Letter to the Editor

Is A Positive Outlook Justified?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The solitary writer of Anti-Trump Letters to The Editor in our community continues to be worried about our future. His negative view is probably shared by leftists on the East and West coasts, mainly because President Trump was elected. Meanwhile, most of us in the Midwest – who voted for Trump - are enjoying our summer. More than 90 percent of the people who voted for President Trump say they would do it again. The movement to abolish the Electoral College has fizzled like a bad Fourth of July firecracker.

So how does one know if the country is headed in the right direction? The best barometer of how people feel about the country is the stock market. It is a matter of “putting your money where your mouth is.” Your IRA, 401K, pension fund, etc. – that are invested in the stock market - are all doing quite well. The broad stock market is up 17 percent over its value on Nov. 8, 2016. You may recall the predictions - just days before the election - that if Trump was elected the stock market would crash. Take a look at the stock market now that we have six months to evaluate President Trump’s performance.

In the last anti-Trump Letter to the Editor, it was stated that President Trump at the G20 conference accepted Vladimir Putin’s word that Russia did not attempt to influence our election. That is an untrue statement. President Trump brought up the election issue several times, but when it became clear the Putin was not going to admit to any wrongdoing President Trump decided to move on to other critical issues. That would include the defeat of ISIS, the war in Syria and the North Korean nuclear threat. We could pester Russia for a long time to admit wrongdoing, but sometimes it is better to move on to other issues that could provide a greater benefit.

Some pessimists look at the world and see impending disaster. I have a more positive view in that I see a world that is far from perfect, but I believe the United States of America has – and will continue – to make our world a better place. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. The good news is that we have three and one-half more years of President Trump.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji, IA