So What Should Be Trump’s Highest Priorities? November 10, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Immigration, Restoration, secularism, Society, true leadership, Victory, Virtue.
Reader Tim left a good comment that ties in with my post from yesterday. Clinton’s defeat and Trump’s election (my preference in that order) is not the end of the struggle to right this nation, but the beginning. We cannot simply conclude our job is done and look for those we have elected to do the work of restoring this nation along at least Constitutional, if not Catholic, lines. To do so would be blindly foolish, seeing how many victories we have handed Repubniks and how little they have accomplished with all that power. Many certainly hope Trump will represent a revolution against this failed establishment, but we have seen many well-intentioned people go to DC before him and become corrupted and part of the establishment in no time.
One of the worst tendencies of Christians and conservatives generally is to quit while much work remains to be done. We do this because we have many other things, better things, God, families, jobs, churches, that need our attention and support. But the Left never quits. They don’t quit often because their literal job or career is leftist agitation, but they also don’t do so because their politics is their religion and thus they maintain a religious zeal in the prosecution of their political ends. I am not saying we should ever emulate leftists in this respect. But we should remain just as involved and active as we were in September and October, now that the improbable has happened and a possible revolutionary candidate has been elected to the highest office in the land.
We absolutely must hold Trump’s, and the Republican Party’s, feet to the fire on all the issues that matter most to devout souls. To do that, however, we need to understand what it is we need accomplished, and the relative priority for the many, many things that need to be done to not only help restore this nation along Constitutional lines, but awaken a spiritual revival in its citizens. To that end, I suggest what I feel should be the highest priorities for both Trump and the Republican Congress to achieve in, if not the first 100 days, at least the first two years in office. I am recommending specific actions, not general things like “promote Christianity” or whatever, which Trump may not be terribly adept at, anyway.
A few items, off the top of my head:
- Nominate a true conservative to replace Anthony Scalia. Use the nuclear option as required as the dems promised to do if they regained a majority in the Senate, to get this nominee confirmed. Ted Cruz would be excellent, I believe. Others from Trump’s September short-list would be fine. Have a candidate vetted and ready to go to replace Ginsburg should she retire/pass away, too.
- Control the Border. I don’t care if it’s a wall, or a fence, or armed troops with constant UAV overhead, or whatever, but we must reduce illegal immigration by at least an order of magnitude from its current uncontrolled status. I think a wall is the cheapest, most cost effective way to do this, but I’m open to other, serious suggestions. One of the first priorities should be to start laying out a design for the wall, acquiring land, and beginning construction well before the mid-terms of 2018.
- Repeal the Johnson Amendment: this could be done easily with the Republican majority in Congress. This could help jump-start the restoration of spiritual ardor of this nation right away, and could turn into a great rallying point for Christians. The media/left would have a difficult time arguing that churches should not have the same free speech rights as other groups. Numerous charities already support and oppose candidates by name rather openly, there is no reason churches cannot. It would also help put more bishops and priests on the spot with regard to undermining of Catholic Doctrine through support of amoral politicians and political parties.
- Overturn Obama’s illegal immigration-enabling executive orders. Also, terminate immigration of muslims or at least enormously curtail this. Give great preference to Christians seeking to immigrate from Middle Eastern countries the policies of his predecessors have destroyed. This is part of #2, and could really be done from the moment he enters office with the stroke of a pen. He needs no real political capital to accomplish this. The Left will scream he’s a racist “islamophobe,” but they’re doing that, anyway.
- Also, overturn the policy of reunification for a policy of preferential treatment. Right now, one member of an immigrant family enters the US deliberately, knowing they will be allowed to bring their entire family along at a later date. Replace this policy with one favoring skilled individuals willing to inculturate and be a positive contribution to the nation economically, instead of a leach on the too-generous welfare system.
- Work to Overturn Obamacare. As part of this, immediately repeal all aspects of Obamacare that impinge on religious liberty, such as the HHS Mandate. I know scores of people whose private health insurance costs have skyrocketed since Obamacare began, along with reduction in service and huge increases in deductibles. Our spending on health care has doubled in the past two years, thanks to Obamacare. Everyone of the several doctors I frequent voted for Trump because they see the destruction Obamacare is causing every day, and how much it’s hurting people. Here, Trump may not even need to take positive action, simply let it implode of its own accord?
- Break Down the Internal Security Apparatus of the “War on Terror.” Terminate phone data gathering, cell phone intercepts, etc. Eliminate the costly and useless TSA and replace them with private security as needed at certain airports. Institute profiling as practiced in Israel and other more sensible nations.
- Work to Re-invigorate the US Manufacturing Base. I don’t care if this involves reneging on free trade agreements, instituting tariffs on China and similar unfair competitors (it has been literally insane that we have basically funded China’s rise to great power status through trillions of US dollars sent there via cheap imports), lowering corporate taxes, or what, but a major reason Trump was elected is because non-college educated Americans have been getting pummelled for 20 years, at least, as free trade deals benefit the US Chamber of Commerce and corporate upper management but leave the middle class destitute. Also take steps to prevent the erosion of white collar professions through limits on H-1B visas and penalizing offshoring of professional jobs and the like.
- Implement an across the board and severe cut in the federal bureaucracy, reducing it, on a per capita basis, to year 2000 levels, at least? If the federal bureaucracy wants to be politicized and act as weapons of a particular party, they can suffer the consequences.
- Terminate involvement in endless overseas conflicts and use the savings to help re-capitalize parts of the military or for deficit reduction. Shift back to a Reagan/Weinberger doctrine of only getting involved in combat if VITAL interests are at stake. Nation building is not a vital interest of the US, nor are futile efforts to spread democracy across the Mid-East. Regarding ISIS, I’m agnostic, it is a threat and should be contained, but could this not be accomplished by means other than direct involvement of US combat forces?
- Encourage and accomplish Kalifornia’s departure from the union. Californian leftists (which is the vast majority, they voted for Shillary 2:1. Without California, Hillary would have lost by nearly 4 million votes) have been making noise that they want to leave the US now that someone distasteful to them is president. I say, let them go. That way, we won’t be on the hook to bail out their state government hundreds of billions of dollars in debt. Sort of a joke. Or not.
I’m probably missing some obvious ones, which is why I open the floor to you, dear readers. If even the first five were accomplished it would be an enormous step towards restoring this nation and turning it away from the dystopian, balkanized corporatist-socialist construct the Left has been pointing at for decades. As for deporting those here illegally, I see no huge urgency in doing so long as we get control of the border! Once that is accomplished and the crisis is passed, we will be in a much better position to decide how to deal with those millions who have come here illegally already. As left-wingers are finding out to their dismay, it’s not nearly so easy to immigrate to a socialist paradise like Canada as it is into the US. We have some of the most lax immigration laws around.
Tell me your ideas! And how do we insure Trump and the Republican Congress implement them!