- - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In early 1981, as Ronald Reagan prepared to become the 40th President of the United States, people were already haling the Reagan Revolution. Liberals screamed at President Reagan’s appointees, even though the only one who was remotely controversial was Interior Department nominee, James Watt. Watt was controversial because he was a conservative and the left thought they owned the Department of the Interior.

President Elect Donald Trump has started something that may well be the Trump Revolution and it bodes well for the future. President Elect Trump is choosing nominees for his cabinet that have made war on the departments they will now head.

Perhaps the most famous of these is former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who famously named the Energy Department as one of the three departments he would shut down if he were elected President. With vast new oil reserves recently discovered in Texas, it is no wonder Perry and President Elect Trump will want to rein in a Department that has spent the last eight years in a war against American energy and acting as a slush fund for green supporters of Obama.

An even stronger statement, not to mention poke in the eye to the radical left, is the appointment of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Upon being nominated, Mr. Pruitt all but declared war on the radical green left. He said, “The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”

Messrs. Perry and Pruitt join other nominees, such as Education Secretary Nominee Besty DeVos and HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson, who oppose the agencies they are tapped to run. DeVos is passionately in favor of school choice and Dr. Carson has repeatedly attacked that agency as well.

Liberals attacked Dr. Carson, a well-known neurosurgeon before he became a politician, as “unqualified.” Of course, they never had any similar complaints against the most unqualified presidential nominee in history, Barack Obama.

When President Reagan left office in 1989, conservatives were faced with an unfortunate truth. Ronald Reagan and his team had campaigned on shrinking the size of government. President Reagan failed. He slowed the growth of government radically, but he did not shut down a single government agency. And as soon as his successor, George H.W. Bush took over, the era of big government was back in full swing.

There is an old saying in Washington, D.C., “Personnel is policy.”

For the incoming Trump administration, the policy is something conservatives have dreamed about for decades. President Elect Trump is putting people in positions of authority who are committed to eliminating parts of the government that have become oppressive to the American people.

For decades, conservatives have listened patiently to Republicans who time and again promise to cut the size of government and then go to Washington and do just the opposite. Today, there is a President Elect whose goals appear to line up with the long-held conservative dream of dismantling big government. Today, conservatives have the real possibility of winning.

The real question now is, are conservatives ready to accept victory?

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