Most of you who’ve read my blogs know that I don’t suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome, TDS. Nor do I suffer from its opposite number, Trump Adoration Syndrome, or TAS. I don’t care for Donald Trump’s New York brashness; his oratorical skills are mediocre; and he exaggerates a lot. Of course, Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama and the Clintons who are prolific and polished liars. (Trump’s supporters take him seriously, but not literally; his detractors taken literally but not seriously.)
But Trump’s accomplishments as President are many, solid, and transformative, in a positive direction. Furthermore, if, as is likely, he wins a second term this November, he’ll have an opportunity to undertake more of the gargantuan task of draining the Washington swamp. I’d love to see Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, John Brennan the Bidens and a few other nasty swamp critters headed for prison!
A lot of us have friends who have symptoms of, or even advanced cases of TDS. I think this is largely attributable to grossly biased reporting by the mainstream media. Independent research in the US indicates that approximately 92 percent of all media reporting is negative toward Trump. In Canada, I’m guessing the negative bias would be north of 99 percent. It’s small wonder that most Canadians have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump.
But when I engage people in discussions about US politics I find that most detractors are hard pressed to come up with even one concrete example of an action Trump has taken that is fundamentally negative for the USA, or for their democratic system of governance. The nastiness has overwhelmingly originated, from day one, from left-wing media and Democrats, and no, Trump doesn’t turn the other cheek.
But when one examines his record since being inaugurated in January 2017, Donald Trump’s accomplishments have already been many. I try to keep a short-list of his significant accomplishments in the back of my mind so I can discuss them with friends suffering from TDS. Those of you who support Trump’s presidency, even if not his personality, might want to do the same.
My personal talking points include record low unemployment for American Blacks and Hispanics; and an overdue initiative against China’s industrial espionage; appointment of judges who support the Constitution, and protection for freedom of speech, and other individual and religious rights and freedoms.
My friend Rod Blair has put together a longer, very meticulously researched list of Trump accomplishments . I’d recommend you pick a few points and make them your own. They will help you to sooth at least some of the symptoms of TDS in your family and friends.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m Dave Reesor
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