Why Trump Makes Americans Feel Good Again

Written by Bill Thomas on June 5, 2019

A poll conducted by Emerson College in 2018 showed most Americans feel “better off” under President Trump compared with two years ago.  A May 22, 2019 survey by Opinion Today says, “Seven in 10 Americans say the economy is in good shape, including a quarter who say it is very good. Nearly all Republicans and most Democrats and independents share this view.”  While it is hard to find these accounts in the mainstream media (or even on social media for that matter), real people are feeling better about America and being an American under President Trump than they have for quite a while. Lots of people like the president and are proud of him. Stuart Varney, who was born in England and has since become an American citizen wrote for Fox, “I like to see the royals putting on a great show for our guy. I’m proud, of our American

It’s a sentiment that angers those on the left and frustrates the media. Let’s look at why the president makes us feel good again.

The first reason is obvious. The economy and jobs are better now than they were two or four years ago. This is an undeniable fact and the Democrats try the best they can to spin it away, but the truth remains. President Trump has done well on keeping his promise for better economic times. Jonathan Allen, writing for an NBC blog, notes, “There’s really only one word — “boom!” — to describe the economic picture surrounding President Donald Trump 18 months away from the 2020 election.”

People being able to get a job and provide for their families matters. The president has even done remarkably well in bringing back jobs others said were gone for good. The headline for a Forbes magazine article by Chuck DeVore reads, “Trump’s Policy “Magic Wand” Boosts Manufacturing Jobs 399% In First 26 Months Over Obama’s Last 26.”

We’re all doing better under President Trump and that’s important.

A second reason is that, unlike other Republicans, President Trump is willing to take the fight to the Left. President Trump is often rebuked by the media and elites for his tweets. The pompous, judgmental declarations usually include words like “unpresidential,” “unfit,” and “unhinged.” However, to people whose views are often mocked and ridiculed by the elites, Trump’s responses are a refreshing and uplifting reminder that we have someone in a powerful position who’s on our side. We, the regular people, don’t have the platform to contend with the media and Hollywood elites. President Trump does. He speaks for many of us when he challenges their lies and attacks. Though he may use words differently than we might, he channels our sentiments. He gives voice to our outrage and disgust.

The president’s tweets have replaced the “fireside chats” of President Roosevelt and signal to his base, in a time of constant turmoil, attacks and lies by the Left and the media, our guy is still in the fight on our behalf.

President Trump has also redefined what it means to be an American. In a September 7, 2016 article in The New York Times, Max Fisher writes, “It would have seemed surprising from any other president but has become practically routine for President Obama in his final year in office: acknowledging the
United States’ unsavory history in a country he was visiting.”
President Obama made it part of his normal routine to apologize for America. Certainly, America has made some mistakes, but it was almost as if there was shame associated with being an American.

President Trump has changed that. Rush Limbaugh said on October 17, 2017, “We’re trying to put America’s greatness back together because for too many years it’s been under assault.” He continues, quoting Jean Yarborough, Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College. Yarborough noted, “that for all of his bluster, Donald Trump has championed the values that built America and made it great as Tocqueville saw it.”

President Trump has brought America’s greatness back to the forefront of the discussion. He makes regular people proud of their country.

The Hill reports, “President Trump’s job approval rating is the highest it’s been in two years, boosted by voter optimism about the economy, according to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey.” I believe this bodes well for the vision election of 2020. Here’s hoping that there’s even more good news ahead for President Trump and all Americans.

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.