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Minnesota Musing: 10 Reasons Why President Trump Is Doing Well

Updated on April 8, 2018

A Period of Growth

I voted in the 2016 election. I watched the campaigns and grew to know the opponents. I think that this particular campaign year drew more people into the awareness of who is in government, and got more people actively involved, than any other period on earth.

Let's be real. When Trump was elected, the economy began growing. It had somewhat failed in the Obama Presidency. People lost their houses and had massive credit card debt. The losses seem to be a distant memory, now. In the Obama Presidency, he was thrown into the presidency after a previous president had worked his own magic. It was a real mess.

Top Heavy

For years, people complained that there were too many people in government that were sitting on their buttocks, just collecting a paycheck, but not doing their job. Trump fired a few of them. Problem solved.

For years, people complained that there were people sitting around, collecting a welfare check and just having babies as often as pooping out a bowel movement and using those kids to collect even more money at the end of the year. Collectively, eye rolling became the fashion. There was no solution, just heavy sighing.

Truth or Consequences

There have been gun shootings and student and teacher walkouts. There have been marches, and protests.

Some of the protests have been understandable, and some, just a bunch of people who are wasting their energy and talents, when they should be out doing something more productive.

Gun Control

For years, people have owned guns and ammunition. In this country, we've had people with guns for over 240 years, and we have had our share of mass shootings. Some we have just labeled wars, and some we have labeled terrorism.

It just depends on who you are.

A Melting Pot of Nations

One thing that is interesting, is that the Wall talk seems to be one sided. This wall that we are building. We only need it on the south side of the United States? To keep people from Mexico and South America out?

So, we're not concerned with Canadians? Let's remind ourselves that a lot of people from America, have moved across the border to Canada in the past 200 years. I'm sure they spend a lot of time rolling their eyes and sighing when they think of us, down here in the south.

We started out with a bunch of immigrants. Remember the Pilgrims? We managed to survive, as a group and eventually started moving our families to the West. We know this, since there are a lot of movies about cowboys and Indians.

So, the Statue of Liberty thing is just a bunch of bull? You know: the 'give me your tired, your poor, your wretched"

What? None of us, you and I, actually believe that anymore?

The Words on the Plaque on the Statue of Liberty

Make America Great

As examples go, America is supposed to act like a team. We are united for a reason. We need to be heading in the same direction.

We all need to pull our own weight. Don't expect the next person to wait on you, hand and foot. Don't act like you are entitled to benefits. Act your age, not your shoe size. Don't wait for someone else to open the door for you. Say please and thank you. Say you're sorry, when you want the tide to change in your direction.

We have a football team, that has pulled together and made it to the Superbowl many, many, many times. But, once they are playing in the Superbowl, it becomes a me, me, me and not a team effort.

And, to date, I don't think we have ever taken home the Superbowl win. Maybe next year. Pencil it in.

Driving on the Roads

I don't know if you have noticed this or not, but there are a lot of people driving cars out there, who let their true colors shine when they drive their cars.

They tail gate. They act aggressive and mean. They pull around other cars and pass in no passing zones, then slow down and take right turns in front of all the cars they passed. Or, they pass a string of cars and then, are first in line at the stop sign a mile down the road.

We let these type of people vote for the President. They cannot even manage their affairs on the highway, much less, push a pencil in a polling booth.

Look at Yourself

When you are petitioning and polling and causing trouble for everyone else in your haste to be political, examine if the problem is actually caused by yourself.

The only person you can improve, is yourself.

The past is gone. The future is not here, and we should live for today.

Doesn't that sound like a line from some movie?

And Another Thing

While I'm fuming, let me add one more last thought. I have no idea if I have my 10 reasons yet or not, but:

I'm irritated by all these news casts about violence, and then, new movie releases about violent people.

Box office hits based on people who have been in the news and are labeled bad. Why publicize bad behavior?


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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Sharon Stajda, thanks for your comment. Truly, each person adds their own agenda to the mixture. In a me me me situation and copy you, Trump has stirred a melting pot of emotional soup, some recognize bad traits in him and resist them in their own lives. He's been a bigger monster than the monsters he has to deal with. He's been the father figure. He's made off hand comments to be the burr under the saddle, and much of his reverse psychology tactics seem to be taking root and working. A complaint here and there, seems to end in, oh, I see how what you did there. Okay. Cool. Things will be okay.

    • Sharlee01 profile image


      8 months ago

      I enjoyed your Hub, made me stop and think. I think Trump's "personality" drew more people into being aware of the problems in Washington, and actually that we just may need to be more aware of what was going on. He offered a common sense agenda, one many saw as a possible solution in making America a better place. At best I felt we needed to vote in someone that would buck the current administration. A person that would "shake thing up", be transparent, and look to solve old long standing problems. So, far, I am very satisfied. Trump is certainly transparent, and he certainly is shaking the country to its very core. e was handed some horrific problem, but this is the norm.

      In regards to immigration, most of us are here due to a foreigner being brave enough to seek a new life. However, they came in legally. We made the immigration laws. It's up to us to change them if we as a nation see fit to do so. It's not up to us to ignore them. Where my opinion on immigration may sound odd to you. Your opinion on the subject seems odd to me. Would opening our borders improve our way of life or would it burden our local government's that already are having a hard time keep up with fixing the roads your irate drivers travel on? Would it deplete job opportunities for our citizens already struggling, and bring down already low wages? Many worry about the next generation being able to sustain themselves. Would adding to the population so drastically really make thinks better or worse?

      In regard to protesting violence. I would like to see stronger gun control. However, I always find it interesting how some can support cruelty to animals, and take up such worthy causes. However, we can sit by and witness chemical weapons being used on human beings... Perhaps to sum up, have we become a society that is closed mined to anything other than what we choose to acknowledge. Do we no longer have the ability to delve into any given problem and see it for what it is, a problem that needs to be looked at in depth ? Not just look at the surface of a problem, and come up with a simplistic solution. Could this be why so many of America's problems just continue to bubble up, and never get solved? Trump offered an agenda of change, many of us took grabbed for the golden ring. Status quo had become unacceptable.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Well. I'm sure there are a couple Norwegians here. I forgot to mention chiggers, house flies, horse flies, wood ticks, no see ems, mayflies, junebugs, lady bugs, box elder bugs, grasshoppers, spiders, garter snakes, crickets, water bugs, leeches, wax worms, ummmm, and drum rolll, sow bugs. Have a great day

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD


      I guess my friends from Norway told me wrong.

      You forgot the biting flies.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      On a humorous note, even the Pilgrims received public assistance. Those Indians! My grandfather from Gotland was a land surveyor in the late 1800's early 1900's. There were deeds nailed to the trees in Minnesota. It was great becoming a land baron until they tried to tax the new owners. Then, his land accumulation became a bit smaller, very quickly. Oh, well. Minnesota is a land of extremes. In one 24 hour period of time, you can experience 59 below zero and 59 above zero. No kidding. We have Robins that have had the three snowfalls on their back already, and it's snowing again, today. It is hot and humid in the summer. 90 - 100 degrees with 50 - 80 percent humidity. No worse than anywhere else. And, the bugs... did I mention we have lots of mosquitoes... No, I'm not talking people from moving here...As far as Norwegians, that's Iowa. You're thinking of Iowa. We have Swede's here and Germans. [Of course, there are other nationalities.... like Irish, and Scots etc] but, we're all Smile.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD


      The early immigrants were hardy people, and they came from places that were worse than here. In some way, the government, or some other way.

      My point is that they were given little from the government, but they gave it their best shot to make it work.

      The little that I know about Minnesota is that it is good in the winter, and hot and humid in the summer. I believe that people from Norway moved there, and apparently climate wise it may be similar. These are tough people.

      Have a great Sunday!

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      bradmasterOCcal, thanks for your comment. My great grandparents were involved in the Land Grant in the early 1900's and received a tract of land in northern Minnesota for free. They just had to clear the trees so they could farm it. The fine print didn't point out that the trees were virgin timber and very huge. It didn't work out extremely well for them, but, my grandma grew up on a farm and met my grandfather, they got married and had my mother, my mother grew up and met my father, and here I am.... smile.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Jeepers, Tim, your comment is longer than my article. I did change the date of the election to 2016. I guess the 'you know what I meant' argument doesn't fly... smile. I really did vote in the election. True, it wasn't for Trump, but I did vote. But, I feel that now that he is President, everyone should just pull together and work towards making the country great instead of expecting one person, the President, to do it. And, my parents parents [yeah, great grandma, great grandpa, and grandma and grandpa on both sides] were immigrants from Sweden, France, Luxemberg and Gotland. Apparently, the problem now is people who come here and expect benefits and do bad things... The Liberty poem was written for a fund raiser, according to what I read on Google. I don't have all the answers. As far as drivers on the road, they don't seem to have all the answers, either. Thanks for your comment.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      8 months ago from U.S.A.

      Great article,

      First, if we have decided that moral decency has no place in our political system, then Trump is stellar. (What happened in Alabama as well as the elections in Nov. say that moral decency still counts. Lincoln and Washington can still rest peacefully.) Next, from what I read of the economy (U.S.Dept. of Labor, NY Times,. Wall Street Journal, etc.) , it was performing better the last months of Barack Obama's administration than it was one year after the election of Trump. In addition driving a car is not equal to the right to vote. People died to give all eligible Americans that right, a purposeful endeavor. Any idiot can drive, and probably kill some other careless driver for no purpose.

      Historic fact: Welfare did not become an "issue" until the system became overwhelmed by

      White females having babies without a father. More importantly, such programs have benefited all women, allowing them to succeed in college, pursue careers, and achieve their dreams. We only hear the "bad" because the good stories don't make good press.

      All of the evidence points to easy access to guns being the source of most violence. I do not want Americans to loose their guns, but having tougher laws, such as like in Australia and Great Britain (where people can have guns), will help with the issue.

      Finally, we are indeed a nation of immigrants, some freely and some by force. The Statue of Liberty was never selective in her wording, however, how we interpret the meaning of what was written on that plaque changes from generation to generation. (Ask the Irish, Africans, and today, the favorite is the N. Europeans.)

      Thanks again.



    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD


      I am confused by this article.

      I assume you didn't really vote in 2017, but I didn't follow the why Trump was doing well.

      BTW, my comment on the immigrants that came to US in the late 1800s, and early 1900s. They went through a vetting process, unlike today.

      And when they were let into the US, the government didn't do anything for them. They just basically let them in as opposed to what Obama did for them.

      And the wall is no good, if refugees are flown over it and into some American City and made to feel like Pseudo American Citizens.

      I still like the attitude of the article, and I can appreciate the fuming.


    • Leland Johnson profile image

      Leland Johnson 

      8 months ago from Midland MI

      Char- well written hub. I find myself agreeing with you and I like the way you don't drag the issues out, but have easy to read, well formatted texts. I also liked the insertion of the inscription per the statue of liberty. Very relevant and added quality to the hub. One minor correction- the elections were held in 2016, not 2017. Great job.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Again, Greg Schweizer, thanks for your comment. It is hard to lose trained, experienced workers, immigrant or non immigrant as well. I can well imagine the impact that the layoff had on the company. If only the actual deportation was to reduce the current number of immigrants that come into the country just to wreak havoc and create artillery disasters, but, it takes the good, along with the bad.

    • gregas profile image

      Greg Schweizer 

      8 months ago from Corona, California.

      I am retired now, but where I was working before there were 12 people working for the company that had been there for several years. One day the government came in and found these 12 people had let their visas expire and made no attempt to renew. It was their own fault and the company had to let them go. That actually hurt the company to lose that many at one time. All were good workers and well liked, but it was their responsibility to take care of themselves.

      Anyway, I guess what I am saying is they do have ways of being here legally and decide not to do that.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Greg, thanks for your comment. We had a friend who worked on roofs, etc. He did a great job. He'd been in the country for 22 years, never filled out his paperwork to be a citizen, since he had family in the old country, that didn't want to move here. Suddenly, he's deported, and not welcome back for 10 years. I don't know if I disagree, or agree with that policy, but he did KNOW he needed to do that, and did not. He choose incorrectly.

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      Greg Schweizer 

      8 months ago from Corona, California.


      very interesting. I can agree with you on almost all of it. The only thing is, the immigration part. We the people are not against immigration, just "illegal immigration". There is a difference. Good job on the hub and sharing your opinion.


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