It is easy to say that Trump is failing on the one thing I thought made him a better candidate than most others two years ago and that is on the issue of war and empire. Well, that and he was a great stick in the eye of those who work hard to control the narrative.
I must admit, in many ways he is turning out even better than I had hoped…well, if we all (literally) survive his time in office.
Internationally, can you think of a time in your lifetime when the United States government so consistently and widely – and openly – made itself a pariah? For the Europeans, it is the Iran nuclear deal; for East Asians, it is North Korea; for Arabs not associated with the Kingdom…well, that's pretty much the same as always, but Nikki Haley has a way of putting an exclamation point on it, doesn't she.
On trade it's the TPP, NAFTA, China dumping, etc. Every action drives allies away and drives all players to find ways to circumvent or avoid US markets, the US Dollar, US technology, etc.
Nationally…the election itself made clear the divide in America – the red counties vs. the blue counties; the deplorables vs. the "civilized." We have the NFL and the flag – America, love it or leave it has come back in vogue. All thanks to the Donald.
Trump is doing more to accelerate the decentralization of the empire and the decentralization of the country than any other president in my lifetime. As libertarianism in theory is decentralization in practice – and as I suggested a year ago – I think Trump is the most libertarian president of my lifetime.