Some incredible facts were revealed during the first 41 days of Donald Trump’s presidency that began with his arrival in Washington and ended with Tuesday’s address to Congress. What we learned didn’t come from the president. It doesn’t have anything to do with our dreams or the nation’s spirit. These incredible facts came from America’s reaction to a presidency many don’t want including those sour, pouting Democrats sitting in the audience Tuesday night.
The president assured us that our citizens will come first. What we learned since his presidency became real is that our citizens don’t always put us first.
We also learned that it doesn’t make much of a difference.
Let’s start with the first of eight awesomely incredible facts about how things work in our nation:
1. Demonstrations are a waste of time when you have no power
Demonstrations can be loud. They attract attention. Without political power they are a waste of time. Judging by the crowds at some of the anti-Trump rallies they do serve one purpose. They give people without jobs something to do. Hopefully their organizers forked out some change for coffee.
2. Historic achievements mean nothing
How many history-making accomplishments did Barack Obama bring us? It doesn’t matter anymore. We are in the process of erasing his legacy. Trump is in charge. It’s time to move on.
3. Poster children can be torn down
The days of the heroic illegal immigrant are over for now. That better life in America, illegal job, and the other payoffs for breaking the law are suddenly at risk. Instead, we can put up a poster for the immigrants who come here the right way. Then we can put up another for the taxpaying citizens who have been educating illegals immigrants’ kids.
4. Racism is rampant if you want it to be
Trump came out swinging about hate in America. Good move. It is crucial for Democrats to turn us into a nation teetering on the brink because of who and what took over the presidency. Anecdotal evidence of racist acts and hate crimes proves nothing, but it sure draws attention.
If you look for racism you can find it just about anywhere. That doesn’t mean it’s endemic. It doesn’t mean Americans who support Trump are racist either, unless you want them to be. Here’s another incredible fact: Democrats want you to be exactly that whether you like it or not.
5. Nationalism isn’t a bad thing
Nationalism doesn’t always mean basement white supremacist meetings. It means putting the country before those who want something for themselves.
Under Obama we put America at the mercy of a world community that time and again shows it is incapable of dealing with global problems, criticizes us at every opportunity and is very fond of our money and our military. At home fringe minority groups called the shots. Hopefully those days are behind us.
6. There are no such things as facts
There is no such thing as fake news unless you are talking outright lies. Any fact can be spun into a falsehood. Disinformation can be based on the truth. The media makes money entertaining, not reporting the facts. What does all this mean?
We can’t believe anything we hear unless we want to. If you need to believe that ICE is about to storm elementary schools or that your health insurance will be stripped away without warning these falsehoods will become the truth. The incredible fact that many will tell you that you are right doesn’t mean your beliefs and fears have the slightest validity.
7. Republicans haven’t given up their old ways
Division is the bane of the GOP. It’s up for grabs whether the party is capable of agreeing on what to do with the Affordable Care Act. That decision will soon become the party’s biggest internal crisis once we get this pesky Russian problem behind us.
We should let Democrats draft their own Obamacare replacement. They are better at this sort of thing and we won’t have to listen to them whine that they were left out like we were in 2009.
8. Trump will separate cowards from the brave
Another incredible fact: nothing is more important than getting reelected, not even Donald Trump.
Hear that splash? You will. Midterms are less than two years away. Long before November 6, 2018 we will find out who is loyal and who is not as Republicans worried about their jobs succumb to yellow fever and jump ship.
That also means we can plan on waiting until 2019 for our new health plan.