Republican Mike Kelly, who represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, writes:
Eight years ago, Charles Krauthammer assessed America’s future and famously wrote, “Decline is a choice. … Decline — or continued ascendancy — is in our hands.”
For the eight years that followed, under the administration of Barack Obama, decline was our chosen destination. Over the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, America is choosing to ascend again.
President Obama’s worldview, particularly with regard to America’s security, was puzzling, much of the time.
And his let-he-who-is-without-sin-cast-the-first-stone attitude toward radical Islamism was both logically and morally insupportable:
Think about it: 100 days ago, we had a president who actually scolded us not to “get on our high horse” when criticizing radical Islam because of actions by Christians during the Crusades and slavery.
Now, we have a president unafraid to use both his inaugural address and a primetime speech to Congress to call our enemy by its name, condemn ISIS as “a network of lawless savages,” and declare it our war’s goal to “extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.”
As President Trump put it before the election: “We will stop apologizing for America, and we will start celebrating America.”
This renewed confidence in our righteousness was felt as we dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in combat history on an ISIS cave in Afghanistan. It is why our Guantanamo Bay naval base is no longer at risk of being closed for ridiculous symbolic reasons.
Where there were apologies, there is now pride. Where there was indecision, there is now resolution. Where there was moral relativism, there is once again American exceptionalism. Instead of a lecturer as president, we now have a leader.
While there is “still much work to be done and many promises to be fulfilled — the undeniable fact is “that our trajectory of weakness has been stopped and reversed.”