Trump is Destroying America… or is He?

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So, the left continues to scream that Trump is destroying the country, but it seems to me, despite the fact that generally speaking the news media bashes Trump constantly, the bits and pieces of news I am catching seem to tell a much different story.  If I were to just look at the stock market, and job market, and initial results from the tax plan, and a few other factors, it would seem that ALL of America is doing better under Trump, much better in fact.

Corporate production that has returned to the United States since the “evil Trump” was elected and has enacted policies that promote US production instead of outsourcing:

  • Ford cancelled a planned small car production plant move to Mexico
  • Trans-Lux (makers of the Jumbotron) are moving 100% of their production back to the US from China
  • Sprint is bringing back 50,000 jobs and investing $50 billion into the US economy
  • GM has invested $1.9 billion in creating or retaining 1,500 jobs in US production facilities
  • Carrier kept 1,100 jobs in the US that they planned to move to Mexico
  • IBM, who as recently as 2016 cut 14,000 US jobs has since announced the creation of 25,000 US jobs over the next 4 years (related story)
  • Fiat Chrysler is moving production of the Ram Trucks back to the US from Mexico, and in doing so is bringing 2,500 jobs back (related story)
  • Amazon announced creation of 100,000 full-time US jobs
  • Walmart announced it would be hiring 10,000 more retail employees and due to construction of new distribution centers, will be employing 24,000 construction workers
  • Lockheed Martin announced it would be hiring 1,800 more workers at their Texas production plant where the F-35 is built (related story)
  • Mining and logging industry has added 42,000 jobs since Trump was elected, as opposed to cutting 83,000 jobs under Obama (related story and related story)
  • Intel resumed production of a new $7 billion facility in Arizona that will employ 3,000 high paying tech jobs and 10,000 support personnel
  • Bayer AG committed to adding 3,000 US jobs and billions in R&D spending
  • Samsung investing $300 million and adding 500 US jobs (related story)

BonusesFollowing the evil GOP (Trump) tax plan passage, that is “literally going to kill Americans,” at least according to the left, these “evil corporations” did the following:

  • AT&T announced they were giving $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 US employees, specifically citing the tax reform as the reason
  • Comcast announced, due to the tax reform, it would be giving $1,000 bonuses to more than 100,000 employees (related story)
  • Walmart raised their base pay to $11 an hour and handed out bonuses of up to $1,000 to hourly employees (related story)
  • The list of companies giving out post-tax plan pay increases and bonuses continues to grow (see image to the right and the related story)
  • Apple, the company liberals love to love, is bringing back $250 Billion and 20,000 jobs to the US and even according to leftist, Trump hating media, “even if only a portion is directly attributable to the new tax law.” (related story)

In regards to a few other measures of the US Economy, the stock market under Trump has grown by $6.9 Trillion, yes Trillion (related story) and in news that has not really even made the news, the national debt has actually fallen by $102 Billion since Trump took office, and even ULTRA liberal Snopes can’t twist that to something other than “True” (Snopes entry).  That is quite the contrast to the increase of nearly $9 Trillion under Obama (related story).

I may just be some stupid street cop, but if this is what “destroying America” looks like, please, keep on destroying.

 

 

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Note: I will be the first to admit that Trump was absolutely NOT my candidate in the primaries.  I have written numerous times that I hate the way he acts on social media and that I think he is far too flippant with the way he talks about certain issues, including the language he uses.  That is not because it offends me, hell, I am impossible to offend and what he has said nearly echoes my own sentiments, but it is because I feel his behavior is not appropriate for the person holding the position of the President of the United States.  Just because I disagree with how he handles that particular aspect of his job does not remotely mean that I do not support the president.

The Left Dehumanizing Those With Whom They Disagree

A friend of mine, a person whom I’ve known since kindergarten, a very kind, caring, good hearted woman shared an article on Facebook two days ago.  I found it odd because she normally does not share political stuff, but usually sticks to stories about animals, animal cruelty and vegetarian eating.  Yes, besides being a kind, caring person, she happens to be a liberal.

Anyone who knows me knows I am not a liberal, not in the remotest.  But I am not heartless or cruel.  I care about others, in fact my entire professional life has been dedicated to caring for victims of crime.  Yes, I actually went into this job for the very cliche reason of wanting to help other people.

The article she shared was titled “Good People Don’t Defend a Bad Man” and it was accompanied by a picture of Donald Trump, with the obligatory angry appearance taken fully out of context.  To say I was taken aback would be an understatement.  Here is a woman I have known all my life who is essentially saying that I am a bad person because we disagree on politics.  In a very unlike me move, I chose not to respond for fear I would overreact, and instead I let it percolate a few days so that I could temper my thoughts on the matter.

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I read the article, which really boiled down to two things; 1) bashing Trump and 2) dehumanizing Trump supporters, or in this case, writing them off as “bad people.”

Dehumanizing the enemy is a tactic as old as time, but it is most often used in times of war, and it is used by both sides, “good” and “bad.”  During WWII, the Nazis dehumanized the Jews and Japan dehumanized Americans, just like America dehumanized the Germans and the Japanese.  Why?  Because it is easier for soldiers to do their job, on either side, when they hate enemy they are fighting.

That is all fine and dandy, in a time of war, but sadly this is one American dehumanizing a very large group of other Americans simply because they support a different political ideal.

According to John Pavlovitz, the author…

“Good people don’t refer to entire countries as ‘shitholes.’”

“They don’t defend racists and nazis and call them ‘fine people,’ days after murdering a young girl and terrorizing an American city.”

“Good people don’t tweet anti-Muslim rhetoric in the moments immediately following a bombing in order to bolster a position.”

“They don’t leave American territories filled with brown skinned people without power for months upon months, after publicly ridiculing their public servants and questioning their people’s resolve.”

“They don’t take away healthcare from the sick and the poor without an alternative.
They don’t gouge the working poor and shelter the wealthy.”

So, here is the problem with all of that, none of it is factual, but rather it is all opinion based on talking points from the anti-Trump left.  In fact, some of these points center around things that may not have ever even occurred.  If I were so inclined, I could easily offer a counter point to every piece of “evidence” that this author offers to prove that I am a “bad person.”

For instance,  “Good people don’t refer to a group of 5 million Americans who have done nothing beyond joining a civil rights group as murderers.” Something the left often does when they call the NRA and its 5 million members murderers.

“Good people don’t defend a socialist, racist, anti-law and order terrorist organization which has murdered many Americans for nothing more than their chosen profession.”  Which is what the left is constantly doing when they support and push Black Lives Matter and their anti-American agenda.

“Good people don’t Tweet anti-Constitutional rhetoric, in an attempt to violate the rights of millions of Americans, using the still warm bodies of murdered children to stir emotions.”  Yet this is exactly what happened after Sandy Hook, and used the adult victims in many other mass casualty incidents, all in an effort to infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans.

“Good people don’t steal money from hard working, struggling Americans and freely give it, along with food and water purchased using that money,  all in an attempt to earn political favor, while using the suffering American citizens as political props to bolster their hate filled rant against the president.”  But that is exactly happened to the aid sent to Puerto Rico, but the left still blames Trump instead of the corrupt Puerto Rican politicians who stole it.

“Good people don’t force young healthy people to purchase healthcare they do not need and cannot afford.  Good people don’t push lies claiming that not forcing people to purchase healthcare they don’t need is the same thing and forcibly taking away their healthcare.”  But that is exactly what Obamacare is, and that is exactly what the left is doing in referring to the removal of the fines for not purchasing Obamacare.

“Good people don’t refer to a tax plan that helps far more middle and lower income families than it hurts as ‘gouging the working poor’ or a tax plan whose corporate tax breaks have already seen numerous large corporations moving production back to the US, or giving millions of dollars in bonuses to their non-executive employees.”  But that is exactly what this author and much of the left is doing.

We must, all of us, remember that having different opinions is important for the health of the country.  Being able to discuss those differences in a calm, logical manner is even more important.  Writing off those who disagree with you as “bad people” is very dangerous, self-destructive, and if it continues, it will lead this country down a very dark path.

If this divisive, dehumanizing tripe is resonating with a woman I’ve known as a kind, caring person for 40 years, I am very scared about what it is doing for those who are not as kind and caring as she.


In the comments on my Facebook page, someone rightfully pointed out that “Seems to me you do a fair bit of this yourself.”

I typed a response but before I could post it, their original comment disappeared. This is my reply:  The thought did occur to me as I wrote this, which is one of the reasons I wrote it. I need to remind myself of my own shortcomings at times as well.
-Matt