The news obsesses over the recent government shutdown, the latest
But aside from the weekly hysterias, the world has dramatically changed since 2016 in ways we scarcely have appreciated.
The idea that
In the last two years, a mainstream consensus has grown that
The world did not fall apart after the
In retrospect, most Americans accept that such once controversial decisions were not ever all that controversial.
There is also a growing, though little reported, consensus about what created the current economic renaissance: tax cuts, massive deregulation, recalibration of trade policy, tax incentives to bring back offshore capital, and dramatic rises in oil and natural gas production.
Although partisan bickering continues over the extent of the upswing, most appreciate that millions of Americans are now back again working -- especially minority youth -- in a manner not seen in over a decade.
For all the acrimony about illegal immigration, the government shutdown over the wall and the question of amnesties, most Americans also finally favor some sort of grand bargain compromise.
The public seems to be agreeing that conservatives should get more border fencing or walls in strategic areas, an end to new illegal immigration and deportation for those undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
Liberals in turn will likely obtain green cards for those long-time immigrants here illegally who have a work history and have not committed violent crimes.
Both sides will be forced to agree that illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and open borders should end and legal immigration should be reformed.
Americans have paradoxically grown tired both of costly overseas interventions and perceptions of American weakness that led to the Libyan fiasco, the Syrian genocide, the rise of the
Two years ago, most Americans accepted that the
Most Americans have now concluded that while the EU may be necessary to prevent another intra-European war, it is increasingly a postmodern, anti-democratic and unstable entity.
Trump has not changed his campaign reputation for being mercurial, crass and crude.
But what has changed is the media's own reputation in its hysterical reaction to Trump. Instead of empirical reporting, the networks and press have become unhinged.
When reporting of the presidency has proved 90 percent negative, and false news stories are legion, the media are no longer seen as the remedy to Trump but rather an illness themselves.
Since 2016, polls show that Americans have assumed that the proverbial mainstream media cannot be counted on for honest reporting but will omit, twist and massage facts and evidence for the higher "truth" of neutralizing the Trump presidency.
When asked on "The View" why so often the liberal press keeps making up facts, "jumps the gun" and has to "walk stuff back when it turns out wrong,"
Trump's popularity is about where it was when he was elected -- ranging on average from the low to mid-forties. But many of his policies have led to more prosperity and address festering problems abroad.
And despite the negative news, they are widely supported, even -- or especially -- if Trump himself is not given proper credit for enacting most of them.
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