump has also put a freeze on new federal hiring, and is looking at what to do about Obamacare. While that last issue alone is going to be a fight, we finally now have both Houses of Congress and a President who wants to get rid of what is probably the most unpopular piece of legislation since Prohibition was passed in 1920. The will do this is there. Once again, this is something every one of us, regardless of whether or not we’re personally affected by O’care, should get behind and keep on petitioning our congress critters to repeal.

In closing, I’d like to also offer this old saying: How many times in the past have you heard someone say, “If the United States government was a business, it would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.” I guess that technically, we are bankrupt, but now we have a business man at the helm and not a career politician who owes a lot of favors. We can turn the country around. We all have a stake in it. While the left is going into spasmodic fits of hyperventilation on a daily basis, ignore the childishness and get to know your local, state and federal reps and keep the pressure up.

The election may be over but the fight is not. Just remember, it could have been these three words:
President Hillary Clinton.

photo credit: Gage Skidmore Hillary Clinton via photopin (license)

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John DeGroff

About the author, John DeGroff: John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults. View all articles by John DeGroff

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