Evaluating Trump’s Presidency
But here we are, four years later, and I think I’m going to vote for Trump. I cannot go into a long discussion about everything that follows, but when it comes to the Trump administration in terms of polices, here is my evaluation, both pros and cons. Obviously, this will not be comprehensive, but these are the things that stood out to me. This will be the only election we’ll be able to say, “Hindsight is 2020,” so here goes. First, the cons:
- Much of Trump’s rhetoric and tweeting has been sophomoric at best and divisive and poisonous at worst. It has been positively un-presidential. That being said, I’ve felt that the rhetoric coming from the Democrats has been just as divisive and poisonous as well. Basically, I hate Trump’s rhetoric, but the Democrats are no better.
- When it came to the issue of dealing with the border situation, I did not like his decision to separate children from their parents who crossed the border illegally. I fully acknowledge that the overall situation at the border and our immigration policy in general has been broken for years and without Congress getting a spine and actually tackling the problem, it was a lose-lose situation. But that move was not good. At least the administration backed off that decision when the country objected.
- I really hate the soaring national debt–I don’t think either party has the guts to get that under control, though.
Now the pros:
- Prison reform and the First Step Act, both of which began to rectify the mass incarceration of black men, which had been the result of the Crime Bill of 1994, the one, ironically, that Joe Biden had been instrumental in writing and passing.
- Long-term funding for historically black colleges.
- America has become energy independent, so we are not dependent on other countries for our energy.
- Up until the Covid-19 crisis, record unemployment across the board, especially for minorities.
- The median family income for middle-class families rose by $6,000 and worker wages began to increase for the first time in years.
- He ended NAFTA and reworked the USMCA trade deal.
- He confronted China’s cheating in trade and stealing of intellectual property.
- He defeated the ISIS caliphate and killed its leader, Al-Baghdadi.
- He killed the Iranian general and terrorist Soleimani.
- The three SCOTUS picks he made are all well-qualified and outstanding justices. Regardless if one is upset over the circumstances of Amy Coney Barrett, I don’t think anyone can say she isn’t immensely qualified.
- And oh, numerous Middle Eastern countries are signing peace treaties with Israel.
Regardless what one thinks of Trump himself, let’s admit it, any administration would be elated to be able to check all those off as accomplishments. Quite frankly, I have been legitimately shocked at the things this administration has gotten done. But I’m going to give credit to where credit is due.
…Trump, just like every other president, should be evaluated on his job performance. I did not like him at all in 2016 and was convinced he’d screw things up so much that he wouldn’t survive his first term. Although I still don’t like much of his rhetoric, the fact is, when it comes to policies and accomplishments, he has surprised me. That has not been the deciding factor, though, in my decision to vote for him this time. The deciding factor has more to do with what I’ve seen transpire with the Democrats and the mainstream media. To put it in the kindest terms, I have not been impressed…at all.
By the standards of the Bible, Trump is a horrible human being. His worldview consists of one thing: “What is best for ME?” He is a prolific liar. He is dishonest. He is mean and abusive. He disrespects women at every turn. Would you want your child to emulate Donald Trump? Of course not.
“But he has done so much good”, you say.
But what about what he is doing to the institution of the presidency? He behaves like a dictator. He is destroying our intelligence services. He uses his attorney general as his own attorney. He cozies up to and praises brutal dictators. How would you feel if a Democrat did the same thing? You would be outraged! Admit it.
Joe Biden is not a member of the Radical Left. We moderate Democrats, who still represent the majority of the Democrat party, stopped the Radical Left from taking over the party. Joe Biden will govern as a centrist. He will not turn the country into Venezuela or some other socialist country.
No, Trump is not Stalin. But he IS a threat to our democratic values as a nation. Imagine what Trump will do to the institutions of government when he no longer has to worry about re-election. His dishonest, amoral behavior will be unchecked.
We Democrats gave the American people a moderate alternative to Trump. We did not give you Bernie Sanders. Biden is a compassionate, good man with a long history of consensus building and centrist policies. He will restore common decency to the presidency. He will attempt to heal the wounds of division not blatantly attempt to stoke division.
If you are a Christian, ask yourself this question: Who would Jesus vote for if he were an American citizen? Do you really believe he would vote for such an immoral, mean-spirited man as Trump?
For the sake of America and your children, vote Biden!
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