The Bat­tle to MAGA Con­tin­ues

El Dorado News-Times - - Viewpoint - STAR PARKER

Amer­ica's founders demon­strated that govern­ment is art, not sci­ence. The se­cret is in bal­ance. Bi­en­nial con­gres­sional elec­tions strike the right bal­ance for the need for sta­bil­ity with the need for change.

Midterm elec­tions take place with the con­ti­nu­ity of a sit­ting pres­i­dent. Who­ever is in the White House will con­tinue in this po­si­tion for an­other two years, re­gard­less of the out­come of midterms.

By the time you read this, we'll know whether the new

Congress will be red or blue.

But I know now that the day af­ter the elec­tions, Don­ald

Trump will still be pres­i­dent.

And I know that what­ever hap­pens, Trump will stay fo­cused, as he must, on the agenda that he cam­paigned on and the vi­sion he ar­tic­u­lated in his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress.

His com­mit­ment to those ideas and prin­ci­ples took him across the na­tion to insert his per­sona and agenda into the cam­paign. As we ap­proach the two-year mark of this pres­i­dency, facts bear out that the na­tion is turn­ing around and "Make Amer­ica Great Again" is more than a slo­gan.

We are a deeply di­vided coun­try with a cul­ture war rag­ing. The bat­tle for steer­ing the coun­try's di­rec­tion will con­tinue. This elec­tion just de­ter­mines the army that the gen­eral in the White House will have to sup­port him in the fight.

Per­son­ally, I spent the last month in eight dif­fer­ent states, mak­ing the case for what is at stake. I spent Elec­tion Day in my dis­trict, walk­ing precincts and mak­ing phone calls to help my can­di­date of choice in a race for an open seat.

Trump has made it fash­ion­able again to be a pa­triot, to feel proud to be an Amer­i­can be­cause our na­tion is in­deed unique and ex­cep­tional.

The other side has dis­torted this mes­sage of na­tion­al­ism, claim­ing it dis­re­spects our di­ver­sity and in­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

The fact that I am black Chris­tian woman does not con­tra­dict my pa­tri­o­tism. I am an Amer­i­can who needs the free­dom that only this na­tion can pro­vide to re­al­ize my full po­ten­tial. This is true for ev­ery Amer­i­can. And it is only pos­si­ble in a na­tion that is free and in­formed by eternal truths.

The changes we see in re­al­iz­ing the MAGA goals are tan­gi­ble and pal­pa­ble.

In­ter­na­tion­ally, Trump's idea that the best way to in­flu­ence the world is to re­cap­ture our na­tional great­ness is work­ing.

He has shaken up the United Na­tions and is cre­at­ing new re­al­i­ties in Asia, South Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East.

De­spite warn­ings against his bold move to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as Is­rael's cap­i­tal, Trump did it. And mir­a­cles are oc­cur­ring through­out the Mid­dle East. Is­rael and Per­sian Gulf States are form­ing new re­la­tion­ships that once were un­heard of. Is­rael, for the first time, com­peted in an in­ter­na­tional Judo com­pe­ti­tion in Abu Dhabi, won a gold medal, and the Is­raeli na­tional an­them was played in this Arab coun­try.

Eco­nom­i­cally, the econ­omy is back on the path to growth. Black and His­panic un­em­ploy­ment are at all-time lows, and even high school dropouts are find­ing work as re­sult of the new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Con­sti­tu­tion­ally, the GOP Se­nate has con­firmed 68 con­ser­va­tive judges, with 125 left to go.

Fis­cally, ev­ery fed­eral depart­ment get­ting anti-poverty money (one-fourth of the fed­eral bud­get) is un­der Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der to cut spend­ing and strike new ef­fi­cien­cies.

We need se­cure borders. Ter­ror­ists from the Mid­dle East could pen­e­trate Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, look­ing to cross our borders un­der the guise of be­ing refugees.

The bot­tom line is we must stay the course and con­tinue to help this pres­i­dent get the na­tion's work done.

We must con­tinue the fight for free­dom and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and na­tional des­tiny through MAGA.

Star Parker is an au­thor and pres­i­dent of CURE, Cen­ter for Ur­ban Re­newal and Ed­u­ca­tion. Con­tact her at www.ur­ban­cure.org. To find out more about Star Parker and read fea­tures by other Cre­ators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­site at www.cre­ators.com.

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