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My Reservations on the Trump Presidency

Updated on January 24, 2017

Introduction

It is early in the President Elect Trump's administration. I did not vote in this election cycle because I had concerns about the character of both candidates. I am withholding judgement until I see some concrete indicators.

- Nov. 2016

Background

How do we approach the Trump presidency? Very cautiously. I was not a supporter of Trump and thought we had better candidates. He won and we can't always get what we wish. Such is reality. However, as citizens, we can play a role in shaping our government.

Reservations

Despite the protests and blame game the media is going through right now, there are actially legitimate concerns about the Trump Presidency.

Here are some reservations I have on Trump.

  • He is not a conservative
  • He is not a Constitutionalist
  • He has a big ego
  • His temperament is a question mark
  • His checkered past does not demonstrate he is the ultimate outsider
  • His core principles have fluctuated or perhaps "Evolved"?

Expectations

My expections are that he will keep his word as summarized by his contract with America. That he will ignore the rhetoric of campaigns and govern for all the people.

The items in the contact are big. Even if he accomplishs only 50% in the first 4 years, it would be a great success. In baseball, that would be batting 500.

His success or failure will be measured by what he does, not what he said in the past. We are sophisticated enough to know that politicians lie all the time. They will tell you what you want to hear to get your vote. Once in office, they will do the bidding of the people who contributed to their campaign. That is the reality of politics in the modern world.

President Trump claims to be different. We shall wait and see. Will he put the interest of the American people above all else? The Bible has a quote that may apply here.

This idiom comes from the Old Testament (Jer. 13:23). The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah tries to persuade an evil shepherdess to become good but when he realises that it is impossible to convince her, he says: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”

State of the Union 1995

Some Big Issues and Challenges

Our National Debt under past administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have grown to over $20 trillion. That is the equivalent of $62,000 owed by every man women and child of our country. This looming problem has no easy solutions. It is closely tied to our increased government spending, entitlements, changing demographics and a stagnant economy.

Illegal Immigration was central to his campaign. Now we need to fix it. Will he follow through with his promise and secure the borders? Or was that just campaign rhetoric? Just to put things in perspective, watch the video of Bill Clinton in 1995 State of The Union address. Tell me if that sounds reasonable? Tell me if Trump had the same idea? So why is Bill Clinton revered by the Democrats and Trump vilified?

On Healthcare Reform, we need a new direction. The ACA has failed. It was estimated that we could have given free insurance coverage to the 20 million uninsured and still come out ahead. This 2000 page monstrocity of a bill was a disaster. It destroyed the old system and created a worst replacement. It killed jobs and slowed the economy and made everyone's health care worse. How can it not? We all know the old adage, there is no such thing as a free lunch. How can you expect to cover 20 new million people and expect it to cost nothing?

Comparsion between Reagan and Obama

It is often good to look to history to see if there are lessons to be learned. I want to explore two competing administrations of the past. Ronald Reagan, a Republican from 1980-1988, and Barack Obama, a Democrat from 2008-2016. Both came to power during a deep economic recession. Both came to power in a decline of US stature. Both came to power in a dangerous world stage. That is where the similarities end. What happened in the 8 years of each administration?

Reagan cut taxes and increased the GDP and created millions of jobs. Obama passed The ACA and killed jobs and ended with a stagnant GDP of 2%. The weakest recovery in modern times.

Reagan was a proponent of peace through strength and the Sovet Union collapsed and the Iron Wall came down. Obama's foreign policy is one of leading from behind. The world is a more dangerous place today with ISIS growing strength and America retreating from the world stage.

Reagan reduced the role of the federal government following our Constitution of Limited government and cut many unnecessary regulations. Obama increased the role of government with numerous executive actions and mandates by the EPA and other agencies.

Here is the bottom line, when Reagan left office his approval was running high. He was elected with 49 of the 50 States. His successor George HW Bush won a third term. He is rated one of the top Presidents of modern times.

Obama is leaving office with the lowest participation of Democrats across the States. His progressive policies were rejected by the people. His legacy is unknown at this point in time but his intended successor of Hillary Clinton was rejected by the American voters.

Summary

It is my hope that President Trump will do right by the American people. That he will follow the Reagan model. The job is a difficult one and one that he signed up for voluntarily. Our country is at a crossroad. I hope and pray he makes the tough decisions that will carry us to new heights of prosperity.

A Good Beginning...

So it begins...

  • Trump announces he will not pursue Hillary Clinton email criminal investigation. - Nov. 22, 2016. (Reversal of campaign promise) Just a reminder, it is not up to President elect to determine if a crime has been committed. That is the job of the FBI and the DOJ. If and when she is charged, President Trump can choose to pardon her.
  • 11/30/2016 - Carrier Company announced they will keep a plant in Indiana and save over 1000 jobs. The plant was going to be moved to Mexico. Trump have convinced the CEO with tax incentives to keep the plant in the US. I am not a fan of government intervening with individual private companies operations.
  • 12/4/2016 - President elect spoke on the phone with the President of Taiwan, breaking 36 years of protocol. In full disclosure, I was brought up on the Island of Taiwan(Republic of China). I support this action by Trump. We need to be nicer to our friends and Taiwan is an ally and a Democratic Republic and we should treat them better.
  • 12/5/2016 - Dr. Ben Carson chosen to be Secretary of HUD. A good pick in my opinion.
  • 12/6/2016 - Trump called for cancel of new Air Force One by Boeing.
  • 12/7/2016 - Trump named Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
  • 12/13/2016 - IBM anounces adding 25,000 new jobs.
  • 1/24/2017 - Trump signed Executive Order to build the XL pipeline.

Trump Inauguration Address

Celebrities and Others Against Trump

Some examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Some Celebrities Supporting Trump...

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      Jack Lee 9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Sanxuary, It is too early to tell. It depends on what he is able to accomplish in his first 2 years... Just like Obama, he has the majority of House and Senate now. What he choose to focus on will determine his success or failure. Obviously Obama failed by focusing on passing the ACA.

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      He will do everything to divide this country and destroy it.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Dtwb, I see what you mean. I humor him once in awhile...

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 11 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      Jack, when will you learn you can't reason with the likes of Oztinutso?

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      Oztinato 11 months ago from Australia

      Once again you have failed to respond to trumps lust for his own daughter as if it was nothing. Amazing. Likening it to an affair that Bill Clinton had is bizarre.

      Keep your head in the sand so we can all see.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Oztinato, what is your obsession with Ivanka? I wonder did you complain about Clinton with Monica during the impeachment? Or was thst a personal matter as his defenders claim.

      I am not being fooled by anyone the least of who Trump. Hence my hub title. I am keeping an open mind unlike some who falls under the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

      Where have I failed?

      My views and politics are published here and well known.

      I didn't support Trump and was a Cruz supporter. I just don't like the dishonesty in the media and have written about them, I am also keeping tabs on Trump now that he is elected president. His work over the next 4 years will affect all of us, like it or not.

      Please, I would advise you to focus on what is important and not what is sensational.

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      Oztinato 11 months ago from Australia

      He's clearly playing people like you as fools. Business people like that say and do whatever to make money and use people. He has hundreds of overseas companies that often use cheap slave style labour but claims he's concorned about workers in the USA? Come on.

      I note yout have failed here and elsewhere to respond to his clearly and often stated lust for his daughter.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      That is rediculous. He has been a New York Icon for all his adult life. He was a Democrat not too long ago and donated to Democratic candidates...was he a Nazi then?

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      Oztinato 11 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      Wake up.

      I'm watching what HE says and what HE does and it's Nazi stuff.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Please don't believe everything you read. It is the "fake news" that has distorted this election. Ask your self one question. If Trump is as bad as you've been told, how did he have a top rated show of TV all these years?

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      Oztinato 11 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      Are you actually watching what he's doing? Employing ultra conservatives who are affiliated with Nazis?

      He lusts after his own daughter remember?

      He is a hard core conservative elitist. Wake up please.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Oztinato, What is ultra conservative? it depends on where you sit in the political spectrum. To people at the NYT for example, anything right of Michael Moore and George Soros is Conservative. Trump is a master at media manipulation but he is not a Conservative. His recent actions have shown he does not have a good grasp of the Constitution of limited government. We will see if his administration will be an improvement over Obama. He does not have a high bar...

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      Oztinato 11 months ago from Australia

      Every day what Donald is doing and saying himself is bizarre and ultra conservative. His supporters have been repeatedly fooled.

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      Jack Lee 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Kosmo, That is no reason to be against him. I will withhold my judgement until he actually gets in office and start doing something. Don't be fooled by the news media. They have created this Trump phenomenon...

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      Kelley 11 months ago from California

      I expect the worst from Trump and so far my opinion has been justified - he's aligned with no political ideology and his behavior is terrible. Later!

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Checkout this by Michael Godwin - (Godwin's Law)

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2...

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      With regard to climate change, some of us are actially skeptics. Here is an on going debate I have been carrying on with doc_snow.

      https://hubpages.com/education/Climate-Change-Pred...

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      An example of Clinton saying one thing in public and another to Bankers -

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3831622/Ho...

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I disagree. Most politicians say one thing when running to get elected and then do somthing else once in office. Unfortunately, the people don't see that. I have written about this extensively. The only thing that matter is what they actually do. Words are cheap.

      "A Neo Nazi style strategist?" to describe Bannon ? Talk about hate speech. You might not like his politics but he is an accomplished individual who has been with Breitbart and they have worked to expose the main street media as frauds.

      I go back to my question to you, where do you get your news? If you rely on the New York Times, you have been had. They recently issued an apology to their readers. Did you missed it?

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      it is both what they say and what they do. The two are intimately connected.

      Has he apologised for his climate change denial, his racism and misogyny? Is he now acting like an "independent"or an ultra conservative?

      He has just appointed a Neo Nazi style "strategist" Steve Bannon. Wake up.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ultimately, which is more important? What any politician say or what they do?

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Watching him speak.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Just curious, where did you get this information on Trump?

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      thanks for the paternalism, but, no thanks.

      Judge people by what they say and do: it's all we have. Donald is a very greedy loud mouthed bullying bigot who is trying to create a fascist state as fast as possible. He deliberately stirred up racial hatreds and appealed to the lowest human failings. Shame. Very unchristian.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ori, you have been reading too many fake news... I noticed you are from Australia and you have no clue about what real American think. You have been played by a dishonest media. You need to read more wikileaks and less New York Times...

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      We have to judge people by their words and actions. Donald's words and actions show a very disturbing pattern of blatant racist, misogynist and ultra conservative ideas.

      Is nepotism now the norm? Is appointing a known racist not indicative to you? All the warnings signals are flashing.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      You are welcome to write a hub on the Trump Presidency. Time will tell if he succeeed or not. I am witholding judgement but you apparently have already made up your mind as judge, jury and executioner.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Fortunately I don't follow your rules cuz I follow my own rules.

      My rule is to use creative writing to fight falsehood. Remember that quote about good people needing to stand up against evil? Giving up is not standing up, it's laying face down.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ori, I am going to follow my own advice on commenting on HubPages. Will have to agree to disagree after 3 rounds. Peace.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      I'm basing my comments on the statistics that are now in and what is actually happening with the nepotism, cronies, ultra right wingers etc.

      Reality shows only prove the siperficial nature of Donald popularity; they are not political experience.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ori, by the way, if you don't believe me, maybe you will listen to Jon Stewart.

      http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/11/...

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ori, your description does not match with reality. It is what the media and the left have been portraying about Trump. Use your head. Will this person survive in Reality TV land? He was the star of the Apprentice TV show for 13 seasons. Compare that with Paula Deen. The media has been exposed as biased and liars. You can continue to delude yourself or you can question the last 18 months and actually discover what really happened. The rise of the Teump movement is a direct repudiation of Obama and his progressive policies. You can't deny it.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      Jack

      the statistics are in and the main factor was race (according to actual figures).

      Fascism:

      noun: fascism

      an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

      synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy, absolute rule, Nazism, rightism, militarism; More

      nationalism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, chauvinism, jingoism, isolationism;

      neo-fascism, neo-Nazism;

      antonyms: democracy, liberalism

      •(in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practices.

      "this is yet another example of health fascism in action"

      Ori

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Oztinato,

      You are way off base if you think this election was about racism. It is clear you have not read or understand what I wrote. Do you even know what fascism is?

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      There have been and continue to be glaring signals that Donald is a super ultra conservative. He makes normal conservatives look left wing. Nepotism and cronyism combined with ultra conservative agendas are all hallmarks of facism. Usually fascists gain control of police and spy agencies. This is the first USA election where the FBI has assisted a candidate. So now all the boxes have been ticked for hardcore facism now entrenched in the USA. This is the reason the KKK celebrated.

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      Readmikenow 12 months ago

      You make some excellent points. I believe living a billionaire lifestyle is much different than running for president. I give him credit on leadership. He stood strong against the left, mainstream media as well as the Republican establishment to win. I also think his lack of political skills is also evident. To be honest, I think he's still learning. I believe this means he'll get better with time. I'm hoping for the best with Trump.

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      breakfastpop 12 months ago

      I am elated that Clinton is out! I am also okay with a Trump presidency, and I feel far more optimistic than I have felt over the last 8 years.