By Christopher Harper
It’s a sad day.
It’s a sad day because more than 74 million people who voted for Donald Trump will no longer have a voice in the U.S. government.
Most of us voted for Trump because the Republican and Democrat parties had disregarded our views and ignored us for far too long.
Like many who voted for Trump, I don’t trust politicians, and I hold the Washington autocracy and bureaucracy in contempt.
Like many, Trump wasn’t my first choice. But I came around to like his blunt, sometimes disrespectful view of the Washington crowd.
More important, I look back at what Trump, despite overwhelming opposition from Democrats and the press, was able to accomplish in four years.
I just checked my retirement investments over the past four years, and they grew at the fastest rate of any time in my nearly 50 years of working. During the Covid-19 years, my investments soared at a clip of 13 percent.
Until this past year, I was not alone in this economic prosperity as nearly everyone saw huge economic increases throughout the country at almost all income levels.
For the first time in my life, including many years reporting about the Middle East, Trump came as close as any president to bringing peace to the region.
He virtually destroyed ISIS and helped achieve remarkable peace agreements that lead to diplomatic relations between four Muslim nations and Israel.
rump abandoned the flawed nuclear agreement in Iran and the flawed Paris climate change strategy. Unfortunately, President Biden will reestablish both.
Trump stood up to China, resetting the terms of the relationship between our countries. He understood that China had become a growing threat to America. Biden and his son’s suspect relationship with China is likely to embolden Beijing.
Trump’s appointments to federal courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, will have an impact for more years, particularly if the five conservatives on the bench don’t wilt in the Washington political heat.
Ironically, Trump did a lot better than Obama when it came to politics.
Democrats lost 13 seats in the Senate under Obama, while Republicans lost just one under Trump since 2017.
Under Obama, Democrats lost 69 seats in the House. Under Trump, the GOP lost 29 House seats.
Furthermore, the GOP still has control of most governorships and statehouses.
Despite the handwringing within the GOP, the Republican Party in 2021 is in a much better position than it was in 2009.
Unfortunately, the GOP will rid itself of Trump. As a result, my fellow Trump supporters and I won’t be voting for Republicans or Democrats. We’ll find somewhere else to go or sit on our hands while we remember how much Donald Trump got right.