To be certain, Donald J. Trump wasn’t my first choice for president, nor was he my final choice for that matter. From the very beginning, I didn’t support his campaign with my time, talents, nor money. I was #NeverTrump. And I imagine it will come as a shock to my critics that I’m not all that disappointed he’s now our president-elect. But let’s also be clear, I’m not ecstatic about it either.
It’s apparent those who are shocked at my lack of clothes-rending-disappointment over his win, never truly understood my position nor the reasons behind it. For me, #NeverTrump applied to the election and my vote and did not equate to #NeverMyPresident. I’m a proud American and he is now my president-elect. I can and have to live with that. Does that mean I now support him wholeheartedly? No. He must earn my full support as he never did in the election.
It is apparent we Republicans have much to celebrate in finally winning back the White House and in having stopped the corrupt and dangerous Hillary Clinton. That aspect alone makes a DJT win worth it. Does this mean I and my fellow conservatives are finally and fully onboard the Trump Train? No, not in the least. Truth be told, I may never be fully onboard–‘never’ does mean never after all–but there are some things DJT can do to make conservatives like me more comfortable with and more supportive of his presidency. Will POTUS DJT do these things? We shall see.
A majority of Republicans identify as conservative and nearly 40% of Americans identify themselves as conservative. Keeping in mind that “Republican” is not a synonym for “conservative,” it is we conservatives who must now hold POTUS DJT to the promises made by Candidate DJT. And DJT would do well to recognize these facts, but will he? We shall see.
We absolutely must not repeat the failures of 2010 and 2012 when we allowed candidates to forget or wholly ignore their promises to govern in a conservative manner. Even though we will hold control of both houses in Congress, history teaches us bipartisanship is a fraud and the Democrats will try to sabotage us at every turn. Will POTUS DJT surrender once again to the Democrats under the guise of compromise? We shall see.
If POTUS Donald J. Trump enacts most or all of his campaign promises from his October Gettysburg speech, while honestly working to “restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities, and bring honesty to our government,” conservatives like me will have every reason to be more comfortable uniting in support behind him and his presidency.
To that end, let’s look at what Candidate Donald J. Trump promised:
Promise: First 100 Days Plan
- Congressional Term Limits — This is a great idea discussed at length by Mark Levin, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated Republicans have no interest in term limits and “will not take them up.” Will POTUS DJT be willing to do bloody battle for term limits? We shall see.
- Federal Hiring Freeze — Good idea, however, both attrition and retirement take time. With the rising national debt and deficit, we really need a faster more aggressive approach to shrinking the federal government. How about cutting whole departments as Ted Cruz has suggested? Will DJT take it a step further?
- Regulations — Requires 2 regulations be eliminated for every 1 proposed. This is a nice thought, but will most likely create a log jam in Congress resulting in very little if any significant reduction in regulations that are strangling our business. Will DJT realize this before gridlock occurs? We shall see.
- 5-year ban on government officials becoming lobbyists — Not sure how this will work and be enforced? Seems like it’s an employment issue similar to a no-compete clause, not a problem for government to fix; it’s likely to add cost as well, so where does that money come from? Will DJT drop this lefty Big Government control approach? We shall see.
- Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government — (see above)
- Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections — (see above)
- Renegotiate NAFTA — He only says he’ll announce his intention, not actually do it. Can we trust DJT to follow through and not get Twitter distracted? We shall see.
- Announce our withdrawal from TPP — A good step in the right direction, if it happens.
- Label China a “Currency Manipulator” — Labels are just that.
- End foreign trade abuses — Bigly vague and where does the money come from to run the commission?
- Lift restrictions on energy reserves — This will certainly produce jobs, so it’s a good step in the right direction, if it happens.
- Lift environmental and structural roadblocks — Energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline have been delayed for far too long. This is good step in the right direction, but one has to wonder how this will work in blue states like CA where the EPA has a stranglehold on farmers and all other industries? Taken from the Cruz Plan, it’s a good plan, if it happens.
- Cancel every unconstitutional Obama Executive Order — Getting back to a Constitutional governance is a good idea. Taken from the Cruz Plan, it’s a good step in the right direction, if it happens.
- Replace Justice Scalia — Keeping this promise by picking from the list of 20, is absolutely vital to conservatives. Breaking this promise would be a deal breaker, but can we trust DJT to keep his word to find a replacement “who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States”? We shall see.
- End Sanctuary Cities — Cancelling all federal funding for all sanctuary cities is a good plan, but DJT better also have a plan to counter the liberal backlash because I guarantee the libs are already planning to exploit this and paint all Republicans with the “hateful xenophobes brush.” Want proof? In her victory speech, newly-elected lefty U.S. Senator Kamala Harris promised to always protect illegal immigrant rights (whatever those are). Will DJT have a plan to weather the inevitable liberal backlash? We shall see.
- Criminal illegal Immigrants — DJT says he will “remove the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.” How? Won’t carte blanche canceling of visas hurt the law-abiding average travelers and workers from these countries? DJT needs to learn that enforcing the immigration laws we already have will work much more efficiently than clobbering the law-abiding, but we shall see.
- Immigration Vetting — Suspends immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot reasonably occur; all vetting will be considered “extreme vetting.” Sounds like a plan. Go for it.
- Middle Class Tax Relief & Simplification Act — Creates about a 35% tax cut for the forgotten “middle class”; reduces tax brackets from 7 to 3 while simplifying tax forms; business rate lowered from 35% to 15%; corporate overseas money can be brought back at 10%; Even though DJT’s liberal roots are showing here with his lefty-speak use of “middle class,” it’s a good plan, if it happens. How much is DJT willing to battle for this? We shall see.
- End the Offshoring Act — Places tariffs on companies who leave US. Tariffs ultimately hurt the consumer, not the producer. Go back to the drawing board with this protectionist tripe, DJT.
- The American Infrastructure Act — Creates tax incentives earmarked for infrastructure. It’s a good plan, if it happens.
- School Choice & Education Opportunity Act — Puts control back in the hands of parents; ends Common Core bringing education supervision to the local level; expands vocational and technical education; makes 2-year and 4-year colleges more affordable. This plan is good, if it happens, however the college portion reeks of more leftism. DJT should take it one step further and eliminate the Department of Education. We shall see.
- The Repeal & Replace Obamacare Act — Fully repeals and replaces ACA with health savings accounts, allows purchase of health insurance across state lines, allows states to manage Medicaid funds, cuts red tape at FDA for drug approval; Taken from the Cruz Plan, it’s a good step in the right direction, if it happens.
- Affordable Childcare & Eldercare Act — Allows tax deductions for childcare and eldercare, incentives onsite childcare services, creates tax-free dependent savings accounts with matching low-income contributions. We shall see.
- End Illegal Immigration Act — Fully funds construction of wall on U.S.-Mexico border; establishes a mandatory 2-year minimum federal prison sentence for repeat illegal returners; establishes a mandatory 5-year minimum sentence for those reentering with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions, or 2+ prior deportations; creates visa reforms; So, instead of illegals covertly living off of taxpayers, we’ll be paying to house and feed them for years? Nah. How about we secure the border and establish a secure entry/exit process instead? We shall see.
- Restoring Community Safety Act — Creates a task force to reduce violent crime; increases funding to train and assist local police; increases funding for federal law enforcement; deports violent criminals. Supporting law enforcement at all levels is good goal, but where is this money coming from? We shall see.
- Restoring National Security Act — Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester; expands military investment and “peace through strength”; allows our veterans to see doctor of their choice; protect infrastructure from cyberattacks. Taken from the Cruz Plan, it’s a good step in the right direction, if it happens.
- Clean Up Corruption In Washington Act — Enacts ethics reforms to reduce corruption in our government. Good plan, if it happens.