We’re Not Tired of Winning Yet

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 February 8, 2017|
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It has been three weeks since you were sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Since then, you effectively have fulfilled a surprising number of campaign pledges to us through the judicious use of executive orders. The Left is carrying on in total meltdown mode. It has been exhilarating to watch. With each announcement of a new initiative or executive order, the Left’s breakdown accelerates.

In the last few days, however, the  mainstream media have circulated stories suggesting your administration is already losing steam.

In typical fashion, these negative press reports have sent the cowardlyGOP surrender caucus” running for the exits. You helped compound this narrative when you indicated that it would take at least a year to repeal  the inaptly named Affordable Care Act. What’s more, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said it might take 200 days or more to implement your 100-day agenda, even though (he claims) he still believes in it.

These statements, taken together with the initial media reports, have entered into the horrific establishment echo chamber. Their narrative, now, is that you are officially wavering. The old accusations that you were never really serious about being a conservative president have begun reappearing. Still more, the Republicans in Congress—barely coalescing as it is—are starting to equivocate (as we saw with the DeVos confirmation vote).

During the campaign, Mr. President, you said that under your administration, the United States was going to win so much that we’d be “tired of winning.” After 19 days, I can assure you, Mr. President, we are not tired of winning. In fact, our appetite is not even close to being sated.

You still have more work to do. I say “you” instead of the “Republicans” because, let’s face it, the congressional GOP is itching for a reason to abandon you. Don’t give them one by making statements about pushing back the repeal of Obamacare by a year, please.

Recently, a recording surfaced of leading Republican lawmakers expressing skepticism about the wisdom of repealing Obamacare. Their fear was that a repeal would aggravate us plebes, because we are apparently rubes who cannot live without government handouts, especially in the form of  a grossly ineffective and unaffordable health care system. This aggravation, according to the GOPe’s idiotic calculation, would in turn give the Democrats a victory in the 2018 midterm elections. The meek shall inherit the Earth, but they cannot run a country. Do not listen to these insane calculations, Mr. President. They are wrong.

Recent interviews have confirmed that the Republican leadership is buying into this shortsighted (and inaccurate) notion. Mr. President, you are the only person who can keep the Republicans together. They need your decisive and bold leadership to give them the courage to stand firm against the Left.

And look at how much you’ve already accomplished. It’s just the start! So long as you maintain laser-like focus on the prize: implementing the agenda you campaigned on. No one in the Establishment is for you, sir. The only thing that you have fueling your presidency is the people.

You were not elected to make nice with either the Democrats or the weak-kneed Republicans. You were elected to drain the swamp. More importantly, you were elected—in no small part—to repeal Obamacare, the most pernicious legislation in recent history. The job should not be put off until 2018. It needs to start now. It should have started before you took the oath of office.

This is a bold move, I know, but it is the only move that you have. As your entire career has shown, fortune favors the bold. The populist conservative movement that catapulted you into office is the movement of the Tea Party. The Tea Party and its supporters are universally opposed to Obamacare. In fact, this was the one unifying element of the entire movement that sprang up organically in 2009.

This movement has delivered sweeping victories for the Republican Party across the country since 2010. Yet the Republican leadership has not noticed. They have tried to ignore it. They even campaigned against it in 2012. The GOP establishment paid the price in 2012 for ignoring this movement. Please, do not repeat their well-established mistake, sir.

Unlike other Republicans, Mr. President, you embraced the Tea Party movement when you announced your candidacy in 2015, and you never let go of it. You rode the entire populist wave from campaign stop to campaign stop. These people are why you are in the Oval Office today. These people want the ACA gone. It has been the consistent theme in every election since the 2010 midterms.

Most of us know better than to think that you can just snap your fingers and overturn the legislation. In truth, most of your supporters likely would be turned off by that. But you cannot ever give a timetable on these key issues in public, for the same reason you criticized President Obama for announcing military moves and withdrawal deadlines: it only encourages the opposition to resist harder.

As a former congressional staffer, I’m keenly aware that the legislative process takes time. I know what it’s like to try and herd those congressional cats to get anything done. But Congress will respond to decisive leadership—especially if the president is the leader of the majority party. And, despite the opinions of the GOPe crowd on Capitol Hill, you are the GOP’s leader. By being consistently decisive and bold—acting as you always have—you will win.

Now to the issue at hand: If you cannot do this; if you do not at least indicate that you are moving—everyday—toward ultimately repealing this horrific law, then you will lose critical support. This is an ineluctable fact.

Your base is the people who spend each and every day trying to get by, watching more and more of their hard work not paying off. These blue collar and middle class Americans are being crushed by government regulation and the increasing burdens of taxation. Now, their health insurance premiums are skyrocketing on top of everything else. This is not how it’s supposed to be. They expect you to fulfill your campaign promise.

So, Mr. President, please don’t listen to the media and don’t feed into the congressional Republicans’ public self-flagellation. Lead these people. Be bold. Keep winning. Never forget who put you in office.

Overturning the ACA and replacing it with a free market health system would  be the coup de grace for your first term. That, and economic revitalization will be what grants you a second term (and solidifies your place in history as one of the most consequential American presidents of the modern era).

Further, regardless of what the GOP surrender caucus in Congress seems to think: destroying Obamacare will give the Republican Party its greatest victories in Congress in 2018. Nibbling around the edges is not what Americans want. What’s more, it doesn’t inspire people to come out and vote. We are a representative democracy, not a statist technocracy.

Mr. President: we are not tired of winning yet. Please, keep winning for us. Don’t start listening to the naysayers now. You must not waver in your attempts to repeal Obamacare. While we realize that this will take time, you cannot appear to be wavering in public. If you do, it will be an opening for your enemies to exploit.

 

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About the Author:

Brandon J. Weichert
Brandon J. Weichert is a contributing editor to American Greatness. A former Republican Congressional staffer and national security expert, he also runs The Weichert Report, www.theweichertreport.com, an online journal of geopolitics. He holds Master's degree in Statecraft & National Security from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. He is also an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University. He is currently completing a book on national security space policy due out next year.
  • tz1

    40% of America hates Trump, a small minority of that is militant about it.
    The other 60% is cheering.
    This has been the problem. GHWB “Read my lips” until seduced by Sununu “well, compromise”.
    Gingrich that shut down “Their Government” until Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings said mean things on the evening news.

    You don’t have to repeal one bit of Obamacare, but you can liberalize things – Allow me to buy a basic plan (catastrophic) from any state, get meds from Mexico or Canada (where they are 10th the cost), let me go bare, double what I can put in my HSA, etc. And just let Obamacare implode.

    CUT TAXES NOW – and no Carbon tax. I hope Hank “TARP” Paulson got an earful.

    This is a rout. A basketball game where it is 80 to zero in the first quarter (20 out of 100 days).

    Paul RINO and Mitch McCuckold need to be replaced if they obstruct – they haven’t yet, but haven’t felt the wrath of the God-Emperor’s tweets. I’m waiting for the first time Trump says “call congress” and the switchboard melts down, the fax machines overload, and the feedback servers crash.

    The one shining wonderful bit of good luck is the left is getting more deranged by the day. They aren’t even trying to oppose Trump but shrieking like vampires hit with holy-water that backed up into a sunny room. Shriek on.

    • AEJ

      Good one on the vampire thing. I can actually ‘see’ it!

    • Facts R Fun1

      More than 40% of Americans hate Trump and the number keeps growing. Trump is a fascist. Fascism is just as bad or worse than communism. That is why the “left” is freaking out. We are not deranged. We are different from you. We make decisions from the heart and we have an incredible sense of empathy. You make decisions from the ego.

      • AEJ

        Polls are so reliable; wonder why the DEMs Victory parties never happened? It was in the bag, after all.
        Ridiculous “Fascists!” argument against Trump and the Right.
        Such a broad brush you use, painting the Right (and Center?) one way but the Left as having empathy and using the heart to make decisions. “We came, we saw, he died!” crowed a gleeful HRC.
        Making decisions based on empathy and ‘heart’ sounds wonderful but could get you killed. David Haines, Kayla Mueller, et al. Fine if you decide upon that basis personally but not fine for you to demand that basis for policy affecting 320M citizens.
        Sorry, we’re not handing the Republic over to the Left with nary even a whimper.

      • tz1

        You make decisions from the heart, not the head, so you will lose. You aren’t in touch with reality, so you will even cause harm because you won’t accept it.
        We make decisions from reason. Evidence. Science.
        You only care if someone hurts. So if we scream “ouch, you’re hurting us” you have to stop.

  • Tom W

    I like everything President Trump has done, including nonlegislative things. If Democrats and the main stream media have a conniption over something President Trump did, chances are I like whatever it was.

    Tweet about a “so-called judge”? I too am sick of judges who think they write the law instead of interpret the law.

    Putting a hold on immigration? Even the FBI director said it’s impossible to vet someone if records don’t exist in the immigrant’s country.

    Mayors and governors who think they have the right to pick and choose which laws apply? Let them put the money where their mouths are when President Trump cuts off funds for sanctuary cities.

    Carnage in Chicago? Yes, it is carnage. And if the mayor and governor won’t do anything about it, let the federal government do it.

    It’s about time things changed in Washington. Thank you, President Trump.

  • Party of Lincoln

    O’Reilly: “Do you respect Putin?”

    Trump: “I do respect him.

    O’Reilly: “Do you? Why?”

    Trump: “I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with them. He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russian than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS…and Islamic terrorism all over the world…major fight. That’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.

    O’Reilly: “He’s a killer, though…Putin’s a killer.”

    Trump: “We got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

    • Facts R Fun1

      You are in no way the party of Lincoln. I see no similarities whatsoever. I don’t know if someone is kidding you and you’re buying it or you’re kidding yourself.

    • AEJ

      The Purist argument is utopian.
      You ought to be at least heartened that DJT seemed uncomfortable (at minimum) with examples of not-so-innocent behaviors. I don’t suppose FDR and WC ‘liked’ working with Stalin but harsh realities in the real world can make for strange bedfellows.