Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, May 7, 2017
Charles Dickens put it this way:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity . . . .
Donald Trump is president, but it feels like his essence was magically replaced with that of Mitt Romney or Jim DeMint. The man in the Oval Office is not even funding the border wall, much less building it. Barack Obama’s “dreamers” don’t look like they will have to pack their bags after all. There is no Muslim ban in the works, and courts have blocked both of his ill-crafted executive orders that would have banned some of the worst Muslim immigration.
There are Republican majorities in both houses, yet even legislation nearly the entire party agrees on, such as repealing ObamaCare, is going nowhere. And President Trump’s promises to renegotiate or even pull out of NAFTA and to keep out of foreign entanglements are apparently worthless.
Still, America dodged a bullet. President Trump pulled us out of the TPP, whereas Hillary Clinton would have sealed the deal. Mr. Trump has been ineffective at banning Muslims, but a President Clinton would have brought Sweden’s nightmare to many more American cities. When my disappointment with Donald Trump starts to get the better of me, I remember that our wannabe first female president intended to bring in 65,000 Syrian “refugees” every year; Mr. Obama didn’t even top 10,000. However many Syrians manage to get in this year, Mrs. Clinton would have brought us many more.
Also, media hysterics about President Trump are having a wonderful effect. Far fewer Third-Worlders are trying to get in because they’re convinced they’ll be deported immediately — even if they won’t be. In just his first month in office, illegal border crossing are estimated to be down 40 percent. Before he took office, over 100 Haitians were showing up at the border every day — those numbers are down 97 percent. Figures like these would have gone sharply in the other direction with a president who had campaigned on amnesty.
There are other points of light. With Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department, the federal government will no longer be undermining local police departments. One “dreamer” has been deported. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is keeping busy, and a recent raid netted one of their “most wanted”. The Department of Homeland Security just opened a new office: Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime Engagement.
President Trump has been a disappointment, but he has three more years to go. A lot can happen in three years. If he continues to break campaign promises and betray his supporters, the media will pat him on the head and tell him he is a good boy. And he will lose the support he needs to be elected for a second term and to become a president who makes a difference rather than one who just makes noise.
It’s up to his original supporters to set him straight. It’s up to them to remind him how he got into office, what he promised, and who supported him. Otherwise, he will keep looking for those pats from people who will hate him whatever he does, and want him to fail. In the 1980s, the cry went up, “Let Reagan be Reagan.” What about “Make Trump be Trump”?