Augusta Free Press

Even Donald Trump has effected change that everyone can praise

There are a lot of things that almost all people can agree on.  We generally agree that spring is better than winter.  We generally agree that cat pictures are cute even if we would never have a cat for a pet.  The show Friends got boring in the last couple of seasons.  Pizza for breakfast is the best.  Everyone should wear a bib when eating spaghetti with tomato sauce.  Redwood and sequoia trees should never be cut down.  Playing Vegas games online is better than traveling to do the same at the real Vegas.  The two most iconic places in baseball stadiums are the Green Monster in Fenway Park and the basket in Wrigley Field.  Books are better as books and newspapers are better as newspapers.  Men should never be seen in public licking a lollipop.  Virginia is much more than the land bridge between Gettysburg and Washington.

Nice Segue

That brings us to the Nation’s Capitol, politics, divisions among us, and President Trump.  Yes, we know that Donald Trump is far from being the most popular US President of this generation!  Nevertheless, we felt that we could find ten accomplishments that everyone could support, even his biggest detractors.  In fact, we found sixteen!  Here they are.

Not All Cherry Blossoms

We admit that most of the things President Trump did in his first year in office were not universally liked.  In fact, they were extremely divisive such as actions on abortion rights, the environment and climate change, the tax bill, shrinking the EPA, beginning the undoing of Obamacare, reducing the size of the Federal Government, reducing regulations, taking credit for the loss of the Caliphate, pushing The Wall, allowing fracking, allowing oil exploration in Alaska, taking credit for all those bonuses, and a lot more.

Hope of Unity

But, at least we have a few things we can all agree on.  Virginia really is a lot more than a highway system that leads to the Lincoln Memorial.

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.