by Christopher Paslay
As folks like Megan Rapinoe, Colin Kaepernick, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez curse and stomp their feet in the corner, President Trump is reaching across the aisle and getting things done; enacted bills with bipartisan support are at a 20-year high.
Megan Rapinoe isn’t going to the “f**cking White House.” Colin Kaepernick, outraged by the hateful symbol otherwise known as the American flag, isn’t going to honor a country that made him a multimillionaire. And freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, well, she’s going to label everyone on planet earth a racist – including Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and all of the Democrat’s centrist “segregationists” – and when that’s done, she’s going to speak with NASA about looking for some racists on Mars, too.
That’s the behavior of the American Left. We’ve entered a hyper-politically correct age driven by divisive identity politics – where the content of a person’s character is secondary to their race, gender, and sexuality. Which means when liberals don’t get their way, they throw a temper tantrum like John McEnroe or Lou Piniella. They curse, pout, scream and hold their ears until the person they disagree with grows tired of trying to reason with them. When that doesn’t work, they start using the failsafe words: racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, xenophobe, and the hottest new phobia, straight out of Frankenstein’s linguistic laboratory, transphobe.
And what is President Trump doing while all this nonsense is happening? While AOC is screaming at the border about policies that existed since President Clinton and passing around pictures of caged children taken during Obama’s presidency? Why, Trump is getting things done, that’s what. Lots of things, in fact. And not just ramming legislation down everyone’s throats, either. He’s reaching across the aisle and coming together with his political opponents and finding common ground.
According to the Pew Research Center, “Between its inception in January 2017 and its final day on Jan. 3, the GOP-led 115th Congress enacted 442 public laws, the most since the 110th Congress (2007-09).” And most notably, almost 70 percent of these bills were bipartisan, the most in 20 years. As noted by Pew Research:
Perhaps its most significant law was the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017. Besides reducing income taxes on individuals and businesses, the law repealed the tax intended to enforce the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans carry health insurance.
Other major legislation, much of it passed with bipartisan support, included the First Step Act, an overhaul of the federal criminal justice system; a new five-year farm bill; a law intended to address the opioid crisis by, among other things, expanding the availability of addiction treatment; the Music Modernization Act, which rewrote music copyright and royalty rules for the digital age; a sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea; a bill overhauling and extending veterans’ educational benefits; and the first comprehensive NASA authorization bill in more than six years.
On the international front, Trump has also been working his magic on foreign policy. As reported by The Hill:
On the biggest stage, he excoriates our NATO allies and yet comes home with a larger NATO budget and an unprecedented visit from the European Union (EU) to seriously negotiate a trade deal. He pulls the same stunt with Canada and Mexico, with similar results. But that, of course, is not the trick. The real stunt is that he then begins to negotiate a much more important deal with China without needing to watch his back from Europe, Canada and Mexico.
And the economy, according to the Wall Street Journal:
“The job market doesn’t get much better than this. The U.S. economy has added jobs for 100 consecutive months. Unemployment recently touched its lowest level in 49 years. Workers are so scarce that, in many parts of the country, low-skill jobs are being handed out to pretty much anyone willing to take them—and high-skilled workers are in even shorter supply. All sorts of people who have previously had trouble landing a job are now finding work. Racial minorities, those with less education and people working in the lowest-paying jobs are getting bigger pay raises and, in many cases, experiencing the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for their groups.”
Today, the stock market reached an all-time high, closing above 27,000 for the first time ever. In short, Trump is getting things done. Ironically, the so-called “divisive” president is making deals and finding common ground. And he’s doing it despite the histrionics of outraged liberals like Rapinoe, Kaepernick, and the teary-eyed AOC.