Three top priorities for 2019 to 'Keep America Great'

This should be a great year for President Donald J. Trump. Yet, it could be a horrible year for Democrats in the House of Representatives if they allow their party to be hijacked by the Democratic Socialist wing of the party.

If Democrats work with the president on a few priorities, this could be a great year for all. If the Democrats allow themselves to be consumed by “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and play politics for the next year, this will be a bad year for left-wing Democrats.

Congress should work with the president on three priorities.

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The first is to play defense against the far left to protect the status quo with regard to tax policy and regulatory reform. The president led this nation to unprecedented low levels of unemployment and to an explosion in economic output. The two big reasons are low regulation and tax policies that have reduced government interference in private-sector growth. The American people are happy with the federal government when that government leaves them alone and allows them to keep more hard-earned cash.

The left-wing pretenders to be the next president will spend the next year trashing the economy, and we will see some emerging candidates who will talk down the greatness of America while personally attacking the president. That’s why one priority must be to protect the Trump agenda and the great progress America has made to get rid of useless regulations and to cut both corporate and personal income taxes.

A second priority is increased border security that translates into increased national security. Right now, Democrats in Congress refuse to give the president sufficient money to build a wall on our southern border to slow illegal immigration. Many of the same Democrats fighting him today show hypocrisy, because they voted in 2006 for something called the “Secure Fence Act.” According to a White House fact-sheet from 2006, the law authorized “the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our Southern border.” Funding was hiked to $10.4 billion in 2006, and many Democrats supported that measure. On Sept. 14, 2006, 64 Democrats in the House voted for the Secure Fence Act and a majority of Senate Democrats voted for it, including liberal Sens. Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Former Georgia candidate asks Abrams be given 'space' amid 2020 buzz Biden team denies 'pre-cooked plan' of Abrams as early running-mate pick MORE (D-Del.), Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report The wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report MORE (D-N.Y.), Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's engagement win Obama's endorsement Pence lobbies anti-Trump donors to support reelection: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE (D-Ill.) and current Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.). Now comes a Democratic Party hijacked by the far left, and it refuses to give the president more than $1.3 billion, out of spite and hatred.  

The Democrats’ lurch to the far left will hurt them going forward. Either the Democrats give the president what he wants on border security, or they will be playing defense for the next year that they are soft on border security and to the left of the 2006 version of the party that included Obama, Biden and Schumer. Hypocrisy does not play well with American voters.

A third priority is to promote an “America First” foreign policy. Liberals for years criticized President George W. Bush for the Iraq war, and that led to President Obama’s empty promise to end wars in the Middle East. President Obama actually increased foreign entanglements in Libya, Syria and Egypt and pushed his own party to the point that tough-talking Hillary Clinton was the party’s nominee in 2016, despite her push to topple a government in Libya that has led to chaos in North Africa. The Democratic Party is a mess and has no clear message on foreign policy other than to oppose every move the president makes.

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Polling indicates that the president’s “America First” policy toward the civil war in Syria and the mess in Afghanistan is popular. The Charles Koch Institute released a poll in October 2018 that found “53 percent of Americans, and nearly 60 percent of military veterans, do not think the United States has a clear strategic objective in Afghanistan” and “51 percent of respondents say that it either is time to decrease Afghanistan troop levels or to remove all troops from the country in the next 12 months.” The Washington Post put out a poll in June 2017 that found more than 80 percent of Democrats did not want to send more troops to Afghanistan, with under 20 percent support. Yet when the president announces a pullout, the elites of the Democratic Party all of a sudden become hawks and oppose the president’s “America First” planned withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

This will be a great year for President Donald J. Trump, and Democrats have a clear choice: Work with the president on issues where there is common ground, or fight the president at every turn while embracing a Democratic Socialist agenda that is only popular in college coffee houses.

A defense of the Trump economic accomplishments, strong border security and an “America First” foreign policy will keep the president in the good graces of the American people. Fighting those popular policies will lead the Democrats into a liberal abyss.

Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) served as a campaign manager to Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, and is a senior adviser to the Great America Committee, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Trump officials sued over Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire | Analysis contradicts HHS claims on Arkansas Medicaid changes | Azar signals HHS won't back down on e-cigs Trump health chief backs needle exchanges in anti-HIV strategy Pence travels to Nebraska to survey flood damage MORE's political action committee. He is co-author with David Bossie of the new book, “Trump’s Enemies,” and of “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency.”