Thus was my sentiment as I climbed aboard the Dreamweaver train Friday night. The hypocrite dial had been full-throttle all day long and I could bear it no more; it seems that the damage done to my respect for my friends and fellow countrymen pre-election was only the part of the tsunami where the water gets sucked out to sea and the beach becomes supremely still, when everyone is looking at one another feeling connected in the silence as it dawns on y’all what a bad idea it was to come to the beach.
It was with that mindset that I woke to find I had been tagged in the following post:
General poll to my Trump supporter friends & family:
1: are you happy with what he’s “done” in his first week
2. Do you honestly support it?
Lord have mercy.
What followed was surprisingly refreshing so I thought I would share.
I think that the premise of your question is part of the reason for the mood of the country. I was not a Trump supporter. Neither were almost 70% of Republican primary voters, however, the way that the left has behaved since the loss of the election has been so shockingly juvenile I can’t help but root for the man. The truth is, for us conservative types (Trump is not a conservative) the question came down to whether it was more important to vote against Clinton AND Trump or, more important to vote against Clinton and her leftist dogma. Obviously the latter won the day.
First it is important to note a key difference between Mr. Obama’s executive orders and what Mr. Trump has been doing. Obama was writing new laws via executive orders (or making changes to existing law – he made a number of changes to Obamacare with his pen, for example). Legislation is not the job of the president, it is the job of the Congress. The president doesn’t even have Line-Item Veto power, meaning, he cannot amend a law passed by Congress, he either signs or veto’s it. Obama overstepped his constitutional authority over and again and the pathetic Republicans in the Senate did nothing about it. When you enact laws, when you act outside of your enumerated powers by just the stroke of a pen they can be undone with the stroke of a pen. That is why you don’t want ANY president to do that. Those of us on the right find it pretty hypocritical to hear the caterwauling over federal overreach from the left now that it’s not their guy in office. It’s not a team sport. The same rules need to apply to both parties. Well, it is a team sport, it’s The People V. The Government and so far The Government is wiping the floor with us. The key difference is that Mr. Trump is not legislating with a pen. He is undoing unconstitutional actions of the former president and reinforcing existing laws. He is saying with his pen “go, do the job enforcing existing law”. Immigration for example. All of the laws surrounding migration and citizenship are on the books, it’s been the executive leadership that has precluded the enforcement of them. Our immigration system needs a major overhaul but that is not the job of the president. If the laws need to be changed it is up to the citizenry to elect people to Congress that will affect those laws under our system. For example, Congress already passed a law to build a barrier on our border – an example of a proper executive order would be to stipulate that the steel used in such a project be American made steel. Such an order forwards already existing – properly done – legislation.
I support our constitutional system. I believe in federalism. I believe that anything that removes power from the federal government and returns it to the states is a positive move in the direction of freedom. I believe that government is bad at almost everything and therefore should be very limited in its capacity to wield power. I think there is exists a large contingent of people out there who are wildly hypocritical and should spend some time thinking about why they think what they think. Why, for example, it is OK to force a Christian florist or baker out of business because they would prefer not to provide their service for a wedding, BUT, have no problem when designers refuse to dress the first lady, or they don’t bat an eye when musicians cancel their concert N. Carolina because of transgender bathroom laws?
Mr. Trump is a blunt instrument for sure but he is the result of Democrat rule. Mr. Obama reined over the biggest losses the Democrats have ever had – Republicans haven’t had all three branches since the 20’s – and over his term the Dem’s lost over 1000 seats nationwide. Republicans now hold the majority of governorships. I hope this will result in a more free country. I try not to listen to what he says because it is painful but, instead, look at what he does and so far? His appointments are really good. I think his ideas on trade are moronic and I hope he is able to learn from the very qualified people he is surrounding himself with that protectionism is not the way to run a healthy economy, that tariffs are stupid and trade deficits are what help the poorest people in our country live a better life than 95% of people in the world.
It is short sighted to make him the devil, the orange Hitler. He is going to do some good things and the American people who don’t follow politics will feel the effect of the good policies. If the left continues labeling him as Hitler etc. when he does good things will they be able to say, “Hitler DID do that well.”? No. They will be left with nowhere to go.
Thank you for asking the question. I appreciate that you are seeking understanding. XOXO
Thank you Stacy Manning. Very insightful & thorough as I anticipated it would be. I guess I’m asking more of an opinion tho….are you personally happy with what he’s done/said/how he’s portrayed himself/represented our country? That’s what I’m curious about.
I cannot understand the appeal of this man. I cannot fathom how we ended up here with Cruz as an option. So I think my opinion on whether he is appealing as a presidential figure is irrelevant. Do I agree with what he has done so far? Yes. I like when people deliver on their promises to their supporters, even if I don’t agree with them. I like integrity. What he says and how he comports himself? God help me no. It is interesting though, Obama sounded fabulous but his entire legacy, because he didn’t do it correctly, has been undone in a week. Conversely Trump, in all of his inelegant, unpolished, undisciplined ways, so far, is doing it correctly. We should judge by action and results, not intention and rhetoric. Even if you don’t agree with Trump it is important to hold everyone in power accountable to the rules. Not holding Obama accountable to the constraints of his office should be an important lesson to all Americans and I hope against hope that we return, collectively, to seeing big government as the anathema to freedom that it is.
A friend of hers responds:
Your friend Stacey made the most sense of anyone I have heard this year. But I’m curious why you (Stacey) thinks the appointments so far are good? Are you at all concerned about the radical and unsubstantiated position about the EPA and what it’s focus should be?
(Look. Someone who is not of my mindset politely responding and seeking more detail. For reals.)
Thank you namewithheld. Generally his appointments are Federalists, people who value the power of the states to make decisions for themselves, and are therefore anti-regulation. Regulators are ideologues wielding federal power against the people because they are not elected, but appointed, and thus they do not have to defend their actions to voters. I believe they are the most dangerous outcropping of too much federal power. The EPA has been abusive beyond belief and has done real damage to property rights in the name of environmentalism. Many rules are purposely written vaguely in order to empower individuals in power to abuse said rules. Even unintentional mistakes can, and have, been devastating to farmers, small businesses and the like. It’s always the little guys they ruin because big business can weather such storms. One story I read by Mark Stein (I wish I could find it – I’m sure I could if I had more time but you will get the gist) illustrates the evil of the EPA in which they declared tracks made by a farmers tractor which had filled in with rainwater A PROTECTED WETLAND. No kidding. It should be a joke but it’s not. These unelected people can levy fines without due process that many business cannot weather before they can even have their day in court. My husband worked with a man who owned a fleet of busses. He got into a regulation battle over the width of brake pads on the busses with the EPA – seriously – he was within the proper measurement but the unelected official decided he wasn’t far enough into the accepted measurement. In other words, the stated regulations were irrelevant to this official’s opinion of what they should be. What good are regulations if they are at the whim of an unelected official that has decided he hates you? This business owner ended up having to close his business and sell all of his coaches to fund the hundred’s of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees he incurred. The insult to this outrage? The court ruled in his favor but it was too late. He was bankrupt and out of business for complying with the law.
That is tyranny.
Too many abuses of the people, too much unchecked power makes anything good the EPA might do pale in comparison to real lives and livelihoods they are destroying. So, the pendulum is forced to swing.
At least that was the last of it as of this post.
Strangers were generous and kind. They praised my willingness to engage and one woman thanked me for being informed and thoughtful about my position. It was so dang adult of everyone involved and I feel like I participated in something good and right today. So much so I have decided that Facebook is on probation, not fired.