Who Comes after Trump?

Here is Michael Filozof writing about the frightening prospect of what might come after Trump:

Halfway through President Trump’s first term in office, the jury is still out on his effectiveness in his quest to “make America great again.”

Trump has had some apparent successes: the confirmation of Supreme Court justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, the opening of relations and denuclearization talks with North Korea, a national tax cut, and a simplified set of tax deductions.

He has, however, failed to pull the U.S. out of NATO.  Though he has announced troop reductions in Afghanistan and Syria, he has not yet ended American involvement in either war.  And in his biggest humiliation to date, Trump brazenly promised to shut down the government for “years” if necessary to build the wall on the southern border but capitulated after only weeks.

The fact that Trump was willing to even mention these issues in public — along with his opposition to abortion and gun control — has been a victory of sorts for conservatives, given the alternative.

Until now, the fact that Trump is “not Hillary” has been enough.  But it will not be enough forever.  If the election of 2016 was the “Flight 93 Election” (as Michael Anton wrote in the Claremont Review of Books under the pseudonym Publius Decius Mus), a vote for Trump was a no-brainer.  Had Hillary stormed the cockpit and seized the controls, America as we understood it would have been finished.  At this point in his presidency, it might be said that Trump wrestled control of the left seat and has succeeded in keeping the plane stable and level, but it is not clear that he knows how to land it (a possibility Anton admitted in his essay) — and the terrorists are still beating on the cockpit door, trying to break it down.

Read more: American Thinker

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