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DRAFTTrump Good and Bad
We examine Trump’s first term job performance divided into the good and the bad, the bad first.
Trump’s bad actions include:
• First on the list is a kind of vacancy when it comes to immigration restriction. Practically everything Trump said he would do in that line hasn’t been done, mostly through his own inaction or his failure to fight with the ferociousness and tenacity we expected of him.
From “The American Spirit” written when Trump had just won the election in 2016: “I’m prepared to be disappointed in Trump but it is flamingly obvious he will be orders of magnitude better than Clinton would have been.” Certainly the second part has been true but I didn’t expect Trump to be such a disappointment in some areas, foremost being immigration restriction. There he has been a milquetoast, more a wimp than a fighter. Today even his promises for the future have gone limp, dropping deportation of illegal aliens and focusing solely on border control. Success in only the latter will be too little too late.
“The Wall” should be understood as a metaphor for all methods of preventing migrants from entering the country illegally from anywhere by any means, not just migrants walking in across the Mexican border. “The Wall” includes an actual wall along the Mexican border, one that works, like Israel’s. Where is it? The same place as compulsory E-verify, mass deportation, the end of birthright citizenship, vastly improved visa tracking, punishing governors of sanctuary cities, and the other immigration policy promises that helped get Trump elected: nowhere.
• Pandering to blacks and hispanics.
From a Trump campaign press release: 
If it can be believed (I doubt it), half a trillion dollars down the same old bottomless pit.
“... President Donald J. Trump has released the Platinum Plan for Black America, which will uplift Black communities across the country through a $500 billion investment. After years of neglect by Democrat politicians, Black Americans have finally found a true advocate in President Trump, who is working tirelessly to deliver greater opportunity, security, prosperity, and fairness to their communities.”
Another press release the same day was titled: “LIVE: President Donald Trump holds Latinos For Trump Roundtable in Doral, FL” and a video is included on the campaign website. The website has a Spanish language version of itself too.
It’s the way politics has been since non-whites became a political force in the Sixties (and the left got rid of voting requirements – the 1965 Voting Rights Act) but we expected something better from Trump.
• Trump surrounds himself with corrupt men, even his own enemies. A prime example is William Barr. Earlier in Barr’s career he was involved in the Ruby Ridge attack and later went out of his way to defend Lon Horiuchi, an FBI hired killer (both Waco and Ruby Ridge).  It’s difficult to drain the swamp when you keep flooding it.
The people didn’t elect Jared Kushner yet they got him anyway.
• Invading Syria in March 2017, then bombing in April 2018 under false pretenses, contradicting his campaign rhetoric.  (He declared victory in December 2018 but troops are still there.)
• Ramping up the Afghanistan War in August 2017, baldly contradicting his campaign rhetoric.  (He claims troops will be out by the end of 2020.)
• While denouncing socialism in words, he and Congress engage in massive spending. Regarding government spending Trump is worse than Reagan.
• Failure to immediately halt travelers from China at the start of the covid epidemic there.
• What is Trump’s position on Julian Assange? It isn’t clear.
The kangaroo court extradition hearing of Assange in the UK recently concluded and the foregone decision is set for January 4th. The prosecutors represented the U.S. but it isn’t clear who the people are behind them. When the farce runs its course Assange will be extradited and face a show trial in the U.S. If Trump thinks about it at all, he might be planning to pardon Assange but is keeping it to himself until after the election so the pardon doesn’t become an issue. (The MSM has been silent about the UK hearing.) Or he might be waiting until Assange is in the U.S. to protect Assange from a prison assassination in the UK.
One of Assange’s long time lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, has said that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson, claiming to speak on Trump’s behalf, told Assange before the 2016 election that he could avoid extradition by revealing the source of the leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee. She says that Assange refused because it would violate Wikileaks’ editorial policy. If true (Rohrabacher denies it, which means little) and Trump has such power, it’s a black mark against him that he doesn’t do now what he could do then. (Though again, he might fear rocking the election boat and so is waiting until afterwards.) 
Trump is finally reconsidering the case of Edward Snowden, whom shortly after his whistleblowing leaks Trump denounced as “a spy who should be executed” and now (11 April 2020) says that he will “look ... very strongly” into granting him a pardon. (Snowden has never asked for a pardon, only a fair trial.) Can we expect a similar reevaluation in the case of Assange? (After Trump’s remarks about Snowden, William Barr, the Attorney General, said publicly that he vehemently opposed a pardon.)
Trump’s good actions include:
• Being so repellent to the Deep State that it has made its existence widely known through brazen attacks on him. You can read Rodney Stich for its earlier history. 
• Bringing up the immigration issue, what immigration patriots call the National Question. Were it not for Trump we wouldn’t be hearing about immigration from the mainstream media. The idea of an immigration moratorium is getting into the air.
• Appointing Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch (founded by Larry Klayman), to a court oversight commission that has the power to remove judges for misconduct.
• Appointing two not-so-bad Supreme Court justices and one fairly good one. The last, Amy Coney Barrett, is said to have an originalist view of the Constitution. 
• Aggressively prosecuting elite pedophile rings when Jeff Sessions was Attorney General (I don’t know about now with William Barr). 
• At least trying to prosecute those responsible for the Russiagate hoax (Trump is being stymied by William Barr which is his own fault, see above). 
• Withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
• Banning the indoctrination of employees of the federal government and its contractors with critical race theory.
All in all, in his first term Trump has been better, or in a few cases no worse, than Hillary would have been. The 2020 election is the 2016 over again, and ARI recycles its earlier “Trump is Hitler” arguments to get you to vote against Trump. However after Trump’s four year record as president their arguments are even more worthless this time around.-oOo-
In his podcast of 22 July 2019  Yaron Brook said (emphasis his, on top of a strident delivery throughout):
“Those of you who are apologists for Donald Trump, please never use the word ‘Objectivist’ to associate it [Objectivism] with yourself. Because you cannot be Objectivists, you are not Objectivists, if you apologize for this guy.
“And you are not doing anybody a favor by selling-out, selling-out the fundamental ideas that we believe in. For the sake of what? Popularity, for the sake of defeating the left?
“You are sell-outs, you are the fifth-column within Objectivism.”
To Mr. Brook defeating the left is unimportant. Considering his position on immigration, gun control, free speech (he pays lip service to that last but remains silent in the face of egregious violations of it), Mr. Brook himself is of the left.
As Ed Mazlish says, “Every accusation the left makes is a confession.” The people at the misnamed Ayn Rand Institute are the real sell-outs and fifth columnists. They prefer Biden (and the extreme leftists backing him) to Trump because Trump at least to some degree is working to restrict immigration and to return manufacturing to the U.S. His supporters do not apologize for him, they are proud of the positive things he has done and lament the negative.
1 Dated 25 September 2020, on the official Trump for President website, titled “President Trump Releases The Platinum Plan for Black Americans: Opportunity, Security, Prosperity, and Fairness.”
2 “William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers”
by James Bovard, The American Conservative 16 January 2019
3 “Trump’s Disastrous Syria Attack”
by Ron Paul, 16 April 2018
4 “Afghanistan War – the Crime of the Century”
by Ron Paul, 16 December 2019
5 The source of the leaks was likely DNC employee Seth Rich, who discovered that the DNC was rigging the 2016 primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton. He was later found murdered on a Washington D.C. street, his valuables still on his person. Trump’s opponents claim that the source of the leaks was Russia, and that Trump was in collusion with Russia.
6 Links: Rodney Stich.
7 Barrett’s originalist view goes only so far. She has said in so many words that Brown vs. Board of Education is sacrosanct. Also, she is a Catholic and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishiops has embraced open borders. Her adoption of two Haitian children may also influence her decisions on immigration.
8 “President Trump Zeros in on Elite Pedophiles”
by Liz Crokin, 14 June 2017
“Trump Takes Down Over Two Dozen Elite Pedophiles Including Celebrities & Politicians”
by Liz Crokin, 9 October 2017
9 Article in MailOnline by Geoff Earle, 8 October 2020
10 “What Should We Do About the State of the World?” starting at 40:07: