Donald Trump

Why the President’s Emphasis on America First Makes Sense

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

Surveying the world demonstrates how relatively unimportant it is to America’s basic well-being. That is, a global superpower has interests everywhere, but few are important. Most are of minor consequence. Although confrontations, conflicts, and crises abound, they rarely are noticed in the U.S. The U.S. should remain the world’s most powerful nation, well able to defend itself against all comers. But Washington should abandon social engineering as its chief foreign policy principle. And stop subsidizing prosperous, populous allies.

Why Trump is Destined for an Historic 2020 Win

Conrad Black, American Greatness

The Democrats are like a suicide case contemplating Russian roulette with all chambers loaded, and they are the ones loading in the cartridges: open borders, a top personal income tax rate of around 70 percent, nationalized health care; legalized infanticide; a green policy that bans cars, airplanes, oil, coal, and bovine flatulence; and now reparations for African-Americans, and perhaps, says Senator Elizabeth Warren (0.5 percent American Indian), for the native people. Unless a sensible person gets hold of that party, the Democrats will self-inflict mortal wounds and give Trump the greatest plurality in history.

What I Learned at CPAC

Myra Adams, Real Clear Politics

As a longtime Republican and CPAC attendee, my observation of Trump/CPAC love is that it now parallels Reagan/CPAC love, and that is no small achievement. CPAC is the only place where white men can wear a red “Make American Great Again” cap with no fear of being mugged. My two takeaways from CPAC: Trump rules supreme over a unified base that strongly believes in “Keeping America Great,” and he will lead a successful fight against socialism.  Both are such highly charged emotional themes that if Democrats choose to downplay either, they do so at their own peril.

Don’t Root for a Trump Primary Challenge

Rich Lowry, National Review

The contradiction in the case for a primary challenge is this: If it’s a bad thing that Trump is potentially a weak general-election candidate, as Trump’s critics say, then why make him potentially weaker with a primary challenge? What many of Trump’s GOP detractors won’t say out loud is that when they talk of defeating Trump, they don’t mean only defeating him in a nomination battle; they mean seeing him lose in a general election. That Republican voters would sense this, and understandably recoil, is another reason a primary challenge is probably a box canyon.

Did Trump Lock-Up 2020 In One Speech?

President Trump correctly identified the issues at bar in 2020 as the American dream versus the socialist nightmare. Democrats are already helping President Trump put their socialism on trial by embracing socialist candidates,  and by ratcheting-up the socialist rhetoric. It is up to us conservatives to make sure Trump obtains the conviction.

Assault on America, Day 61: On Trump and Kim, saying something nice is the best way to win

Results-oriented Donald Trump no doubt couldn’t care less what his detractors said about his recently concluded meeting with Kim Jong Un. Trump indicated the process will take a long time and it’s good they’re still on positive personal terms. Trump’s right, and history backs him up.

Media Ignores Great Economic News… Again

Inflation-adjusted disposable income rose 4.2 percent, last quarter, and America’s working families are seeing a continued gain in their disposable income, and thus a continued improvement in their quality of life. This is not only good news for America’s working families, it is good political news for President Trump, which is probably why it was buried by the establishment news media.

Assault on America, Day 58: Democrats won’t get away with abusing the blue slip & filibuster

When Democrats can’t legitimately win on the merits of an issue, they cook the rules to prevail regardless. It’s long past time Republican leaders reformed the process to function more like the Founding Fathers intended, and tyranny of the minority will finally become a relic of the past.

Toward sublime and 'Nobel' leadership

L. Scott Lingamfelter, Washington Times

The United States should — only after North Korea agrees to U.S. denuclearization terms, an expanded DMZ, the incentive package tied to verifiable nuclear disarmament, and the joint commission — establish full diplomatic relations with North Korea. The planets are aligned now with a U.S. president determined to lead, an international community weary of a nuclearized North Korea, and a Kim Jong-un seeking to survive. Who knows, if Trump succeds in his mission, this may turn out to be quite “Nobel.”

Assault on America, Day 57: Democrats’ views on climate & abortion expose contempt for kids

As days go by it’s increasingly evident Democrats willingly deny common sense to further their designs on climate and partial birth abortion. It’s all part of the radicalization of their agenda and shines a bright spotlight on President Trump’s mission to return America to a sense of sanity.

The Establishment Goes Trump on China

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The establishment would like to fool itself that it came to its growing about-face on China thanks to a natural exhaustion of patience, or new data, or brilliant new exegeses. And that evolution may be in part true. But far more likely, Trump’s early and relentless hammering on Chinese mercantilism, systematic cheating, and illiberality finally made the old status quo unsustainable in the face of mounting evidence. The establishment is adopting Trump’s once-renegade stance toward China, and yet trying to immunize it from him all the same.

Trump the Diplomat-in-Chief

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

Trump is by no means the first president to seize control of diplomacy in a personal way. In 1972, President Nixon shocked the establishment with a surprise visit to communist China, a dramatic first step toward opening diplomatic relations between the rival powers. And who can forget President Ronald Reagan’s personal dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev, which contributed to ending the Cold War. Face it, Trump’s personal diplomacy is controversial because he’s controversial. But look beyond his swagger and judge the results.

GOP Senator Thom Tillis Flakes On Border Emergency

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call Senator Thom Tillis and other Republican Senators and Representatives TODAY. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) tell them there IS a national emergency on our southern border, and that under Article II and Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution the President has the authority and duty to declare an emergency on our southern border.

Assault on America, Day 56: Democrats running short on victims to purchase at the ballot box

If it were up to Democrats, they’d tax the wealthy out of existence and redistribute the booty to anyone who’d buy into their victimization credo and provide votes for them. Neither enacting universal daycare nor reparations for slavery would satisfy their hunger. In Democrat-land the sky’s the limit.

Is Trump especially vulnerable to primary challenge?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

It is common for voters to say they are open to a primary challenge to the president of their own party. It happened to former President Barack Obama in 2010-2011, before Obama went on to win re-election. It also happened to Bill Clinton in 1994-1995, before Clinton went on to win re-election. It did not happen to George W. Bush in 2002-2003, but that was because of strong Republican support for a wartime president. In other words, today's poll results about President Trump are not at all unusual.

Where Are The House GOP Leaders On The Border Wall?

Democrats will vote today on a resolution disapproving Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency at the southern border, but so far House Republican “leaders” have mounted no serious or even visible counterattack to the sustained battering Trump has received at the hands of Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the #NeverTrump foreign policy establishment.

Assault on America, Day 55: Hamstrung Dems powerless to stop Trump’s border declaration

So much of what occurs on Capitol Hill these days is purely symbolic, none more so than this week’s Democrat resolution to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. Americans should give thanks the process worked in this instance -- and the problem might actually be resolved.

The Face of Imperial Overstretch

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Today, the U.S. maintains a policy of containment of Russia and China, which are more united than they have been since the first days of the Cold War. We are responsible for defending 28 NATO nations in Europe, twice as many as during the Cold War, plus Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. We have troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and appear on the cusp of collisions with Venezuela and Iran. This is imperial overstretch. It is unsustainable.

Assault on America, Day 54: Extremism in pursuit of Democrat fantasies is indeed a vice

Democrats should think twice before labeling their political opponents as extreme, because it serves to draw more attention to their own bizarre hypocrisies. There are only so many voters who’ll buy the Democrats’ inane class warfare rhetoric -- the rest will just leave the building.

Democrats Move To Disapprove Trump Wall Emergency

House Democrats plan to file a resolution today seeking to block President Trump's emergency declaration aimed at securing funds for building a border wall.  A vote by the full House is expected in mid-March. If the House passes the resolution, then the GOP-controlled Senate would be required by law to take it up.