Like an autumn breeze that sweeps clean the fallen leaves, good fortune is expelling the dreary effects of the incessant political strife that has tarnished the days of 2019. Even as dour faces in Washington deliver the dismal details of presidential impeachment proceedings, elsewhere the news is of a nation bursting with new-found prosperity. By most measures, this holiday season is shaping up to come wrapped in a golden bow.
Forgetting the lesson from the boy who cried wolf, Democrats have lost their grip on the public’s attention toward their incessant schemes for dumping President Trump. First came two-plus years of the futile Russian collusion probe, then immediately followed the recent outcry over his urging of Ukraine to probe its role in interfering with the 2016 election.
Their House inquiry complete, anti-Trump firebrands led by inquisitor-in-chief Adam Schiff are readying a Ukraine report laying out the charges they are betting will prove the president unfit for high office. But to their dismay, the relentless yammering for a legislative coup is fading into background noise, tuned out by a nation anxious to move ahead.
Among independent voters — those more likely to be swayed than members of the two major parties — support for the president’s impeachment has shrunk from nearly 48 percent in late October to just 41 percent during Democrats’ recent House impeachment hearings, according to the opinion poll analysis firm FiveThirtyEight. More ominously, a recent New York Times-Siena College survey found a majority of respondents in the key battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona have already decided that expelling Mr. Trump from the White House is a nonstarter.
Other polls showed similar weakening of enthusiasm for impeachment, or worse, to the chagrin of its instigators. “After three years, the country was sick of hearing about Russia, and now the average American either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the case we’re making on Ukraine,” a Democratic fundraiser told The Hill. In politics, badgering the public is risky; boring them is the kiss of death.
Party bosses spent the Thanksgiving break fretting over whether they will really, really draw up articles of impeachment charging Mr. Trump with various types of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Meanwhile, the rest of America used the annual Black Friday weekend to get a jump on their Christmas shopping.
Millions crowded downtown Main Street shops and suburban outlet malls, and millions more set records for online purchases of Apple iPads, Ring video doorbells, Disney Frozen II action figures and other holiday gotta-haves. Retailers are expected to pull in $730.7 billion by season’s end — up 4.2 percent over 2018, according to the National Retail Federation.
To be sure, police blotters in California, Pennsylvania and Tennessee logged incidents of rowdy shoppers fresh from the turkey table shoving fellow big-box customers to score the last flat-screen TV. It was all in the spirit of shopping until somebody drops.
Capitalism is, after all, a contact sport, and Americans are nothing if not competitive. There is little doubt that Mr. Trump’s free-market policies — 2017’s individual and corporate tax cuts among them — have helped the United States reclaim its role as the world’s most competitive economy.
The president’s average growth rate of 2.6 percent over 11 quarters handily beats Barack Obama’s record of 1.9 percent over eight years. With jobs plentiful, the unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent — matching or nearing historic lows for all demographic categories.
Moreover, with businesses raising pay rates to attract scarce talent, median household income has bounded ahead, reaching $65,084 in July, an increase of 6.8 percent since the president’s inauguration, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The U.S. stock market has shrugged off Democrats’ attempts to decelerate the Trump economy, or even derail it. The Dow has gained 4.7 percent since the impeachment inquiry began and 20 percent for the year. Expanding U.S. prosperity manifests in gleaming new buildings, shiny new automobiles, smoother forms of communication and breakthroughs in boosting human health — all things that make this land the envy of the world. Not to overstate the obvious: Happy days are here again.
Despite the constant media drumbeat of political warfare in Washington, the response from communities from coast to coast is a collective shrug. Instead, the view from the Christmas scene is one of citizens working shoulder-to-shoulder with one another for the common good. As the holiday season shifts into high gear, America is, in fact, great.
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