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Why It’s Important to Understand Trump and Trumpism

Why It’s Important to Understand Trump and Trumpism

Over the course of the next month, I will partner with the Heritage Foundation for a series of presentations focused on understanding the dramatic changes brought about by the rise of President-elect Trump and Trumpism, as well as the policy challenges facing the new Administration, Congress, and the nation.

The following is an excerpt from Part I of the ‘Understanding Trump and Trumpism’ series, delivered January 10, 2017 at the Heritage Foundation. To view upcoming speeches, click here.

Understanding Trump and Trumpism

It is important to understand both the President-elect and the powerful populist movement that propelled Trump to victory. The combination of President-elect Trump’s key policies and proposals, the emerging empowering technologies and techniques, and the underlying movement of the American people is what I am calling “Trumpism.”

It is important to codify, clarify, and explore the concept of Trumpism because implementing it will require the work, initiative, and creativity of thousands of Americans.

Because our national media focuses so much on the President we have a very misleading sense of how fundamental change occurs in America.

Despite 84 years of liberal efforts to dominate America from Washington, America remains remarkably decentralized with an enormous depth of local leadership.


There are over 513,000 elected officials.

Republicans have over 4,100 state legislators (the most in the 162-year history of the Republican Party).

There are 33 Republican Governors, the most since 1922.

In fact, in 25 states there’s absolute Republican control of the executive and legislative branches. This is a remarkable opportunity to implement Trumpism at the state and local level, and it is also a remarkable opportunity to create an active state-federal transformation which targets the worst aspects of the liberal system and transforms them into the new Trump model.

In Washington, the decentralization continues. There are currently 52 Republican Senators and 247 Republican House Members. They have a staff of approximately 7,500 people.

Even in the executive branch, there is a vast army of people necessary to implement President Trump’s plans. There is a Cabinet with the Vice-President and the heads of 15 executive agencies. There are over 4,000 presidential appointees. The Senior Executive Service has around 7,700 members. There are over 900 general officers in the military. Even in the executive branch the President needs a great deal of coordination and cooperation to get anything done.

This huge number of active players is why it is important to create a clear understanding of both President-elect Trump and of Trumpism as a movement that has to be implemented by many people, in many different arenas, working on many different challenges.

The central proposition of this series is that November 8, 2016 was a watershed.

A watershed is a very large, or as President-elect Trump might say “huge” change. The old order is on one side of the watershed and a not yet understood, slowly emerging and clarifying new order is growing on the new side of this watershed.

We will know in a year if this is a real watershed.

Watch my entire speech here>>

I will continue with Part II of the ‘Understanding Trump and Trumpism’ series this Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11am ET. The speech will be streamed live on Facebook and transcript and video will be made available at Gingrich Productions and The Heritage Foundation following the presentation.

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Source: Will County News

Chicago Teachers Union shuts down school Library

When it was revealed that a CPS school library was closing, due to staffing set backs, parents responded by creating a volunteer schedule for the students to still have access to books. However, CTU stepped in and said no to the parents, and shut down the library.


Source: Will County News

Trump Tweets and there are consequences/ Bringing jobs back and he is not even in office

Although Toyota sought to stem the damage from President-elect Donald Trump’s Thursday tweet denouncing the construction of a new plant in Mexico, the Japanese automaker suffered a setback on Wall Street.

Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.

Trump posted Thursday that Toyota would pay a hefty “border tax” if it didn’t build the plant in the United States.

Back in September, Toyota announced that it would spend $150 million at the Baja plant to boost output of its Tacoma pickup truck. The company has also said it seeks to invest $1 billion in a new Corolla plant at Guanajuato that would produce 200,000 vehicles per year for sales throughout North America. The plant would employ 2,000 people.

Trump’s fingers had barely stopped sending the tweet when Wall Street felt its impact.

My new favorite thing is watching the stock charts of companies immediately after Trump tweets, here’s Toyota. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/817071792711942145 

Toyota shares began plummeting almost instantly, causing an initial drop of around $1.2 billion in value.

The stock price finished the day down 0.75 points, or 0.62 percent.

Experts expect the stock price will rebound over time, as happened before to Boeing when Trump tweeted criticism over the cost of the new Air Force One.


Source: Will County News

Will County Republican Events & Information

Will County Republicans Monthly Meeting starting at 7:00p.m.Thursday January 19, 2017 at the Joliet Country Club, 1009 W Illinois Hwy, Joliet
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Will County Republicans Monthly Meeting, Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Joliet Country Club, 1009 W Illinois Hwy, Joliet, 7:00 p.m. Meet and Greet the local candidates and public officials, business meeting 7:30 p.m. to around 8:45 p.m., public invited. Come meet candidates, elected officials and join in the conversation about the upcoming Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017 which will elect the officials who determine how much your property taxes will be.

Come out and enjoy food, refreshments, and music while supporting a great public servant Debbie Kraulidis  and her good work as she runs for re-election for Plainfield Township Trustee at her fundraiser on January 31, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cemeno’s Pizza, 1630 Essington Rd, Joliet, $35.00 Person / $60.00 Couple (Sponsorships Available).

Please join us for a special fundraiser to support James Louch for Lockport Township Clerk on February 2, 2017 Embers Tap House, 933 S State St, Lockport, Illinois, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., $40 per Person or $75 per Couple, (includes 2 drink tickets & food per person). If you cannot make the event you can send a check payable to Friends of James Louch, 1012 Runyon Drive, Lockport, IL 60441

“Trivia Party” Fundraiser is here at last by the rejuvenated Joliet Township Republican Organization on February 9, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cemenos Pizza 1630 Essington Rd, Joliet, Illinois, $30 per person, include food and drinks! Cash bar will be available. Amazing prizes, raffles, trivia contests individual and teams.   For tickets and more information please message the Joliet Township Republican Organization or contact Barbara Adams: bkadams44@gmail.com

Save the Date:

Fundraiser for Steve Balich for Will County Board on February 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mullets Sports Bar & Restaurant, 14903 S Bell Rd, Homer Glen, Illinois, $35/ person.

Fundraiser for Diane Harris for Joliet City Council on February 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cemeno’s Pizza, 1630 Essington Rd, Joliet, Illinois, $35/ person.

For details on all of the above and other local Republican events, please check out our Calendar at: http://willcountyrepublicans.org/calendar

Information for all voters:

For Will County Registered voters only, you can now apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election.  Please Note: Ballots will be mailed starting 40 days before the Election thru 5 days prior to the Election. Voted ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by our office within 14 days after the election.  Apply on-line here: https://www.thewillcountyclerk.com/elections/voter-services/vote-by-mail/vote-by-mail-ballot-request-form/
City of Aurora residents must contact the Aurora Election Commission at (630) 897-4030 to request a Vote by Mail ballot.

EARLY & GRACE PERIOD VOTING for Homer Township only for the February 28, 2017 Consolidated Republican Primary will be at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois during normal office hours starting January 19, 2017 and continuing to February 28, 2017. For more information:  http://www.thewillcountyclerk.com/elections/voter-services/early-voting/will-county-clerk/

EARLY & GRACE PERIOD VOTING for Homer Township only for the February 28, 2017 Consolidated Republican Primary will be at the Homer Township Offices, 14350 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, Illinois on February 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information:

For Homer Township only, Tuesday, FEBRUARY 28, 2017, CONSOLIDATED Republican PRIMARY ELECTION, Polls open 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For all voters, CONSOLIDATED ELECTION, April 4, 2017, Polls open 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is your chance to vote for the elected officials who will determine the amount of your property taxes you will be paying each year.

Latest Political News about Will County:

On January 11, 2017 Representatives Margo McDermed, Mark Batinick, Grant Wehrli, Jim Durkin, Lindsay Parkhurst and David Welter that have parts of Will County were sworn in in as members of the Illinois House in Springfield. Congratulation to these leaders of the Republican Party in the Illinois House fighting Madigan and trying to turn Illinois back into a great state to move to.

Congratulations to newly elected Lindsay Parkhurst to the Illinois State House after defeating a two term incumbent Democrat and Madigan supporter in a stunning landslide upset last November in the 79th District in Kankakee County which extends into Will Country precincts in eastern Illinois.  Governor Rauner personally congratulating her and her supporters for helping breaking Madigan’s veto proof majority with her election.

On January 9, 2017, Representatives Margo McDermed, Mark Batinick, Grant Wehrli, Jim Durkin, Senator Christine Radogno, Mike Connelly, who all have parts of Will County are among the top legislators who got the prestigious 2017 American Conservative Union awards.

Source: Will County News