When voting for the president this cycle i considered a number of things but it really boiled down to two things. Whether or not that person could actually win and a handful of issues that i felt could be dealt with in the first term of a presidency. Ultimately, though i was not happy with either candidate i voted for Trump and so far, i generally like what I am seeing and here are the reasons why:
1) The Keystone and Dakota pipelines -
A sure way to help sustain energy independence I see this as way to help eliminate dependence on Foreign actors like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and yes even Russia and China who can drametically affect the energy market through demand and geo political interests. Im not a climate change denier, i very much believe climate change is real but I see a true risk of geo political forces that can and will put the US in a position where we can not affect future policy if given the chance. We need to consolidate our growth and financial position in the immediate future and this is something we cannot do with Europe like growth and skyrocketing debt, a result of Obamanomics, and an accidental approach to management of the economy.
2) The Supreme Court -
The Obama administration embraced the Consitution as a living document, a document whose purpose changes with time...conveniently ignoring the fact that our forefathers implemented a method of change, the amendment process. Much easier to install a Judiciary that is willing to legislate through broad and ever changing interpretation. One conservative originalist judge will offset the trend favored by Obama. This looks like a sure win. Better yet, two are in the offing and with such a young court a second will likely secure the SCOTUS to be conservative for decades to come.
3) Lower court and executive appoinments across the board-
For this, we have to thank Harry Reid. In a moment of an extreme lack of judgment Mr Harry Reid moved forward with the nuclear option in the Obama administration and the Dems moved forward with an unprecedented number of unchecked appointments across both legislative and executive appointments. It's time to undo some of that damage.
4) The re-assertion of border control and legal immigration -
Not much need be said...a country that asserts it's own law should not be followed cannot reasonably claim that it has an effective immigration policy or manage it's own budget.
5) Voter ID -
Not yet accomplished but in the headlights of the Trump administration, and Voter ID is likely to be accomplished in the next two years. Keep your head down President Trump and get this one done.
6) Meaningful tax reform and deregulation -
Time for an overhaul folks. Obama and Bush had free reign and implemented regulations like they were equivalent to gold raining from the skies. Time to go undo all the nonsense and get to a tax policy that will enable the economy to strengthen to late Clinton early Bush levels, not some anemic let's be like Europe nonsense.
I could continue on with all of the "gravy" Trump has given me to be glad about....the ban on funding international abortions, the federal hiring freeze, the agreement to halt lobbying on behalf of foreign governments by former executive branch employees, the undoing of the HUD's reduction in housing loan fees....and more to come. But the above things are the reasons why i voted for Trump even if i dont like the man himself.