(I have just put up the video from my talk in Racine, Wisconsin on the Visit Videos link at the top. I particularly enjoyed this one because my two oldest grandkids, Mya and Camron, were there with me. The following article is not the meaty one I am working on, but a prelude to it.-CJ)
By Charlie Johnston
Donald Trump has had an amazing month. After stunning the establishment by winning the presidential election last month, his transition has been steady and quick to act. Despite the establishment press squealing that the transition was delayed and chaotic, Trump has acted more quickly and decisively than any incoming president-elect in my lifetime. (I guess for the press, waiting six weeks to make your first choice is being “deliberate” if you are a Democrat, but having it almost finished before six weeks is up is “delayed and chaotic” if you are a Republican).
The quality of Trump’s appointments is top-notch. Most of his appointees are solidly pro-life, but he has reached out to all elements of the Republican Party, uniting them with real enthusiasm. After a bitter election where establishment Republicans sometimes openly opposed him, Trump has shown a magnanimity to his opponents few expected. Even his new incoming White House counsel, Don McGahn, is a solid pro-lifer. Trump has done no
mealy-mouthing on his pledge to defund Planned Parenthood and make it stand on its own two feet instead of taking half a billion dollars out of taxpayers’ pockets each year. I am rather persuaded that his conversion to the pro-life cause is real and deep.
His deal to save the Indiana plant of Carrier Corp. sends a powerful message, saving 1,000 American jobs. It is particularly stark in contrast to President Obama last summer condescendingly telling Trump that there was no magic wand he could wave to save jobs – and that Americans were going to have to get used to the fact that those jobs are going away permanently. Trump didn’t need a magic wand; just a pen and a telephone. He can’t and won’t be able to do this every time – or even most times – but it sent a powerful message to average Americans in flyover country that they have an advocate coming in – and not someone who will tell them they are too stupid to understand that nothing can be done.
The establishment media told us the stock market would tank with a Trump victory. Instead, it has soared. Goldman Sachs put out a bullish report suggesting Trump will be good for almost all sectors of the economy.
The media and the foreign policy establishment are getting a case of the vapors over Trump’s talks with foreign leaders, particularly his call with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, arguing it is a great provocation to China. After eight years of leading from behind and allowing China to disrupt international shipping and passage in international waters by building artificial islands and claiming them as sovereign territory, this is a welcome rebuke to China, pulled off with a little finesse. The U.S. has managed little more than letters of protest as China has violated international law and menaced its neighbors in the South China Sea. Trump sent a shot across their bow by accepting the call from President Tsai. The last time the press and foreign policy establishment was in such horror at the clumsy, provocative antics of an incoming president it was to shriek what a dangerous, fumbling amateur Ronald Reagan was. The nervously timid press and foreign policy establishment can’t imagine there is any way to deal with bullies and tyrants other than weak-kneed appeasement and bowing.
The appointments of several solid generals to top positions in the administration signals to our military that they will be treated as soldiers once more, not as social workers. They will once again be able to play for the team they thought they signed up for in the first place. In his Victory Tour Thank You Rally in Cincinnati on Dec. 1, Trump reiterated his support for America’s police officers and its military.
The establishment media is doing its best to provoke a fight with Trump, failing to understand that the election was also a repudiation of its condescending hectoring of the public. Trump will love those fights, for they will cement the discrediting of the media altogether. The media loves to make mountains out of conservative molehills and molehills of progressive mountains. You can only get away with that when the folksies haven’t figured it out. The folksies have figured it out. The media might try reporting straight news even-handedly, at least if they are capable of it any more.
The unhinged left continues to attack, charging racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and whatever toxic “ism” it can pull from its near-exhausted shelf of insults to substitute for making an actual coherent argument. It is ludicrous that the party that calls Trump an existential threat still hasn’t finished lionizing the late Fidel Castro (who executed conservative and Christian dissidents) as a hero. Kind of shows what their actual values are. I would be glad that the left considers anti-Semitism a bad thing again, after nearly eight years undermining Israel and blaming “Jews” for every problem it doesn’t blame George W. Bush for, except that Democrats seem poised to elect Congressman Keith Ellison as their new party leader, despite his ties to the anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood and former ties to Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.
The virtue of last month’s election is that it showed large swaths of the country are no longer willing to be bullied about and condescended to. The virtue of the transition to this point has been that it has shown what real hope looks like for people who want to work and be left alone to practice their faith, raise their families safely, and defend their communities against terror. Such people would be peeved, indeed, if the unhinged left snatched that away from them.
America once had a sane left. It needs it again. The bully-boy left has been driving voters away from it for over a decade. Unfortunately, when it can’t get what it seeks at the ballot box, it often starts rioting and using raw force to get its way despite the public’s disapproval. The stakes are higher than ever after this election: allowing the results to stand strikes a death blow to the ambitions of European globalists and American “progressives.” I am not worried about recounts. If the globalist-progressive cult is developing any strategy to overturn election results, the recounts are just a magician’s distraction. Whether or not the cultural divisions in the west have become malignant will be the subject of my next column.
Less obvious (but more fundamental) is the question of whether the election results lead to Americans embracing a renewed commitment to being a moral and religious people. Our falling away from fundamental tenets of faith, honor and decency are what got us to this pass in the first place. Until that is renewed with vigorous commitment, any dawn is a false dawn merely delaying the inevitable collapse. But have no fear: this is the year of fulfillment – and God comes to reclaim His people, not to destroy us. In good times and in bad, remember to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you – and you will be a participant in the true dawn.