Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has been the most impactful president since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
When it comes to politics, James Carville and Paul Begala taught us that “its the economy stupid.”
By those metrics Donald Trump leaves George W. Bush and Barack Obama standing still. Under both presidents the rich got richer and the poor got poorer with a rigged, crony capitalism, system in place.
Now, in one year, we have 1.7 million new jobs.
Unemployment is at the lowest in 17 years.
The stock market has broken records 80 times in one year.
We have a reformed the tax code. It was Ronald Reagan’s stellar achievement but it took him 5 years and a massive re-election landslide to get it.
And the list goes on.
We are becoming energy independent. Both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter would have given their right arms for that. It was considered an impossible prospect in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Illegal immigration has dropped like a rock.
Isis has been driven out of its cities and wiped off the maps of the Middle East
Trump has transformed the judiciary, not only the Supreme Court but 12 circuit judges, the most in a first year in American history. It is not as easy as it looks. I worked for a president whose first pick was an ideological disaster.
So it has been a spectacular, breathtaking year.
Of course, you wouldn’t know it if you depended on the corporate, Democratic news machine. One study shows that 90% of media stories are attacks on Donald Trump.
And all of this is coming at a time when the corporate, Democratic, media is losing its power, its stranglehold, on the American people. We now have options, Twitter, Live Streaming and YouTube. As their audience shrinks, the corporate media have become increasingly desperate and shrill. But the more they demand control, the more their audiences turn them off.
Ginned up scandals have not worked. Lord Melbourne once observed, “The problem with a scandal is that sometimes the mud gets on the wrong person.”
Attempts by the media to create an issue out of “Russian collusion” has resulted in more intense examination of the Clinton years and now, unbelievably, the role of Jill Stein.
The idea of obstruction of justice has led to revelations about a politicized FBI. When I dared to mention Andrew McCabe on CNN last May, I was banned from the network. But finally, this week, the Congress called him in to testify under oath.
The campaign against sexual assault has led to calls to revisit Bill Clinton’s untouched list of women and now the Lisa Bloom scandal, with women receiving money to attack Trump. If the Democratic Party, with their allies in Hollywood, actually become the party of moral values, it will be the equivalent of a triple axel, triple toe move by an Olympic skater.
Sometimes the media narrative is immediately discredited. All the networks proclaimed that Trump’s tax reform would result in companies paying off debt and awarding their executives big bonuses. None of it, they said, would reach the common man. But immediately after the measure passed AT & T and Comcast announced $1,000 bonuses to all employees.
Nevertheless, the media’s relentless attacks have taken their toll. As they carefully point out, Trump’s year end approval rating is the lowest for the last month of the first year in office since Eisenhower. But even then they cherry pick their dates and numbers, like a good high school debater.
To give you a better guide, Trump’s lowest rate has been 33%. Harry Truman dipped to 22%, Richard Nixon 24%, George W. Bush 25%, Jimmy Carter 28%, George H.W. Bush 29% and both Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, both, reached 35%.
But yes, Donald Trump is vulnerable. He is disrupting years of bi-partisan corruption on Capitol Hill. It has been a rigged system. So he has critics and enemies in both political parties, not to mention the board rooms of some of America’s biggest companies.
It is all moving toward the 2018 elections and an attempt by the media to take back the election they lost to a wayward and willful electorate, who dared to defy them.
The Democrats will be trying for impeachment. If they win enough seats in the House of Representatives they will be able to do it. And if they win enough seats in the Senate they will be able to convict Donald Trump and remove him from office.
Contrary to what many Americans may think, they do not need evidence of Russian collusion or obstruction of justice or any other crime. They only need the votes.
We are in for a year of high drama. Fasten your seat belts.