100 Days War

President Trump has been in office for the first 100 days of his four-year term. Are we better off than when we started?

No. Not yet anyway.

I’m trying to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt. Not because I, in any way, agree with what he’s saying, but because the success of my country hangs in the balance. The more I step back from the hyperbole of the campaign, the hype of the election, and Sean Spicer’s first lambasting of the media, the more I understand what is going on.

President Trump severely underestimated the presidency.

It should go without saying the job of Presiden of the Unites States is no cake walk. Thus, some type of experience in politics would be helpful (to say the least) in this position. Instead, some Americans voted based on their feelings. President Trump was a diehard conservative’s dream because he based his campaign on being the direct opposite of President Obama’s administration. The campaign trail saw a lot of promises made and a lot of hyperbole spoken.

“I’m going to get rid of ISIS in 30 days. No one knows ISIS better than me. Trust me, I know.” “I’m going to assign a special investigator to lock Hillary Clinton up.” “Obamacare is a disaster. You know it. I know it. We are going to repeal it within the first 100 days I’m in office.” “I’m going to build a big, beautiful wall. And Mexico is going to pay for it.”

These promises got people so overwhelmed with emotion that they voted Trump in with great expectations. Most of his voters (some may not admit this), are still waiting for these promises to come to fruition. Mexico already said prior to the election, that they aren’t paying for a brick on that wall. So, there’s that. I don’t see one special investigator probing into Clinton’s email scandal. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention she’s gone before Congress multiple times (including the Benghazi hearings), and they found her not guilty each time. ISIS is still alive and well much to the dismay of many Americans. While the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB; the largest, most powerful non-nuclear bomb the US Military has) was dropped on ISIS quarters, the death toll was approximately 94 people. That’s like using a shotgun to kill an ant colony. I fail to believe there are 94 people in ISIS, especially when they are recruiting right here in America.

One of the most major broken promises of the campaign trail was repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA; Obamacare). President Trump is on record stating that he would repeal Obamacare within his first 100 days in office. In the midst of trying to repeal and replace, he came to the realization that healthcare is a difficult subject. He even stated, “Who knew health care would be so difficult?” Plenty of people were privy to this information including President Obama and several others of the House and Senate. As it sits, Obamacare is “the law of the land for the foreseeable future” as Speak of the House Paul Ryan put it so eloquently.

I’m still trying to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt, but he continues to prove what I thought about him all along. He’s not ready. He may have some good ideas, but it all comes off as a sideshow act. To top it all off, the U.S. is about to get into a completely unnecessary war with North Korea simply because our two leaders can’t have a seat and chill.

What do you think of President Trump’s first 100 days?  In my opinion, there’s a lot to be desired, and we are only four months into his term.

Lord, help us.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Shielders Anonymous says:

    Very well said Jarrod. In my opinion his performance and response to failed campaign promises is typical of the average person sitting at home criticizing everything about the former administration, saying “if I were president I would do a much better job”, not realizing that effectively governing a country and maintaining diplomacy with other world powers is not as cut and dry as the shady business deals he’s used to. I also believe that his lack of political training and experience has worked against him. Many people who voted for Trump appreciated that he was an “outsider” in the political world, but being a novice in that arena will not change the status quo. It will be business as usual and he will have to assimilate in an attempt to get things done. Let’s pray that assimilation process isn’t four years long. Sigh.

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  2. “I’m trying to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt.”
    No. You’re not. Though you state this twice in the post, nothing about anything you wrote indicates that you are making any attempt to give him any benefit.
    Either you’re:
    1. Lying to us.
    2. Lying to yourself.
    3. Have no idea what “giving the benefit of the doubt” means.

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    1. Jarrod Brown says:

      Welcome! I appreciate your feedback. We’ll take the ad hominem out and focus on the meat of your comment.
      The benefit of the doubt is extended to see if he’s going to accomplish what he’s proposed. As stated in the post, he’s made lofty claims during his campaign and hasn’t produced. That’s just fact.
      I’m not a fan of him, but I’m also objective. If he does something that benefits the country, then I’ll say so. So far, I haven’t seen too much.

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      1. Every comment you’ve made is slanted against him … but you’re objective?

        That answered my question, at least. I don’t think you’re deliberately trying to deceive others.

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      2. Jarrod Brown says:

        Again, I’m just stating what he said and the results of such. It’s no secret that I’m not even close to a fan of the guy. However, his success is the country’s success which means I want him to succeed. Anything less affects American citizens. That being said, he hasn’t shown me anything. He’s still using a lot of his campaign tactics. Lots of talk with no/little results. It’s only been 100 days, so he has more than enough time to turn things around. However, if this first four months are any indication, then things are not looking good.

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      3. I really couldn’t care less how you feel about Trump and how he’s performing. My sole issue is that you made multiple statements about how you are objective and giving him the benefit of the doubt.

        Clearly, you dislike Trump so much that you are in no way objective.

        Sorry to break that to you.

        Really, I don’t understand why you’re hanging on so hard to this obvious fiction?

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      4. Jarrod Brown says:

        Well, we’ve come to the point in the conversation where we’ve hit a wall.

        As I said before, if he does something well, then I’ll applaud him for it even though it’s clear I’m not a fan. That is the definition of objectivity. Looking at the actions and not allowing personal feelings to interfere with sound judgment. I haven’t seen anything as of yet. Not “I’m looking for him to fail.” I truly have not seen anything that is praise worthy. This is based on his major campaign promises. Me stating such is not a failure to be objective. Only reiterating what I’ve seen.

        If your issue is one of objectivity, then I would assume you come from a centrist standpoint where there is no slant involved. This is more reasonable, correct?

        Since this is how you feel regarding my objectivity, then I’ll leave you to feel that way. I appreciate the discourse. Please come back and read more. I appreciate your views. Have a wonderful day!!

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