The Peoples President Trump

Love Him, Despise Him, or On-The-Fence: We the people should attempt to agree on a fair evaluation of Trump’s objectives, his strategies, and his on going performance.

  What we have here in Trump, is someone who is still a new president, and someone who is new to an entrenched, well established system. I’m fairly certain we can all agree that the system Mr. Trump now heads deserves the description of “faulty” at best, and the acknowledgement that it has been so for some time, certainly pre-dating Trump’s arrival.

  We all want solutions to multiple problems, but do we know, or can we know what actually should or could get done? For us to begin to know anything, we honestly need to acknowledge that very little can be done without some consensus.

  Let’s start with objectives.

  As tempting as it is to start with Trump’s much touted campaign objective to “Make America Great Again,” this overall objective is decidedly vague, inasmuch as, in and of itself it doesn’t indicate what he means was great before, or when specifically greatness left America. Do you readers have a definition of your own on this score?

  For now, let’s begin with all we have of Trump’s (and his supporters) apparent wish list.

  I expect it is fair to cull Trump’s objectives out of his campaign promises. For an equalizing perspective, I beg some allowances to be considered regarding “literal” meaning, versus “intended” interpretations, or else we could get mired before we begin.

  It is hard to prioritize, but let’s use this list as it basically reflects his first actions:

Temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States

“Bomb ISIS.” Eliminate them and take their oil

Repeal and replace Obama Care

Cut Taxes

Cut Federal Regulations

Reduce the Federal Deficit

Bring manufacturing jobs back

Build a Wall and make Mexico pay for it

Renegotiate or withdraw from both the North American Free Trade Agreement & the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Get rid of Common Core standards

Get out of the Iran deal

Back out of NATO

Defund Planned Parenthood (to stop abortions)

Prosecute Hillary Clinton

  So which of these objectives did voters most want Trump to achieve? Were Trade Deals intended to put money into our system, or were they to bring jobs back? Will renegotiating them bring jobs back from other countries? Who else was certain that they despised the Trade Deals a year ago?

I certainly can’t speak for ALL voters, but I suggest the likelihood that MOST of the voters of either side would get behind the following objectives from the above list, if they were to put this way:

Replace Obama Care with something better.

Cut Taxes — at least for individuals *

Reduce the Federal Deficit

Renegotiate Trade Deals

Bring manufacturing jobs back

Restrict abortion and NOT use it as birth-control

Renegotiation of Trade Deals

Improving Education & Revisiting Common Core Standards

* (I’ve heard of some people on both sides who would be willing to cut corporate taxes if some of the allowances for corporations were eliminated or if most companies would be induced to bring their offices back to the U. S.)

  I find it HUGELY disappointing that any of the issues  immediately above could be portrayed with the pretense of being only on one side of our nation’s divide or the other. Isn’t it possible that BOTH sides could come to an agreement on these 8 big issues if the participants debating them were all adults.

  I mean honestly, who would say “I’d rather pay more for worse health care” or, “Please raise my personal taxes” or “Please raise the Federal deficit” or “Don’t improve our trade deals,” or “I don’t want any new jobs anywhere in this country,” or, “Don’t plan ahead, just get an abortion?” Really? Don’t any other Pro-Life people appreciate the “planning” part of having a baby? Or Pre-natal care? Everyone who is Pro-Life wants all Planned Parenthood to end because 2% of their services involve abortions? 2%? 

   In regards to other interests, how different would our Jobs Outlook be after Trump’s first 100 Days, not to mention his popularity ratings, if he had chosen different priorities from:

Temporarily Ban Muslims from United States (no limits stated)

Repeal (without improved alternative) Obama Care

Cut Federal Regulations (beginning with environmental protections?)

Withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership (skip China’s free shipping)

Bomb ISIS (not so strong on ‘take their oil,’ perhaps implied not “literal”)

Get rid of Common Core tests (no standards at all for public education)

Build a Wall and make Mexico pay for it (no chance)

Cut Taxes (especially for corporations and himself)

Get out of the Iran deal (so now we can bomb them too?)

  Why were polarizing issues the first things being pushed? Is there a grown up in the house? Are there ANY coal miners who would LIKE to build something instead of dig? Don’t we need factories for solar and wind harvesting products, and don’t we need roads and bridges to be re-built?

  Any history book will show that newly elected officials make an effort (albeit sometimes only a passing effort) to follow through on their most popular campaign promises. I believe that future History books will not be able to avoid showing that Trump indeed attempted to begin his tenancy of President with strong efforts to follow through on many promises. Were they the most helpful ones? Oddly, the one thing on the original list that got the best response at rallies, and now seems to be all but forgotten, was prosecuting Hillary Clinton. Are Trump’s most enthusiastic supports okay with this? I don’t mind, but I’m not everyone.

  I imagine that the decision not to prosecute Hillary would be due to the fact that there really isn’t any firm legal ground there, but it could be that Trump truly wanted to mend some fences with the opposition. At his inauguration Trump proclaimed that he wanted to unify the country. Does he really want to try? Or, is he really more concerned about his own interests? Look at how many of us are more concerned about the Comey issue than his promises. Look at how prominent his properties have been in the public interest.

  It doesn’t yet seem fair to argue for how strong Trump’s ongoing efforts will prove,  but it is certainly fair to acknowledge that Trump continues to place emphasis on the following promises:

Temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States

Cut Federal Regulations (didn’t we want some care for our water & air?)

Bomb ISIS (once anyway)

Get rid of Common Core (he put an anti-public school person in charge of education)

Build a Wall and make Mexico pay for it

Cut Taxes (especially for corporations and himself)

  Are these the most valuable issues to readers? And, can readers help to decide how fully Mr. Trump should address the following promises:

Reduce the Federal Deficit

Bring manufacturing jobs back

Improve our infrastructure

Improve our world standing

Improve our education

  I wonder if Mr. Trump, or our other elected officials plan to continue to address these or other concerns not mentioned here. Will they get to the real concerns of the people who voted for them. Do they know what the real concerns are? In my opinion ALL of our officials are performing abysmally, because it doesn’t seem as though they’re doing a very good job of communicating with each other or their constituents. What can we tell them?

  If we the people help, beyond sincerely rooting for him, can Trump actually achieve any of his supporters most valued issues, and are we sure he knows what they are? I know I’m not sure. What do you want to see him do, and what are you willing to do that would actually HELP him (or Congress, or the Senate)?

  I invite you to speak up. Respond to this article to tell America what you still want done! Tell me, tell us all, what you would petition to have done here, and be specific.
  Regarding the Greatness of America, what would be just GREAT if we got it back in America. What do we have now that we didn’t have before? Or, perhaps, What DON’T we have now that we used to have? Take your time, it’s not a tweet. Use all the words you want.  

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