The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate what works about our system.»
As friends and families gather to celebrate our nation’s birth, we know the battle lines of hyper-partisanship will be on many minds. So, on this Independence Day, we offer a 14,000foot view of reasons for both sides to celebrate.
Supporters of President Donald Trump have plenty to celebrate. While he has yet to sign any significant legislation, he’s made inroads toward fulfilling campaign promises.
The New York billionaire has been a hardliner he promised in addressing illegal immigration. No, the border wall isn’t exactly in the works, but illegal crossings have plummeted. Arrests jumped nearly 40 percent in the president’s first three months. Immigrants are being rounded up whether they commit crimes or are simply working here under the radar. Recently, the crackdown has expanded to arrest parents in the U.S. who paid smugglers to carry their children across the border.
Similarly, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, has dramatically scaled back the reach of the agency. The EPA is a lot weaker now, as Pruitt has worked with industry executives to overturn regulations President Barack Obama put in place through executive order. Elections have consequences, and in this one, Trump’s characterization of Obama’s climate change fixation clearly resonated.
For the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for Trump, they can take heart in the fact our na- tion’s systems of checks and balances has managed the strain.
Trump’s ill-advised effort to enforce a ban on Muslims from several countries is a fine example. The effort has largely failed, as courts rightly saw through it and used Trump’s own bigoted words against him. Yes, some of the ban’s restrictions are now in place, as the Supreme Court reviews the dispute, but the system is doing its part admirably.
Congress has made a mess of the Trumpian agenda, as disputes within the party he represents have so far scuttled the president’s promise to rid the land of Obamacare. And more and more congressional Republicans are rightly calling out the president for his absurd Twitter habit.
In Colorado, we have reasons to celebrate, too. Lawmakers compromised to pass a budget that resolved crippling revenue conflicts and found some extra money for transportation. And our unemployment rate, at 2.3 percent, is the lowest in the nation. In part that’s because we’ve become hugely attractive to outsiders who are flocking to our state.
The union has never been exactly perfect. The goal has always been to strive for better, and many aspects of the American system are working just fine.
No doubt, our nation faces plenty of challenges and military conflicts. And our comity is in tatters. But today is a day to celebrate what works about our system.
Here’s to finding some common ground around the grill.