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Beyond Impeachment, Good Days Await

impeachmentKeeping one eye on the ball is hard, as political operatives and media performers keep moving shells, distracting and reprioritizing. Next week will not bring traditional holiday fare, much less “peace on Earth.” That said, it may bring better news than many expect. There is sun behind the clouds.

On the political front, the impeachment fandango – complete with castanets and tambourine – will keep vying for media attention.  Most know it is more noise than light.  One Democratic House member is switching parties, others wringing their hands.  Their leadership has made life hard – to stick it to a President.  That has been the goal for three years.

Now, as many as 40 House Democrats must cast a vote damaging chances of victory in 2020.  While 31 hail from districts Trump won, another 12 succeeded Republicans; all 43 districts are likely to be heavily contested.  If a majority go Republican, Democrats lose the House.

Objectively, Donald Trump is unique; history will record the fact.  He is about to get the distinction of becoming the first president to suffer an all-partisan, legally groundless, over-hyped impeachment, devoid of due process, impartiality, or pretense to fairness.

The Democratic victory will be short-lived, emotional hoopla at damage wrought, coiffed hair and lines about sadness, no time to worry for country, Constitution, national security, international standing or splintered caucus.  They will gloat, lecture the Senate, watch in mock suspense, then regret the president was not convicted – which he will not be.  That takes us through mid-January.

Good news is elsewhere, under a different shell.  Year end economic numbers look to be extraordinary, in historical context.   We should see two major trade deals – the largest in decades – go final.   First, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement will level the playing field across North America, gains for US producers and consumers.

Specifics include greater tariff-free access to Canada, plus reduced prices on Canadian dairy products, and a seven-fold increase in US duty-free limit on purchases.   On auto parts, more will come from across North America (rather than outside the region), 75 percent of auto value derived from North American manufacturers, US accounting for much of the value.  Wages in Mexico will rise for more regional fair play.

Expect more protections for intellectual property, cross-border business, better dispute settlement, a six-year review (or sunset) provision, and less currency manipulation and state subsidies.  In short, expect new efficiencies and the regional market to pop.

Then we get “first phase” of the hard-won China deal, after two years of parrying.  This will deliver near-term benefits and longer reforms.  Serious dialogue produced double American exports to China by 2021, and an uptick in US exports to China by at least $100 billion annually in the several years ahead, plus reduced tariffs.

Liberal economists are hesitant to give Trump credit, saying the stand-off was costly.  That assessment is hard to square with a soaring stock market, US labor market, US labor productivity, record low unemployment, consistently low inflation, wage and income growth, widening US supply chain and new international markets.

China has paid an added 40 billion dollars in tariffs, and much of that has not been passed to US consumers.  Note, inflation remains unchanged, so Chinese profit margins appear to have absorbed much of the cost.

While farm exports fell, they are set to bounce higher by magnitudes, and President Trump pressed short-term compensation from Congress to cover near-term income drops.   So, for now, the Trump strategy has worked – and China is on course to take more seriously US insistence on fairness.

In the end, non-partisan economists grudgingly admit the upside of these deals.  They are a turning point.  They represent what no other US President dared seek in recent decades, a reset of the international trade dynamic, greater fairness for US producers, new economies for buyers, greater access to restricted markets.

Other good news abounds.  As one looks ahead, a major trade deal is likely with Great Britain, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson turns to finalizing “Brexit” and pivots West.  NATO countries realize they must carry more weight in out-years and appear poised to do so, adolescent tittering aside.

North Korea has halted – lest we forget – nuclear testing and long-range missile testing under Trump. Oppressive Iran struggles with mass uprisings internally, after Trump ended the nuclear deal, re-imposed sanctions, and encouraged an end to their nuclear weapons gambit.

Globally, from Russia and Turkey to China and Japan, Saudi Arabia to Colombia, the United States is engaged, not recalcitrant, demur, undependable or apologetic.  That has implications for future trade, security and foreign relations.  Socialism is reeling from Cuba and Venezuela to human rights pressure on China.  America is back in the game.

Net-net there are some curious days ahead, with a gaggle of struggling socialist and semi-socialist Democratic presidential candidates urging more centralized control.  That control would cost individual liberty – and Americans know it.   Lots of “free stuff” for higher taxes, less speech, restricted religion, press, association and firearm freedom?  No thank you.

Few takers for that shell game either.  So, prepare for more discord, fear mongering, and spectacles like Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on December 15th crying the choice is “impeachment or tyranny.”  That may not sell.  Still, expect the next week to bring a must-have-it approach to impeaching this president, without much interest in constitutional procedure, legal predicate, or bipartisanship.

This too will pass.  Keeping one eye on the ball is hard, but good news lies ahead.  Sometimes you must wait out dark, billowing banks of clouds, to get to sun.  But the sun is there – always was.

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Rick Jennings

My question is “Why can’t the American public see what is happening? How could any citizen that has just a little bit of patriotism and love for this great country we live in not be for all this good news?” No matter what you might think of Trump as a person, he is a great president for this country.

Jeff Noncent

Donald Trump is the best president in my life time

Josephine pooley

Good word. Encouraging. As a believer I know God is in control and if we continue to pray He WILL intervene in the affairs of men!

A. Fernandez

Great article. I’m sending this to my friends.
I am 75. This President has done more for this country, yet, with word fire coming at him constantly, than any President in my pretty long lifetime. By God’s grace, Mr. Trump is amazing. What perseverance. I believe he truly loves this country and its people. If I wore a hat, I would take it off for him. I have been sending him encouraging emails over the last three years. What if we all did that from time to time?

Patriot Will

Wonderful Article: What a shame that many American citizens are still filling their guts with the slop that is being put out by the radical-left, phony news. How so many Americans can stomach so much poison without putting up even the slightest fight is very disheartening! However, President Trump has the endurance and strength of will to keep on fighting for all legal Americans. The people who say President Trump is one of the best presidents in US history are 1000% correct. News Flash — Donald Trump is flawed. We all are! God Bless all Patriots.

J. FARLEY

THE SENATE NEEDS TO TREAT THE DEMONRATS IN THE SENATE THE SAME WAY THE REPUBLICANS GOT TREATED IN THE HOUSE,
ONLY THEY NEED TO PRESENT THE FACTS AND THEY NEED TO CALL ON CLAPPER, BRENNAN, COMMIE COMEY , JOE O’BIDEN ( i intended to put the o ) AND HUNTER BIDEN ALSO SUSAN RICE, ALONG WITH SAMANTHA POWERS AND IF ONE OF THEM IS A NO SHOW , EXONERATE PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR A LACK OF EVIDENCE, PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDS TO BE VINDICATED 100 PERCENT , AND ALL DEMONRATS NEED TO BE DRUG THROUGH THE MUD AND SHOWN UP FOR WHAT THEY ARE .
TRUMP 2020 IN A LANDSLIDE

Jack

The Liberals and the Democrats have made a mockery of our judicial system with their lies and illegal procedures. Our President, President Trump, is the greatest thing to ever happen to Our country. President Trump is without a doubt the strongest person I know. They ridicule and obstruct every move, every decision and every accomplishment he makes and he is still making headway. Pray for Our President and Our country. These are perilous times.

Wayne D Peterkin

While much of this is true, I’m less optimistic than the author. The media still wields a lot of power to influence public opinion. While they have never been on Trump’s side, the effort from them to influence next year’s election is obvious, sustained, and increasingly virulent. The Democrats/Liberals are desperate to unseat Trump by whatever means they can, and they will stoop to anything to do it. It is not just that they hate his personality or his policies. It’s his success they hate and fear the most. President Trump is a huge threat to the swamp, that vast collection of politicians and bureaucrats along with their media parasites that depend on the swamp like fleas depend on a dog. Trump threatens them all and it is made far worse because his policies have been so successful in spite of complete opposition from that swamp. Things are ugly now… Read more »

Denise

God Bless this great American President, Donald Trump. The 1st President in many years that loves God and American and is willing against all odds to stand up for what is right and what America stands for!!!!

Stephen Russell

Impeachment outcomes:
Impeached but Senate wont charge
Or have trial & call Dems to stage to speak.
Censure?
Re elected.
Logical?
What will Dems do IF Senate says No or Yes to trial?
They bring in fake evidence etc.
Looks bad for Dems

PC or not PC?

We can only hope that these sunzabritches pay dearly in the next election . God bless President Trump.

Mimi

It’s so wonderful to hear the good news in one coherent article from AMAC. Too bad much of the country will never hear it, as they thrive on the doom and gloom of the liberal media. Their lives are better economically, and they seem to have no idea where this is coming from. I’m guessing their psyche wouldn’t be able to take it, if reality hit and they had to admit that President Trump is doing a stellar job taking care of this great country. So sad that the hate machine (liberal media) is where they all live day after day. TRUMP 2020 and beyond!!!!!!!

Gerlinda F Baker

Best President ever

Brenda Blunt

Will be glad when this stuff and nonsense is over and those $,×>’and have been voted out!!!

mytake

As far as I can see Donald J. Trump is the best President I have ever seen. The Democrats are making fools of themselves, not doing their jobs and wasting time and money while president Trump keeps doing more and more of what the people actual want done. He is courageous and genuine. He may not be the best diplomat but he is doing his job and doing it well. God Bless Donald Trump and his family.

Don Wyne

As we know, the only reason that the Demonrats (as Judge Jeanine calls them) tried impeachment all though there was no valid charges to impeach for is that they know they can’t beat him next year. Also, they don’t know what to do with a politician who keeps his promises. Promises Made; Promises Kept!!!!!!!!!!!

Bumbleybee23

Very well written and so understood! Gives me hope all will be ok towards spring

myrt schmidt

EXCELLENT READ…..

R J B

NEVER FORGET AMERICA HAS A DEMOCRAT POLITICAL PARTY (1 for killing of babies because it is a woman’s wright) (2 for open borders that lets any one come in even drug dealers, drugs, rapist, killers, terrorist,) (3 they hate the Christian community and embrace the radical muslin kill American crowd as their actions speak so loud to and their lies are sanctioned by the Koran). TOLERANCE, TOLERANCE, TOLERANCE OF THE EVIL THEY PREACH IS THEIR P. C. TWISTING OF THE TRUTH FOR NO SANE PERSON IS TOLERANT OF PURE EVIL YET THEIR SLAVE FOLLOWER SAY YESSER MASTER. AMERICA EDUCATION SYSTEM HAS CREATED A MASS OF MINDLESS ROBOTS TO SERVE THEIR BIGOTED HATE AMERICA LEADERS. A LITTLE LEVEN, LEVEN THE WHOLE LOAF, AND IN THIS CASE A LITTLE EVIL SPREADS THROUGH THE WHOLE LOAF. SOME OF THEIR TEACHER ARE MASTER BAKERS OF THIS PIE. TIME TO CUT THE HEAD OFF OF… Read more »

Julian Lemaster

If the President is impeached, since the constitution specifies the elements, could the President appeal to the Supreme Court?