The fundamental question of this election is do we really want Obama’s third term? Do we really want a president who will push Obama’s agenda even further to the left?
In 2008, America was facing a terrible economic downturn. Does anyone really believe that Obama’s trillion dollar “shovel ready” public works, gave America anything close to a real recovery? Does anyone really think the unemployment numbers are more relevant than the record number of Americans no longer in the workforce? Does anyone really believe that America’s anemic recovery is the new normal?
Hillary supporters are people who think they and their fellow citizens are economically better off today than 2008. Trump’s message is that America must end the regulations and taxes that have crushed its economy.
In 2008, Americans enjoyed one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Does anyone really like their current health plan? Do Americans like paying ever higher premiums and higher deductibles? Are Americans ready for a completely national healthcare system like Canada or England?
In 2008, America was the world leader. Do Americans like the fact that Russia is challenging the U.S., and poses more of a threat, now than at any time since the USSR fell in 1991? Are Americans willing to watch China consolidate its hegemony in Asia? Are Americans willing to remain silent as China peels away U.S. allies, like the Philippines, while extending its reach throughout Africa and Central America?
In 2008, the Middle East was dangerous, but at least the major extremist forces were contained. Are Americans willing to overlook Obama’s refusal to help liberal democratic forces in Iran (the Green Revolution) in 2009 in order to promote Iranian ascendancy ever since? Are Americans passively accepting that the “Arab Spring” brought peace and freedom to the region? Are Americans willing to applaud Hillary for her tearing apart Libya, Syria, and Iraq during her time as secretary of state? Are Jewish Americans really willing to let Hillary continue undermining Israel, the only true democracy in the region?
In 2016, America is facing a world that is slipping back into 17th and 18th Century trade wars. The promise of a “flat earth” without policy, technology, or logistical barriers to moving goods, services, and resources has been exploited by China and other state run economies.
America is adrift in how to compete in this “back to the future” trade environment. Americans are grappling with how to earn a living when robots at home and sweat shop labor abroad obliterate opportunities.
In 2016, Americans are facing dual invasions that will ultimately destroy our culture and country. One is illegal immigrants who increase crime and burden social services.
The media has been highly successful in deleting “illegal” from any discussion of immigration in order to cast Trump and his supporters as racists or 19th Century “know nothings”. The other invasion is Islamic militants who want to supplant America’s constitutional freedoms with Shariah law.
Finally, in 2016, Americans are fed-up with the arrogant unaccountable political elite whose only agenda is to line its own pockets and those of its cronies. Americans want a real revolution that ends the reign of those who thumb their noses at the law.
Trump asserts that immigration is a privilege not a right. Those who America welcomes should be people who will enthusiastically embrace our hard won civic values and bring skills that will revitalize America’s economy.
Trump will drain Washington, D.C.’s swamp and usher in ethical and accountable government.
Scot Faulkner is the best-selling author of: "Naked Emperors: The Failure of the Republican Revolution." He also served as the first chief administrative officer of the U.S. House, and was director of personnel for the Reagan campaign and went on to serve in the presidential transition team and on the White House staff. During the Reagan administration, he held executive positions at the FAA, the GSA, and the Peace Corps. Read more of Scot Faulker, Go Here Now.
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