MR. PRESIDENT, I’M EXPERIENCING AN INCREASING LEVEL OF ANXIETY…

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When Donald Trump first announced he was running for president I must admit that I never really thought he stood much chance of actually winning.  But I do remember thinking that at least he would make things interesting.  And then as the campaign progressed and candidates dropped by the wayside, while I started to pay him a bit more attention, I still thought that he would likely flameout before ever getting to the finish line.  And finally when it came down to just Trump and Cruz, I tended to side with Cruz, because my main issue with Trump was the question of ‘trust.’  But when Cruz finally dropped out, and Trump became, essentially, the last man standing, I was left with a decision to make.  I knew I was going to vote, staying home on Election Day simply wasn’t an option for me.  And there was no way I was going to be voting for Hitlery or that boob Gary Johnson.  And left me with just one option.  So it was then that I became somewhat of a reluctant passenger on the “Trump Train.”  But still, even then, I had that little voice in the back of my head asking me, “But can you trust him?”

And so, even while listening to that little voice, and praying to God I was doing the right thing, I went off to the polls and I voted for Trump.  And I will admit, that when looking at the alternative, I genuinely hoped he would win.  Because I felt, as I have said before, that Trump on his worst day as president would still be a better president than Hitlery on her best day.  I watched Trump’s inauguration speech and I while thought it was good speech I was more interested in seeing what he would do to follow up on it.  So I watched as things progressed through his first 100 days, and while there were plenty of peaks, there were also some valleys that appeared, and even though I saw them as being fewer in number, cumulatively they were more concerning to me.  I had hoped that on his first day in office he would have summoned the congressional leadership teams from both parties to the White House to ‘discuss’ his expectations going forward.  And I thought he could have been a bit more aggressive regarding the ‘discussions’ on repealing and replacing Obamacare.  He wasn’t and real progress has yet to be made.

Which brings me to the latest issue causing me some level of angst, which is the spending bill.  To say that I am disappointed would be quite the understatement.  And while I applauded Trump’s skipping of the White House correspondents dinner, he’s going to need to do much more than to make speeches during which he talks about doing great things, chief among them the building of “The Wall.”  President Trump has already indicated that he intends to sign this new budget agreement, despite growing dissent from his base that Congressional Republicans once again caved on important conservative priorities.  After an agreement was reached, Democrats crowed that they were able to save funding for Planned Parenthood and block funding for the wall, despite Trump’s campaign promises.  Trump admitted there were not any dramatic cuts, and that it still funded Planned Parenthood in the agreement, but seemed optimistic that he could fight those battles in the future.  And it was again that I heard that little voice.  And all I could do was to shake my head.

Trump blamed Democrats for being “obstructionists” in the process, indicating he was not looking for a showdown over government shutdown in the first months of his presidency.  He said, “Look, the Democrats are obstructionists; that’s all they can do is obstruct. They have no leadership. And we have to agree, and I think both — both sides agree, we have to keep government going, we don’t want to shut government.”  Now he can complain about the Democrats until the cows come home, but that will do nothing to instill any level of confidence in those who continue to support him, which I still do.  Because all I could think of was how it was that he got rolled and our RINO Republicans simply folded, again.  They ended up with nothing, really.  And I also had to admit that it was all kind of embarrassing. And not just for Trump or the congressional Republicans, but for everyone who voted for them.  This ‘budget’, if you can call it that, was nothing short of a total loss for those of us seeking nothing less than successfully getting our country back on track and headed in the right direction.

I used to pay a bit more attention to Charles Krauthammer than I do these days, before he became such an obvious ‘Never Trumper’.  But I kind of had to agree with his assessment of this recent budget disaster.  Because it was when discussing it that he said, “I understand the strategic idea, we’re halfway through the year, only a few months left, this has all been negotiated in the past. You save your fire for September when you do next year. That’s what they say every time. They save their fire, and they don’t use it the next time. Now, Trump has been wonderful, I think, in sort of throwing out a lot of ideas, starting with the gas tax. The Kim idea wasn’t a great idea, but there’s no denying the fact that this was not a win. He was not the winner he said he was or negotiator. This is a total loss.”  And I had to admit that he was right.  There is absolutely no way you can look at this, if you are a conservative, and make the claim that it is in ANY way a victory.  No way at all.  So the little voice that I’ve been forced to contend with got just a little bit louder over the course of the last week.

I did not vote for Trump only to have him compromise with the RINOS and the Democrats.  I voted for him to come in and kick some ass.  Instead, once again Republicans gave the Democrats everything they wanted and I’m sure they had quite the party afterward.  Planned Parenthood, funded.  Sanctuary cities, funded.  All government agencies, funded.  And, wait for it…NO MONEY to begin the wall!   It even has language that prohibits money from being used for a permanent wall or any part of its planning.  The closest thing the money can be used for is for fixing that border fencing.  We gave Republicans everything and still they continue to cave to the left like good little lapdogs. Democrats could not have gotten a better budget with Hitlery as president.  This spending bill should be vetoed.  Period!  This monstrosity is simply a giant FU to those who voted for Trump.  The Republicans in Congress have continually stabbed us in the back going all the way back to 2010 election.  We should have expected nothing less after the 2016 election!  And if Trump signs this bill, he’s telling all of us that he’s willing to go along with them.

IN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS, IS IT EVER TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING AHEAD???

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Despite the fact that I was more than a little hesitant about even bringing this up, since it is just now that I finally consider myself as being recovered from the political overload created by our most recent, is it really ever too early to start looking ahead, especially in this day and age.  You see, despite the fact that we are just a little over a month into our new administration, names are already being mentioned, on the part of the Democrat Party, regarding who it is that President Trump could possibly be facing come 2020.  And one of those being mentioned, and very prominently so, as being the possible standard-bearer for the Democrat Party in the 2020 presidential contest, is none other than Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren.  And while I freely admit that it is way too early to be discussing such political hypotheticals, there is also no sense in waiting until the last minute.

It was a Morning Consult poll released just this past Wednesday that showed President Donald Trump, at least at this stage, beating Democrat Sen. Warren in a hypothetical 2020 presidential election matchup.  A little over a month since President Trump took office, it would seem than at least some in the state-controlled media are already looking ahead to the next presidential election.  Asked if “President Donald Trump runs for re-election in the year 2020, do you think you will probably vote for President Trump or probably vote for the Democratic candidate,” 43 percent of those polled said they would probably vote for the generic Democrat, while 35 percent would vote for Trump. Another 23 percent weren’t sure.  Pitted against Warren, 42 percent said they would support Trump, compared to 36 percent for Warren. Twenty-two percent weren’t sure or had no opinion.

But look, I am far from being a big believer in polls, and frankly I’m not at all sure how much attention, from either side, this poll deserves.  What I do know though, is that a lot can change in the three and a half years.  For one thing, Warren could lose re-election, she’s currently trailing in most polls, which could affect whether she would even be a candidate in 2020, and for another President Trump could continue to make good on his campaign promises and therefore create an even wider gap between himself and an ANY potential Democrat rival.  And we also need to keep in mind that we still have holdovers from Barry’s tenure, that Trump has not yet been able to weed out, who are working very hard to sabotage him. If the resistance he is getting from the elite and establishment does not scream to you that we have almost lost our country, you are not American enough to vote.

These un-elected bureaucrats are busying sabotaging President Trump in much the same way that holdovers from ‘Slick Willy’ Clinton did with George W. Bush.  It’s not necessarily the person in the top position who does it, instead it’s some slimy assistant or other underling who tasked with whatever sabotage it is that can be committed in the more untraceable manner.   Sadly, Washington is infested with these kinds of people, and they are, quite literally, everywhere from the Pentagon, to the State Department, the Justice Department, everywhere, and there are layers upon layers, of them hence the difficulty President Trump will have in draining the swamp.  President Trump is going to require plenty of help, with step one being the immediate firing of anyone who was put into their position by either Barry “Almighty” himself or by someone who put into their position by Barry.

If President Trump, again in looking four years ahead, hopes to have any chance of defeating whoever it is that the Democrats may decide to throw up against him, there are more than a few very important agenda, even crucial, items on his ‘Presidential Things To Do’ list.  First and foremost he must undertake every possible measure to root out any and all of these potential saboteurs who are currently so preoccupied with trying to take him down, he must coerce, if necessary, our current RINO leadership in Congress to get done those things he not only wants, but needs, to get done and he will need to keep at least most of the promises that he made to those people who voted for him.  And while it’s not an easy task by any means, President Trump will need to be up to the challenge if he was serious when he said his desire was nothing less than to “Make America Great Again!”