Whenever you watch the news, or at least whenever you would watch the news when Obama was President, you could swear that Obama was the greatest thing ever since sliced bread. The way he was portrayed made him look as though he was brilliant, sophisticated and hugely popular. Well, it turns out he was far less popular than we may have thought… even back when he was still Prez.
In a 2014 Quinnipiac poll ranking the best and worst Presidents since World War II, 33% of polltakers ranked Obama as the worst. That is the highest point number, with George W. Bush ranking second worst at 28%.
The third worst President according to the poll was Richard Nixon and the fourth was Jimmy Carter.
In ranking the best Presidents since World War II, Ronald Reagan destroyed all other competition with 35%, with second place being Bill Clinton coming in at 18% and third place being JFK at 15%. Barack Obama only received 8% in the poll.
Interestingly enough, the poll also reported that “45% believe the nation would be better off had Mitt Romney defeated Obama in the 2012 presidential election; 38% say the country would be worse off with a Romney presidency,” according to an article on USA Today talking about the poll.
There was a time, before I knew of the establishment and its wickedness, when I thought the country would have been better off with Romney as POTUS instead of Obama. Make no mistake, Obama was the far worse candidate, but Romney would have been only marginally better. He likely would have passed tax reform, but not much else would have been to the benefit of the country.
And this is without taking into consideration that, had Romney won, Trump would have likely not run for President and we might have Hillary in the Oval Office right now, so I would say that, considering our current situation, the country would be worse off with a President Romney.
Of course, I can’t exactly blame people back in 2014 for believing Romney would have been better. Heck, even I thought that back then. But knowing what I know now, as despicable and evil and putrid as Obama was, I’m ok with the 2012 election results. After all, they are partly what brought us the best President we’ve had since Reagan.
Now, the poll didn’t end there. It also handed out grades for Obama on key issues. According to the poll, Obama received negative grades in his handling of the economy (not topping 3% GDP growth in any quarter and rampant unemployment rates will do that), his handling of foreign policy (giving a terrorist nation billions of dollars to secretly forward their nuclear arsenal and bending over backwards to appease a rogue communist dictator will do that), his handling of health care (Obamacare… need I say more?), his handling of the environment (as it turns out, people can’t change the global climate), and his handling of terrorism (allowing a “JV” team to overrun much of the Middle East and have multiple successful acts of terror in our country will do that).
Now, USA Today tries to somewhat excuse these poor numbers for Obama by saying: “Of course, Obama and Bush are the most recent presidents; historians will tell you that it takes decades to truly measure an individual president’s performance.”
That may be true, but when you have a sitting president who is praised to the hills by the media pulling these kinds of numbers, there’s a problem. The article (and consequently, the poll) were released in July of 2014 – before the midterm elections in which Republicans won back Congress. These numbers are indicative of Republican success in the midterms and likely even success in 2016.
Now, I wouldn’t blame you if this is the first time you’re hearing about these numbers. No doubt, the MSM tried their best to hide these numbers since they go against their narrative that Obama is beloved by most, if not all of America and would (at the time) want a Democrat supermajority in Congress and for another Democrat to succeed Obama in 2016.
But these numbers highlight the truth. America hated the job Obama was doing. Granted, this much was evident in the results of the 2016 election, but it’s clear that even back then, people were tired of Obama’s crap. They wanted change and so, in 2014, voted Republican and gave the GOP control of Congress in the hopes that they would do something good. Alas, not much came of that, but the American people refused to roll over and allow Democrats control of the country. But they desperately needed a leader who would stand up for them, fight for them and return the country to its former glory.
They were tired of Obama saying our best days were behind us and that a regressing America was the new normal that we had to get used to. So when Trump came in with the perfect message: Make America Great Again, the people had their new Jupiter Conservator (Parson Weems reference to the exaltation of George Washington; Washington was a hero). In essence and effect, Trump is the anti-Obama that the country needed and voted for.
Of course, the part about Trump is not part of the poll, as it was taken in 2014. That was my current-day take on the results of the poll. The American people did not and do not like Obama or what he was doing to the country. They needed someone who would be entirely different and found that in Trump.
Looking at these results, it’s easy to tell that Obama’s legacy not only will be marred in darkness, but it will also be largely considered to be marred in darkness. He constantly did evil things, passed evil policy, laws and regulation, and secretly formed a shadow government to keep tabs and control of his successor. The American people noticed this (except the shadow government, of course) and hated it.
I just wonder if Quinnipiac will update this survey at some point in the future, perhaps in the middle of Trump’s second term, to see where Trump ranks among these other Presidents in the same questions.
No doubt, he might be remembered as the best President, even better than Reagan, if he does his job well. He’s on track to doing that only a year and a half in as is.
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
I’ll begin this article by saying that I could understand NeverTrumpers a year or so ago. I could understand their worries. I could understand their skepticism. I could understand why they were against Trump back then.
Trump was largely unproven. He never held elected office (which is one of the many reasons we like him), he had never really enacted conservative policy. He was an insanely successful entrepreneur. But he was a New Yorker too. What I mean is that he spent a lot of time with liberal friends and making friends with elected liberals in New York. This is one of the reasons NeverTrumpers didn’t like him.
Plenty of politicians before Trump came along and said the right things at the right time. Back in 2012, Romney would sound super conservative when he needed to, but then turn around and be the cowardly establishment rat that he is. Trump kicked off his campaign with a very strong and conservative message. And while he wasn’t taken very seriously back then, he still faced opposition from NeverTrumpers such as Glenn Beck.
He spoke nice but he had yet to prove he was a true conservative. And even Trump himself said that he considers himself to be more of a “common sense conservative”, as opposed to some of his opponents who were more “constitutional conservative”; meaning, his opponents were more focused on the legality of situations. That’s not to say that being a constitutional conservative is a bad thing. On contraire, I would hope to see more of them in Congress. But Trump wasn’t a lawyer. He wasn’t focused more on the constitutional side of things.
Obviously, he cares deeply about our Constitution, but he’s never made it the focus of things. So I understand why NeverTrumpers were skeptical about him. They theorized that the only reason he ran is so that he could hand over the election to Hillary (I’m actually paraphrasing something I heard Glenn Beck say one day when I actually listened to him). They expected him to either go soft against Hillary just as Romney did against Obama, or if he won, that he would betray his supporters and side with the Democrats that he once befriended and donated to.
But over this past year, he’s left little doubt that he intends to keep his promises. That he intends to Make America Great Again. And I’m not the only one who’s noticed.
The Heritage Foundation, a well-respected conservative think tank, ranked Donald Trump’s first year in office ahead of Ronald Reagan’s first year in terms of enacting conservative policies.
How do they rank the two presidents? Well, according to Breitbart: “In 2016, Heritage came up with 334 conservative policies, a wish-list of sorts, for a new Republican administration. Trump has enacted 64 percent of those items. In 1981, his first year in office, Reagan scratched off only 49 percent of the items on that year’s Heritage list.”
Now, there are some notable differences that have to be acknowledged. In 2016, Republicans retained control of Congress. Back in 1980, Republicans managed to take back the Senate, but the Democrats still held a pretty decent majority in the House. No doubt, things were expected to be very difficult to be passed.
Now, I also acknowledge that Republicans in Congress have been jerks, to put it lightly, and have not passed much MAGA agenda policy. So while Republicans control Congress, there are those who are hidden Democrats that refuse to help Make America Great Again. There’s not that many, but enough to obstruct the agenda. And since Republicans now only hold a 1 vote lead, it’s even easier for Congressional NeverTrumpers to obstruct things.
Another difference worth mentioning is that Reagan and Trump have worked in entirely different eras. Reagan didn’t have social media and conservative media to help expose the b.s. coming from the Left. Had Trump also not had social media and conservative media to help him out, I don’t think he would’ve become the Republican candidate. He still might’ve, but it’s doubtful. And the likelihood of him winning the general election would’ve been slim.
If all people had to go on to learn about Trump was what the MSM said about him during the campaign, I’m not certain he would’ve even come close to winning. Reagan managed to utterly crush his opponents despite the lack of social media and conservative media.
That being said, I also have to mention that Reagan had a very different character than Trump does. Reagan was more “constitutional conservative”. He was what conservatives today aspire to be. For as much as I love Trump, he isn’t as articulate as Reagan was.
And one final difference would likely be how they were both treated by the media. Yes, both Reagan and Trump were treated as a joke. But even though I wasn’t alive to see Reagan campaign, I doubt the media was as bloodthirsty back then as they are today.
I imagine they had some semblance of manners and respect. At the very least some decency. I can’t say that the media has any of these qualities anymore.
Again, I don’t know exactly how the media treated Reagan back then, but I can’t imagine they were as beastly as they are towards Trump. Biased, sure. But not beastly.
Now, let’s return to the issue of the NeverTrumpers. While I could understand their skepticism a year ago, I can’t say I can understand any of their arguments anymore. They said he wasn’t a real conservative, yet a well-respected conservative think tank acknowledges that Trump has been more conservative than even REAGAN in enacting conservative policy. As an example, take deregulation.
Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist and founder of Turning Point USA, informed us that “President Trump has cancelled and killed more than 1,500 regulations in the last 11 months. The most of any President in history in first year of a Presidency.”
Deregulation goes a long way to helping the country, and a long way to establish yourself as a true conservative. While Democrats and liberals enact and call for more regulations to absolutely everything they possibly can, conservatives tend to deregulate things that don’t need to be regulated.
A large reason the economy is doing as well as it is is because of these deregulations on businesses. It’s amazing what the economy can do when you take off the shackles placed by Democrats (who have a rich history of shackling things).
Aside from a booming economy, Trump has been doing wonders to fight for the rights of unborn children and destroying our radical Islamic enemies.
Trump has proven to be extremely conservative in deed. He may not be an ideological conservative, but he has very conservative instincts. He may not have seen Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats as his enemy, but I believe he will start seeing them that way. He expected the country to rally behind him once he was elected but that didn’t happen. That wasn’t ever going to happen. But he’s learned that these people will hate him no matter what he does… or doesn’t do, as in the case of merely CONSIDERING firing Mueller (which he has every right to do) but deciding against it.
I believe he’s beginning to understand and see things more conservatively. Thus, his actions and growth as a President should leave no one on the Right to still be against him.
He’s proven to be conservative in the actions he’s partaken. Anyone on the Right who is still against him is merely being stubborn at this point. Thankfully, there are some NeverTrumpers who have realized their mistakes, such as Mollie Hemingway from The Federalist and radio talk show host Dennis Prager.
Both have realized that he’s more conservative than they believed he was. No doubt, it’s his policies and actions as POTUS that led them to realize their mistake in opposing him.
Unfortunately, there are still some who choose to remain stubborn, choose to side with the Left, if anything, and continue opposing him. People like Jonah Goldberg of the National Review and Bill Kristol. Perhaps even Glenn Beck, though I’ve ceased to listen to him and follow him on Twitter. A shame, really, since he was pretty funny at times.
Regardless, it’s this stubbornness that will ultimately alienate them from the rest of the country, both conservatives and liberals. Much like with yet another NeverTrumper, Megyn Kelly, these NeverTrumpers will never be liked by the Left as long as they don’t disavow their supposedly “conservative” values. And with their stubborn opposition to Trump, conservatives won’t like them either.
Why would they? Again, I could understand their skepticism a year ago. But not anymore. They have no actual reason to still dislike him or what he’s doing. Their continuing hatred towards him proves them to be just as stubborn as anyone on the Left. Despite clear evidence, they stick to their beliefs.
It takes more faith to be an atheist and believe in climate change than it does to believe in God. Likewise, it takes more faith to believe Trump isn’t conservative than to believe he is.
And that’s where the biggest comparison is made between the NeverTrumpers and the Left at this point in time. Both groups are insanely stubborn and refuse to believe in the evidence presented to them.
“He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”
Author: Freddie Drake Marinelli.
We’ve often times compared Donald Trump to former President Ronald Reagan on this website. I’ve even written a whole article on that subject! “Could Donald Trump Be The Next Ronald Reagan?” And it seems as though I’m not the only person that has drawn comparisons between the two Republican Presidents.
Venezuelan Representative Jorge Arreaza gave an interview after the assembly, in which he said: “For a moment, we didn’t know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or President Trump in 2017.” That sounds like a pretty nice compliment, wouldn’t you think? Well…
The Venezuelan Representative actually thought he was insulting Trump rather than complimenting him. Naturally, being from a nation that’s been socialist for decades, he probably thought Reagan was a terrible human being and that comparing Trump to him was some sort of insult.
Little does he know that people like me actually appreciate his “insult” towards Trump. If he thinks Trump is like Reagan in that respect, I know we chose the right person for the job.
To compare Trump to Reagan would be the equivalent of comparing Obama to FDR. The Democrats LOVE FDR, so to say Obama would be like FDR would actually be a compliment even if intended as an insult. Likewise, to compare Trump to Reagan is a compliment, not an insult.
And do you know what is interesting? The Left almost NEVER makes that comparison between the two. Why? Because Reagan’s legacy was that of making America great. He made America incredibly powerful and rich. He is one of the reasons the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. And he’s remembered as the ideal Republican President. So to say Trump is like Reagan would not be advantageous to the Left.
Yes, the media has attacked “Reaganomics” or trickle-down economics, not knowing that it’s because of those economic plans and policies that America is so powerful. But they never go so far as to say Trump is like Reagan. Because too many people, including some democrats even today, like and have liked Reagan and think of him as one of the best presidents we've had.
Democrats certainly don’t want Trump to be remembered in such a way and are doing the best they can to make certain of that. Or at least make the illusion of it. Trump’s legacy is entirely up to him. What he does and doesn’t do is on him. There will be obstacles in the way (the Establishment being the biggest of them all), but the media can’t destroy Trump’s legacy. Because they couldn’t destroy Reagan’s.
Returning to the Venezuelan Representative, he certainly has plenty to learn. Above all things to learn is that his country is an utter hellhole in the world and it’s because of the very socialist government he’s defending. But other than that, he should learn one important lesson given to him by John Roberts in an interview on Special Report: “If you’re going to try to insult a Republican, don’t compare him or her to Ronald Reagan.”
Like I said, comparing Trump to Reagan is a massive compliment to him. And I certainly appreciate it, even though it was meant as an insult.
And the funny thing about the whole thing is that I agree with him on that instance. Even though it’s entirely likely that this representative was taught that Reagan was the closest thing to the actual devil, most people don’t see Reagan that way. And if he’s comparing the two Presidents, then most people will take it as a compliment, even with the context of the insult.
And, actually, let’s focus more on the meaning behind those words. To this representative, Reagan was probably a degenerate and evil person. And he clearly sees Trump that same way. The media certainly sees Trump that way. Hollywood certainly sees Trump that way. And the Leftist base certainly see Trump that way. They think he is the definition of evil. When in reality, they are the ones that follow and idolize evil people.
Kathy Griffin is clearly evil and messed up in the head, and yet people like her? Obama did his absolute best to destroy the country, and yet people like him and wish he was still President? The people on the Left are all evil, and yet people like them?
Do you wanna know why? It’s not just because evil people tend to like evil people. It’s not just because Leftists are evil and love the evil deeds of the Left. It’s also because there are people that have a misconstrued idea that evil is good and good is evil. As Isaiah 5:20 says: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
These people think evil is good and good is evil. They think freedom for everyone is evil and freedom for only a few is good. They think Trump and Reagan are/were evil and think Obama and Hillary are good. They think following Christ and being a Christian is evil and following Mohammed and being an atheist is good. They think being white is evil and being a minority is good, when being a specific race shouldn’t matter. They think killing unborn babies is good and protecting them is evil.
These people are thoroughly messed up in the mind to think these things. There is a remedy, but they ignore it and mock it. They avoid listening to conservatives and think conservatives shouldn’t be allowed 1st amendment rights. They avoid listening to Christians. They avoid going to church and avoid reading the Bible. They avoid FOLLOWING CHRIST as though it would kill them.
And in a sense, it would. It would kill the evil within them. It would save them from eternal damnation. It would save them from the wrath of God that will inevitably fall upon them. It would educate them on how the world really works. It would turn them against socialism and communism. It would thoroughly change them, and they don’t want that.
They don’t want that because they don’t think it would be right. Like I said, they think being a Christian is evil and that Christians are evil. They’ve been fed that garbage since they were born, or at least started attending public school. Why would they follow Christ if they think doing so would be evil or not the right thing to do? I know the devil is the very definition of evil, therefore I wouldn’t follow him. But I also know that Christ is not just good, but is GOD, and so, I follow Him. Likewise, if I were a Leftist and have believed my entire life that being a Christian is evil, why would I become a Christian? Why would I follow Christ?
These people don’t know the true definition of good and evil. Whenever they can blame God for something bad happening, they will. I’ve seen people on social media blaming God for Hurricane Irma and Harvey. I’ve seen people ask “If God is so good, why does He allow bad things to happen?” They don’t know that when bad things tend to happen to people, they seek God for shelter and protection and He provides.
They don’t know that God is in full control of everything, even evil. They don’t see disasters as opportunities for people to get closer to God. They see them as opportunities to blame God and accuse Him of being evil and try to convince people to turn away from Him.
They don’t know God, and yet, they make accusations of Him and His character as though they did. They haven’t read the Bible and avoid it at all cost and yet, believe it’s a pile of garbage and shouldn’t be trusted and read.
The point I’m getting at is that they don’t truly believe they follow evil people or that they are evil themselves. They see sin as something to be celebrated, not to be repented of. They don’t know the Truth, and will do whatever they can to avoid learning it.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
Author: Freddie Drake.
Now, I know some Never Trumpers out there are going to call me a heretic for even suggesting something like that, but history tends to repeat itself. And that is precisely the case here.
What exactly do I mean when I say history repeats itself? Well, let’s look at some things from this last election and primary season.
Donald Trump was made fun of and ridiculed since the day he announced he would run for president. Everyone called him a joke of a candidate. Everyone thought he would implode within a couple of months and not even come close to being at the top of the polls for the Republican nomination.
But what if I were to tell you that people thought Reagan was a joke of a candidate too? Now, there was no social media back in Reagan’s day, so it was mostly people from the news media calling him that. But that’s where we draw our first comparison. Neither Republican candidate was taken seriously, until they both stunned the world and were elected. Hey, even the POLLS had them losing by the time the elections came around. But they both managed to defeat their opponents.
Now, that could be classified as a coincidence, but let’s remember the fact that both ran under similar slogans. Trump’s slogan was “Make America Great Again”. Reagan’s 1980 slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again”. Both of these slogans attracted distraught people that thought their country was going in the wrong direction. That was evidenced by the fact that Carter didn’t even reach 50 delegates on Election Night 1980 and that Trump soundly defeated Clinton in what turned out to be not a close race at all.
The next thing to look at is the fact that both Trump and Reagan were both ‘politically incorrect’. Now, the term is a relatively new one. Today, we conservatives view political correctness as nothing more than an attempt to keep us from exercising our first amendment right to freedom of speech. We are not allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in fear of ‘offending’ some atheists or Muslims. We can’t pray before sports events in fear of offending those same people. Yet atheists can call us bigots and racists all they want, calling a drawing of Mohammed racist but calling a jar with a cross in it filled with PISS art. In their minds, it’s politically incorrect to say that a Muslim wants to behead me even if I’m actually being chased by one down the street. They think it’s ok for a Muslim to kill a gay person for being gay, given the fact that they fail to condemn Islam for being bigoted against gays. But Trump doesn’t care if he’s called a bigot. He doesn’t care if he’s being politically ‘incorrect’. If he’s truly offended someone for something he said and he knows he shouldn’t have said that, he apologizes for it like a decent human being. But he’s not going to apologize for saying something that the Left doesn’t like just because they don’t like it. Particularly if it’s the truth.
The next comparison to look at is the fact that they have both at one time shared leftist views but have transitioned to more conservative ones. Reagan and Trump both used to be Democrats. But now, they have both run and have been elected as Republican presidents. They both used to be pro-choice, but have switched over to being pro-life. They’ve both shared a conservative view on economics. They’ve both favored tax reduction. And they both have defended the right to keep and bear arms.
Now, some of these things can be considered coincidental, such as their switching of parties. But there’s no denying here that they share a lot of similarities. And I, for one, am very enthusiastic about this incoming administration, knowing what we now all know about the similarities between the Republican champions. And I believe that Trump can do amazing things for this country because he knows he’ll HAVE to do great things for this country in order to fulfill his main campaign promise and slogan: Make America Great Again.
May God bless this next president and continue to bless the United States of America.
'Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.’
Author: Freddie M.
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