Reece Gardner: Take a positive look at President Trump

Reece Gardner: Take a positive look at President Trump

My column for today may appear somewhat politically partisan, but that is not my intent. I am, along with well over 2 million other voters in North Carolina, registered unaffiliated, and I try to look at issues from the standpoint of what is best for all of us. 

But there has been some pretty harsh language recently used by some members of the U.S. Congress, much of it aimed at President Trump and most of it not grounded in truth. 

For example, Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, said, "Donald Trump supporters are older, less educated, less prosperous and they are dying early. Many are dying from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease or simply from a broken heart." 

Johnson continued, "The political moment that brought Trump to power can be compared to the rise of Adolf Hitler, as he claims that all those crossing our borders are rapists, drug dealers and murderers." 

It is obvious that Johnson, like so many other Trump haters, is out of touch with everyday Americans. Consider this, from newly-elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaip from Michigan, at her reception following her swearing-in ceremony hosted by the leftish group MoveOn.  She said, "When your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look, you won.  Bullies don't win', and I said, "Baby, they won't anymore, because we are going to go in and impeach that motherf****r.” This was met with loud applause from her supporters. 

And all of this in spite of the many accomplishments this president has had, such as, just to name a few: 

(1) A booming economy, with 312,000 new jobs added just in this past December

(2) Putting pressure on local governments to comply with U.S. Immigration law

(3) Standing for religious liberty,  removing burdens on religious organizations, such as no longer having to fund abortions

(4) Appointing conservative judges

(5)  Seeing North Korean President Kim going from firing rockets over Japan to actually meeting with South Korea's president

And the list goes on and on. To stand up for a leader doing so many good things for our country is not being partisan, it's being American.

And now to close on a humorous note: One dark night in Dublin, a fire started inside the local chemical plant.  In the blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. 

When the firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fireman in charge and said, "All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved; I will give 50,000 pounds to the fire department that brings them out intact." 

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon, more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out the offer was now 100,000 pounds to the fire station that could bring out the company's secret files. 

Still, the firefighters could not get through. From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby rural township volunteers fire brigade, composed mainly by men in their late 60s. To everyone's amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant. 

Without slowing down, it drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the old-timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire and fought it back from all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before. 

Within a short time, they had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such as superhuman feat he was upping the award to 200,000 pounds, and he walked over to personally thank each of the brave firefighters.

The local media caught the “thank you” on film and asked the chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?" 

"Well," said Paddy, the 70-year-old fire chief, "The first thing we're going to do is fix the brakes on that bloody fire truck." 

Have a wonderful day!

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