If you aren’t fully aboard the Trump train but give a daily prayer of thanks that America voted to resist slow death by socialism, you might feel a bit out of place, especially on social media. If you like something the new administration is proposing, you might be attacked for supporting the Trump sh**show. If you are critical, you are a POS who doesn’t want to make America great again. There isn’t a safe space for you, but, let’s face it, there probably never was one if you subscribe to Americanism and embrace founding principles, especially that of free-market capitalism. Welcome to the twilight zone or that place in between those who think they want national protectionism and the brain dead who blindly follow progressive buttinskyism. It kind of feels like being stuck in a lame battle of vampires versus zombies (note that either can be blood sucking or cannibalistic).
Anyway, that describes how I feel these days. When I hear the Trump administration will green light pipeline projects, I am hopeful. Energy has traditionally been big business in America. Here’s a surprising fact you won’t hear in the lamestream media: our number one manufactured good is refined oil. The crude may come from other parts of the world, but it is made usable in the form of gasoline right here in the good old USA. And isn’t it wonderful to hear Trump say we are going to buy only American pipe to bring that crude to the refineries?
You might think so until you realize that there simply aren’t enough pipe mills in the United States to manufacture the amount of pipe that would be needed for multiple pipeline projects. This leads to my biggest fear from what Trump appears to be proposing along with his America First populist message: tariffs and trade wars. Anyone in the import/export business should be nervous and revisit history to see what happened in 1922, a time when Republicans were a little too “progressive” and passed the Fordney–McCumber Tariff under Warren G. Harding, a move that was meant to protect America’s agriculture industry but instead sparked a trade war.
Then the Republican party doubled down on stupid in 1930 under President Hoover, a businessman who promised to boost American jobs. The Tariff Act of 1930, aka the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, resulted in a world-wide tariff war. So, when many of us hold our breaths as Trump promotes American only, we have a bad feeling that we are headed for possible tariff wars and sincerely hope the President’s rhetoric is bluster meant to bring other countries to the table to negotiate fair trade deals. It’s times like these that we hope and pray Trump truly knows the art of the deal.
As bad as this sounds, the other side, the admitted Progressives, are potentially worse. Buttinskyism has been around for quite awhile, made increasingly stronger by elites controlling Washington who believe they know best how you must live your life. It is this mindset that led Barack Obama and his minions to put a regulated stranglehold on the oil and gas industry which combined with the “unintended” negative effects of Obamacare killed manufacturing jobs throughout fly-over country. So while much-needed jobs were disappearing, we were assured it would be okay not to have job lock. As we were trying to figure out how to afford healthcare, we were lectured on what pronouns we had to now say and the virtues of one-potty-for-all etiquette.
The problem with Progressivism is that for the majority of us there just so much of it we can take. Eight years of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi produced a huge burnout, and the American people were starving for someone to publicly say some of the things they were thinking. This was great news for conservatism until we saw that the populist message Trump was selling was more attractive. The problem with Protectionism is that it won’t produce the things Trump promised – winning.