Donald Trump’s conservative victories have been huge, but unless Congress reasserts its powers and restrains the Courts, his gains will be ephemeral.
The Heritage Foundation, perhaps the leading conservative think-tank, is over the moon with what President Trump has accomplished to date. This from the Washington Examiner:
With unprecedented speed, the Trump administration has already implemented nearly two-thirds of the 334 agenda items called for by the Heritage Foundation, a pace faster than former President Reagan who embraced the conservative think tank’s legendary “Mandate for Leadership” blueprint.
Thomas Binion, director of congressional and executive branch relations at Heritage, said that Trump has implemented 64 percent of the “unique policy recommendations” from the group.
At this stage of his presidency, Reagan had completed 49 percent of the Heritage policy recommendations.
“We’re blown away,” Binion said in an interview. Trump, he said, “is very active, very conservative, and very effective.” . . .
I share in the Heritage Foundation’s appreciation for Trump, the blackest of black swans. True, Trump appears on the surface to be a loose cannon and given to extremes of hyperbole, as befitting any New York hustler.* I have made peace with that, though — I studiously ignore everything Trump says or tweets, leaving that for the neo-Marxist media to feed upon while Don Surber and Scott Adams interpret it for the rest of us. And I will be holding my breath every day Trump is in office. On the other hand, I stand in awe of his effectiveness and that of his administration to date and would, this time enthusiastically, vote for Trump again.
All of that said, if Trump does not work with Congress to address several key reforms, his legacy will be as ephemeral as Obama’s has proven to be. Worse, given where we stand today, still near the precipice of making the Constitution a useless piece of old paper, it is almost assured that the next radical neo-Marxist who takes the Presidency will take us over that precipice. We absolutely must have structural reforms to return us to government by the Constitution. The neo-Marxists should only be allowed to remake America if they can do so by force of persuasion and the ballot box as our Founders provided. [Read more…]