When America’s Electoral College cast the winning votes for Donald Trump in 2016, Hillary Clinton lost the only trial she may ever face for official misconduct.
Hillary and former-President Bill Clinton bent rules and disregarded legal niceties for decades. The Clintons aren’t alone, though. Many Washington elites conduct themselves as if they’re above the law.
People noticed. By 2016, America had a bellyful of Washington’s impropriety and dereliction.
America’s worst-ever political class – Democrats, Republicans, bureaucrats and media – created an opening for an imperfect outsider, then, recognizing its peril, united in attempts to destroy the president their incompetence and malfeasance made possible.
In office, Donald Trump has tried to make Washington understand and deal honestly with the righteous outrage of Americans across the political spectrum.
Mr. Trump does threaten official Washington’s business as usual, but so do the millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump, for third-party candidates, and, during 2016 and 2020 primaries, for Senator Bernie Sanders.
In both primaries, insider Democrats conspired to deny Sanders their party’s nomination, then force-fed Bernie’s energized supporters establishment corruptocrats. This time, it’s former senator and Vice-President Joe Biden’s years of political payola and personal/family access/influence peddling that make Donald Trump’s imperfections appear trivial.
Hidebound establishmentarians in both parties ignore three fundamental truths: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are merely symptoms; Washington’s incestuous political/bureaucrat/lobbyist/media class is the disease; and, in 2016, Americans elected a president they hoped might provide a cure.
President Trump kept campaign promises despite constant, relentless attacks from media, congressional Democrats and their agency allies that included fruitless “investigations” and a baseless impeachment.
In three years, Mr. Trump’s policies created more than seven million new jobs, including repatriation of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs, primarily due to a statutory reduction of the corporate tax rate, regulatory reform, favorable renegotiation of trade agreements, and plentiful, affordable energy.
Unemployment, especially among women and among black, Hispanic and Asian minorities, hit record lows. Poverty dropped. Consumer and small business confidence reached record highs. So did the median household income.
Tax reform reduced rates for all taxpayers in 2017, nonetheless, job growth, higher wages and increased economic activity caused Treasury receipts to soar.
The historic tax legislation included new Opportunity Zone Incentives that attracted private investments exceeding $75 billion into 8700 low-income communities nationwide.
It took a 2020 global pandemic, a national shutdown and months of left-liberal urban violence to depress America’s economy to Obama/Biden levels. But, despite prolonged shutdowns in Democrat-controlled states, the economy is recovering.
Mr. Trump disengaged American troops from and launched no new futile foreign wars, convinced allies to increase defense spending, and advanced progress toward Middle East peace for which he’s received three 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
Social issue weren’t ignored. Mr. Trump was the first president to appear at the annual March for Life, and he authorized an American-led global effort to decriminalize homosexuality world-wide.
In 2018, President Trump signed a criminal justice reform bill to fix inequities in sentencing guidelines that disproportionately penalized young black Americans, and to establish rehabilitation programs that help former inmates rejoin society.
The president ordered a successful crackdown on human trafficking, and established a National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and rescue victims.
Conversely, Joe Biden’s personal history, public statements and campaign website inform voters that he will raise taxes, drive jobs offshore (again), urbanize suburbs, cripple energy production, superimpose single-payer government-run healthcare, support unrestricted abortion-on-demand, prohibit school choice, reopen borders, permit sanctuary cities, restrict Second Amendment rights, revive the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, and scuttle the growing Middle East peace.
Always ambitious, but never very smart, Biden has run away from the few sensible positions he once held simply to appease his party’s far-left wing. After spending 47 years in Washington discovering ways and helping to create problems, there is nothing to suggest that, suddenly, Biden knows how to fix any.
On November 3, then, will voters choose a quintessential swamp creature, a venal, cognitively-impaired, happy-talking, geriatric careerist covering for the left’s socialist agenda who will return America to the lassitude of the last administration and control of Washington to the arrogant political/bureaucratic elites who willfully violate the laws, regulations and constitutional norms that bind normal Americans?
Or will America set style and rhetoric aside, focus on results, and vote to continue an outsider’s largely-successful America/Americans First agenda that poses a mortal threat to Washington’s thoroughly-corrupt, comfortably-smug, self-entitled, globalist swamp-dwellers?