There is little to lose if President-elect Donald Trump is not forgiving of his opponents and enemies on the left.
In fact, there may be much to gain for continuing Trump’s unique approach to the new political process inaugurated by his campaign.
To better attain his domestic and foreign goals, Trump can eschew the adage about keeping one’s friends close and enemies closer. For him, the need may be to insure the Republican Party stays nearby as he attempts to fulfill his promise to “the forgotten American.”
However, the pressure to revert to old politic mores is already building and Trump needs to stand against this tide.
During the transition period, the national media, never his friend, is imploring Trump to be more conciliatory in his approach to erstwhile opponents and critics.
Despite pressure from these now discredited quarters for him to seek reconciliation with those out-of-power, there is little to be gained for Trump from reaching across the divide created by the just completed election cycle.
Called nasty names by his opponent and her surrogates, Trump prevailed by reaching out to a sector of the country ignored by them for the past eight years.
These voters are seeking his help in recognizing their needs while Trump’s opponents represent sectors over compensated and pandered to during these past thirty years.
Now with the President, Senate, and House unified under one party, it is time for a redress of voters’ perceived ills.
These efforts will not be helped by embracing obstructionists seeking to maintain unequal set asides and requisites of power.
As Rudy Giuliani pointed out: “Face it you lost.”
Many refuse to accept this and expect Trump to revert to old Republican ways of apologizing for their perceived slights.
There is no reason for Trump to do this and in fact it appears he won’t bow to conventional wisdom even in the face of media pressure.
By the continuing demonstrations, executive orders, and failure to even acknowledge its defeat, the Left has demonstrated there is little for Trump to gain from forgiveness.
However, there is much to gain by his being strong and unforgiving.
Just as President Obama moved forward with the Accountable Care Act despite the loss of his super majority in the Senate, Trump can push his agenda items without help from the Democrats.
One thing Trump can do to cower the Democrats and his other opponents is to get the Justice Department to begin a thorough, unfettered investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
This act alone will reassure his supporters and other Americans that the elite will no longer get away with acts ordinary citizens are punished for.
It will also scare Democratic leaders who will be fearful of what collateral damage they will suffer as the investigation spreads. Most Americans polled think there was something wrong at the foundation and a thorough investigation is needed.
In the first days after the election, Democrats have been tearing at each other seeking to understand the causes and place blame for Clinton’s defeat.
By his triumph, Trump clearly demonstrated the cracks in the party’s approach to victory. Its coalition of minorities, women, labor, and liberals are concentrated on the two coasts and in some major cities. The so-called Electoral College Democratic firewall cracked and died.
This past election demonstrated the continuing decline of the Democratic Party in many parts of the United States. Three out of every five state legislator is now a Republican. Almost 65% of governors are from the GOP. The nation’s red-blue map shows a marked preference for Republican leadership.
For Democrats there is a need to forge a new contract with the voters. For Republicans there is a need to deliver on promises made during the last two election cycles.
The Democratic Party’s task is much more difficult. It must first agree on its goals and then act. They must do so while a new activist President is setting an alternative course.
The people voted for change in the past election. Trying to stymy this effort will not enlist new Democratic Party members.
The Republicans in the House and Senate now have no excuses for not delivering on their promises.
Since he owes few obligations to major constituencies, Trump can build a big tent for congressional leaders to enact changes in entitlement programs, healthcare, business regulatory measures, tax reform, and human rights compliance issues.
They have built up expectations.
The nation is angry at being over regulated and under-served by a bureaucracy that has increased at double the rate of growth for private sector jobs. Voters want change. Given this scenario Trump can outline and lead a clear path for a long-term Republican ascendancy.
The President’s bully pulpit gives Trump the ability to overcome any Congressional rules restraints used by the Democrats to thwart his agenda.
Offering them the olive branch of forgiveness won’t change their minds. Holding a big stick over their heads can get him their grudging support. This should be enough for Trump and his fellow Republicans to get the job done.