President Trump’s actions this week from nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, to reading the riot act to the Pecksniffian members of NATO, to admonishing British Prime Minister Theresa May over her Brexit sellout have made us proud to be Americans after eight years of Obama administration dithering and weakness.
It has been a whirlwind week for President Trump. On Monday, he nominated Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh from the DC Court of Appeals as the replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy who is retiring from the Supreme Court. In true showman’s fashion, President Trump built up the announcement of his choice for the Court until the nation’s attention was focused on his Monday night event. Anticipation ran so high that liberal snowflakes began their obstructionist campaign with dire warnings against an as-yet unnamed nominee in a ridiculous display of liberal hysteria. With Kavanaugh’s nomination, President Trump continues keeping his promise to nominate constitutional conservatives from his vetted list to the delight of Americans not used to political leaders keeping their word. Predictably on cue, the anarchical left went ballistic with much wailing and gnashing of teeth lamenting how Kavanaugh’s nomination heralded the apocalypse in sensationalized appeals dripping with frightful language. According to the left, women were going to die in the streets because Kavanaugh’s vote would outlaw their cherished abortion with the repeal of Roe. The hyperbole was so over the top that most Americans just ignored it coming on top of the lunatic ranting of Maxine Waters and others urging the radical left to take to the streets in a violent uprising.
Constitutional conservatives cheered Kavanaugh’s nomination because his ascendance to the Supreme Court has the potential to give conservatives a solid majority and finally end the judicial activism so long practiced by the liberal wing of the Court. Going back to the Court of Earl Warren in the 1950s, liberals have held enough sway to turn the Court away from its traditional role as constitutional interpreter of the laws to one of judicial activism discovering new rights where none had existed before while ignoring the original intent of the founders to be umpires calling balls and strikes. Liberals began focusing their attention on the Court during FDR’s administration when the Supreme Court began striking down the various components of his New Deal socialization. Ironically, it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who elevated California Governor Earl Warren to the bench as Chief Justice followed by liberal Democrat William Brennan, both of whom Eisenhower referred to as “the two biggest mistakes” of his presidency. Along with the New Deal liberals appointed by FDR and Truman, the Warren Court set about reshaping the judicial landscape for generations.
It has been a long, hard slog for conservatives to finally regain a majority on the Court solid enough to turn back the liberal judicial activism which has wrought havoc on our nation and its laws. Establishment Republican President George H.W. Bush wasted an opportunity to nominate a conservative to the Court preferring instead to nominate obscure jurist David Souter, who turned out to be more liberal than anyone could imagine, just to secure a nomination. Even conservative stalwart Ronald Reagan only managed two conservative Justices out of his four nominations to the Court during his presidency. President Trump has made it all too clear that he is a fighter who intends to go to the mat defending conservative nominees to the Court and isn’t interested in merely achieving a Senate confirmation win.
With Senate control, Brett Kavanaugh should have no problem being confirmed by a Senate where several Democrats in the minority are fighting for their political lives this election year in states Trump carried handily. Back in the day, then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Democrats would come to one day regret triggering the nuclear option of rewriting Senate rules requiring 60 votes for cloture on presidential nominations to one of a simple majority so as to force through the Obama administration’s liberal judicial picks. With Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace Court swing vote Anthony Kennedy, that day has come much to the chagrin of Democrats scrambling to uncover any trick they can think of to stop the inevitable demise of their control of the Supreme Court. Red-state Democrats Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and Joe Manchin in West Virginia all voted to confirm previous nominee Neil Gorsuch and face intense pressure to confirm Kavanaugh as their reelection chances hang in the balance.
The hysteria over President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was quickly replaced in the news cycle as Trump left on Tuesday for Europe to attend the NATO summit, meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As if this wasn’t enough distraction from the Kavanaugh nomination, the anticipated appearance of disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok in a joint hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees resulted in enough fireworks to seize control of the news cycle for a couple of days.
Prior to President Trump’s arrival for the NATO summit, European Council President Donald Tusk issued a veiled threat warning President Trump to tread lightly with the remarks “Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don’t have that many.” Ignoring the EU’s empty threat, President Trump unloaded on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for his plan to require member nations to reach their 2% of GDP target spending goals by 2024 by stating that he expected NATO countries to reach this target by 2019. President Trump lambasted the delinquency of NATO countries that have spent decades enjoying the protection America has funded by providing around 25% of the NATO budget. While those on the left prefer to obfuscate the situation with claims that President Trump is mischaracterizing NATO’s mission when he refers to America providing protection to NATO members from Russia, the reality is that NATO was organized to protect Europe from the Soviet Union during the Cold War despite its vague mission statement proclaiming mutual defense of any member by all members. After World War II, the only threat Europe faced was the Soviet Union launching a tank attack through the Fulda Gap, so protests by the left are disingenuous at best.
In addition, President Trump pointed out to the shocked NATO representatives that Germany was partnered with Russia in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to supply Russian natural gas to Germany a deal which Trump characterized by stating that “Germany is totally controlled by Russia cause they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia” and that with this deal “Germany is a captive of Russia.” President Trump is right to be incensed at European leaders who rely upon the generosity of the United States in funding NATO for their protection from Russia while cutting energy deals with Russia that increases Russian control over their destiny. President Trump also pointed out that the European Union takes advantage of the U.S. with unfair trading practices while relying upon America’s generous protection.
It’s been a long time since an American leader spoke the cold honest truth to European leaders who have long ago forgotten the sacrifice America made saving the continent from despotism in two world wars. President Trump minced no words brutally reminding NATO members the reality of their situation. For all of their aspirations to unite in the European Union to overtake America as the world’s lone superpower, European leaders have been unable to seal the deal as EU member nations such as Great Britain seek to exit a political alliance which has proven itself not in the best interests of its members or their sovereignty. Americans watching the United Nations, the European Union, and NATO all heap scorn on the U.S. while its members have their hands out seeking American financial assistance were left cheering President Trump’s aggressive diplomacy and blunt talk.
Naturally, America’s lefty snowflakes are beside themselves wailing the demise of the free world as their fear of confrontation has trained them to be fawning mandarins ever seeking the approval of the rest of the world which they fear to upset. President Trump’s performance at the NATO summit has erased years of Obama administration policies seeking to eliminate American exceptionalism around the world by raising our allies’ expectations of American tolerance to the point where they now believe they can walk all over us with no repercussions. President Trump is rebuilding American exceptionalism in the world by reminding the world that America remains on top of the heap despite lefty illusions to the contrary.
From the NATO summit, President Trump traveled to Britain to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May where he lambasted her sellout of the Brexit vote with her soft-Brexit Chequers Plan by reminding her that its adoption would kill any chance of a trade deal with America. May was fully in the Remain camp prior to the Brexit vote and harbors illusions as Prime Minister of softening the Brexit deal in favor of the EU. Her apostasy has already cost her the resignations of Brexit secretary David Davis and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, moves which threaten to bring down her entire government.
Brits voted for Brexit because they recognized the threat to British sovereignty posed by the European Union with its requirements for open borders and unrestricted immigration flows as millions of Muslim immigrants were inundating Europe adding to the influx of Muslims refusing to assimilate with their no go enclaves, insistence on the adoption of sharia law, and increased violent criminal attacks on Europeans for no other reason than not being sufficiently deferent to these Muslim interlopers or just because they could. Hungary and the Czech Republic recognized early the threat from this massive influx of Muslims and took steps to seal their borders with fencing in defiance of the EU which they continue. As a result, they have been largely free from the problems posed by these Muslim immigrants in other nations whose leaders foolishly welcomed them with open arms and generous benefits such as Germany. Reports of Muslim criminal activity is constantly downplayed by the German press while German politicians attempt to con Germans into believing them over their own lying eyes seeing the destruction these Muslim immigrants are causing.
Britain has always been reluctant to fully embrace the concept of the EU and its subversion of member sovereignty by an unelected bureaucracy in Brussels. Britain retained the Pound even as other European countries rushed to convert to the Euro despite dire warnings by the left that Britain would suffer economically for their refusal. History has proven the left wrong as Britain has continued to prosper with its retention of the Pound. Britain’s refusal to fully embrace the globalism of the EU bureaucrats in Brussels with the Brexit vote has earned it the enmity of the continent as the EU seeks to make Brexit as painful as possible for the British as a warning to any other countries toying with the idea of leaving the EU. Hard line Brexit supporters such as Nigel Farage of the UKIP and Boris Johnson have argued for a clean break from the EU and an aggressive British negotiations strategy protective of British interests. They rightly argue that the EU has more to lose than Britain in Brexit negotiations as Britain would be free to negotiate its own trade deals with other countries while excluding the Muslim hordes inundating the EU. For its part, the EU has waged a scare campaign demonizing Brexit with all manner of dire consequences which await the British if they don’t knuckle under and kowtow to the EU. A successful Brexit breakup threatens the viability of the EU as other countries are watching Britain with their own aspirations of leaving.
President Trump’s conveniently timed visit to Britain brought a powerful reminder to those rural Brits who overwhelmingly supported Brexit just exactly what is at stake as May attempts to scuttle Brexit with her soft-Brexit Chequers Plan. London Mayor Sadiq Khan rallied the British left for show demonstrations against President Trump, but Trump is loved in the British heartland where many expressed their support of the president. President Trump reminded the British that May is wasting an opportunity with Brexit by timidly viewing it as a political crisis to be managed. President Trump’s remarks plainly stating the obvious that trade deals with other countries will be impossible, have bolstered British conservatives whose doubts concerning May’s Brexit strategy cause them to fear it doesn’t amount to Brexit.
Next on President Trump’s European itinerary is the long-awaited meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to be held at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Lefty snowflakes have called for President Trump to be chaperoned in his meeting with Putin convinced as they are of his involvement in some shadowy Russian collusion conspiracy and that his meeting with Putin is to advance their mutually nefarious interests shielded from the prying eyes of the world. Several contentious issues such as the Russian annexation of Crimea and Russian involvement in the Syrian War are apt to be raised as President Trump has shown little reluctance to soft-shoe around confrontation on this trip. It remains to be seen what comes of this meeting the world has anxiously awaited since President Trump’s election.
So far this week, President Trump has hit a home run with his nomination of constitutional conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, his blunt confrontation of NATO and its recalcitrant ways, and his astute analysis of the Brexit situation British Prime Minister Theresa May has fouled up. Throw in disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok’s snarky defense of his indefensible actions in his House appearance, and President Trump has had a pretty good week in office. Trump’s base grows stronger as he keeps his promises and unravels the damage done to American exceptionalism by the Obama administration. This was a week President Trump’s supporters all felt proud to be Americans as we watched Trump not so much Make America Great Again as remind the world that America has always been great and continues to do so.