How Democrats and the mainstream media are handling the Mueller Report reminds me of jokes we used to tell in my college days about another university that will herein remain unnamed … like “How many <bleep>s does it take to change a light bulb?” [answer: five — one to hold the bulb and four to turn the stepladder.] The one more applicable to Democrats and the media today, though, is “That <bleep> lost $100 on the Super Bowl, and then lost another $100 on the video replay.”
For over two years, they have bombarded us with “Trump colluded with the Russians,” demanded a recusal from Jeff Sessions because he had a brief conversation at a cocktail reception with a Russian official, demanded a Special Counsel, touted Bob Mueller as an excellent choice, and relentlessly predicted Trump was going down when Mueller’s report came out. When Barr’s summary said “no collusion,” he rapidly became the spawn of Satan [by confirming what Trump has been saying for two years,] Mueller’s integrity and reputation suddenly took a turn for the worse, and demands for the full unredacted report [which has no historical precedent] became the new mantra.
Back to the Super Bowl analogy. …
Enough already! You lost $100 on the Investigate Everything game. Don’t keep beating that drum and lose another $100 on the video replay. Quit investigating and start legislating [governing.]
To repeat something I said in a recent post, “Personally, although I feel that Americans who have ruined the lives of other Americans for no other reason than to drive their political agendas need to be held accountable for their actions, I can’t just jump on the side of many of my fellow Republicans who seem to be pressing that issue too harshly. We have got to find a way to get off our completely polarized “horses” and get onto a train that’s headed down a more civilized and stable path.”
President Trump had the right to end what he has [rightfully, as it has turned out] called the Witch Hunt if he had wanted to. He could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if he had wanted to. He had the right to use Executive Privilege to redact more of the Mueller Report [as President Clinton did with the Star Report.] He didn’t do any of that.
Focus On The Half Full View, Not The Half Empty View
During the two and a half years in which Democrats and the mainstream media have pushed this take-Trump-down agenda, President Trump’s many accomplishments have taken a back seat in media coverage — which means that the real motive of the take-Trump-down agenda has been successful. I’ve said in previous posts that I don’t “like” our President personally [i.e., his public persona and how he conducts himself.] But whether I “like” him or not doesn’t matter. Retrospectively, in the future, the success or failure of his presidency won’t be based on how many people “liked” him. It will be based on a net composite assessment of his effectiveness [or lack thereof] on domestic and foreign policy matters from a long-term perspective. So what are the accomplishments that have taken a back seat? For starters, here are just a few. …
The Economy. Almost 4 million jobs created since the election [400,000 manufacturing jobs, which are growing at the fastest rate in more than three decades.] More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history. Economic growth in some quarters has hit 4.2 percent. New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low. Median household income has hit the highest level ever recorded. African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded. Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years. Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century. Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma. Veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years. Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election. U.S. manufacturers optimistic about the future has been as high as 95% — the highest ever. Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone. Small businesses now have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years. Record number of regulations eliminated. Foreign Policy and International Relationships. Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high. We are a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957. NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016. Withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay. Concluded a historic Mexico-Canada-America Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices. Our National Character. Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration. Confirmed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Innovative Thinking. Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
Move On Already!
A very popular radio talk show host constantly uses the term “low information voters” to describe Americans who know very little about what is going on in our country and are easily taken in by the claims of candidates with “charisma” or whose “promises” appeal to them, personally. I honestly hope those Americans can also be counted among those of us who are fed up and want our leaders to grow up and lead, and govern.
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Charles M. Jones