On every metric, US President Donald Trump has performed well. The economy was never as good as during his term. He has succeeded to some extent in checking illegal immigration. Foreign policy gains include withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and normalizing ties between the UAE and Israel, earning him nomination Nobel Peace nomination. He has made American interests safer abroad by getting rid of the barbaric Islamic State and the targeted killing of Iranian top gun Qasem Soleimani. He has saved hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of American lives by imposing a ban on travel from China to check the spread of the coronavirus.
“Real median household income increased by $4,400 in 2019, reaching an all-time record high of $68,700. This represents a 6.8 percent one-year increase, which is the largest one-year increase in median income on record. Since 2016, real median household income has increased by 9.7 percent (after adjusting for a Census survey redesign in 2017),” the White House website said on September 15.
That is not all: “Income gains in 2019 were largest for minority groups. Real median income grew by 7.9 percent for black Americans, 7.1 percent for Hispanic Americans, and 10.6 percent for Asian Americans (see Figure 1). These one-year increases were all record highs, and the new income levels reached in 2019 were all record highs, as well.”
These are the facts that the rabidly anti-Trump ‘factcheck’ websites have been unable to trash, though they have tried their best to suggest that these good numbers are the result of the policies of his predecessor, Barack Obama. They keep vilifying Trump, saying that he promotes something that doesn’t exist—‘systemic racism’ in American society.
In fact, right from Day One, the mainstream media and (mostly Left-libber-dominated) intellectuals have been maligning President Trump. Worse, they have been lying, equivocating, and using every form of dissembling to defame him.
Their criticism of every Trump remark and action is littered with such terms as ‘Islamophobia,’ ‘populism,’ and ‘nationalism.’ Needless to say, the lords and masters of public discourse have not noticed, or refused to recognize, the elements of libertarian thought and the essence of Americanism in his decisions and speeches.
In his inaugural address, Trump said that his ascension “has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another—but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people.”
Now this may sound like one of the many Arvind Kejriwal fulminations, but it was not; it was his disdain for the political, business, and intellectual elites in liberal democracies who fatten each other at the expense of the man in the street and small entrepreneurs. It is an incestuous coterie that plays revolving-door games. They could be Davos men and women, or the tycoons, academics, politicians, and media Brahmins who pontificate at the unending conclaves organized by various event managers in India.
Trump challenged all of them: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered—but the jobs left, and the factories closed.”
The elites in the US, and elsewhere, are terrified by such anti-statist ideas. For the elites are comfortable with the doctrines conjured up to combat ‘market failures,’ the theories that increase government regulation, and the notions that seek to curtail free speech in the name of countering a fictitious entity called ‘hate speech.’
Trump has begun the re-industrialization of America, a great of which is at the expense of China. In general, he is the only leader in the world who has clearly and unequivocally stood up against China. He also had the guts to call the coronavirus what it is: China virus. Unsurprisingly, he was accused of being a racist for that too.
He responded: “It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate… I have great love for all of the people from our country, but as you know China tried to say at one point… that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen, it’s not gonna happen, not as long as I’m president. It comes from China.”
He is taking on China in every possible manner—economically, politically, militarily—because he realizes that the dragon has gone rogue. Other world leaders also know this simple truth; but it is only Trump who not just has the gumption to speak the truth but also react accordingly. This is also the reason that he is actively promoting relations with India; he is indeed building a coalition of democracies against China, the world’s biggest and most dangerous rogue state. Hence his emphasis on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, an informal strategic alliance between the United States, Japan, Australia and India.
President Trump is the greatest political leader of the 21st century—not only for he has done, which is stupendous, but also what he is capable of doing further: bringing in more prosperity for the Americans, making them safer within and without, re-establishing the ideas and ideals on which brought the United States into being and made it great, and checking the rise of China.