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The Neverending Tantrum

Every­one knew that who­ever let the sad­ness over­take him would sink into the swamp.

-The Nev­erend­ing Story

It’s now been a year since Pres­i­dent Trump’s elec­tion and I, for one, think that’s plenty of time for all the tantrums to have played them­selves out. I can under­stand the dis­ap­point­ment of the los­ing side in the imme­di­ate after­math of the elec­tion, and I can even under­stand how they could imag­ine that all their worst-​case sce­nar­ios might actu­ally come to pass, even if some of them were pretty ridicu­lous. But come on, after a full year of actual results, isn’t it time for the Left to stop pre­tend­ing that the coun­try is doomed?

I can under­stand hav­ing pol­icy dif­fer­ences with the admin­is­tra­tion. Heck, I spent eight years dis­agree­ing with the Obama admin­is­tra­tion on just about every­thing, so I know what that’s like. But the econ­omy is grow­ing at more than dou­ble the rate it was under Obama, the stock mar­ket is at record lev­els, ISIS is actu­ally “on the run” now that the rules of engage­ment have been changed to let our mil­i­tary do its job, and con­sumer con­fi­dence is higher than it’s been in over 15 years. So, what’s the problem?

The prob­lem is that, rather than actu­ally being afraid that Pres­i­dent Trump is going to ruin the coun­try, the left is, and always has been, afraid that Trump really will Make Amer­ica Great Again. So they will seize on any issue, no mat­ter how small, as long as they can use it to claim that they’ve been right all along. What do the Russ­ian col­lu­sion “inves­ti­ga­tion” – with no evi­dence hav­ing been found to that effect after more than a year of inves­ti­gat­ing – and the fake news story of Pres­i­dent Trump sup­pos­edly over-​feeding fish in a koi pond in Japan have in com­mon? They can both be used to claim that the pres­i­dent is unfit for office. And then the left claims these as proof that Pres­i­dent Trump can’t govern.

Think of how our allies, and espe­cially our ene­mies see this. No mat­ter what the pres­i­dent tries to do, for­eign lead­ers will see a divided coun­try behind him, and a relent­lessly neg­a­tive press and this con­sid­er­ably weak­ens our posi­tion. Imag­ine if Pres­i­dent Trump could engage a for­eign leader with the same kind of press cov­er­age that Obama received. This leader, whether friend or foe, would rea­son­ably con­clude that Pres­i­dent Trump would likely be in power for the next 7 years and could enact what­ever poli­cies he might use to entice/​threaten/​coerce that leader to do what we want. The options of either ignor­ing the U.S. or actively antag­o­niz­ing us would be off the table because they would know – or at least per­ceive – that Pres­i­dent Trump means busi­ness and that the coun­try is behind him.

Regard­less of how much they try to spin it, it is obvi­ous that Obama left the coun­try in a hole. They tried to con­vince us that it was “the new nor­mal” and that things just were the way they were and had noth­ing to do with Obama’s incom­pe­tence or social­ist ten­den­cies. Even with the relent­less neg­a­tiv­ity, Pres­i­dent Trump has, in less than a year of gov­ern­ing, been able to reverse a lot of that “old nor­mal,” and that scares the pants off the left. So, unfor­tu­nately, I pre­dict that the whin­ing, cry­ing and fake news will con­tinue for the fore­see­able future. But at least we can see it for what it is: a des­per­ate and disin­gen­u­ous strat­egy to weaken the pres­i­dent and the coun­try until democ­rats can get back in power. SAD!

Everyone knew that whoever let the sadness overtake him would sink into the swamp.

The Neverending Story

It’s now been a year since President Trump’s election and I, for one, think that’s plenty of time for all the tantrums to have played themselves out. I can understand the disappointment of the losing side in the immediate aftermath of the election, and I can even understand how they could imagine that all their worst-case scenarios might actually come to pass, even if some of them were pretty ridiculous. But come on, after a full year of actual results, isn’t it time for the Left to stop pretending that the country is doomed?

I can understand having policy differences with the administration. Heck, I spent eight years disagreeing with the Obama administration on just about everything, so I know what that’s like. But the economy is growing at more than double the rate it was under Obama, the stock market is at record levels, ISIS is actually “on the run” now that the rules of engagement have been changed to let our military do its job, and consumer confidence is higher than it’s been in over 15 years. So, what’s the problem?

The problem is that, rather than actually being afraid that President Trump is going to ruin the country, the left is, and always has been, afraid that Trump really will Make America Great Again. So they will seize on any issue, no matter how small, as long as they can use it to claim that they’ve been right all along. What do the Russian collusion “investigation” – with no evidence having been found to that effect after more than a year of investigating – and the fake news story of President Trump supposedly over-feeding fish in a koi pond in Japan have in common? They can both be used to claim that the president is unfit for office. And then the left claims these as proof that President Trump can’t govern.

Think of how our allies, and especially our enemies see this. No matter what the president tries to do, foreign leaders will see a divided country behind him, and a relentlessly negative press and this considerably weakens our position. Imagine if President Trump could engage a foreign leader with the same kind of press coverage that Obama received. This leader, whether friend or foe, would reasonably conclude that President Trump would likely be in power for the next 7 years and could enact whatever policies he might use to entice/threaten/coerce that leader to do what we want. The options of either ignoring the U.S. or actively antagonizing us would be off the table because they would know – or at least perceive – that President Trump means business and that the country is behind him.

Regardless of how much they try to spin it, it is obvious that Obama left the country in a hole. They tried to convince us that it was “the new normal” and that things just were the way they were and had nothing to do with Obama’s incompetence or socialist tendencies. Even with the relentless negativity, President Trump has, in less than a year of governing, been able to reverse a lot of that “old normal,” and that scares the pants off the left. So, unfortunately, I predict that the whining, crying and fake news will continue for the foreseeable future. But at least we can see it for what it is: a desperate and disingenuous strategy to weaken the president and the country until democrats can get back in power. SAD!