While a number of President Donald Trump’s opponents were screaming at the sky on the anniversary of his election, I thought it would be a good idea to offer some commonsense perspective instead.

I figured it would be a good idea to have a look at some of the positive highlights of the president’s record, positions, influences and intentions so far, as well as countering previous political hype (including screaming).


One of the first things that President Trump did was to re-implement the Mexico City policy, previously overturned by President Barack Obama. The policy forbids the use of taxpayer dollars for non-governmental organizations in foreign countries that “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” Reestablishing the policy was an important moral step for many Americans.

Trump also signed into law the Women in Entrepreneurship Act to support women in small businesses, a situation grounded in ethics as well as economics. Trump also issued an executive order protecting freedom of religion and how the federal government respects and interacts with religious bodies, groups and organizations.

The economy is charging up. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has topped 23,000 for the first time. Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in 17 years. U6 unemployment, which includes discouraged workers who have quit looking for a job and part-time workers looking for full-time employment, has fallen. Over 1 million new jobs have been created, with 261,000 alone in October.

We have experienced three quarters of uninterrupted economic growth. The number of Americans living on food stamps has declined as they return to work. Major companies have committed to investing in the United States or have decided against outsourcing jobs. Trump’s insistence on tax reform has led to a concerted effort from Republicans to provide a plan to do just that.

Wherever one falls on the DREAM Act, Trump’s decision to return it to Congress for consideration is wholly constitutional — whereas we were once told by some that Trump would trample the Constitution. Despite politically conjured images of packs of racist, uniformed government agents ransacking the country to deport immigrants by the millions, such mass deportations never materialized because that was never what was going to happen in the first place. However, the strengthened focus and action against illegal immigrants who have committed horrendous crimes has increased with success — such as against gangs.

Toughened requirements for immigration and temporary immigration bans on a handful of countries proved to underscore the Trump administration’s commitment to national security. The horrific terrorist attack in New York on Halloween led the president to renew a push against the diversity visa program, arguing that merit, not chance, should be the ultimate determining factor in immigration admission — a sign of decisive commitment to fixing security problems.

Whereas much of the talk over the past few years had to do with military culture, Trump’s Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is now focused on dismantling America’s enemies — including the terrorists. In years past, inhuman ISIS thugs were beheading people and setting human beings on fire in cages. Now, those very same thugs are surrendering en masse. Trump’s display of American military prowess, in addition to his seeking to build roads with particular countries in the Middle East, have secured a renewed commitment among some, like Saudi Arabia, to take a stronger stand against terrorism. Neither Japan nor South Korea can doubt America’s friendship and alliance in the midst of the North Korean nuclear crisis (Japan has fully committed itself); and neither can Israel now doubt America’s friendship and alliance in the midst of Islamic hatred and terrorism because of the Trump administration’s stance.

That some of those who worked on Trump’s campaign are now under investigation for illegal dealings deconstructs claims of cronyism and politically charged cover: Trump is rightly not shielding those who worked for his campaign. Others, who once contended the Trump campaign was in collusion with Russia and that this was a mortal sin, are now forced to explain why the Clinton campaign, and certain Democrats, did the very thing they accused Trump and his people of doing. (Let’s be clear though: any Russian or foreign interference in an American election, or American politics in general, is unacceptable.)

In 2008, the Democrats were lauded for the integration of social media and technology into their campaign apparatus, while Republicans were playing catch-up. Now, the Republican president has made the 2008 model look like an antique. Trump no longer needs the traditional media to make his points — he has Twitter. In using Twitter, there is no moral need or benefit for the president to do things like calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” This overshadows the office of the presidency, and undermines Trump’s shining, wonderful moments, such as the sincerity he displayed in addressing the heroin and opioid crisis, or his personal interaction with victims of natural disasters — which are forgotten in the furor over Twitter. I want the president I voted for to do well on all fronts.

Ultimately, the president will need Republican legislative help to sustain his progress. The gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey this past Tuesday underscore the imperative need to, in part, accomplish larger goals, or the Republicans will be in danger of losing both houses of Congress. (In 2009, Republican wins in both states presaged the Republican capture of the House in 2010.) Tax reform, border security and health care need to be tackled.

True, the president is doing what he can within his constitutional purview. But it is also true that, so far, President Trump has a strong record of accomplishment. And that is what should speak louder than a chorus of screams. After all, we want our nation and our president to succeed — and succeed well.