When President Donald J. Trump takes to the Speaker’s dais in the United States House of Representatives, he can truly do so with pride. After two years of being in The Swamp, the president has led the country to near-total victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS), the president has also stabilized the situation in Afghanistan so well that he can now make peace with the previously-intractable Taliban, and begin bringing our troops home.
Meanwhile, the president has stared down a rising China and has brought them to heel with his so-called “trade war” and his commitment to standing with America’s allies in the Indo-Pacific region. And, despite what his political rivals claim, the president has been tougher on the resurgent Russia than any of his predecessors since Ronald Reagan were.
While more work is still to be done in foreign policy, the fact remains that the president has been extraordinarily effective as the commander-in-chief. In fact, any other president (from either party) would be happy to claim such victories in the last year of their time in office. Trump has achieved these momentous successes in year two. His call to put “America First” during the 2016 campaign has been the core of the “Trump Doctrine.” And, subsequently, the president has made the country safer, stronger, and more respected by the rest of the world.
Not only has this president been immensely successful in foreign policy, but President Trump has also accomplished so very much on the homefront. Thanks to a winning combination of massive deregulation coupled with tax cuts, the president has presided over a booming economy–our largest ever. Unemployment levels–particularly for minorities, which had been abandoned by the Obama Administration–are at record lows. Meanwhile, the country’s growth rate has expanded at a hitherto unimaginable rate. Even a much-maligned government shutdown for 32 days could not stop Trump’s economic renaissance from taking flight.
According to the Heritage Foundation, the president has achieved 64 percent of their policy best case prescriptions–by year two! Another report states that the President is the most conservative leader this country has had since Ronald Reagan was in office. And, it shows. Americans are confident again. Consumer confidence is at record highs. Even unemployment levels in the manufacturing sector have declined at a precipitous rate. All of this, as former President Barack Obama and his chosen heir, Hillary Clinton, traveled the country in 2016 telling Americans to accept a “new normal” of chronically unimpressive growth rates and depressed employment levels.
Donald Trump vowed to “Make America Great Again” by putting the interests of American citizens ahead of those of illegal immigrants or the interests of other countries. The Democrats arrogantly told struggling Americans to “learn to code.” After two years, it’s clear whose vision was best for the country.
Tonight, the House of Representatives will resemble the Mos Eisley cantina scene from the original “Star Wars” film. It will be a “hive of wretched scum and villainy,” as Democrats seek to embarrass and lampoon every single one of the president’s momentous accomplishments and, as the Conservative Coward Caucus, remains silent, afraid what challenging the Left and supporting the president during his speech may do for their standing in the world’s “greatest deliberative body.” The Democrats have even invited an illegal alien to Congress to demonstrate their “decency.”
But, the truth is on the president’s side.
In two years, despite staggering opposition not only from intransigent Democrats but also the feckless Congressional Republicans, he has still managed to overcome them and achieve record-breaking results. Faced with even more opposition–particularly from the House Democrats–the president will have to be bolder and stronger than ever. Yet, judging from his record to date and an unflappable will to defy the odds, it is likely that he is up to the challenge.
Further, the President has been running circles around the Democrats and the rest of The Swamp since taking office. He doesn’t speak their language and certainly won’t play by their rules. The President has a tendency to always be moving and to keep his political rivals off-balance. Not only is the president going to push the remainder of his agenda through–namely increasing border security–but, he might even start trying to bring some of the weaker Democrats along with him.
Although they appear unable to agree with the President on anything substantive, the fact is that most Democrats do support an infrastructure bill. And, most of the Democratic Party’s voters have wanted to end America’s “endless wars” for years. The president shares their goals in this way. Whether the President declares a national state of emergency along the border or not, he will get his wall. This is a fait accompli.
The Democrats will have to come to terms with this reality–even if they manage to slow the border wall construction down by challenging it in court. While the courts have challenged the President’s policies at a record-breaking clip, the big cases–such as the temporary moratorium on travel from unstable states–have been won by Trump. Even the transgender ban in the military has been allowed to go forward, while the courts reach a decision on the matter. Ultimately, the President will get his wall, it’s simply a question of “when?” In the interim, the Democrats are going to need to achieve something legislatively. Once they get it through their collective “head” that the President will win on the wall, they just may be in a more amenable mood.
Tonight, the President can bring his list of achievements and simply re-state them to the American people. He can remind the voters that it was he who remained in Washington, D.C. during the shutdown–foregoing his own Christmas plans in Florida–while the Democrats refused to engage in negotiations over the shutdown and the wall. The President can also show that he has acted in good faith, offering compromises on the “Dreamers” in order to get funding for the wall, while the Democrats screamed, “No!” It is the president, not the Democrats, who continues trying to be reasonable.
All the Democrats can do is glower and scowl from their seats. The President will appear presidential (because he is), armed with the truth and a slew of victories to further his cause–which is the cause of all Americans: to Make America Great Again.
AMERICA First is the newest nationally-syndicated radio show in the United States, part of the Salem Radio Network. The host, Sebastian Gorka PhD., served most recently as Deputy Assistant for Strategy to the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and is author of the New York Times bestselling book “Defeating Jihad.” His latest book is “Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies.” You can follow him on Twitter @SebGorka, on Facebook, and on Instagram @sebastian_gorka. AMERICA First is available on the iTunes podcast app, streams live at www.sebgorka.com, and is on YouTube. You can contact him here.