This is my 551st column on liberty and the Constitution, I know no one more published on this topic. I have lived under 13 presidents of the United States; all gave lip service to the Constitution, but none followed it closely. Of these I voted for only two Republicans. Those who least followed it were former Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama. I spent a lifetime lecturing on these and the presidents before them. I dislike political factions and parties as did former President George Washington. Readers know I call things as they are and defend the Constitution as written.
So with this background I am qualified to say, “Trump haters,” – Bushites, Clintonites, Romneyites, Hollywood misfits, secret combinations in both majors political parties, coup conspirators in the FBI and CIA and finally fake news outlets, notably MSNBC, NBC, New York Times and The Washington Post – who have conspired to take out President Donald Trump: Isn’t it time to lay down your arms?
Four Congressional investigations, the Mueller and Horowitz reports and the U.S. Senate impeachment trial exonerated and indeed acquitted this man. Trump has endured more unjustified opposition and persecution than all past presidents combined.
In the upcoming 2020 presidential election, you offer only “hate Trump” rhetoric and freedom- and prosperity-destroying socialism. You are destroying the Democratic Party and perhaps America. You make Democratic President John F. Kennedy look far right. You offer nothing to build, strengthen or edify this country. Republicans before Trump were awful, but you are much worse.
Please cease inspiring the crazies in society to intimidate “Make America Great Again” haters, innocent Catholic high school students visiting the nation’s capital, or worse, driving vehicles into tents housing Republican campaigners or shooting House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana while playing baseball with fellow Congress members and staffers. Cease supporting Antifa and MS-13 gang violence by not condemning them.
So what has Trump done for you that should command your respect? The list is extensive but let me identify in order my favorite six reasons.
He defends the Constitution as written.
Unfortunately, Trump is a conservative, not a constitutionalist, but he follows the Constitution more closely than any president since former President Calvin Coolidge. He adamantly defends the freedom of religion and free speech in the First Amendment, the freedom to protect oneself and neighbors – even from the government in the Second Amendment and states’ rights from the 10th Amendment. No president has defended the rights of the unborn more than he. He nominated two Supreme Court justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who appear to follow the Constitution, and has placed with Senate confirmation, 187 judicial nominees on the federal bench who attest that they too will follow the Constitution as written. This action is monumental as the Constitution is the reason we are free.
He opposes the globalist plan.
Globalists seek to first create regional governments of all nations, through trade deals that transfer economic, then political sovereignty, such as the European Union, then merge them into world government. Trump has made speeches opposing the globalist plan, on the campaign trail and in the United Nations, which are never covered by the establishment globalist medias. His opposition to world government is, and always has been, why he is so hated by them. I have published on this topic previously. Finally, the U.S. is his first consideration in his “America First” pledge. The U.S. people are no longer nation builders or the world’s policemen. He wants to cut foreign aid – foreign welfare – spending it in the U.S. instead.
He has stimulated the economy as no president has in decades.
Manufacturing companies have and are returning to America. Almost 4 million new jobs have been created since his election. Reportedly, unemployment claims have now hit a 49-year low. African, Hispanic and Asian American unemployment are at the lowest rates for decades or ever recorded, as are women and youth unemployment. He promised to dump two regulations for every new regulation, but instead he dumped eight. This change has returned companies to America, freed and stimulated the economy as never before, resulting in an energy boom placing the U.S. as No. 1 oil and natural gas producer in the world. Fifty-seven percent of Americans said they are better off financially since Trump took office.
He is securing the southern border.
New agreements with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras required them to stop the flood of illegal immigration through their countries or face higher tariffs. Now deadly drugs and violent criminals are not flowing as easily across our borders and into our communities. According to Customs and Border Protection statistics 976 gang members from other countries were apprehended at the border in fiscal year 2019, including 464 people entering the U.S. illegally who are affiliated with MS-13. Immigration and Custom Enforcement arrested 143,099 people entering the U.S. illegally in fiscal year 2019; 86% of whom had criminal records.
He has done more than all presidents combined to expose and stop child sex trafficking.
By executive order Trump declared it a national emergency Dec. 21, 2017. Just last year Immigration and Custom Enforcement arrested 2,197 criminals associated with human trafficking and freed 428 victims. To encourage other countries to meet more strident standards eliminating trafficking, he signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
He destroyed 100% of ISIS caliphate.
So Trump haters, you have been wrong on most everything the last three years. I too criticize Trump in print occasionally, but isn’t it time to notice that he has been one of our best presidents and lay down your hate and arms? Others think so, his rallies now comprise 20% Democrats.
Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and to applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, visit https://www.LibertyUnderFire.org.