The venerable television anchor Lou Dobbs, in his new book published this week, The Trump Century, makes the passionate yet fact-packed argument that Donald Trump is one of the best presidents in U.S. history.
More importantly, Dobbs makes the convincing case that the huge changes President Trump has all but singlehandedly engineered will resound for decades to come, whether Americans re-elect him on Nov. 3 or bounce him from the White House.
Issues such as: China is the "real enemy," as Dobbs puts it in his book. Trade. Immigration. Open vs. controlled borders. Law and order. A pro-business bent vs. burdensome regulations. How to negotiate for peace in the Middle East. The fight against ISIS. Free speech vs. political correctness. Even a politician's speaking style — stentorian, stilted and all-teleprompter, or Trump's speaking to us as if we were friends having a few beers together.
I know this well, having assisted Dobbs in writing and editing his new book (we were colleagues at Fox Business Network.) Published by an imprint of HarperCollins (Broadside Books, $28.99.) I get no cut of sales.
In some quarters, alas, President Trump is one of the most virulently despised presidents ever to serve. But the haters rarely talk about his policies. Rather, they detest his personal style. They resent and decry the personal qualities in him which they fear in themselves: his outsized ego and braggadocio, his alacrity for bending the facts in his direction, his bent for bashing back bitterly against those who attacked him first.
This resentment makes them blind to the truth: this president has been right on most every major policy clash with the ultra-liberal Left and the one-sided mainstream media. As Dobbs points out in The Trump Century, the odds must be a million-to-one that a president could be right so many times in a row. Examples:
- The Trump Tariffs. Experts said they would crater the economy and spark a worldwide trade war. Wrong! Instead, U.S. growth accelerated, and the tariffs offered Trump a self-created cudgel to force China to sit down and renegotiate decades of unfair trade practices that cost several million U.S. jobs.
- Peace in the Middle East. Lions of the Old Guard, led by Obama-era Secretary of State and Iran lapdog John Kerry, said no solution would be reached without including the Palestinians at the center of everything. Wrong! As we see lately with Israel's signing the first Mideast treaty in a quarter-century with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with more to countries to come.
- Getting Tough on Iran. The media and the Democrats freaked out when President Trump pulled out of the Obama deal with Iran on nuclear weapons. And when Trump authorized the military to take out the Iranian chief of terrorism, as well as the head of ISIS. Some foes predicted a third World War. Wrong! The other day, the Iranian government offered a full prisoner exchange with the U.S. That is making peace rather than going to war.
- Pulling out of the Paris climate accords. The president's withdrawal would all but set the earth on fire, the media and their Dem allies insisted. Wrong! Last year, U.S. carbon emissions fell to low levels last seen in 1985, despite 35 years of industrial development.
- The "Muslim Travel Ban." The Trump haters called him a racist and a xenophobe (an empty charge leveled at him thousands of times.) They called his temporary order unconstitutional and predicted the U.S. would become a pariah in the world. Wrong! The Trump ban affected only half a dozen nations — of some 45 Muslim countries worldwide. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately upheld the president's right to impose this order.
- The U.S. Economy. The doubters insisted the eight years of poky growth in the Obama era were the New Normal. The U.S. was destined to be mired in 2%-at-best GDP growth. The manufacturing jobs we lost to overseas rivals were never coming back. Wrong! GDP growth grew almost 50% faster under Trump by his second year in office. Half a million manufacturing jobs returned, and more are on the way. Unemployment rates hit all-time lows for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women. In 2019, personal income rose almost 7% — the highest increase in 50 years of record-keeping.
In The Trump Century, Lou Dobbs offers a lot more evidence of this rather amazing record of presidential successes. Few opponents of President Trump may bother to read Lou's latest book; those who do will find it awfully difficult to argue with the facts and stats that he has laid down in the president's defense.
And for fans of the president: Read this book to learn the facts behind why your sentiments are entirely right.
Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York. Previously he was an anchor at CNBC and at Fox Business Network, after serving as a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal and managing editor of Forbes. He helped write "Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider on the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio," by Ed Butowsky, published in August 2019 by Post Hill Press. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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