The last year has been a reality TV presidency. Let’s cut through tweets with analysis.
That’s the role of members of our Email Interactive Group. We asked them to give an assessment of the pluses and minuses of President Donald Trump’s first year.
Few of them tried to list both, however. The typical response focused on positives or negatives.
And in this polarized world, that’s no surprise.
Here is a selection of their responses.
Awful, awful, awful. A disgrace to this country and the world. Dangerous! A terrible blow to democracy everywhere.
Paige Slade, Jacksonville
STYLE VS. SUBSTANCE
It appears that the first year of the Trump presidency is more characterized by the negativity of his style, his tweeting, his unorthodoxy and policies than by the usual, traditional metrics for evaluating accomplishment.
A real lack of respect for the office of the president exists by the media as Trump is often ridiculed because of the campaign rhetoric of fake news.
Trump’s efforts to swing the pendulum back from the “transformational” actions of his predecessor, Barack Obama, are challenged daily by the media.
Our Congress continues to earn poor approval ratings from Americans.
Government spending and health care/insurance modifications remain unresolved issues.
People are tired of all this dysfunction, coarseness and political fighting.
Term limits are needed and all programs laid on voters should be shared by the ruling class.
David Ferguson, Palm Coast
STYMIED BY ENEMIES
The bad is the mainstream media (both print and TV) and the Democrats who won’t give the president a fair chance.
He hasn’t been given a chance to do his job!
Tom Bass, Jacksonville
I think it is fair to say that Trump was not as bad as he could have been and not as good as he could have been.
His Twitter account helped him win the election, but now it is holding him and the Republican Party back.
We needed tax reform and both Republicans and Democrats have often agreed on the need before Trump won.
Our companies are now more competitive worldwide. If we have a higher level of growth over the next eight years vs. the last eight years it will wipe out the anticipated deficit increase and then some.
Trump is wrong on immigration. We need higher immigration to help us fill record job openings.
Historically over 1 percent of our economic growth has been due to population growth; we cannot return to long-term higher growth without higher legal immigration.
Peter North, Fleming Island
Trump is for the first time actually delivering on what Republicans have been promising voters my entire life: smaller government and lower taxes.
What impresses me most about him is, he still makes progress on his promises even in the face of the unheard of level of resistance he’s getting from mainstream media, the Democrats and the RINOs.
America has been long overdue for a president who champions American values and he does it with a steel backbone.
Jim Vaughan, Southside
HIS MOTTO IN ACTION
Trump continues to work extremely hard and the economy is responding bigger, better and faster than expected.
One look at the new jobs created, the drop in unemployment rates, the stock market and the largest tax cut in history are providing a major pathway to continued success.
Wages will increase, industries will expand and more jobs will be created.
He truly is “Making America Great Again,” all while establishment politicians and their supporters keep trying to continue the destruction of our country.
He is not a politician, he sometimes uses rough language and certainly is not politically correct at all times, but I will gladly accept the results and ignore the rough edges while he returns us to our rightful position of world leadership,and respect that we lost over the past 24 years under three different administrations that were interested only in enriching themselves and fellow swamp dwellers.
George Cook, Jacksonville
BETTER THAN MOST
Our president pushes on and accomplishes what other presidents have failed to do.
The president is exposing the corruption in our government and bringing us back to the rule of law.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a big thing for the president to do.
His stance on immigration is right on the money — and what he is doing for the economy is what we need.
I look forward to paying less taxes and putting up with less government as well as seeing new businesses and jobs.
Trump is a good man who loves America.
I will always believe that God helped us out on this presidential election.
President Trump is doing what we elected him to do.
Terrie McCormack, Lake City
DISTURBED BY THE LACK OF CIVILITY
I was going to say the stock market.
But it has been climbing for the last seven years, so that’s out.
Of all the bad that has happened, the loss of civility bothers me the most.
It comes from the president, it comes from the media and it comes from my neighbors.
There’s no respect for a different opinion whether it comes from a different political party, a different religion or a different color.
It started with former President Barack Obama, but Trump has really exacerbated the situation.
Bob Tatum, Orange Park