Making America Great Again
If I had the ear of President Trump, here are a few of the things I would mention.
America’s greatness did not come about because of government. America’s greatness came about because of our declared national acknowledgment of our dependence upon God, specifically Jesus Christ. We have strayed from our roots and are far from what the Founders envisioned. There are legitimate criticisms about the inconsistencies between the professions of the Founding Fathers and their subsequent actions, but the ideal was based on the notion that we had a common national heritage and faith, which eliminated the sectarianism that divided the individual colonies and plagued the nation states of Europe, especially England.
That should be the primary object for our national consciousness. Having said that, there are some practical, but not easy, solutions he, and some brave members of Congress, could execute that would Make America Great Again. (Some of these ideas are not my own).
Refineries. To my understanding, we have not had a new refinery built since 1979, or thereabout. Saudi Arabia owns the largest one in our nation. It would be good, if possible, opening regional, independent, domestic refineries to reduce shipping costs, and modernizing aging ones.
Eliminate mandates for ethanol formulated fuels. Beside the limited number of refineries, the mandates cause the reduction in production of standard fuels due to the misallocation of resources.
Bureaucracies and Regulations.
Get rid of the Alphabet Soup of federal bureaucratic agencies and departments. Restructure those necessary for national security.
Environmental Protection Agency. Let private organizations and the free market provide the oversight to monitor the effects of industry. Let there be legal ramifications if businesses engage in activities that are detrimental to our “lives, liberty, and properties.” Let the states exercise autonomy over their territory.
Open the doors to marketplace principles allowing for competition in energy productions. Disallow monopolies that restrict independent energy production and reward innovation. Citizens should have freedom of choice to what suits their needs. Forbid special interests from using government to coerce individuals to use their products and services or prohibiting/restricting the same of their competition.
Simple. Forbid personal income tax. That amounts to slavery.
Prohibit graduated taxation. That punishes the more productive over the less productive.
Apportionment. Tax the individual states based on their respective populations. Streamline the federal government agencies and departments and lower the demand on services by the federal government, giving greater responsibilities to the states.
Prohibit compound interest rates. Monthly fees and reasonable penalties based on contract law whereby both parties mutually agree and terms and conditions cannot be altered without a renegotiated contract.
Repeal the 17th Amendment. Restore the power of the states to elect their senators. There is a good reason why the Founding Fathers created the Constitution the way they did. If the states make a bad choice, the power of the people to force their state legislators to correct their mistake is the necessary check to arbitrary and unwise decisions.
Obey the Constitution.
Don’t exercise powers not granted to the Executive Office. This is where Congress needs more integrity to do the job they were hired to do by ensuring the President doesn’t expand their power. Nor should Congress be allowed to concede their authority to the President. If they do that, they should be immediately charged, tried and removed from their offices for failure to uphold their oaths of office.
Close all of our overseas bases, excluding territories, unless those nations pay us to be there. Bring our military home. Stop engaging in military excursions not directly related to imminent threats or unprovoked attacks. The only exception is to keep our shipping lanes and trade routes open.
Securing the border.
After bringing the troops home, send them to the border. Forget the wall. Treat the illegal problem head on as an invasion. Hold the Mexican government responsible for the act of war that it is. Tell the Mexican government to recall all of their citizens. Failure do so within ninety days will result in the U.S. acquiring a mile per day until the illegals have sufficiently left. The acquired land would become a protectorate territory of the U.S. with similar rights as Puerto Rico. Troops would remain on the new border. Help them become a prosperous, semi-autonomous territory that curtails the need of their citizens to hop the border and acts as buffer state between Mexico and the U.S. Cease hostilities with Mexico once they accept their culpability and hold up their end of recalling their citizens.