I don’t know much about the personalities in French elections, other than what I read. As I write this, the French are casting ballots. Polls say nationalist Marine Le Pen has a slight advantage and will then compete in a later runoff with the other top vote-getter. Saturday I was listening to a radio broadcast while driving to Boise. A voice from the world of economics warned the planet would be heading for recession or depression with a Le Pen victory. The world may already be heading for a rough ride with or without the blonde who favors a return to old-fashioned French values. Central banks and governments have employed gimmicks the last decade to plaster over serious systemic issues. A doctor once told me cold medicines lessen symptoms but prolong the illness. We’ve had a mild economic cold for a very long time by choice because we’re afraid of brief violent affairs. We should also note central bankers and governments do business with people far, far worse than Madame Le Pen.
The real fear of the woman is she just might do what the politically correct cower about and that would be to remedy the cultural cancer ailing the West. Her cures aren’t Nyquil and bed rest for the clash of civilizations. “Get ‘er done!” to quote Larry the Cable Guy. One doomsayer warned last week the latest terrorist attack in France was an attempt to bolster Le Pen’s chances. As if a tall blonde conservative Catholic who rails against veils for women is an ally of Islam! To be clearer, the TV talking head should’ve said some Muslims looking to hasten the final battle realize the nationalist candidate is spoiling for a fight. Two weeks ago in this space I wrote I’m not in league with many of the worst racist elements opposed to refugee resettlement in Idaho. It doesn’t mean I’m a convert to the resettlement effort.
The final civilizational battle will come. In France better to fight it now while numbers remain in secular and Christian favor. The option is to take up the challenge a generation from now versus a culture you can expect will triple, quadruple or quintuple in size. Le Pen was the right candidate for France 20 years ago. Deporting jihadists and managing terrorist attacks would’ve been much easier in the middle 1990s. Over the last 24 months we’ve witnessed how just a few or even one radical can paralyze a major Western country. And the ranks have grown exponentially as European leaders have rolled over for useful idiots clamoring for compassion. The jihadists know the enemies’ weakness. Le Pen surely isn’t a shrinking violet. Is anyone surprised, in a country where manly virtue traditionally hides beneath a white flag, it’s a woman who emerged as the leader? The last time this happened the feminine Champion of France was grilled on a stake.
We’ve an opportunity on this side of the Atlantic. What little is left of our culture isn’t threatened by waves of refugees to nearly the same extent. Unlike some of the louder refugee opponents in Twin Falls I don’t support packing Muslims into boxcars and shipping them away to camps. They’re here. They came here on a valid promise. Americans are supposed to keep our word, however. As last week I told a member of my radio audience we’re at manageable levels. While we unfortunately still witness nasty, violent and bloodthirsty attacks in the United States we aren’t yet at the crisis plaguing Europe. The liberals would have us wait another 20 years and then wring their hands when full scale religious wars erupt in our streets. Did you see the comments from one Hollywood director a couple of weeks ago? Filmmaking allows you to be an expert in nearly everything (it’s like hosting a talk show). He suggested we needed to let militant Islamists know we love them. Judging by some Hollywood standards it might be the kind of love that gets you tossed from a minaret. Saturday I was sipping my morning coffee when I saw an online post from Washington Times columnist Cheryl K. Chumley (you should be reading her work). She included a photograph as well. A picture of a Christian girl plummeting three stories from atop a building. It’s not a recent image. It happened four years ago in Egypt. As we know from this most recent Easter, this isn’t an anomaly. This is what Christians face every day in parts of the world where they no longer have the population to defend themselves against aggressive neighbors. The frequent attacks in Egypt occur in a nation our government calls an ally. Last I looked, Egypt remains at the top of the list when it comes to receiving your tax dollars. Call it “hush money.” For the last 40 years it has kept Egyptian armies from crossing the Sinai to attack the only non-Muslim country in that part of the world. The United States is paying tribute to a violent Third World tyranny! I’m hopeful the French have finally caught on to the dangers inherent in these scams. The West is rewarding bad behavior and threats, and it needs to stop. Now. Vive Le Pen!
City Council and City Leaders: Regarding your request to receive input for the City of Twin Falls “Welcoming City” resolution.
Following is the way that I feel the Twin Falls City resolution should read: “As a Welcoming City, the City of Twin Falls invites all law abiding citizens, legal immigrants and legal refugees to come and help the community grow, prosper and be a welcome, safe place for all to enjoy, however, as such, the City of Twin Falls is not a “Sanctuary City”, and the City intends to enforce the State and Federal Laws relative to illegal immigration and illegal refugees.”
I have lived here in Twin Falls for all my life except for maybe four years. From what I have heard from others in the community, I believe a majority of the citizens of the city of Twin Falls would agree with this statement above.
Despite the best efforts of the White House “PR apparatus” to sell the president’s first 100 days as a success, the New York Times declared in an editorial, the new administration has, in fact, been plagued by “many missteps” including a “bungled sales job” on his first major legislative initiative and a “snakebit” confirmation process, all of which have produced “a flurry of articles bemoaning the lack of focus in the White House.” The first 100 days, the Times declared, is a period the president “might prefer to forget.”
The president in question is not Donald Trump. This is how, in April 1993, the Times described the first 100 days of Bill Clinton’s presidency. But not to worry, the Times reassured its readers: “It’s still early, and a hundred days don’t really mean very much.”
The Times is right: The first 100 days really don’t mean very much at all.
Right now, the Trump White House appears to be in a panic over the approaching milestone, looking desperately for last-minute accomplishments. It is pushing the House to vote this week on repealing Obamacare, and it is risking a government shutdown in an effort to make Democrats pay for a border wall with Mexico, instead of just passing a straight extension of current funding levels. And the president announced (to the apparent surprise of his own staff) that he would unveil his tax reform plan on Wednesday, before it is fully baked.
To which I say: Mr. President, slow down. There’s no rush. Ignore the critics. You’re doing just fine.
Trump has accomplished something more significant in his first 100 days than any president in recent memory has done: the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump can count every 5-4 decision over the next three decades that goes conservatives’ way as one of his “First 100 Days” accomplishments. No other modern president can claim to have had that kind of lasting impact in so short a time.
Trump also did something in his first 100 days that his predecessor could not bring himself to do in his entire second term: He enforced Obama’s red line against Syria’s use of chemical weapons. When the Assad regime apparently used a toxic nerve agent on innocent men, women and children, Trump didn’t wring his hands. He acted quickly and decisively, and in so doing restored our credibility on the world stage that Obama had squandered.
He underscored the message by dropping the MOAB (aka “Mother of All Bombs”) on an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan and by deploying the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group (after a brief detour off the coast of Australia) to the Korean Peninsula. And his decision to strike the Assad regime at the very moment he was meeting the Chinese president may have set Trump on a course to accomplish something three previous presidents failed to do: Enlist China in a real effort to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program.
Those things alone make Trump’s first 100 days a success. But he can also point to other accomplishments, such as signing into law an economic stimulus in the form of 13 resolutions of disapproval revoking regulations imposed by the Obama administration.
Of course, there is much more to do. And there is plenty of time to do it. History does not judge presidents by what they did in the first 100 days; it judges what they did during their presidencies. On tax reform, Trump should learn the lesson of the failed effort to repeal Obamacare: He has a better chance of success if he takes his time and does it right. George W. Bush did not sign the No Child Left Behind act until January 2002, nearly a year after taking office. Obama did not sign the Affordable Care Act into law until March 2010, about 14 months after taking office.
In other words, there is no hurry. So Trump should stop trying to throw Hail Marys before the 100-days clock runs out. Because when it does ... nothing happens. He’s still president on Day 101. Republicans still control both houses of Congress.
He has done big things and has plenty of time to get more big things done.