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100 Days of Trump: What a difference a year makes in Donald Trump’s first 100 days

Perhaps it’s fitting Donald Trump’s 100th day as president falls on April 29, because it marks the anniversary of a very important day in his quest to Make America Great Again – at least in my mind.

It was a year ago on that date I journeyed downtown with my daughter to the Renwick Gallery, a quirky Smithsonian modern art museum that happens to be about a block away from the White House. It’s not every day I head to the epicenter of the “swamp,” so after taking care of my kid’s college class requirements at the Trump 100 daysRenwick she and I covered the short distance on the now closed-to-traffic Pennsylvania Avenue to check out the then-home of Barack Obama.

As we peered through the formidable iron fence surrounding the property there was the usual black SUV’s and minivans parked in front and you could see in the windows that the lights were on in the house. Except for the fact it’s a fortified no man’s land, from a distance the White House really doesn’t look all that different than any other well maintained historic home.

And by April 29th, seeing as Donald Trump had clearly emerged as the frontrunner in the Republican primary race, I snapped a picture of the executive mansion’s facade and texted it to my dad on his 80th birthday, with this message: “Happy birthday! Future home of Donald Trump?

My dad, a Ted Cruz supporter (just like me) replied within seconds, “I hope not.”

I chuckled at the response, figuring Dad would get his wish one way or another. Though Trump had a lot of momentum heading into the Indiana primary (set for the following Tuesday) I actually thought the Texas senator would mount a surprise comeback there and take first place in the Hoosier State, just as he shocked everyone by winning four weeks earlier in Wisconsin.

A Cruz victory in another traditionally Republican Midwestern state might have stopped the bleeding and allowed the not-Trump GOP forces to join together and perhaps derail the frontrunner – or at the very least lead to a brokered convention where common sense could push Cruz over the top.

In any case, I surmised even if Trump eventually won the Republican nomination that he would almost certainly lose to Hillary Clinton in November (and hence would never occupy the White House). That’s what everyone was saying at the time and in my own Cruz-centered mindset I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.

I didn’t realize then that Trump represented a lot more than just a non-politically correct “outsider” running for president who had thus far managed to dodge the Republican establishment and the left’s powerful hatred for him to knock on the door of capturing a major party nomination.

No, as it turns out Trump was the leader of a movement, the now clearly evident consolidation of conservatives and populists into an Electoral College-winning coalition that offered the potential to break open Washington like a shattered coconut and spill its contents all over the “swamp.”

The rest is “history” as we might say. My dad and I not only came to accept Trump’s Republican nomination, we did all we could to convince people to vote for him and celebrated his victory with a gusto reminiscent of our happiest days. It felt like 1980 all over again when the reluctant TV news people passed along the projected Trump victory last November 8. It was almost like Christmas morning as a kid…though even more fun!

The gift to America was the promise of a better tomorrow than we’d had the previous 28 years ever since “The Gipper” boarded Air Force One a final time and rode off to retirement in California, rarely to be heard from again due to the onset of his serious health problems. Reagan’s absence created not only a huge leadership gap in the conservative movement, it removed the hope of millions that the concept of limited government would ever rule the day again.

Donald Trump is not a savior of the liberty movement; but through his appointment of principled conservatives like Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prominent places in government, it’s once again safe to harbor such hopes and believe that somehow Americans will grasp that our nation’s promise lies not in what government provides for us but instead is in what the individual spirit motivates us all to accomplish.

Trump’s first 100 days, like all the days in the 2016 campaign, have been chock full of surprises. There have been a lot of ups and some downs. But it’s never been boring. His quest to “Make America Great Again” is a difficult one and won’t be accomplished for years if not decades. There’s a lot of work to do. The establishment and the left are formidable adversaries and will never cease trying to trip him up.

100 days is just the starting point for Donald Trump. Sunday will bring day 101 in his presidency. Now it’s time to move on and do the work of accomplishing his most important mission.

Latest moves in the healthcare debate expose “moderates” for the cowards that they are

It’s safe to say a good deal of the attention devoted to President Trump’s first 100 days focused on the contentious healthcare debate currently taking place within the Republican Party. When the hopelessly flawed establishment-sponsored Ryancare bill was pulled shortly before a vote last month practically the whole world looked to blame the small band of principled conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus for the failure.

Not so claimed the members of the caucus. There were just as many – if not more – so-called “moderates” in the anonymously labeled “Tuesday Group” that were instrumental in shooting down the leadership’s legislation. By all appearances these “centrists” didn’t want anything to do with repealing the hated Obamacare and were fighting to keep every new entitlement it created.

Fast forward to this week when Freedom Caucus members, who have been working with Vice President Mike Pence and a few willing “moderates” to hammer out a compromise healthcare proposal, declared they’ve found a way to pass it with Republican votes alone.

There’s only one problem: the “moderates” in the Tuesday Group aren’t going along with it.

Robert King of the Washington Examiner reports, “The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that it would support a version of the American Health Care Act that includes a deal that lets states opt out of key insurance requirements. House Republican leaders have not ruled out a vote on the bill this week, but it is not clear where centrists stand.

“While the amendment authored by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., brought enough members of the House Freedom Caucus, which has 35 to 40 members, it hasn't led to a full-scale revolt from centrists. However, it hasn't converted any centrists who had previously said ‘no’ to a ‘yes’ vote, either.”

King additionally reported that the “centrists” claim no governor would actually opt-out of the Obamacare requirements in any case, but still they’re worried about the political ramifications of voting to give state leaders the option. What a bunch of lily-livered cowards. In effect these “moderates” are holding the entire country hostage simply because they’re afraid of hypothetical future television ads pinning them to the decision.

Isn’t that what politics is about? As a representative, you make your decision, vote accordingly and let your constituents determine whether it was a good or bad move. Along the way you get to make a well-funded case for why you voted as you did and also to tout the record you compile on every other issue.

If voters are inclined to go against you because of one issue, you’re probably not going to win anyway. So much for the centrists’ argument.

But beyond the lack of courage these “moderates” are revealing, they are providing one small tidbit of useful service. They’re showing President Trump that the Freedom Caucus isn’t the one standing in the way of advancing his agenda – it’s the establishment supported “centrists” that campaign on doing things like repealing Obmacare and then once they’re sent back to Washington decide they won’t actually act on it.

They’re the worst kind of Republican, the beasts known as “R-I-N-O-s”.

If conservatives are truly supporting this new healthcare bill (and King’s article indicated there are still some holdouts from the Freedom Caucus), then it’s time for the “centrists” to throw-in or get out.

The Editors of the Washington Examiner put it well, “If the group is so moved by conscience, so be it. In such an event, though, it will have no choice but to admit a secret many Republican colleagues have long suspected: Tuesday Group lawmakers are bad-faith negotiators who claimed they wanted to repeal Obamacare when they really always wanted to keep it in place.

“This revelation could perhaps change the belief that dominates Washington, that centrists monopolize common good sense and the Freedom Caucus is peopled by destroyers. More generally, the Obamacare debate may show some Beltway observers that sitting in the middle doesn't always mean you're ‘moderate.’ It sometimes means you simply refuse to take a stand.”

In other words, some good might come from the bad. Not only will President Trump recognize that the “moderates” don’t give a lick about his agenda or his popularity – and they’re certainly not afraid to make him look weak and foolish – the entire country will uncover the ruse the RINOs have been hiding behind for a long time.

Being “moderate” essentially means you believe in nothing, not even “half a loaf” or the spirit of compromise. Being “moderate” means you’re a soulless politician who managed to hoodwink enough people to get elected in the first place. A “centrist” means you float along, going wherever the political breezes take you. You’re for sale to the highest bidder.

“Moderates” never did anything great or noteworthy. Don’t they recall the story of King Solomon and splitting the baby?

If you don’t believe it, name one “moderate” who is championed by history as a difference-maker. Was George Washington a moderate? How about Patrick Henry?

This time the healthcare issue may come down to the president calling out the so-called “moderates” and exposing them for who they really are. Trump needs to stop acting like a politician and start being the “outsider” that he was before he came to Washington.

Perhaps Trump needs to take his case to the People – speak directly to Americans, use simple language and communicate like he did in his “Address to a joint session of Congress” two months ago. One way he can get around the roadblock in Congress is to generate popular support for his agenda, the same way Reagan did.

Trump didn’t need Paul Ryan and the “centrists” to win the election and he doesn’t need them now either. Let the great unveiling begin.

Donald Trump is already the most “threatened” president in history

Gauging by the outrageous nature of the anti-Trump protests going on around the country and the shrill volume of cries from liberals in Congress, it’s obvious President Donald Trump is not a very popular man in some circles.

But the depth of hatred for our 100-day-old president has reached such intensity that he’s now receiving “threats” at a pace yet unknown in American history.

Darren Samuelsohn of Politico reports, “Trump’s free-flowing tweets have invited more threats than his security detail can keep pace to investigate. On top of that, he’s been telegraphing his movements for the bad guys by establishing regular travel patterns in his first 100 days in office. And his very famous family is jetting around the world, draining the resources of a bureau still gasping from the frenzied pace of the 2016 campaign.

“All presidents live in a target-rich environment — agents often talk of mentally-ill people approaching the White House gates making threats against long-gone leaders like Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan. But law enforcement experts say the new Republican president has particularly upped his exposure levels through Twitter, with the missives emanating from his phone giving the masses the impression they can correspond directly with Trump.”

In fairness, the balance of Samuelsohn’s piece is not about leftwing wackos coming out of the woodworks to threaten the new president. It’s about the unique challenges that twitter and having a celebrity real estate developer with multiple properties and a famous family present to federal law enforcement.

But I also think it’s curious how the major media took great pains to highlight all the additional threats Barack Obama received relative to his predecessors, automatically tying them to racism and assuming the man who promised to “fundamentally transform America” was only despised so intensely because of his skin color.

It’s been well documented how the press always tried to tie the Tea Party movement to violence and radicalism. It didn’t work, at least to those who were willing to look at the facts.

There’s no doubt, however, that Trump and his security challenges likely break the mold. Not only does the Secret Service have to deal with the insane nature of the left, they also have to cover much more ground than they otherwise would with a more “conventional” person as president.

At the same time, just because Trump ran for president doesn’t mean he agreed to become a state prisoner inside the White House on home confinement. One can only imagine how difficult it must be for a man who’s used to having an active social life to be told he can’t just pick up and go out to dinner anytime he wants.

No president should be “locked up.” But how else to protect him?

The Secret Service is learning as we go, kind of like the rest of us as we look back on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. It’s been interesting – and will definitely only get better.

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President Trump's First 100 Days

Jeffrey, your article is so very well written and straight on point. You have managed to articulate the difficult problems President Trump is experiencing in draining the Washington, D.C. swamp and remaining safe at the same time..., no easy task to be sure! He is keeping his promises to the American people, as best he can, with a Washington-establishment-Republican-party that absolutely loathes him and a corrupted Democrat Party that is beyond ever being repaired..., in my view, anyway! All we can do from the sidelines is lend our support, pray that he succeeds and hope the same fate does not befall him as that of President Kennedy.