As a suburban, college-educated woman who has a lot of suburban college-educated friends, I think the Democrats suburban strategy is easily countered if the RNC gets their strategy straight. I sat out the top line in 2016 and will not be repeating that in 2020. There is too much at stake.
Yes, Donald Trump can be boorish. Sure, sometimes I wince when I see his Twitter feed. However, these are not my priority issues. My priority issues are immigration, the economy, and the judiciary. On these grounds, I have very few objections to the progress the Trump administration has made.
According to ABC News, the Democrats seem to think that they have a leg to stand on in the immigration debate. Nothing could be further from the truth if the intractability of the Democrats in dealing with the border is highlighted. Since Trump has taken office, they have done nothing but obstruct any move to improve conditions. Spending to improve conditions related to the overwhelming number of migrants could not even be approved until Mitch McConnell basically but Nancy Pelosi in a headlock with a bipartisan Senate bill.
The only thing that has improved conditions are administrative and foreign policy actions taken by the Trump administration. In a briefing yesterday Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan gave a briefing just yesterday where he said:
Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, we are addressing the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The President is using every tool in the toolbox, from putting pressure on Mexico to enforce their own security and forging international partnerships to addressing pull factors and legal immigration loopholes, the president’s policies are working.
Meanwhile, Democrat candidates for the nomination are advocating for de facto open borders through decriminalization and offering medical benefits through Medicare for All. Some are even walking people across the border.
Democrats had the ability to sign a bi-partisan measure in January of this year to avoid a shutdown. The elements of the plan polled exceptionally well and were the specific requests of Border Patrol. They said no. The Democrats behavior through this entire debate has been cynical and dishonest which is easy to demonstrate.
There is so much to say here, it’s hard to know where to start. If you were born between 1965 and 1980 and vote for a Democrat, you may need a lobotomy. As it stands now, our generation is more like to head multigenerational homes than our grandmothers were. Yet the genius Democrats want to take more of our earnings to pay for other people college debt, daycare and medical care after while we take care of our own families. I say no thank you.
We are currently in the prime earning years of our lives and the Democrats big push is to get rid of the SALT caps that were in the Republican tax cuts. This only benefits the wealthy in high tax blue states. But they are the party of the working class. Not even close. And even though 64% of taxpayers saw a tax cut last year, Democrats still say the tax cuts were only for the wealthy. Another demonstrable lie.
Add this to the economy-killing ideas all the participants put forth in the Climate Town Hall on CNN and there is no way I will sit out. We currently have low unemployment, net gains in the manufacturing sector and energy independence. All of this while we lead the world in emissions reductions. I’ll keep my hamburgers, plastic straws and Rav 4, thank you very much. I am also not really into exporting unfettered abortion to the globe funded by U.S. taxpayers to solve the problem as Bernie Sanders suggested.
One of the signature achievements of the Trump administration and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been the remaking of the federal judiciary. Thanks to Former Leader Harry Reid, McConnel has been able to confirm nominees at an unprecedented rate. Before the August recess, nearly 150 judges had been confirmed by the Senate since President Trump took office.
This matters because we have seen the problems activist judges in the 9th Circuit and other jurisdictions can cause. They routinely put in nationwide injunctions on Executive actions, even when they are clearly in the President’s Article II powers. As much as the media like to say President Trump is an extra-Constitutional actor, Obama actually had the worst record at the Supreme Court. And the most visible cases, such as the travel ban, the border wall funding, and even the Census question were ruled to be within the Executive branch’s authority.
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Certainly, there are things I have questioned since 2016. Tariffs are one big tactic I was highly skeptical of. However, I have come to see that Trump uses them as a negotiating tactic. This is clear in the case of Mexico, where in exchange for lifting the scheduled tariffs, Mexico agreed to greater cooperation on securing our border. This is one reason apprehensions are falling in spite of the Democrats obstruction.
China is a different story. I have come to see this as part of a much larger strategy to increase our national security. This interview with Bill Gertz explains more than I ever could in the context of this article. The short version is the steal our military and intellectual property, have military capability in space and are economically dishonest. Opening their economy decades ago has not made them less authoritarian or an honest broker on the global stage. It is one reason the Democrats renewable-energy plans are terrifying, Battery operated cars and other technology would leave us highly dependant on China for rare metals.
Add that to the two-year circus of the Russia investigation, the behavior of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the information that has come to light about the investigation, I am more inclined to believe there is a swamp. I want a few more years of Bill Barr as Attorney General to right the ship.
Trump is brash, not terribly articulate and sometimes engages in hyperbole. However, I have no doubt he loves this country and believes in American exceptionalism and has recovered some leadership on the world stage. It is in the best interest of my children and eventual grandchildren to vote for the President, my Republican Senator and Republican member of the House. It is unfathomable to me that my peers around the country want to pay higher taxes for subpar healthcare and cradle to grave government programs for all because of a few mean tweets and a bit of boorish behavior. But do what you must.
I’ll be over here grilling burgers while I still can.