If you prize clarity, these past weeks were some of the best in memory.
1. When America leads, the world is better. For the first time in eight years, the allies of America and the world’s decent people celebrated America’s return to leadership. Just about all of them understand that if the United States doesn’t exercise its power, the worst regimes on earth will.
2. The terrible presidency of Barack Obama is beginning to be acknowledged. Following President Trump’s order to attack Syria about 63 hours after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, even many in the mainstream media couldn’t help but contrast his prompt response with Barack Obama’s non-response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons in 2013. And almost every report further noted that Obama failed to do anything after having promised that he would regard the use of chemical weapons by Assad as crossing a “red line.”
Likewise, Obama’s do-nothing policies vis-à-vis North Korea are being contrasted with Trump’s warnings to Kim Jong-un about further testing of ICBMs and pressure on China’s leaders to rein in the North Korean regime.
This will come as somewhat of a surprise to those on the left, but many of us who are not on the left believe that Barack Obama did more damage to America than any previous president — economically, militarily, and socially.
Regarding the last of these, as the first black president in American history, he could have been an unprecedented force for racial healing, but instead left America more racially divided than any modern president. In his repeated citing of “Ferguson,” for example, he helped spread the lie that a white racist Missouri police officer had, without reason (other than racial bias), killed an innocent black teenager.
The interminably repeated left-wing lie that Trump and Putin are in cahoots has exploded.
He deceived the American people (“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, ” etc.) in order to pass Obamacare, one of the largest government-expanding programs in American history. He used presidential power in an unprecedentedly authoritarian manner. He showed far more understanding of the Iranian theocracy than of the Israeli democracy. His Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice were politicized in ways reminiscent of corrupt Third World regimes. And he left America fighting a (thus far nonviolent) second Civil War.
3. The interminably repeated left-wing lie that Trump and Putin are in cahoots has exploded. With Trump’s military attack on Assad and verbal attacks on Russia, that claim has been shown to be what those with a little common sense knew it to be: a baseless, wholly made-up conspiracy theory meant to explain an election loss Democrats still haven’t come to grips with. In fact, with Russia, too, President Trump has shown more backbone in his first 100 days in office than President Obama did in eight years.
4. Another charge, made over and over by the Left — the mainstream media, academia and the Democratic party — that the Trump election had unleashed an unprecedented amount of anti-Semitism was proven to be more left-wing hysteria based on a left-wing lie. It turned out that bomb threats phoned into Jewish community centers and Jewish agencies came not from Trump supporters and “white supremacists” but from a black radical and a disturbed young American Jew living in Israel.
Given that factual and moral clarity are conservatism’s greatest allies, we may be witnessing the beginning of a conservative Renaissance the likes of which we haven’t seen since the advent of Progressivism.
— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com. © 2017 Creators.com
Editors’ Note: This article has been revised since its initial publication.