Donald Trump

Creating the Religious Right, and Electing Reagan, Using Alternative Media (22 of 45)

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Conservatives created the Religious Right in the 1970s.  Then in 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected president, thanks in large part to conservative direct mail. America had entered a new era. (Excerpt 22 of 45 from America's Right Turn.)

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Have GOP leaders turned traitor or will they act before it’s too late?

Conservatives deserve better than they’re getting from the GOP congressional leadership, a collection of establishment politicians who always take the easy way out when confronted with a challenge. A change is needed – hopefully it won’t be forced upon us by this year’s elections.

Why it’s time for Trump to play his ace in the hole

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

A president has almost unlimited powers to declassify any document within the executive branch. It is a mystery why Trump has hesitated to use that power, especially because he rails so frequently about the unfairness of both probes. He could, in an instant, strike a blow for accountability and transparency by ordering the Justice Department to give Congress everything it wants, subject to very limited restrictions. Embarrassment does not qualify as a reason for withholding information.

Creative writing about Mr. Trump's troubles

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

After two years of grunting, huffing, puffing and blowing through the top of his head, like a great white whale, Robert Mueller only has evidence that the president’s onetime campaign manager is guilty of being a lawyer. This has enabled many distinguished newspaper pundits, columnists, correspondents and other artists to keep dispatching learned assurances that the proof is finally at hand, almost. Maybe. We’ve come to so many turning points in the Mueller inquiry that the customers are spinning like yokels lured into playing Three Card Monte at the county fair.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberals initiated the culture wars, let them feel the noxious effects

President Trump is entirely correct to take sides in the culture war and if he needs to bring up LeBron James’s name to cause a stir and get people to focus on what’s going on out there, so be it. Democrats are the ones who’ve turned up the rhetorical heat – let them bathe in the burnt-out ashes.

On Iran, Trump's hard-headedness is smart

Editors, Washington Examiner

Iran now knows that Trump means business. It knows that when Trump speaks of a new and better nuclear agreement that eliminates former President Barack Obama's Potemkin inspections of nuclear or ballistic missile sites and replaces them with real ones, he means it. They know that when Trump warns that he will push the theocrats to allow Iranians more freedom, he means it. Trump has taken bold action to counter a continuing threat.

It’s Time For President Trump To Go Full Andrew Jackson On Overreaching Judges

Whether President Jackson defied the Supreme Court has been hotly debated ever since Worcester v. Georgia but the point is that unlike subsequent presidents and congresses, Jackson was prepared to challenge usurping federal judges and use all the power and discretion the Constitution grants the executive to pursue his policy goals.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will the left’s hope for economic malaise be a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Good news is contagious, a lesson the left would do well to learn. Hoping for Trump’s policies to fail isn’t going to win liberals many friends, nor will their increasingly frightening displays of hatred towards the president and his supporters. Conservatives must remain vigilant to endure.

Who cares if Donald Trump is ‘presidential’, as long as he’s successful?

Roger Kimball, The Spectator

Donald Trump is unlike any president before him. But I begin to wonder to what extent his style is an essential ingredient of his success. Even now, eighteen months into his first term, his brashness has the capacity to astonish and alarm. Donald Trump acts in ways that shock, unsettle, and upset the proctors of presidential protocol. But his boldness is not merely a matter of style. He is challenging the whole post-war world order and the sclerotic bureaucracy, domestic as well as international, that has grown up to tend and nourish it.

Columbus, Ohio, Is America’s Test Market

John Fund, National Review

Political experts caution that we should not read too much into the results of any one special election. That’s why they’re called “special.” But they provide more valuable clues than most polls as to the pulse of the people because they represent the views of people who actually turn out rather than those who just tell pollsters they will. That’s why the news out of Columbus on Tuesday is going to be analyzed with as much intensity as any of the test-marketing information that Columbus routinely provides U.S. businesses.

Trump Gets The Message: Conservative Grassroots Demand Speaker Jordan

President Trump just got the message, now it is time for Republican congressional candidates to wake up. If Republican congressional candidates want to win, they need to associate themselves with the one congressional leader who fights every day to pass President Trump’s 2016 MAGA agenda – Rep. Jim Jordan.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: California burns while the politicians ban straws; who’s truly at fault?

As would be expected California’s fire troubles are inexorably linked to the mindset of its political leadership. Instead of buckling down and addressing the root of problems, Gov. Jerry Brown prefers to blame “climate change.” Remember this the next time you see a house in flames on TV.

War With Iran Could Destroy Trump’s Presidency

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Any shooting war in the Persian Gulf could see insurance rates for tankers soar, a constriction of oil exports, and surging prices, plunging us into a worldwide recession for which one man would be held responsible: Donald Trump. If we start a war with Iran, on top of the five in which we are engaged still, then the party that offers to extricate us will be listened to, as Trump was listened to, when he promised to extricate us from the forever wars of the Middle East.

The American Art of Renewal

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Pundits should be careful with their sure-thing predictions, especially in the matter of a powerful, unpredictable, and explosive America. With the risk-taking and unconventional Trump — and the hysterical opposition to him — we are entering another unpredictable and volatile era in American history. Radical and unexpected economic recovery can happen at home and abroad. Such fundamental change in the status quo can swing the November election — quickly and in unforeseen ways.

A Serious Question For Republican Congressional Candidates

If you’re running for Congress, and you don’t want to be swept up in the Blue Wave that the media keeps telling us is coming, here’s the first and most important thing you can do: Call Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio at (202) 225-2676 and ask him to come campaign for you, and then campaign on his #DoWhatWeSaid agenda.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If talk is cheap Trump can afford a heap of chatter with foreign leaders

President Trump was correct to talk directly with Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin and he wouldn’t be wrong to meet with the Iranians either, as long as he understands what they’re after and what’s at stake. If talk is cheap then listening is even cheaper; a small price to pay for peace.

How Trump Could Be Like Reagan

Stephen Moore, Arthur B. Laffer and Steve Forbes, New York Times

By putting zero tariffs on the table, Mr. Trump will also be able to determine which nations are genuinely committed to freer trade and which prefer to keep their protectionist barriers in place. We’ve often reminded politicians that free trade is a pillar of prosperity and a win-win for trading partners. Just as no one ever thought Mr. Reagan would stem nuclear proliferation, if Mr. Trump aggressively pursues this policy, he could build a legacy as the president who expanded world commerce and economic freedom by ending trade barriers rather than erecting them.

Are Hispanics shifting their allegiances to President Trump?

Stewart Lawrence, Washington Times

Hispanics, like most mainstream voters, are waking up to post-2016 America. The economic recovery disparaged by Democrats is gathering steam and Hispanics — at 17 percent, the nation’s most populous ethnic minority — are clearly benefitting. Unemployment among Hispanics has fallen to its lowest level in decades, and there’s little doubt that Mr. Trump’s pro-business policies are the reason. Mr. Trump, it appears, is making real progress in the face of a massive liberal propaganda campaign depicting him as hostile to Hispanics, especially Mexicans.