Donald Trump

Mr. President, The Ramifications Of A Shutdown Are All Good

A truism in American politics is that Republicans never win elections unless they are nationalized. The continued threat of a shutdown over border security, or better yet an actual shutdown, can only help Republicans nationalize the election on the issue of border security.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump proves building walls can be as historic as tearing them down

Personality isn’t going to determine the outcome of the 2018 elections either way. What will matter is GOPers sticking to their promises and ensuring President Trump gets funding for his border wall. If Republicans just do their jobs, no government shutdown would be necessary.

Will Tribalism Trump Democracy?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Since 2001, those who have argued that we Americans were given, at the birth of the republic, a providential mission to democratize mankind, have suffered an unbroken series of setbacks. Nations we invaded, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, to bestow upon them the blessings of democracy, rose up in resistance. What our compulsive interventionists saw as our mission to mankind, the beneficiaries saw as American imperialism. And the culture wars on history and memory continue unabated.

Trump just got another trade-war win

Ted Harvey, Washington Examiner

Trump won again, and the U.S. economy continues to roar. More importantly, European negotiators realize the 45th president will no longer accept unfair trade as the status quo. Trump won’t do business as usual if that business undermines American workers — and the people of Europe clearly know it. The days of leadership from behind are over. America is winning again.

Jim Jordan Gets It: Build The Wall Or Lose The GOP Majority

The only thing Republicans have that can beat free is what Jim Jordan has been running his campaign for Speaker on – keeping the promises made in the 2016 election. And the wall on the southern border is central to that winning national campaign.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: It’s about time we ask: what would satisfy #NeverTrump's concerns?

Conservatives didn’t know what to think when Donald Trump ran for president but now that he’s established himself as a capable chief executive, the prospects for the GOP look promising. As for his #NeverTrump opponents the future is less clear; their days in exile may just be beginning.

Trump’s GDP achieves Mission Impossible (and shocks his critics)

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

It seems President Trump has once again achieved the impossible. As it turns out, despite refrains from the elites in the media and establishment, the self-made billionaire who now leads our country knows quite a bit about creating a healthy economy. The president’s massive deregulation effort, his success in cutting taxes on individuals and businesses, and his plan to renegotiate our international trade agreements have started to pay dividends.

Understanding Trump’s Goals And Strategy On Trade

Trump’s plan to seek freer, fairer, and more reciprocal trade when the United States is in a strong, and growing stronger, economic position is in the best interest of America’s taxpayers, producers, consumers and national security. Trump is playing a long game that in the end will benefit all American interests.

Why America Is Losing The War In Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan isn’t a regional or tribal conflict, it isn’t a war on “terrorism,” it isn’t a war on narco-warlords (even though 90% of the worlds illicit opium originates there); it is a war between the values of Islam and the values of the Western Enlightenment, and if you refuse to understand it and fight it on those terms the war in Afghanistan will never be over and certainly never be won.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Is Joe Biden a threat to steal Trump’s Make America Great Again voters?

Time will tell whether Joe Biden does run for president and if Trump will retain his solid hold on certain Democrat voting constituencies. For now, Trump’s trade policies appear to be paying off with economic wins and new achievements. As for the rest, let the political games commence.

Tariffs Made America Great

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

As our Revolution was about political independence, the first words and acts of our constitutional republic were about ensuring America’s economic independence. Economic patriotism put America first, and made America first. Of GOP free traders, the steel magnate Joseph Wharton, whose name graces the college Trump attended, said it well: “Republicans who are shaky on protection are shaky all over.”

Trump's Deal with the EU Is Democrat Nightmare

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Do you want the Trump economy or do you want a return to the Obama economy?  It's as simple as that.  Trump continues to negotiate great agreements for America, at home and abroad. The "Art of the Deal" may be a cliché by now, but it appears to work.  And when something's working for once, why change it  -- especially to something that already failed?(Or, in the case of socialism, worse than failed -- caused mass impoverishment and mass murder.) Are we tired of winning yet?

Making sport calling out 'them lyin' newspapers

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The press can’t figure out what to do, and the mightiest (and loudest) organs only repeat themselves, scolding with the same rants that didn’t work the first time, or the second or third time. Focus groups tell researchers they don’t particularly like the way the president does it, but they like what he’s doing — restoring the Supreme Court to its constitutional moorings, staying out of the way of an economy that keeps on booming (“it’s the economy, stupid”), his telling free-loaders in Europe where to get off. It’s not pretty, but neither is the work of a tank.

Reforming NATO Is the Only Way to Save It

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The alliance must insist that all members quickly meet their military obligations of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense. If a rich country in peace reneges on its promise of military readiness, why would anyone expect it to fulfill its pledge of assistance in wartime? NATO should insist on common values and agendas, and its members should formally identify their likely collective enemies. The alliance must ensure that any nation in NATO belongs in NATO — and thus is worth risking what could become a nuclear war on its behalf.

It’s On! Jim Jordan Announces For Speaker Of The House

America didn't elect Donald Trump in 2016 to keep Washington the same, the President is delivering, but Congress is not – and that is what is imperiling the Republican majority in the midterm election. Congress still has time to correct its course, and electing Jim Jordan as Speaker is the GOP's last best hope to save itself from itself.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To truly be like Reagan Trump must morph into a big government slayer

Comparisons between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump will continue as long as the current president emulates The Gipper’s America First playbook. Trump would do well to copy Reagan in one other respect – to call for big reductions in spending. If he does so, popularity will certainly ensue.

Hollywood Left and Never-Trumpers Unite To Hound President

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media

They are in danger of becoming museum pieces -- and laughingstocks. Go peruse the Twitter stream of any one of them -- Max Boot, Bill Kristol, Evan McMullin -- and you think you’ve entered the world of people obsessed with fluoride in the water or alien abduction. It’s all Trump, all the time. The Trump bugs are crawling all over their skin, and they can’t stop scratching and screaming in the night. That’s why they’ll team up with the most radical Hollywood leftists to undermine one of the most conservative, pro-Constitution presidents since Coolidge left office.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems show symptoms of acute Brett Kavanaugh derangement syndrome

It’s strange how the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh devolved into a deeply personal matter for Democrats. Their over-the-top protestations about the judge’s background and supposed lack of candor are making themselves look foolish. But since when do Democrats care about such things?