According to the liberal Brooking Center, 80% of Americans will see a tax cut from the recently passed tax reform. Since its passage, companies like AT&T and Comcast have announced employee bonuses and large investment in American enterprises. The trickle down in those cases is more like Niagara Falls. Call this a Merry Christmas from Conservative President Trump.
I have not been kind in analyzing the days of Mr. Trump. He was not my choice, and I still find him to be infuriating, maddening, and troubling. He is no uniter either. BUT … my purported job is to analyze what he is doing as President that is consistent with conservative principles.
I cannot deny this incontrovertible fact, in many respects, President Trump has governed as the most conservative President we have had in the modern era.
I once said that Trump is zero percent Conservative. That might be true in his core, but his Presidency is emerging as a USDA certified, prime-cut of some tasty conservatism on real policies.
I am not a Republican, nor do I engage in idolatry over any candidate. I am a conservative, and those principles are the measuring test for my government. I cheerlead conservatism, not people or party. Here are what conservatives can cheer about in the era of Trump.
Trump just massively cut taxes for people who pay taxes, including businesses who create jobs.
Trump has appointed rock-solid conservatives at every level of the judiciary, in record pace.
Trump has cut needless, deep-state, administrative-state regulations.
Trump is enforcing our immigration laws and stopping the policy of rewarding lawbreakers.
Trump is standing 100% behind our only real, democratic ally in the middle-east, Israel.
Trump said we would crush ISIS, and we have done that.
The stock market has boomed at record levels under Trump since his election.
The stock boom has caused a real trickle down, leading to jobs and real wage growth.
Trump is taking us back to space because Americans are leaders and explorers.
Trump has reinvested in our American Military.
Still, as well-documented on our site, and by me, Trump has been maddingly irresponsible, and he has likewise hurt his own ability to do more with conduct and statements that are best described as crazy.
The mere mention of Trump’s name drives some people crazy. In fact, some on the right are more angry and spiteful of Trump than the radical left, which is a not an easy accomplishment. It’s tough to out-hate professional haters from the moonbat crowd.
Still, if you criticize Trump, which he often richly deserves, the Trump idol-worshippers emerge with pitchforks. If you praise Trump, the anti-Trump, self-described conservatives arrive with torches.
Trump exists in a world where if you praise his success, you are a knuckle-dragging, Neanderthal, Trumper. If you criticize him, you are a liberal piece of crap or a “cuck.” I have been called all these names, and sometimes in the same day by different groups of the mis, under, or ill-informed.
Love him or hate him … or buy the false lie that he is a Russian stooge or agent … my role on the site I run and created is to measure what he does against conservative values and principles. He is no optimistic, shining city on the hill style Reagan. He is, however, in many very important ways, governing to the right of Reagan and completely consistently with Constitutional conservatism.
Trump is boxing in the administrative state. He is reducing the reach and arm of our federal government. He is giving the producers back their money. He is trying to stop the illegal invasion while strengthening our borders. Trump also is changing the judiciary for a generation and making it conservative again. It’s no wonder why the left will do whatever they must to take down the most conservative President of my lifetime.
If Trump could channel some Reagan optimism, and find one thoughtful aid to hold his twitter button … he would really be able to ramp up his conservative mission, and possibly start winning over people who love America, our founding principles, and all the ingredients of our success: limited government, lower taxes, free markets, personal accountability, and liberty.
We are nearly one year into this most unusual experiment, and Mr. Trump has earned the right to be congratulated for the conservative principles and actions he has taken, even from this often-harsh critic.
So Merry Christmas from the conservative President Trump
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.