If you love the often sorry sport of American politics, you might love all the bloodlust we see today on the Left over President Trump.
The radical Left, obsessed with delegitimizing, demonizing, and destroying the Trump Presidency has abdicated its promises to the American people. The Right is justifiably indignant after years of open warfare against the president.
Those in the middle, who loathe the extremes, are watching this unfold with frustration.
They are also the ones who will decide the outcome of the 2020 elections. Independent-minded voters should take note of the high cost of this fight, not just in terms of wasted taxpayer resources, but more importantly, the inability of our government to address real challenges facing American life.
Here are the five priorities of the American people that Democrats are ignoring in favor of trying to bring down President Trump:
The human tragedy unfolding daily in our inner cities, particularly in low income and minority communities, is staggering.
In 2017 and 2018 alone, urban violence in America’s largest cities claimed the lives of nearly 9000 Americans — mostly young black and Latino men. Even minority members of the House Democrat Conference ignore this calamity as they push for more spending on welfare programing.
Instead of stemming the tide of violence, Democrats have instead chosen to focus their energy on attacking legal gun owners and a spaghetti-throwing exercise they hope ends in impeachment of Trump.
With an estimated 1 million people expected to cross the border this year illegally, Democrats are more than happy to ignore the problem, even suggesting that entering the country illegally should be decriminalized.
Democrats have an opportunity to pass an immigration reform bill in the House and drive the conversation on the issue, regardless of their policy prescriptions. While Trump has proposed a broad program to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, including ending abuse of the asylum system, Democrats are whipping up impeachment votes.
Minority Economic Opportunity
Recent studies have shown that the chasm between minorities and whites with respect to income and home ownership is widening.
House Democrats, who claim to care about disadvantaged populations, have presented no solutions to help increase economic opportunity for minorities other than taxing the so-called wealthy. With Black and Latino unemployment rates at record lows, President Trump has made it a hallmark of his economic policy to reduce regulations and taxes for employers to spur job creation.
The Opportunity Zones created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act alone have the ability to improve the lives of more than 35 million Americans. Democrats have made a politically-motivated effort to shatter Americans’ trust in the president, their number one priority.
Prescription Drug Prices
High up on Americans’ list of issues they care about, progress on drug pricing reform will now also take a back seat to Democrats’ impeaching circus.
House Democrats recently introduced their own prescription drug package, but given the current dynamics in Washington, serious negotiations with the Senate and the White House are a pipe dream.
The Trump Administration, meanwhile, has ensured the approval of more than 2,000 generic drugs that have saved patients an estimated $26 billion, provided increased access to experimental drugs, commonly called Right to Try and expanded tools to help reduce costs for those in Medicaid Advantage.
The list, of course, can go on far beyond these issues.
Americans don’t like paralysis in their government, nor do they crave hyper-partisanship.
If the president has the stamina and discipline to continue to do the people’s business despite the onslaught from the media and the Left, Pelosi and her Democrat automatons will end up looking like derelicts not deserving of power.
Those are big ‘ifs’ but the American experiment cannot survive if people believe that their government is in a state of perpetual chaos. They need to see more than blood sport.
Tom Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics. He served in the Bush Administration from 2001-2004, as Executive Director of the NYS Republican Party and has held a range of senior-level communications roles in and out of government. Basile's critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq" (Foreword by Amb. John R. Bolton), chronicles his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving fairer coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University, a local elected official and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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