The economy continues to deliver near-record-low unemployment, wage gains, strong growth and unmatched energy production.
No nation can remain sovereign and secure with insecure borders. There are few ways to stop massive illegal immigration other than building a wall, insisting on employer sanctions and recalibrating legal immigration to be measured, diverse and meritocratic.
For all the hysteria over Trump's foreign policy, many observers quietly concede that the
America had reached a point of no return with
The status quo that Trump inherited with North Korean nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles was an unsustainable proposition. So was an
Yet Trump cannot consistently reach 50 percent approval in the polls. And, like most presidents, he experienced a rebuke in the House during his first midterm elections.
So, what might Trump do to translate his policy successes into 51 percent majority support?
He needs to pick up more minority voter support, perhaps winning about 20 percent of the
Yet Trump's economic policies have achieved record-low minority unemployment. His immigration policies will eventually curb illegal immigration and give clout to entry-level workers, who will have less competition from imported low-wage labor.
Trump should go into minority communities and hold frank discussions with local leaders, many of whom oppose him politically, about policies geared toward economically empowering inner-city youth.
Trump's message should be that his economic agenda is aimed at ensuring that minority workers regain some clout over employers. In a growing economy short of labor, those who were once bypassed and ignored now for the first time in decades have the ability to choose from among multiple job options and enjoy rising wages.
Trump also must pick up 5 percent to 10 percent more of suburban centrists and Republican voters, many of whom privately support the Trump agenda but publicly recoil at Trump's sometimes blunt (though usually accurate) assessments of political opponents, celebrities and foreign nations.
The obvious complaint among these swing voters is not so much with Trump's substance as with his style -- which nonetheless appeals to millions in the Trump base who are sick and tired of political hedging and politically correct sentimentalism.
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In this regard, Trump is at his best when he is funny and self-deprecating -- attributes that play especially well in suburbia.
When Trump campaigns and holds rallies, he is the rare politician who sincerely uses a plural possessive pronoun of endearment to talk of Americans as "our farmers," "our soldiers," "our miners" and "our workers." His speeches about reviving the deindustrialized Midwest show more empathy than the usual boilerplate from free-trade libertarians or social-welfare liberals.
Trump does not have to win over all minority voters and suburbanites. He just needs to recalibrate his messaging and re-emphasize his solid achievements, reminding those he has benefited why and how he has helped them -- and why he is not the ogre so often stereotyped in the media.
Otherwise, Trump will end up getting results without getting political credit for it.