A Critical Look at the First One-Hundred Days of Donald Trump
By Scott Michael Rohter, April 2017
Not many people supported Donald Trump more than I did. My article Born Near the USA, but Not Near Enough to be President of the USA received more than 22,000 views on Facebook during the Republican Primary and it helped him defeat Ted Cruz and win the Republican nomination for President. Not many political commentators ever get that many views on one of their articles, but I did. My song of the same name which is a parody on the Bruce Springsteen hit BORN IN THE USA has been heard by almost ten thousand people on YouTube. There are two different versions of this song which I wrote and recorded at my own expense so I have earned the right to criticize the man I supported and voted for President.
I have the right to criticize the President when he is wrong, and so do you. If we don’t criticize him when he is wrong then how will he know that he is wrong? If conservatives don’t hold Donald Trump accountable then how can we get him to keep any of his campaign promises? He listens to Democrats when they criticize him. That is what worries me, and this is precisely why we conservatives should criticize him when he is wrong… so he will listen to us too.
We not only have the right to criticize our President … It is our solemn responsibility as citizens to criticize him when he is wrong. That is how this representative republic actually works. Our country isn’t going to fall apart just because of a little constructive criticism.
Donald Trump is a big man with broad shoulders. He can take a little healthy criticism from his friends. I am much more worried about the criticism he receives from his enemies because he actually seems to be listening to it. I don’t think many of his supporters want to criticize him at all because if they do they think they are betraying him. On the contrary if they don’t criticize him they are just enabling him to make more mistakes.
I have lost over 200 friends on Fakebook since I said that attacking another country without a Congressional Declaration of War doesn’t make America great again. If that is making America great again then I don’t want any part of it.
The first hundred days of Donald Trump’s Presidency has been a rather mixed bag. It is true that he did appoint Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Scalia who will be sorely missed, and his appointment has been confirmed by the United States Senate in spite of the fact that not a single Democrat voted for him, but that probably had a lot more to do with Mitch McConnell then it did with Donald Trump. Appointing McConnell’s wife to be his Secretary of Transportation was probably one of the smartest things that Donald Trump has done so far. It had a lot to do with persuading Mitch McConnell to use the nuclear option to get Gorsuch confirmed. I am grateful for the appointment of a conservative to replace Justice Scalia, but let’s wait and see how he actually rules on some things first before we rush to lionize the guy.. He could actually turn out to be another John Roberts for all we know.
There are a lot of other things that concern me more right now than Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and they should concern you too…During the campaign Donald Trump promised to put America first, but since his election he has been putting just about everything else first, ahead of America. He has put attacking Syria first. He has put dealing with the little dictator in North Korea first. Neither of these two countries poses an actual threat to the United States of America.
He has put taking in 1200 unwanted Muslim refugees from Australia first. How does that make America safe again? He has put all of these other things ahead of putting America first again. He is putting the War in Syria ahead of the war on the Constitution, ahead of the war on States rights, and ahead of the Justice Department’s own war on the family of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. They are still in jail and Ammon and Ryan have been in solitary confinement for over a month. Fifteen months behind bars and the last month has been spent in solitary confinement. Donald Trump fired fifty United States Attorneys but he did not fire Billy Williams, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon who is responsible for prosecuting Ammon and Ryan Bundy. It doesn’t seem to make any difference who is charge of the Justice Department whether it is Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions or Barack Obama and Loretta Lynch.
Donald Trump is putting Japanese, South Korean, and Taiwanese interests ahead of American interests. That is contrary to what he said he was going to do. We have no business attacking another country without a Congressional Declaration of War.. I know that if another country attacked one of our military bases anywhere on the planet we would definitely consider that to be an Act of War.
North Korea has been trying to develop its nuclear capabilities for a long time… It poses more of a threat to Japan and South Korea than it does to the United States of America. We have 50,000 troops stationed in South Korea, but so far the little dictator in the North hasn’t done anything at all to hurt any of them. The problem he poses doesn’t rise to the level of an all-out war with Russia and China over his nuclear ambitions so I think he can take a number and wait in line. America is supposed to come first. At least that is what I thought when I voted for Donald Trump.
The deal that Barack Obama made with Australia which President Trump just agreed to honor contrary to what he told us during the campaign is to take in 1200 unwanted Muslim refugees which the Australian government does not want to do. It is a bad deal for America. How does taking in 1200 Muslim refugees who pose a potential terrorist threat to our country make America safe again? If that is the price of Australia’s friendship tell them to find another patsy.
What has happened to Donald Trump since he became President? Has someone showed him his own suicide note? Our great deal maker who criticized all of the bad deals made by past Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama now seems to have lost his ability to tell a good deal from a bad one after only three months in the Oval Office.. Trump has become a great shpiel maker instead of a great deal maker.
Here is just a partial record of Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office. You may not like what I am about to tell you, but it is the truth:
Before Donald Trump became President he said that NATO was obsolete. Now he says that NATO is not obsolete.
Before he became President Donald Trump said that it would be a good thing if the United States and Russia could work together to eradicate ISIS. He said that it was not our job to tell the Syrians who their President should be, but after he became President he attacked a Syrian government Air Force Base and sent his Secretary of State to Moscow to talk tough to the Russians. Now he says that Assad must go. Before the election he said that he would not push for regime change in Syria. Now he is pushing for regime change in Syria. Instead of repairing our frayed relationship with Russia our relations with Russia are at an all-time low. That is the conclusion of both the Russian Prime Minister, Dimitry Medvedev and senior members of the Trump Administration.
Before he became President Donald Trump promised to repeal ObamaCare. It was going to be his top priority, but his unwillingness to listen to conservatives in his own Party, and Paul Ryan’s inability to work together with members of the House Republican Freedom Caucus has resulted in absolutely nothing getting done in the first hundred days. Trump is probably the main reason for that… the main reason that his own effort to repeal ObamaCare did not have the necessary votes to pass Congress.
Before he became President Donald Trump tried to curry favor with conservatives, but since he became President he has attacked members of the House Republican Freedom Caucus and blamed them for the failure to repeal ObamaCare.
Before he became President Donald Trump talked tough to members of the Democratic Party. That included Hillary Clinton to whom he said during one Presidential Debate that, “If I were President you would be in jail.” That was good political theatre, but it is obvious that he didn’t actually mean what he said. She is not in jail… She is not even being investigated. He has dropped any plans to investigate her and prosecute her. How many other campaign promises did he make that he has absolutely no intention of keeping? I am beginning to wonder, but I don’t want to find out. That’s why we should be criticizing him. If he listens to criticism from his enemies and his supporters don’t start criticize him when he is wrong what do you think we are going to wind up with?
His latest executive order to withhold federal funds from so called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials has also been blocked by another federal district judge just like his travel ban. When did the United States of America become a judicial tyranny? Instead of telling the judge to pound sand and enforce his own damn order I expect that “Flipper” will just cave again to Democrat pressure and perform exactly as expected.
While he talked tough to Democrats during the campaign, after the election was over he has caved time and time again to pressure from the Left. He fired General Kelly to appease the Democrats. They were just furious that a Democrat was one of Trumps key foreign policy advisors during the campaign and helped him get elected.
Donald Trump caved to pressure from liberal judges and decided not to implement his travel ban while it works its way up through the court system. He removed Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. The Left is out to get just about everyone in the Trump Administration. They went after Kelly Ann Conway for her remark about buying Ivanka’s merchandise when some national department store chains dropped her line of clothing.. They want Ivanka to divest herself of her fashion clothing business in order to remain on as a key advisor to her father… They are now targeting another top advisor to the President, Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Every time Donald Trump yields to pressure from the Left and throws them a bone they want another one. They will not stop until they destroy his Presidency. Everything they are doing is just an attempt to retake the House and the Senate in 2018. This is just the opening salvo in the midterm elections.
During the Primary Donald Trump referred to Marco Rubio as a “choke artist”, but it looks to me like Donald Trump is the real choke artist. I think he should stop acting like a lamb and start acting more like a lion here at home instead of abroad.. America’s real problems are not overseas. They are right here at home.