Editorial

Trump’s 100 Days, 100,000 Attacks

Yatindra Bhatnagar

President Trump just completed his first 100 days in office and media giants such as Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and TV channels such as CNN, CBS, MSNBC, NBC etc,  must have crossed the landmark of  one hundred thousand, or more,  attacks on him. This is just a conservative estimate as they are daily churning out hundreds of news reports, analyses, op-eds, commentaries, editorials, letters, cartoons, interviews, discussions, and often misleading headlines. Add to all this there has been at least a hundred demonstrations in several cities and at town hall meetings and Trump rallies.

In my 84 years of reading, viewing, listening, and also 74 years of writing, I have not seen such attacks in the first 100 days of any elected or unelected leader of any country. That would include brutal dictators like Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Gadhafi, Bashar Assad, Hitler, Stalin, Kim Jong-Un or military dictators and coup-leaders or one-party Communist rulers. Not even in their 1000 days.

The attackers against Donald Trump have frequently used negative words. Unfit, bigot, liar, dishonest, misogynist, narcissist, demagogue, unprepared, unsuited, dangerous, immoral, reckless, unpredictable, petulant, untethered, obsessed, disaster, erratic, imprudent, impractical and appalling, are common ‘titles’ among scores of other favorites. English language dictionary would not be enough for these professional or habitual, paid or insane cynics.

Every comment or action, statement or executive order of the President is blasted by the biased media, the left, the liberals, and a majority of sore-loser Democrats.  Now some of the Republicans have also started voicing their concern – some because they were associated with losing Republicans in the primary or were sidelined by Trump after his win. Or they are members of the entrenched establishment and are fearful of their influence eroding. So much for the good of the nation and serving the people! Lofty, but hollow, slogans only for campaign.  

Obama-appointed activist judges don’t lag behind with their own interpretation of the Constitution and the laws totally ignoring the larger national interests, the country’s safety or the bad decisions in the last eight years of Obama.

They keep forgetting that Barack Obama not only divided the nation but politicized government departments, weakened the nation’s military strength, demeaned the country in the eyes of the world, appointed hundreds of like-minded officials and judges to carry out and defend his actions and continue his ‘legacy.’ He also kept on enriching his chosen groups of supporters, such as the Unions, enabling the chosen few to receive major share of tens of billions of ‘stimulus’ dollars and saving inefficient organizations with more billions of dollars of the tax-payers.

Trump promised to expose, defund and break that anachronism on the nation. The opponents didn’t like it and have taken the path of protest and demonstration. Even some of the states have made it a mission to oppose the President and fight against him. States like California, facing huge deficits and exit of jobs and companies have no money to protect people and build the infrastructure. However, they are hell-bent on spending millions to fight Trump. They have hired costly attorneys , and Obama-supporters and appointees, to defend violators and defy federal laws and actions on a big scale.

Defending the criminals and pouring money into ‘sanctuary cities,’ some states are themselves violating the Constitution and the laws, and thereby endangering the safety and security of their own people and misusing taxpayers’ money.

And top of it states like California are burdening the people with additional taxes.

This is opposition for opposition’s sake, and not helping the nation or the state.  

The opposition has attacked Donald Trump and his vision, promises, policies and actions from the word ‘go’ minutes after the election results were announced. The following days and weeks large protest demonstrations – many rowdy and violent - were staged in several parts of the country; some participants not knowing what exactly they were protesting against.

The vanquished Democrat, Hillary Clinton and her supporter-in-chief Barack Obama did not denounce those undemocratic demonstrations/protests. On the contrary they were encouraged by either calculated silence and/or by defending the misplaced ‘right to dissent and free speech.’

For Obama it was a bigger defeat as his ‘legacy’ missed the chance to be preserved. Hillary would have continued Obama-policies. The ‘legacy’ of dividing America between men and women, gays and straight, blacks and whites and Latinos, poor and rich, rural and urban, old and young, citizens and illegals, was threatened by Trump presidency. He had to be stopped, and after a Trump win he had to be obstructed in every way. The democratic norms and tradition had to be ignored and ‘He is not my President’ chants tolerated, encouraged and defended by the sore-losers and their disappointed supporters, professional rabble-rouser agitators, and one may rightly suspect, their mercenaries. 

Trump has been very, very busy since he took over on January 20, 2017 as the 45th President. In the 100 days since he has been active, decisive and bent on keeping  promises he made to the voters during the campaign. He is trying to implement his plans despite the opposition from the mainstream media, entrenched establishment, and the liberal-left-Democratic party. And in addition, there is the enormous federal bureaucracy with hundreds of Obama-appointees allegedly bent on putting hurdles and sabotaging Trump’s plans.

I have personally experienced what happens when ‘an outsider’ takes over as the boss. He faces – as I did – sabotage from various quarters and in various ways by various people expected to work for him and follow his plans. 

According to the Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College in Michigan, President Trump has identified a number of critical issues for our country: eliminating regulations, cutting taxes, creating jobs, enforcing immigration laws, and fixing healthcare. Whether he is successful will have impact for generations to come.

“But already there is much, and growing, resistance to what the President proposes be done,” Arnn wrote.

President Trump has summarized what he has done in the first 100 days. He said:

-“Taken strong action against our adversaries and sent a message that the United States is no longer complacent to ISIS.

-Appointed a strong conservative, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court to uphold and defend our Constitution and replace the great late Justice Antonin Scalia.

-Eliminated two former regulations for every new federal regulation in efforts to increase government efficiency.

-Lifted Obama-Clinton roadblocks that have allowed critical energy projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.

-Signed an executive order to BUY AMERICAN, HIRE AMERICAN to protect the US from unfair industry competition.

...and much, much more.”
  

The White House released the following list of  ‘Historic Accomplishments.’  They are worth discussing, not opposing for opposition’s sake.

GETTING GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY: President Donald J. Trump has done more to stop the Government from interfering in the lives of Americans in his first 100 days than any other President in history.

President Trump has signed 13 Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions in his first 100 days, more than any other President. These resolutions nullified unnecessary regulations and block agencies from reissuing them. 

Since CRA resolutions were introduced under President Clinton, they’ve been used only once, under President George W. Bush. 

The Wall Street Journal editorial: “So far the Trump Administration is a welcome improvement, rolling back more regulations than any President in history.” 

TAKING EXECUTIVE ACTION: In office, President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt. 

President Trump will have signed 30 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Obama signed 19 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President George W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Clinton signed 13 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President George H.W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Reagan signed 18 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Carter signed 16 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Nixon signed 15 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Johnson signed 26 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Kennedy signed 23 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Eisenhower signed 20 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Truman signed 25 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 9 executive orders during his first 100 days.

 

A SLEW OF LEGISLATION SIGNED: Despite historic Democrat obstructionism, President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.

 

President Trump has worked with Congress to enact 28 laws during the first 100 days of his Administration.

President Obama enacted 11 laws during his first 100 days.

President George W. Bush enacted 7 laws during his first 100 days.

President Clinton enacted 24 laws during his first 100 days.

President George H.W. Bush enacted 18 laws during his first 100 days.

President Reagan enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.

President Carter enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.

President Nixon enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.

President Johnson enacted 10 laws during his first 100 days.

President Kennedy enacted 26 laws during his first 100 days.

President Eisenhower enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.

President Truman enacted 55 bills laws during his first 100 days.

 

Trump also issued an order for ban on indiscriminate influx of people, especially from 6 Muslim countries from where terrorists are suspected of coming. The courts have banned the ban, for now. Trump modified the order but again the Obama-appointed, and Obama-donor- judge, stopped it.

The matter would finally go to the Supreme Court. Till then the influx continues.

Trump was able to get his nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed as a Justice of the Supreme Court, but only after bitter opposition . Judge Gorsuch has since started participating in the hearings.

However, his accomplishments and actions have largely been criticized and are far from being tolerated or welcomed as a presidential prerogative.

And to think about it, he has just started.  

Where does this insane opposition end? In a democracy the elected president has the authority to lay down and implement his policy and act according to his vision. He has a mandate at least for four years, and that is not negotiable. It’s not only futile to keep opposing him but also counter-productive in the long run. Opposing and attacking Trump at every step is meaningless and insane. This is not going to help the nation and any community. This would certainly hamper development.      

What’s next? If Trump breathes in-and-out he is polluting the air! If he opens his mouth, he has to be criticized! When is this Trump-bashing going to stop? When will these elements discover something positive and start living? For God’s sake think about the nation, the ‘other people’ and ‘other states’ that, for a change, voted for Trump and made him the President. Think about the majority in the two Houses of Congress who are controlled by the ‘other party.’  

Grow up, smell the wind of change, and move on. You have the right to change that, but you have to wait for at least four years. Till then, give the man a chance.