I was never a “never Trumper” nor was I ever an enthusiastic supporter. Donald Trump was at the absolute bottom of the list of Republican contenders for me all during the primaries. I studied his speeches and positions on all of the issues and found him to be a big government type with beliefs on a lot of issues aligned more closely with moderate Democrats than Republicans.
As a Libertarian, I absolutely abhorred the thought of Hillary Clinton, or any other radical leftist, being elected president this election cycle. Eight years of President Obama and his destructive progressive governance was bad enough. I could not envision another four years of the same failed policies.
I would have loved to have voted for a Libertarian; unfortunately none ran in the last election. Yes Gary Johnson did run, however he is a Libertarian in Name Only. His only claim to fame is marijuana legalization.
When Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination I became a very reluctant Trump supporter. I agreed with a lot of his campaign promises but I did not believe he would carry through with many of them. That to me was still a vast improvement over the other alternatives.
On one key issue alone I was an enthusiastic supporter. During the campaign President Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court Justices. Every single one was a strict constitutionalist, something I greatly approve of. That list was the only reason I voted for President Trump. With the nomination and eventual confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump fulfilled that campaign promise in magnificent fashion.
During the election President Trump promised to undo the regulatory behemoth unconstitutionally thrust upon us by President Obama. Through the use of executive orders President Trump has in large part carried out this pledge. I have been an outspoken critic of presidents who abuse executive orders. President Trump using executive orders to undo regulations placed on us by a predecessor through executive orders does not violate the Constitution. President Obama’s use of executive orders to enact these regulations did violate the Constitution because these regulations were given the force of law despite never being passed by congress.
The border wall promised so often during the campaign is still a work in progress but it is too soon to say if President Trump will keep his promise on this key issue. I believe if the wall does not get built the blame will lie with a congress controlled by spineless Republicans.
I believe President was on the wrong side during the ObamaCare repeal. He sided with the big government Republicans instead of the American people who wanted a full repeal. I do not agree with him on infrastructure. The federal government should play absolutely no role in this issue. States and local governments alone should solve this problem. The federal government can only waste money and add a bureaucratic quagmire,
The biggest losers in the election were members of the out of control liberal media. They completely unmasked themselves as a radical progressive mod that lacks any objectivity. It was great seeing President Trump take on the whole lot of them during the campaign and keep up the fight during the first six months of his presidency. I applaud his use of Twitter to continue the fight. I wish he would use a more polished approach to do battle. He flies of the handle too easily on trivial issues and he needs to improve his communication skills. Just imagine what a great communicator like President Reagan would do with a Twitter account.
The Republicans in control of both houses are failing the American people much more than President Trump has. They do not have the courage or the vision to do what is right for the American people. Too many people make this failure of the Republicans in congress out to be just about enacting the Trump agenda. Limited government, free market principles, and upholding the Constitution are the principles the President and congress should enact.