45 DONALD TRUMP 2017-2025
Fed up with 28 years of Bushes, Clintons & Obamas, I decided never to vote again and threw away my voter card. Donald Trump pulled me back into it, and I voted in a primary for the first time. Trump is a truth-teller with the courage to say what he believes. After getting the Republican nomination, he got 306 electoral votes to become president. Trump vowed to make America great again and signed 20 executive orders his first 10 days in office. They were aimed at cutting regulations, restructuring Homeland Security, defeating Islamic terrorists, deporting illegals, strengthening the military, helping veterans, reviving the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, replacing Obamacare, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership & cutting funds for groups that perform abortions.
Donald John Trump was born in Queens, New York City, June 14, 1946. He became a builder in Manhattan. His father loaned him a million dollars, which he turned into a ten billion dollar empire. He headed the Trump Organization, which erected buildings like Trump Tower. Trump owns golf courses and has authored best-selling books like "The Art of the Deal." He is media-savvy and hosted a TV show called "The Apprentice." He has 5 kids: 3 sons and 2 daughters by 3 wives. His wives are Ivana, Marla & Melania. Melania was born in Yugoslavia in 1970. Donald Trump announced on June 16, 2015, that he was running for president of the United States.
Democrats, the liberal media & many Republicans opposed Trump, but he overcame his opposition to win the 2016 presidential election. A businessman who had never held political office, Trump was elected because Americans were disgusted with being called "racists," "sexists" & "homophobes." "I am your voice!" he assured his supporters. The more controversial Trump's remarks became, the more his support grew. Trump connected with voters on such issues as trade, immigration & the military. He reached out to working people, not to the talking heads. He called his campaign a "movement," and it was.
Donald Trump chose Mike Pence as his vice president. His main cabinet members are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper & Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie. Trump nominated conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with the goal of stopping activist judges from legislating from the bench. The Senate confirmed Gorsuch 55-45. Gorsuch restored the 5-4 conservative tilt on the bench.
Trump fired FBI director James Comey, pledging to drain the swamp,
It is America first! Trump replaced the globalism of recent decades with a new nationalism, picking up where Ronald Reagan left off. Trump is a builder and encouraged companies to bring jobs back to the United States. We need to rebuild our infrastructure: roads, bridges & airports. Trump insists on using steel made in the U.S. He wants to make things.
In his first press conference, President Trump scolded the liberal media. Freedom of speech is one thing. Publishing lies and fake news is something else. CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today are biased extensions of the Democrat party. Fox is the only news outlet that can be trusted.
Democrats became obstructionists. Hollywood and the music industry encouraged anarchy with their radical activism. The United States was created by men from northern Europe for themselves and their descendants lest we forget.
Trump met with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump's chief concerns were trade deficits with China and North Korea's nuclear program. Trump is upgrading our nuclear arsenal.
Presidential historians make a big deal out of the first 100 days, and President Trump had a huge 100 days. Besides his executive orders and his appointment of Justice Gorsuch, he reasserted America's leadership in the world. He turned the military loose, bombing an airfield in Syria over the use of chemical weapons and dropping a MOAB on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan. Trump's main challenges were North Korea and Iran! He elicited support from the Chinese president in dealing with North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-Un. The unpredictable Kim made threats and wanted nuclear weapons. Trump insisted that our NATO allies pay their fair share.
President Trump signed an executive order that led to drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. It is called "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy."
"Our country is blessed with natural resources, including offshore oil and natural gas reserves," Trump said. "But the federal government has kept 94 percent of these offshore areas closed. This deprives our country of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars." Trump reduced our dependence on foreign oil.
His executive order directed the Interior Secretary to review locations for offshore drilling. Drilling off the Carolinas was blocked for years.
"This order starts the process of opening offshore areas to job creating energy exploration," Trump said. "It reverses the previous administration's Arctic leasing ban and directs the Secretary of the Interior to allow development of offshore areas that will bring revenue to our Treasury and jobs to our workers."
Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations, said America would tighten the screws on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was testing missiles in pursuit of one that could carry a nuclear weapon. When Kim threatened an attack on Guam, Trump responded that the U.S. was locked and loaded.
President Trump's first overseas trip included Saudi Arabia, Israel & Rome. He hit the centers of religion: Islam, Judaism & Christianity. His mission was one of peace!
In Saudi Arabia, Trump pledged to work with the king to bring peace to the Gulf region. Trump and first lady Melania were greeted at the airport with a red carpet. Trump's speech was geared to stopping terrorism by cutting off funds. He addressed the leaders of 50 Muslim countries.
“Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.”
In Israel, Trump declared that Iran must never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. He wants peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
In Rome, President Trump met with Pope Francis. They discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people. Peace was the theme.
On the 4th leg of his 9-day trip, Trump criticized NATO allies in Brussels for not spending enough for their collective defense. In response to Trump’s criticism, NATO announced it would join the fight against ISIS.
Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate change has gone on since the formation of the planet. It is likely global warming is the result of the sun going through cycles. Or it may result from a periodic stretching and shrinking of Earth's orbit. Trump recognizes that the Paris agreement was designed to redistribute wealth out of the U.S. Withdrawal represents an assertion of American sovereignty. Trump has one obligation, and it is to the American people.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump's travel ban against 6 Muslim countries: Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia & Yemen. The ban does not include Muslims with established ties to the U.S. I wish Muslims were never allowed in this country. The Bushes made a mess with their wars in the Middle East. America has gone awry with its same-sex marriages and the legalization of marijuana. There have been 60 million abortions since 1973, a holocaust that dwarfs what was done to the Jews in World War II. White people seem to be committing suicide. The United States was founded by white Protestants from northern Europe. They meant for their country to remain WASP in perpetuity. The idea of a half-breed Muslim as president would have been repugnant. So would an invasion by the Third World.
President Trump signed 39 pieces of legislation while fake news agencies like CNN failed to report them. He announced a plan to privatize the air traffic control system.
Trump made his second trip overseas in July, 2017, going to the G20 in Hamburg, Germany. The Group 20 is an organization of industrial nations.
In Warsaw, Poland, President Trump defended western values in a speech to thousands of Poles, vowing “the west will never be broken!” Trump said nations need to protect their borders and preserve civilization from those who would destroy it. The crowd responded by chanting “USA!”
After this speech, Trump flew to Germany where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladamir Putin. Putin commented, “I'm delighted to be able to meet you personally, and I hope that our meeting will yield positive results.”
Donald Trump has a vision! He is aware that America will celebrate its 250th year in 2026, the year following his second term in office.
Resistance from The Left continued. The Left is today's Nazis. Democrats insist that Hillary Clinton lost the election because of Russian interference. Totally ridiculous! Radicals began destroying Civil War statues, and violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia.
President Trump addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in September, 2017. Here are excerpts from that speech:
"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about. That’s what the United Nations is for."
He thanked the secretary general for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security & prosperity. Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.
The U.S. is one of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet it pays 22 percent of the budget. In fact, it pays more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, the investment would be worth it.
So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world: We will fight together, sacrifice together & stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity & for the almighty God who made us all. Thank you. God bless you. God bless the nations of the world. And God bless the United States of America!"
President Trump's 13-day Asian trip in November, 2017, began in Hawaii. Before embarking on his first visit to Asia, Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Pearl Harbor. The president and first lady paid a solemn visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, where they tossed flower petals into the water above the sunken battleship. From Hawaii, it was on to Japan, where Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe held a press conference in Tokyo. Here are some key quotes: On the North Korean regime: "The era of strategic patience is over." On the North Korean people: "As far as the North Korean people are concerned, I think these are great people under a very repressive regime, and I really think that ultimately, I can tell you this, I hope it all works out." On the trade deficit with China: "The problem we have with China is, it's been an unfair trade situation. Our trade deficit is massive. It’s hundreds of billions of dollars a year." First lady Melania spent the second day in Japan with her counterpart, Akie Abe. They went to a school. At the sight of students assembled to greet her in the gymnasium, Melania's face lit up. She high-fived them and posed for a group photo, where she made a peace sign with her fingers. A Japanese calligraphy lesson was next, and the classroom erupted with applause when the first ladies entered. "Beautiful characters," Melania said, as she watched the children make brush strokes. From Japan, it was on to South Korea, where Trump concluded his speech to a standing ovation from members of the parliament. Trump warned that aggression by North Korea would be a mistake.
In China, Donald Trump met with President Xi Jinping. Xi said that China is committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He announced that China and the U.S. signed deals worth more than $250 billion. President Trump and Melania attended an opera in Beijing. The Asian tour concluded with Vietnam and the Philippines.
President Trump gave his first State of the Union address, January 30, 2018. He said the state of the union is strong because our people our strong. 2.4 million new jobs had been created, and unemployment was at a 45-year low. The stock market was breaking records. The biggest tax cut in history had been enacted, meaning more take home pay. The president spoke of a new American movement in which we can achieve anything. Our motto is "In God we trust," and Trump stressed the importance of the flag and the National Anthem. He talked about helping veterans, appointing judges, eliminating regulations & making Washington accountable. He said that the war on coal has ended and car companies are coming back. We are getting our wealth back. We are protecting American workers and rebuilding our roads and waterways. Trump wanted 1.5 trillion dollars for infrastructure. He spoke of a new optimism. Make America great again! He called for unity and common ground. The progress made in Trump's first year as president was extraordinary. There was job training and paid family leave. Gang members were rounded up, and there was an immigration reform package. Trump offered citizenship to 1.8 million people brought here by their parents. In return, the border must be secured, and that means the Wall must be built. Trump wants a merit-based immigration system. We need to put America first! We need to fund our military and upgrade our nuclear arsenal. Terrorists are enemy combatants and must be treated as such. Trump finished his speech by talking about North Korea and the nuclear threat.
March, 2018, President Trump signed proclamations imposing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross supported the decision.
“A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad,” the president said. “When it comes time where our country can’t make aluminum and steel, you don’t have much of a country.”
Trump appointed Gina Haspel as the first female director of the CIA.
In April, 2018, President Trump signed a proclamation to send the National Guard to the southern border in response to the flow of drugs.
In May, Trump announced the United States will exit the Iran nuclear deal. It was a one-sided deal that never should have been. Trump reiterated that Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons.
In June, President Trump met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. This historic summit took place in Singapore. Trump called for an end to military drills on the peninsula and said he will bring the 30,000 U.S. troops home.
"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless we see the future negotiation is not going like it should,"
Kim agreed to return U.S. military remains from the Korean War. The Koreans are one people and should not be divided. The goal is to come up with a treaty that officially ends the Korean War. At some point in the future, North and South Korea may unite, although it will take time.
The Supreme Court upheld Trump's travel ban, voting 5-4 to limit travel to the U.S. from Muslim countries that support terrorism. The president called the ruling a victory for the American people. The Supreme Court also dealt a blow to unions, ruling against forced fees for government workers. Justice Gorsuch did his job.
President Trump and Vladimir Putin of Russia met in Helsinki, Finland. Both called the summit a success, vowing cooperation. “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics,” Trump said.
Trump renegotiated NAFTA, the trade deal with Canada and Mexico, calling the new deal the USMCA trade agreement. Trump is great at making deals!
President Trump and first lady Melania traveled to Pennsylvania, to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. 40 passengers and crew went down on United Flight 93 near Shanksville while thwarting an attempt by hijackers to fly the plane into the Capitol Building. Trump made an amazing speech, focusing on the heroes whose lives were lost. The site is a National Memorial.
Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He was confirmed 50-48, making him the 114th Supreme Court Justice. It was a victory for Trump, who can create a conservative majority on the nation's highest court for decades to come.
As the 2018 midterm elections drew near, Trump campaigned in states where Republicans were running for Congress. Historically, the party that wins the White House does poorly in the midterms because the president is not on the ballot. Trump traveled from state to state holding MAGA rallies for Republican candidates. The rallies were packed, and Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate.
There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives. To have a majority and the Speaker of the House, Republicans needed 218 seats. As was expected, Democrats won the House. Fortunately, Republicans gained in the Senate. With a majority of 53 to 47, Trump will continue to shape the federal judiciary. It will be easy to have cabinet secretaries confirmed.
As of November, 2018, the Senate had confirmed 84 judges nominated by President Trump, including 2 Associate Justices on the Supreme Court.
William Barr became Trump's Attorney General. Trump needed an AG who would put an end to the Mueller investigation. There was no Russian collusion. It was a hoax!
When a caravan from Central America was headed for the United States, Trump vowed it would never enter and sent the military to the southern border. Tear gas was used when the mob became violent. This is not immigration. It is an invasion!
9/11 changed everything. It caused the U.S. to send its young men to ungodly places like Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result, there has been a Third World invasion of the United States. Together with abortion, civil rights & an obsession with space, whites are losing control of their country. To spell out what has happened is to be called racist. I say bring our soldiers home to their families. Let them defend their own country!
Trump is popular! In less than 2 years, there are 4 1/2 million new jobs. The economy is booming. Unemployment is at a 49-year-low.
Trump and Melania flew to Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I.
Trump brought troops home from Syria. Promises made! Promises kept! He means to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan by 50%. I would take all our troops out of the Middle East. Bring them home! The war has been over since Bin Laden was killed. No point occupying Muslim countries while Muslims colonize the United States!
President Trump and First Lady Melania visited the troops in Iraq following their second Christmas in the White House. Air Force One landed in darkness west of Baghdad. Trump addressed troops in a hanger, telling them, "We're no longer suckers. We're respected again as a nation."
Congress passed a spending bill but failed to include funding for The Wall. Trump promised to veto the bill if he did not get 5 billion for The Wall. 5 billion is a small amount of money compared to the 4 trillion dollar budget. Trump shut down the government as the Democrats became the party of obstruction.
On January 8, 2019, President Trump spoke from the Oval Office. He maintained that a crisis existed on the southern border. Illegals were pouring into to the U.S., bringing drugs and crime. Ruthless gangs were coming from Central America. 5.7 billion dollars were requested for a border wall. The Wall will be steel rather than concrete. Congressional Democrats denied there was a crisis. Of course, they saw illegals as future votes. But illegals continued to kill and rape American citizens. President Trump told Congress to do its job. It needed to pass a bill to secure our border. Trump swore to protect our country when he took the oath of office, and that is what he was doing.
President Trump gave his second State of the Union address on February 5, 2019. He called for unity and stressed border security. In my opinion, this speech assured Trump's re-election. He called on Congress to govern as a nation, to dispense with partisan politics. He introduced men who fought on D-Day 75 years ago. He introduced Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon 50 years ago. Trump said we can make our country more prosperous than ever by embracing the common good.
There has been an economic boom. 5.3 million new jobs have been created. Unemployment is lower than over half a century. 157 million people are working. Regulations have been cut and companies are returning to the U.S. America is the number one producer of oil and gas, and our military is the most powerful on earth. We are taking care of veterans. The state of the union is strong.
Trump voiced the need for bipartisan action to secure our southern border. Drug cartels must be put out of business, and caravans coming from Central America must be stopped. Gangs like MS-13 must be destroyed. We must support ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
President Trump promised to build the Wall, a steel barrier, in places with the greatest need. Walls have worked in San Diego and El Paso. They save lives. Make America safe!
Bad trade policies were reversed. NAFTA was replaced by the USMCA United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. Tarifs were imposed on Chinese goods to protect American jobs. We needed to bring back manufacturing jobs and rebuild our infrastructure. We needed to fight cancer and lower the cost of health care. Congress needed to pass legislation to stop late-term abortions. We need to cherish life! All children, born or unborn, are created by God.
When it came to foreign policy, NATO was now paying its share. Trump withdrew from the INF treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) and may renegotiate it to include both Russia and China. We want peace on the Korean Peninsula, and Trump touted his good relationship with Kim. He asserted that America was founded on the principles of freedom and will never be a socialist country.
Having fought in the Middle East for 2 decades, we need a new approach. "Great nations do not fight endless wars!" Trump was seeking a political solution in Afghanistan. Iran must never have nukes!
President Trump asked Congress to look at our opportunities. He said our biggest victories are yet to come. Let's choose greatness! Let's reignite the American imagination. We are one nation under God! God bless America!!
On February 15, 2019, the president Trump signed a spending package providing 1.2 billion for border security. At the same time, he declared a national emergency on the southern border. He will use executive powers granted by the Constitution to divert billions more toward building the Wall. “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border one way or another,” he said.
Donald Trump is the only president to deal with North Korea. His goal is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, making the world safe for our kids and grandkids. Trump is a giant, a great man and a great president! Kim said he is open to denuclearization, and Trump believes there can be a deal.
Trump's 2020 budget sought $8.6 billion for the border wall. The president also wanted work requirements for Americans getting welfare benefits. Leftist Democrats in Congress resisted. Trump's requests were part of a $4.7 trillion budget plan.
The $8.6 billion Trump sought for the Wall included $5 billion from Congress and $3.6 billion from the military construction budget. Trump means to use funds from the Defense department to build the Wall.
Trump vetoed the resolution by Congress to stop his declaration of a national emergency on the southern border. This was his first veto. Even some Senate RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) backed the resolution. Overriding a veto requires 2 thirds of the votes in each chamber of Congress.
Trump signed an executive order regarding campus free speech. Universities must recognize the First Amendment and free speech or risk losing federal funds. Liberal colleges and universities are denying conservative students the right to speak.
Trump directed the State Department to cut off aid to Honduras, El Salvador & Guatemala. These countries make up Central America's Northern Triangle. The United States never should have been giving aid to these countries.
President Trump warned Mexico to stop migrants from entering the U.S. Mexican authorities had been letting migrants from Central America pass through their country. Trump issued his ultimatum on Twitter, saying he would close the border to all travel if Mexico did not deal with this problem. He announced escalating tariffs against Mexico.
President Trump and First Lady Melania visited Japan in May, 2019. Trump declared that Japan has a trade advantage over the U.S. and that he hopes a future agreement will remedy the situation. He threatened Japan with tariffs on automobiles. In Tokyo, Trump and Prime Minister Abe attended a sumo wrestling event.
In June, 2019, President Trump traveled to England, where he was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II. There was a state dinner, tea with Prince Charles & a tour of Westminster Abbey. Melania's outfit showed a Diana influence.
The president was in England to celebrate 75 years since D Day. He criticized the Muslim mayor of London. It is inconceivable that Shakespeare's city would have a Muslim mayor. We all know what happened to Othello. Trump spoke at the Normandy cemetery in France.
After Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods, Mexico deployed its National Guard along its southern border. The flow of migrants into the U.S. slowed noticeably.
Trump got a real Attorney General in William Barr. Barr put an end to the Mueller hoax. For 2 years, the so-called Deep State tried to pull off a coup. Democrats in Obama's Justice Department (FBI) tried to undermine a duly elected president. Those involved need to be prosecuted and sent to prison. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity were on this like a squid. Hillary Clinton should go to prison, having deleted 30,000 subpoened emails while Secretary of State. Obama's Justice Department spied on the Trump campaign, no doubt with Obama's knowledge. "The fix was in," Hannity said. Hillary was supposed to win the 2016 election. The Russian collusion hoax was meant to divert attention from wrongdoing by the Democrats. Trump instructed Attorney General Barr to declassify all 2016 election intelligence.
President Trump kicked off his 2020 campaign in Orlando. He was introduced by vice president Pence and first lady Melania, decked out in yellow. 4 more years! Drain the swamp! Promises made, promises kept! Trump began by listing his achievements: 6 million more jobs, 145 judges, 400 miles of the Wall built by the end of next year. America was now the number one producer of energy and had its lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. The economy was booming! Trump praised ICE and border security. He praised veterans. He reaffirmed his belief that life is a sacred gift from God. He lashed out at Democrats! The Democrats want open borders. They want to destroy America as we know it. The president blasted the Russian hoax "witch hunt" and how the Democrats tried to subvert democracy by trying to overturn the 2016 election. He mentioned crooked Hillary deleting 33,000 emails. Trump's confidence is contagious! He has transferred power from a political class back to the American people. In his second term, he will finish the job. He will end Obamacare and finish the Wall. He will make good deals. He referred to Obama and Biden as "suckers," and said no one who supports sanctuary cities should be allowed to run for president.
On his way back from Japan, Trump became the first U.S. president to enter North Korea. With a handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met at the Demilitarized Zone. It was a 50-minute meeting. "I was proud to step over the line," Trump told Kim. Kim said of Trump, "I believe this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future." Donald Trump wants to make an official visit to North Korea. He deserves a Nobel Peace Prize!
President Trump gave a speech at the Lincoln Memorial on the 4th of July, 2019. America's military participated, leading up to deportation raids. Andrew Jackson's portrait is not in the Oval Office for nothing.
Deportation raids began. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began apprehending illegal immigrants ordered to leave the country, targeting illegals in 10 cities.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that President Trump can use money from the Defense Department to build the Wall, resulting in another 100 miles. Another victory for Trump and border security!
August 17, 2019 - The political season used to begin in February of an election year. Conventions were held and candidates were nominated by the parties. Presidential elections followed in November. Now, the political season seems year around. Campaigning seems endless! Neither party wants to accept defeat. 20 Democrats vied for the 2020 nomination, women among them. In my mind, the presidency is a man's job. The Left in this country has gone too far. The Antifa movement in Portland, Oregon, needs to be labelled a terrorist group. I think there are too many elections. Everything is politicized. To me, it is pointless to elect a president and then have to re-elect him. It seems like a good idea for a president to serve one 6-year term.
Following mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Democrats screamed for gun control. Trump met with the National Rifle Association and assured them the Second Amendment would be protected. I have never owned a gun and have not fired one since basic training in the army. Still, I am with Trump and stand by the Constitution.
The G-7 in France saw Trump re-aligning the world economy with America's interests first. Trump dominated! He confronted China. He wants Russia back in, making it the G-8. Americans need to get behind Donald Trump.
When Hurricane Dorian caused damage in the Bahamas, President Trump sent FEMA and the Coast Guard to help.
Trump rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana. October 11, 2019
Donald Trump showed up to support the Republican candidate for governor. He began by saying we have ended the war on energy and are taking care of our veterans. These endless wars have got to stop! We are bringing our soldiers home. He said the Democrats have gone completely insane. He called out the fake news media and called impeachment, "bullshit." He spoke of his recent deal with China, which protects intellectual property and provides for China to buy farm products.
Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham opened a criminal investigation of the Russian collusion hoax. There will be a Grand Jury. James Comey, John Brennan & James Clapper need to be indicted.
Trump said the crazy Democrats are making him stronger. Newt Gingrich said we are witnessing the death of the Democrat party.
President Trump spoke at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2019. He was the first president to attend the parade. He thanked our 18 million veterans.
Trump did a Keep America Great KAG rally in Bossier City, Louisiana. He hit the Democrats and the radical Left. He hit their media partners. He hit Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff & Jerry Nadler. Trump said he took down the Clinton dynasty, the Bush dynasty & the Obamas. He praised the Republicans for sticking together.
President Trump visited Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, 2019. He greeted troops and announced he had resumed peace negotiations with the Taliban. Trump means to draw down forces in Afghanistan. “The Taliban wants to make a deal, and we’re meeting with them and we’re saying it has to be a cease-fire," he said.
In December, Trump launched the Space Force, establishing the first new military branch in over 70 years. It will be administered by the Air Force Space Command. The Space Force will protect our satellites.
Our military took out 2 big terrorists, al-Baghdadi and Soleimani. Trump designated 52 potential targets in Iran, one for each of the hostages held in 1979, if Iran refuses to back down. Trump reiterated that as long as he is president of the United States, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon.
By January, 2020, Trump had appointed 187 federal judges.
Trump signed phase one of his trade deal with China. Beijing promised to more than double purchases from American farmers. It ended the trade war.
Tens of thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 24, 2020, for the annual March for Life. Donald Trump became the first president to appear at the event in its 47-year history.
Trump said "unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House."
"When it comes to abortion, Democrats have embraced extreme positions." Trump told abortion opponents: "They are coming after me because I am fighting for you."
The Trump administration added 6 more countries to its travel ban: Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Tanzania & Sudan. This makes 13.
President Trump's third State of the Union address (February 4, 2020) began with Republican's chanting "4 more years." Trump said jobs are booming and our country is surging! America's future is bright! The years of being scorned by other countries are over. We are moving forward and will never go back! Our borders are secure. Our families are flourishing. The State of our Union is stronger than ever. We are pro-family, pro-growth & pro-America. There are 7 million new jobs. We have reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration. People are working! Veterans are working! Disabled Americans are working! Young Americans are working! We have a blue collar boom! Applause after applause! The stock market has soared. 401Ks are doing great. America is the #1 producer of oil in the world and is energy independent. We have built 12,000 new factories. Companies are returning to the US. USMCA will create automobile jobs. The trade agreement with China will bring in money. We are rebuilding our country! We are investing in the military: planes, rockets, & ships made in the U.S. We created the Space Force. Our job is to always put America first. The Wall is being built along our southern border. 187 new federal judges have been confirmed. We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. President Trump presented Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.
The corrupt Democrats refused to accept the 2016 election results and began planning impeachment as soon as Trump was inaugurated. They finally sent 2 bogus articles to the Republican controlled Senate. The articles were not based on anything the president did or did not do. It was another hoax! It was about the Democrats' irrational hatred. It was unconstitutional and amounted to an attempted coup!
House Democrats plotted impeachment to try to keep Trump from being re-elected in 2020. They wasted a ton of taxpayer money, the result being that the president was acquitted and re-elected in November.
Trump spoke from the White House after his acquittal. He said he went through hell and had done nothing wrong. He held up the Washington Post with the headline, "Trump Acquitted." He called the whole thing "bullshit," and it was! It was political. Pelosi, Schiff & Nadler belong in prison! They are evil people! Trump congratulated Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, on doing a fantastic job! The impeachment was a sham!
The vote in the Senate was 52-48. The only Senator to break ranks was Mitt Romney, who hates Trump for personal reasons.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania visited India in February, 2020. They went to the Taj Mahal after Trump gave a rousing speech at a cricket stadium. The president’s daughter Ivanka was there. Trump announced a $3 billion deal that will send military helicopters to India. Trump's motorcade passed massive crowds with American flags waving on the way to the stadium. Billboards along the route showed Prime Minister Modi with Trump and Melania.
Wearing a Keep America Great hat, Trump came to Nashville after a tornado hit downtown in March, 2020. He declared parts of Tennessee disaster areas with federal aid coming.
The war in Afghanistan is America's longest war. It has gone on 18 years. President Trump is taking steps to end it. He wants to reduce troops in Afghanistan from 12,000 to 8600 by election day, 2020. Trump is working on a treaty with the Taliban.
Trump declared a national emergency in the wake of the coronavirus. Schools and businesses closed. Events were cancelled. My trip to Greece was moved back. The media became obsessed. People donned masks.
President Trump signed an executive order to stop political bias at social media companies. Facebook and twitter are notoriously left wing and have censored conservative free speech. The president said the move was to "defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.
A small handful of social media monopolies control a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States," he claimed. "They've had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences."
President Trump severed ties with WHO World Health Organization over the way it handled the coronavirus (also called Covid-19). He said China dominates WHO and our funds will be used in other ways. He criticized China for trying to suppress Hong Kong.
In May, 2020, trouble began when a Minneapolis policeman killed a black man. Apparently, the black man was passing counterfeit money. Race riots ensued.
The president designated ANTIFA a terrorist organization in the wake of riots in major American cities. The National Guard deployed troops in 15 states as well as in Washington, D.C. There was looting on Nashville's Lower Broadway.
Trump said he will bring in the military if necessary to stop the rioting and to protect the lives of our citizens. "We cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob," he said. "I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters. "But in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa & others."
"I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great Capitol, Washington, D.C. What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults & the wanton destruction of property." The Insurrection Act allows the president to activate federal troops to restore peace inside U.S. borders.
The president signed an executive order regarding law enforcement reform and said "Chokeholds will be banned except if an officer’s life is at risk." This was an effort to curtain race riots resulting from a thug's death.
President Trump warned that anyone caught vandalizing monuments will be subject to up to 10 years in prison. Anarchists have threatened to tear down monuments in Washington, D.C. National Guardsmen were brought in to protect them. Trump signed an executive order to protect U.S. monuments, memorials & statues.
The evening of July 3, 2020, President Trump spoke in front of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. He warned rioters, looters & anarchists that their actions could get them 10 years in prison. It was a powerful speech! Trump talked about the deeds of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt & Abraham Lincoln. He announced he will sign an executive order creating a “National Garden of American Heroes.”
The Garden will be a “vast outdoor park that will feature statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived." A task force will look for potential sites, and the Department of the Interior will provide funding for the Garden. It will be open before July 4, 2026, the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The president signed the Great American Outdoors Act, the most significant conservation bill in a generation.
Trump tweeted on August 13, 2020 that Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace agreement that will lead to normalization of diplomatic relations. The countries will exchange ambassadors and embassies. Another great accomplishment for Trump! Vice president Pence called it a “vigorous diplomatic outreach."
On August 27, 2020, Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination at the National Convention. He spoke from the lawn of the White House. He promised to rebuild the economy and called this the most important election in our history. Radicals want to destroy our way of life. He ended the rule of the political class, and they will do anything to regain power. The president said the best is yet to come after he is re-elected. He recounted his achievements. First Middle East peace deal in 25 years. Our troops are coming home! Joe Biden has spent 47 years on the wrong side of history! China would own us if Biden were elected. The Democrats want to keep things shut down. We have to get back to work! Trump promised to keep jobs in our country. Biden wants to do away with coal and oil. Biden has aligned himself with the far Left. He supports sanctuary cities. He lectures about morality while supporting the murder of unborn babies. He wants to release prisoners and defund the police. Biden's America would look like Portland, Oregon. Violence reigns in Democrat run cities. Biden remains silent about the riots. Trump said the Left is coming after him because he is fighting for the American people. The far Left wants to abolish free speech. Joe Biden is weak! We are bringing businesses home. We will create more jobs. We will have strong borders. We will stay out of these endless wars. We will defend the Second Amendment. We will protect Social Security. We will take care of our veterans. We will expand energy development. We will build the best missile defense in the world. America is the greatest nation in the history of the world. We are a nation of patriots. On November 3, we will make America safe again. God bless America!
President Trump was nominated twice for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated for the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and again for the deal to normalize relations between Serbia and Kosovo. He was nominated by a member of the Swedish Parliament, “for his work for peace and economic development.
Meanwhile, the quest for a vaccine for Covid-19 continued. Businesses opened only to shut down again as the U.S. death toll from the virus approached 200,000.
President Trump nominated his third Supreme Court Justice in Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett is a conservative Christian. She is pro-life. Justice Barrett was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of
44 BARACK OBAMA 2009-2017
A white woman from Kansas had sex with an African, and their offspring was elected president. Obama made no secret of wanting to transform America. What he meant was he wanted to bring Muslims to America. Under Obama, the Supreme Court made "homosexual marriage" legal, and suddenly, men were marrying men and women were marrying women. Republicans offered little or no resistance for fear of being called "racists" and "homophobes." The national debt soared to $20 trillion as Islamic terrorists ran wild. Obama was a Muslim at heart. Finally, it came out that he ordered the Justice Department to spy on the Trump campaign. He began a coup to oust a duly elected president. This is treason!
43 GEORGE W. BUSH 2001-09
Saddam Hussein was captured and hung but at a cost of 5000 American lives and thousands more injured. If W had viewed the Iraq War as retaliation for 9/11, it would have made sense. But he stressed the Iraqi people and their "liberation." I wondered if regime change was revenge for Saddam's threats on W's father. Ultimately, it was clear that W overextended. If he had stopped after Afghanistan, Bin Laden may have been killed earlier. After all, it was Bin Laden behind the attack on the World Trade Center, not Saddam Hussein. Saddam's weapons of mass destruction turned out to be a lie, while neighboring Iran became a nuclear threat. W alienated voters to the point that they elected a half-breed Muslim to succeed him. It is unthinkable that America would elect a man whose last name rhymed with Osama and whose middle name was Hussein, but it happened! It demonstrated the extent to which voters turned against Bush 43. Indeed, he was the president of the rich and implemented tax cuts to help his oil buddies. The price of gas tripled under W. He appointed judges to the Supreme Court who had the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade if they had wanted to. 60 million babies had been aborted since 1973 in an American holocaust. It was the same old thing, Republicans promising action until they took office. Bush left a mess! Twelve million Hispanics invaded from the south while American troops languished in Muslim territories. The financial industry reeled while the auto industry went bankrupt.
42 BILL CLINTON 1993-2001
Republicans blamed Clinton for 9/11, saying he cut the military and weakened the intelligence community. It is just as valid to say the Republicans weakened the country by impeaching Clinton and trying to destroy his presidency. We have reached a point where each party puts itself ahead of the country. Reflecting on the Clinton presidency, it is hard to think of anything he did. He did keep the peace! He said his goal was to have no major wars. In retrospect, his 8 years were a series of scandals from Gennifer Flowers to Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. Clinton knew that if he hung on, the impeachment process would exhaust itself. The country did not need another Watergate or a second president resigning. Still, Clinton was a womanizer and a liar!
41 GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH 1989-93
"Read my lips!" Bush 41 said when he promised no tax increase. When taxes were increased, David Duke said he meant, "Kiss my hips!" The door opened for a stampede on the Oval Office from Pat Buchanan to Ross Perot. Perot was an eccentric billionaire. "You want jobs? Here's the deal!" Perot got scared he was going to win and dropped out, then re-entered to get 19% of the vote. The legacy of Bush 41 was his war with Saddam Hussein. When Saddam invaded oil-rich Kuwait, Bush put together a coalition and drove him out, claiming it was not about oil. Of course, if it was not about oil, it was not about anything! Americans do not care about Kuwait or Iraq. They care about putting food on the table and getting home to their wives and kids. Bush destabilized the Muslim world!
40 RONALD REAGAN 1981-89
Ronald Reagan was the first successful president since Eisenhower. He got credit for winning the Cold War: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Indeed, the Berlin Wall came down shortly after Reagan left office. East and West Germany united, and the Soviet Union dissolved. Reagan was a Democrat in his young days, and his vision of America appealed to many. He saw America as a shining city on a hill. He was a movie star! His humor was infectious! When he took a bullet in an assassination attempt, he joked that he forgot to duck. The attempt on Reagan's life slowed him down. He criticized Roe v. Wade during the campaign but rarely spoke of it later. Reagan replaced the Veterans Administration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. All presidents are human, and Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's in his later years. He was my dad's president. Regretfully, he called the Vietnam War a moral cause. Trump called it ridiculous! Without the assassination attempt, I doubt Reagan would have made Martin Luther King's birthday a federal holiday. Reagan gave me some tidbits: "upward and forward," "no deal is better then a bad deal" & "stay the course."
39 JIMMY CARTER 1977-81
"I'll never lie to you!" Jimmy Carter promised in the wake of Watergate. The peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia, was the antithesis of Richard Nixon. He was honest and naive. In an interview with Playboy Magazine, he admitted that he had "lusted in his heart." After his "malaise speech," people perceived him as weak. The Iranian hostage crisis sealed it. The Ayatollah rendered him impotent and opened the door for Ronald Reagan. I saw Carter speak in Nashville in the fall of 1978. I was at a wax museum the following spring, and his visage resembled Howdy Doody. Trump called Carter "the forgotten president."
38 GERALD FORD 1974-77
Ford became president without a single vote. Nixon put him in office as someone who would grant him a pardon. Ford became known for his clumsiness, tripping and bumping his head at every opportunity. He put his foot in his mouth in the debate with Jimmy Carter, claiming that Poland was not controlled by the Soviet Union.
37 RICHARD NIXON 1969-1974
Nixon had a dark side! The Checkers speech in 1952, in which he used a dog as a prop, should have alerted Americans to his character. His loss to Kennedy in 1960, left him with an inferiority complex. Nixon hated the Kennedys and would never have been president if JFK had not been assassinated. Nixon was not all bad! He stood up to Khrushchev, opened up China & ended the Vietnam War, even if it took him 4 years to do it. He was loyal to a fault. He denied knowledge of the burglary at Democratic Headquarters inside the Watergate Hotel, and it brought him down. Nixon and Watergate are synonymous! He became the only president to resign after impeachment proceedings had begun.
36 LYNDON JOHNSON 1963-69
Lyndon Johnson was destroyed by his obsession with Vietnam! He was an anomaly from the day he succeeded Kennedy. In light of the assassination, Johnson felt he had to do something and used the Gulf of Tonkin incident to send combat troops to Vietnam in March, 1965, under the pretext of containing Communism. Communism was a legacy of the 19th century ideas of Karl Marx. Marx's Utopia was a place where the State controlled everything. His ideas failed in Germany, but took hold in Russia under Lenin and in China under Mao. The United Stated prevented South Korea from going Communist, and Johnson wanted to do the same in South Vietnam. 59,000 Americans died! Public opinion finally turned against the war with hippies and peace advocates demanding an end. Johnson broke! He came on TV and announced that he would not seek re-election. His great society had become a sick society! Communism was never the threat it was perceived to be. It was as much a result of poverty as anything. Its systems viewed themselves as socialists, not as pieces of an evil empire. Socialism's failure is its devotion to ideology and militarism. Work is always the solution: developing agriculture, industry & trade.
35 JOHN KENNEDY 1961-63
The 1960 election was close. Kennedy was Catholic, and many voters were against him for that reason. Kennedy's critics still question whether the Vietnam War would have happened had Nixon won. On the other hand, there may have been a nuclear war. Kennedy is remembered for his moon speech: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." In 1962, Kennedy stood up to Khrushchev over Cuba. The U.S. could not tolerate Soviet missiles 100 miles off the coast of Florida. John Kennedy and First Lady Jackie brought an elegance to the White House emulated by successors Ronald and Nancy Reagan and again by Donald and Melania Trump. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963 is something America still deals with, like Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he assassinated Kennedy. Conspiracy theories are nuts! Oswald was a misfit. He shot Kennedy from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository as the motorcade passed below. Oswald hid in a theater but was quickly apprehended. Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald, claiming he did it out of sympathy for Jackie.
34 DWIGHT EISENHOWER 1953-61
Being the big General in Europe during World War II was enough to get Eisenhower 2 terms as president. He played golf while the nation built bomb shelters. Grade-school kids ducked under their desks as if they would shield them from hydrogen bombs. Elvis Presley fathered modern music and ushered in the Sexual Revolution. Eisenhower's chief contribution was the Interstate Highway System. It changed everything! Odd numbers like I-65 run north and south. Even numbers like I-40 run east and west. Eisenhower sent troops to integrate a high school in Little Rock. Google images show soldiers pointing bayonets at white female students.
33 HARRY TRUMAN 1945-53
Truman dropped 2 atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. He did what had to be done to end the worst war in history. He was essentially carrying out the policies of Roosevelt, who died in office. Korea had been annexed by Japan in 1910. After World War II, Russia occupied the north and the United States occupied the south. The Korean War began when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950. Truman fired General MacArthur when he wanted to nuke China. The Korean War was fought to "contain communism," a policy which led to the Vietnam debacle. Peaceful reunification of Korea is the solution, although it will take a very long time.
32 FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT 1933-45
The New Deal, Social Security & World War II. FDR was the most influential president of the 20th century despite being a polio victim with braces on his legs. Perhaps America needed such a leader to make it through the Depression and the war with Germany and Japan. I have seen the video of FDR addressing Congress following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor: "December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy!" Americans volunteered for military service in droves. They fought the Japanese island by island. Army engineers built the Alaska Highway, stretching from Dawson Creek, Canada, to Fairbanks. After Pearl Harbor, the fear was that Japan might invade Alaska. Japs bombed 2 of the Aleutian Islands. Roosevelt was president the same years Adolf Hitler was in power in Germany: 1933-45. Roosevelt and his ally, Winston Churchill, proved tougher than Hitler. Roosevelt was elected 4 times as there was no 2-term limit. His archrival, Hitler, was born in the Austrian town of Braunau in 1889. In his youth, he wanted to be an artist. He struggled in Vienna, and it was there that he came to resent Jews and Communists. He believed in an Aryan master race. Hitler fought Britain in World War I. He joined the Nazi Party and went to prison after a failed coup. He dictated Mein Kampf (My Struggles) to Hess while in prison. After his release, Hitler reorganized the Nazi Party and surrounded himself with men like Himmler, Goebbels & Goering. Hitler became chancellor in 1933. World War II began in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Germany occupied France, bombed London & invaded Russia. The United States entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Americans landed at Normandy Beach on the coast of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. They drove the Germans back! They met their Russian allies, who poured in from the east. Hitler and his companion, Eva Braun, committed suicide. It came to light that 6 million Jews had been exterminated. America helped to rebuild Europe with the Marshall plan. Now, it is time for the United States to put itself first! If America is going to police the world, the world must pay for that protection. Police do not work for free! Government is about money and war. Too often, it is a gang of thugs terrorizing its own people. Government should serve! Its least oppressive form is democratic, neither fascist nor communist. Government should encourage agriculture and facilitate transportation and communication. It should foster education, promote the arts and sciences & provide for the aged and disabled.
31 HERBERT HOOVER 1929-33
Hoover was blamed for the Great Depression. The stock market crashed 7 months into his term. By 1932, 12 million were out of work. The best thing to come from his presidency was Hoover Dam, 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. This hydroelectric dam harnesses the Colorado River and produces electricity for Nevada, Arizona & California. There was controversy over its name. Democrats wanted it called Boulder Dam because it was originally to be built across Boulder Canyon. Hoover made "The Star-Spangled Banner" our national anthem.
30 CALVIN COOLIDGE 1923-29
Calvin Coolidge took over when Harding died. He said, "The chief business of the American people is business," and the country prospered during the Roaring 20s! While visiting Mount Rushmore, Coolidge delivered another famous quote: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928." His son's death was a factor. Coolidge was sworn in by his father.
29 WARREN G. HARDING 1921-23
Harding was the first president to visit Alaska. He was a Republican and a member of the Ku Klux Klan at a time when the Klan had many members. He was pro-business and died in office.
28 WOODROW WILSON 1913-21
Wilson was a modern president in that he argued America should enter World War I to make the world safe for democracy. His agenda included the establishment of the Federal Reserve. After the war, he politicked for the League of Nations. The Senate rejected membership, but Wilson got the Nobel Peace Prize. Woodrow Wilson is the only president with a Ph.D.
27 WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT 1909-13
Taft weighed 350 pounds! He hated being president and later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Presidents are normally buried in their home states. Two are buried in Arlington National Cemetery: Kennedy and Taft.
26 THEODORE ROOSEVELT 1901-09
The man who said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" was a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War. He broadened executive power and pursued an aggressive foreign policy. He started the Panama Canal. Sickly as a child, ranching in South Dakota restored his health and taught him respect for natural resources. He designated 5 National Parks, 18 National Monuments & 150 National Forests. His face is on Mount Rushmore!
25 WILLIAM McKINLEY 1897-1901
America emerged as a world power! After the Civil War, the idea spread that it would be better to fight abroad. America fought the Spanish-American War under McKinley, and Puerto Rico, Cuba & the Philippines were freed from Spain. Hawaii was annexed! Alaska's highest mountain is named after McKinley, although the state of Alaska calls it by its Indian name: Denali. McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist named Leon Franz Czolgosz.
24 GROVER CLEVELAND 1893-97
The only president to serve non-consecutive terms and the only one whose wedding took place in the White House. Cleveland and his young bride stayed together until his death. The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after their daughter, not Babe Ruth. Because Cleveland is counted twice, Donald Trump is really the 44th president.
23 BENJAMIN HARRISON 1889-93
The grandson of Tippecanoe and the man who split Cleveland's 2 terms. Harrison is overlooked, but his term was successful.
22 GROVER CLEVELAND 1885-89
Cleveland was known for his honesty and admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock. At 49, he married 21-year-old Frances.
21 CHESTER ARTHUR 1881-85
Chester Arthur took over when Garfield was killed. He signed a bill making Washington's birthday a federal holiday. It was during Arthur's term that the Prime Meridian and International Date Line were established.
20 JAMES GARFIELD 1881
Assassinated during his first year in office, Garfield brought integrity to the presidency. Johnny Cash had a song called, "Mr. Garfield's Been Shot Down."
19 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES 1877-81
With Grant out of office and the withdrawal of Union soldiers from the south, modern America began to take shape.
18 ULYSSES S. GRANT 1869-77
Grant accepted Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, to end the Civil War. There were no treason trials. Grant was known for his drinking. His image is on the $50 bill.
17 ANDREW JOHNSON 1865-69
As a southern Democrat who believed in states rights, being president was a hard job following the Lincoln assassination. When Johnson opposed Reconstruction plans, the House impeached him. He was acquitted by one vote. His Secretary of State, William Seward, negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000. An American flag was raised in Sitka. Andrew Johnson and I have the same birthday: December 29.
16 ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1861-65
I felt that if Lincoln was a great president, he would have held the country together. He would have found a way to prevent north and south from fighting. Africans never should have been brought to America. Whites did not need slaves! I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and my son was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky remained in the Union, while Tennessee was part of the Confederacy. I have driven between Louisville and Nashville 45 years. It is my "tale of 2 cities," and I am conscious of an invisible line between them. Louisville looks north to Cincinnati, Indianapolis & Chicago. Nashville looks south to Atlanta and New Orleans. The Civil War was horrible beyond anything we can imagine. 750,000 Americans killed by Americans! Donald Trump identifies with Lincoln as a president who has been tested and because of Trump, I moved Lincoln behind Reagan in my ranking.
15 JAMES BUCHANAN 1857-61
The president leading up to the Civil War was happy to leave the White House and go home. He could not cope with secession.
14 FRANKLIN PIERCE 1853-57
Among the forgotten presidents, Pierce was a general in the Mexican War. He had pro-Confederate sympathies.
13 MILLARD FILLMORE 1850-53
Fillmore became president when Zachary Taylor died. He belonged to the Whig Party. The Whigs denied Fillmore the nomination in 1852.
12 ZACHARY TAYLOR 1849-50
Old Rough and Ready grew up in Kentucky. He died in office and is buried in Louisville. I went to his gravesite.
11 JAMES K. POLK 1845-49
James K. Polk is our most underrated president! He championed the idea of manifest destiny, believing the United States was destined to own all the land from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Texas was annexed, and the Mexican War was fought. The resulting treaty added California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon & Washington state. The U.S. stretched from sea to shining sea! Polk achieved what he wanted and decided not to seek a second term. Karen and I visited his home in Columbia, Tennessee, on June 20, 2017. A young woman gave us a tour with an informative lecture. They sure knew how to build furniture in those days! Several points stuck. Polk and Andrew Jackson were friends, and Polk was known as "Young Hickory." Polk died from cholera 3 months after leaving office.
10 JOHN TYLER 1841-45
Tyler was Harrison's vice-president and took over when he died. Tippecanoe and Tyler, too!
9 WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON 1841
Harrison was called Tippecanoe because he fought Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe. He died of pneumonia after a month in office.
8 MARTIN VAN BUREN 1837-41
Presidents in the years before the Civil War are not well-known. It is not a good thing to be associated with slavery. Van Buren was of Dutch descent.
7 ANDREW JACKSON 1829-37
Andrew Jackson was so popular that Jacksonian Democracy is still spoken of. He was an Indian fighter and a hero. He defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, putting to rest any ideas of England regaining power in America. Jackson's home in Nashville, The Hermitage, is a museum. I worked in the Andrew Jackson Building downtown while working for the State of Tennessee. The equestrian statues of Jackson are in Nashville, New Orleans & Washington, D.C. Donald Trump put Jackson's portrait in the Oval Office.
6 JOHN QUINCY ADAMS 1825-29
The only president's son to hold the office until George W. Bush, Adams was Monroe's Secretary of State and helped to purchase Florida.
5 JAMES MONROE 1817-25
The Monroe Doctrine warned Europe to stay out of the Western Hemisphere. Monroe’s presidency was known as the “Era of Good Feelings" as the United States gained confidence after the War of 1812. Monroe purchased Florida from Spain.
4 JAMES MADISON 1809-17
James Madison is the father of the Constitution. He wrote the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments. The First Amendment guarantees free speech. The second is the right to bear arms. Madison was president during the War of 1812 and fled When the British burned the White House. Dolley Madison was a popular First Lady.
3 THOMAS JEFFERSON 1801-09
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. As president, he made the Louisiana Purchase and sent Lewis and Clark to open the west. They left St. Louis and headed up the Missouri River, taking on an interpreter named Charbonneau and his Indian wife, Sacagawea. It took 3 years to reach the Pacific Ocean. Jefferson was a scientist and a product of the Enlightenment.
2 JOHN ADAMS 1797-1801
Washington's vice-president built the White House. He believed in a strong central government and thought of himself as an aristocrat. He maintained that he had the right to deport foreigners.
1 GEORGE WASHINGTON 1789-97
George Washington's birthday, February 22, should be a federal holiday. After 9/11, it became clear that there are people in the world who hate the United States and would destroy it if they could. We need to look to our roots! The creation of the Department of Homeland Security was a step. The reinstatement of Washington's birthday as a holiday would be another. It took guts to break with England in the late 18th century. Americans were British subjects. England owned the 13 colonies. The American Revolution lasted 6 years, ending when Cornwallis surrendered. The United Stated became a nation in 1776, and the Electoral College chose George Washington as the first president. Washington was from a family of Virginia planters. He believed in westward expansion and warned against extremism in political parties. Our greatest presidents are George Washington, Donald Trump, Andrew Jackson & James K. Polk.
UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
56 delegates met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to set up the federal government. This was the Constitutional Convention, and George Washington presided. The plan was to unite the 13 states. The Constitution outlined the powers given to Congress, the president & the Supreme Court. It gave American citizens the right to elect their leaders. The delegates decided that Congress would be composed of 2 parts. The House of Representatives would be based on population. The Senate would have 2 Senators from each state. Both small and large states were treated fairly. The executive and judicial branches were created. The president heads the executive branch. The Supreme Court heads the judicial branch.
James Madison is called the Father of the Constitution. He wrote sections of it, and it was his idea to vote by population. Madison wrote the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments. They were designed to limit the power of the federal government. Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution consists of 3 parts: a preamble, 7 articles & 27 amendments. The preamble promises justice, liberty & defense.
Articles 1, 2 & 3 establish the branches of government. The legislative branch makes laws. The executive branch gives power to the president. The judicial branch is a system of courts.
Article 4 divides power between the federal government and the states. Article 5 tells how the Constitution can be changed. Article 6 makes the Constitution the highest law in the land. Article 7 explains how to ratify the Constitution.
The 27 amendments are changes to the Constitution. The founders wanted the Constitution to remain relevant as the country grew.
Congress makes federal laws and taxes citizens. It declares war, although the Vietnam War was never declared. The House of Representatives and the Senate make up Congress. Representatives are elected every 2 years. Senators serve 6-year terms. To pass a law, both the House and the Senate must agree. The president may approve or veto it. This is an example of checks and balances. Only 5% of proposed bills become laws.
The presidency was created by Article 2 of the Constitution. The president leads the executive branch. 15 executive departments put federal laws into effect. The president appoints department heads called Secretaries. They make up the Cabinet. The president nominates justices for the Supreme Court. He is Commander-in-Chief of the military. Donald Trump was elected to two 4-year terms.
Judges on the Supreme Court are called justices. There are 9 of them, and their jobs are for life. There are 94 district courts and 13 courts of appeal. Congress creates lower courts.
Article 5 allows amendments to be added to the Constitution. 2/3 of Congress and 3/4 of the states must ratify an amendment. It is a slow process.
1st amendment - Free speech
2nd amendment - Right to bear arms
6th amendment - Right to a speedy trial
8th amendment - Against cruel and unusual punishment
13th amendment - Ended slavery
16th amendment - Federal income tax
18th amendment - Prohibition of alcohol
19th amendment - Women can vote
21th amendment - Repealed 18th amendment
22nd amendment - Two-term limit for presidents
26th amendment - 18-year-olds can vote
The Constitution is the foundation of our government. It is flexible. It stresses basic rights. The wisdom of the founding fathers lives on. September 17 is Constitution Day.