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Hope and Change: The Audacity of Trump

President Donald Trump at NATO summit hope chance audacity

America Got What It Needed

Hope and change have finally come to the United States; this audacious change is something people can honestly believe in. It has been brought by President Donald J. Trump and his MAGA mission.

The word “change” is nothing new to American politics. The only thing about the word that takes one by complete surprise is when the promised change actually happens. The last two presidents have been responsible for some of the most dramatic and sweeping changes in American history; from 2001 to 2016, the American people learned- not only is change possible when a President sets a mind to it, but also, not all change is good. In fact, some of it can be pretty awful.

Obama’s Hope and Change

Back in 2008, President Obama promised that “change is coming to America.” Little did many know that the change he would bring looked a lot like the change an iceberg brought to the Titanic. The most damaging change Obama inflicted on the American public was the astonishing number of people who dropped out of the workforce. “Dropped out,” in this case, does not mean a blue-collar rapture, or everyone who built things in America spontaneously combusted.

“Dropped out” means the jobs they were doing disappeared from the domestic employment landscape. When asked about the exodus of American manufacturing jobs, during a 2016 town hall, Obama calmly pronounced that, “some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back.” Change, in the Obama worldview, meant fostering the worst economic environment since the voters handed the reigns of the world’s largest economy over to a peanut farmer.

As millions of jobs disappeared in a poof of liberalism, under the guise of, “hope and change,” questions arose. What will become of the people who used to work those jobs? They still have to eat, right? The hopey/changey solution made them unwilling wards of a socialist, progressive, nanny state. This is why food stamp enrollment, (S.N.A.P. program), grew to record levels during the Obama administration. This was not the change most working folks were expecting. The profound change that happened was that breadwinners became welfare cheese recipients.

Obama’s change did not stop there. Other changes happened under Obama’s administration- the vilifying of police as “racists,” weaponizing the IRS to punish enemies of the left, and raising the corporate tax rate until it was a job-killing, “highest in the world.” Not to mention what life was like for a rodeo clown with a penchant for political satire, or a baker with mainstream Christian views and belief in our freedom of religion.

While people can agree this all qualifies as “change,” none of it appears to be very hopeful. The people who enthusiastically got behind it as, “something we all can believe in,” are either happy recipients of handouts, progressive zealots, or perhaps someone who may recreationally eat lead paint chips and wash it down with bleach.

Trump’s Hope and Change

Pointing out the facts of the previous administration is meant to provide a contrast between false hope, and the substantive changes Americans are now enjoying. If the job of a President is to protect the country and make the lives of its citizens better, the Trump administration is well on its way to mission accomplished.

By every impartial metric that matters, President Trump has been a runaway success up to this point. Most working people have more money in their pockets, thanks to the recent tax cut bill. While Obama declared the death of manufacturing jobs, once the corporate tax rate was reduced, and burdensome regulations were wiped out, they are now back. Is it that magic wand Obama suggested that Trump needed to bring back jobs?

Enrollment in social programs took a steep drop once Trumponomics began to take hold. The labor participation rate is as good as it has been since the boom under President Bush. With the change of employment status for so many, once out of work Americans, they no longer require welfare. Minority unemployment is also at the lowest it has been in recorded history.

Along with more jobs, a growing economy, soaring consumer confidence, and more money in people’s hands, the security of the nation has not been ignored. While negotiations with North Korea are still ongoing, and knowing the direction can always turn sour thanks to whatever goblins may whisper into Kim Jong Un’s ear, the little ‘Rocket Man’ has not shot a missile in the general direction of Japan or any other U.S. ally lately. To name another hopeful change because of President Trump, North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a nuclear test site.

More hopeful change is happening on the Southern border. It is finally getting the attention it needs; it has long been a floodgate for criminal illegal aliens, and future fraudulent Democrat voters. Hopefully soon, it will have a promised wall.

For those who longed for hope and change, it is indeed here now with a growing economy, increased safety measures, high consumer confidence and more jobs. Once people allow themselves to get past the media noise and faux-hysteria, it is clear who has boldly brought real hope and change to America: President Donald J. Trump.

Brian James / Writer

Brian James grew up just out of bullet range of Detroit. He was raised on the work of Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, and Snorri Sturluson. Eventually, he went on to college where he majored in History. While he never realized his dream to become a heavier version of Indiana Jones, he did wind up writing for a number of magazines, newspapers, websites, and Fortune 500 companies. Politically he is a constitutional purist who believes in life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the idea that anti-American “progressives” should be waterboarded with their own tears until they start thinking right.
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  1. "Once people allow themselves to get past the media noise and faux-hysteria, it is clear who has boldly brought real hope and change to America: President Donald J. Trump."

    Good article!

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