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Some New Year’s Resolutions for President Trump

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on December 26, 2018 12:35

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Christmas feasting ended, we turn to 2019 with a mixture of apprehension and hope, humbly offering some New Year’s Resolutions for President Trump...

1. Reward Your Friends.  After the election, President Trump appointed Democrats like Generals Kelly and Mattis, Bush Republicans like Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley to top slots, perhaps hoping bipartisanship would be appreciated. Instead, opponents doubled-down. Meanwhile, supporters felt hurt as campaign promises went unfulfilled and jobs went to Never-Trumpers or Hillary Clinton donors. Time to give political plums to Trump supporters, or Independents.

2. Punish Your Enemies.  Instead of ordering the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton as promised in his campaign, President Trump permitted his administration to investigate him. Results were predictable: distraction from his political agenda, emboldened GOP Establishment opponents like late Senator McCain and President Bush, demoralization of swing voters (Trump supporters never wavered)...in part leading to loss of House control. Time to order prosecutions of out-of-control "Resistance" and Hillary Clinton, putting Democratic opposition on defense before 2020 election.

3. Keep Your Promises.  The recent shutdown over construction of the Border Wall could have been avoided had President Trump prioritized his campaign promise from Day One (Ann Coulter thinks it could have been built by now). Delay and distraction made it look like Trump had turned into Bush 41 of "Read my lips...no new taxes" fame. Since loss of the House, he seems to have remembered. Time to keep the promise, and build the Wall. Success leads to more success.

4. Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick. Teddy Roosevelt, also a cantankerous New Yorker President, coined this motto. President Trump might try to make it his, too. While Tweets helped get him elected, and have solidified support with his base, they have not persuaded those who don't subscribe to his Twitter feed. So President Trump hasn't used the "Big Stick" of the Presidency to seriously cost enemies money, positions, assets or careers. He now needs to make it perfectly clear that if Republicans like Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush cross him, they will pay a heavy price...just like his Democratic opponents, the media and other institutions. Time to end government contracts, grants, favors, and jobs for Never-Trumpers.

5. Institutions are More Powerful than Men. While force of personality can accomplish a lot short-term, in the end the slow, steady drip, drip, drip of bureaucratic inertia and resistance can wear down almost any individual. Presidents come and go, but a federal agency is forever...so President Trump needs to propose institutional reform, in order to keep his enemies busy at the very least. Time to remove Trump-Haters from the corridors of power.

6. Ideas Have Consequences. President Trump may have his reasons for an anti-intellectual attitude--but wrestling, reality TV, beauty pageants, and casinos can only take you so far. People need something to believe in, which means the lies of Political Correctness must be replaced by new ideas in order for President Trump to succeed. Time to set up a "Brains Trust."

7. Astonish us.  Great showmanship never fails. 

Happy New Year, Mr. President!

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on December 26, 2018 12:35

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