12 Groundbreaking, Upending, and Catastrophic Political, and Economic Events from Each Month of 2017 as We Enter 2018, Plus the Most Intriguing Story to Watch in the Early Days of this Year

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By Robert Carbery

January 20, 2017

  • Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Shocking the world, the former reality TV star and real estate developer defeated both a vast field of Republican candidates and the Clinton machine. Liberals have been melting down all year while the non-status quo president attempts to upend DC and make America great again by focusing on growing the economy as opposed to opening our borders, entering into ill-fated trade deals, and destructive climate pacts that merely aim to signal how enlightened we are as a nation.

February 12, 2017

  • North Korea launches its first ballistic missile test, the first since President Trump took office, and the first in a string of many throughout the year that would reveal the North’s true nuclear capabilities. They have now demonstrated their ability to hit the entire U.S. mainland and Trump is not taking them lightly and the King Jong-Un is listening to Mr. Trump very closely.

March 6, 2017

  • President Trump signs a revised executive order on immigration, barring citizens from six Muslim countries, dropping Iraq which was on the original list from his January 27th order that was blocked by the courts. In pumping the brakes on unfettered immigration and the intake of refugees from ISIS-infested lands, the administration has prioritized the safety of the American people over virtue signaling.  

April 6, 2017

  • U.S. launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed 100+ people, which we of course blamed on Syrian President Assad, despite any actual evidence. This rash decision by Trump appears to have been more calculating than I initially thought as it was meant to appease the neoconservatives around him due to the fact that we have not ratcheted up our involvement in Syria after this attack and ISIS is now essentially decimated.

May 10, 2017

  • FBI Director James Comey is fired by President Trump over his gross mishandling of the Clinton email investigation. The White House shocked Washington with this announcement of Comey’s removal from head of the nation’s leading law enforcement agency. Democrats of course said he was fired for Trump’s “ties” to Russia despite calling Comey a tool for Republicans throughout Trump’s campaign. Comey famously stated that Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server storing sensitive information was careless but not criminal. Comey acknowledged he serves at the pleasure of the president and can be fired for any reason at any time.

June 1, 2017

July 10, 2017

  • Iraqi Prime Minister declares battle for Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, over. President Trump, along with Russia’s intervention on behalf of Assad, have decimated ISIS while President Obama helped create it and subsequently arm it. This was a pivotal recapturing of a major city that is bringing some semblance of order to a country that has been torn apart by American intervention and retreat.

August 11-12, 2017

  • Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia results in the death of one person by a deranged person and many more injuries as the police failed to maintain order. White nationalists showed up to make their case as to why Confederate statues should not be torn down. They are called racist fascists and Antifa showed up and things got ugly. The aftermath of this event was handled well by President Trump, stating that there was violence on both sides. The liberal mainstream media and Democrats melted down over this honest remark of the actual events.   

September 2017

  • Hurricane season was rough this year. Hurricane Irma, a Category 5, made landfall on Cuba on September 9th and was strongest Atlantic storm outside of the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea on record. Two Category 4 hurricanes (Harvey also) hit the continental U.S. in the span of two weeks, wiping out infrastructure and causing mass flooding.

October 1, 2017

  • The Mandalay Bay Vegas shooting at a country music concert is still one of the most perplexing events in U.S. history. We still do not know all the facts and it is quite obvious to anyone that has looked into it that Stephen Paddock did not act alone. Will we ever find out the truth? Or is our law enforcement this inept? Or is something very dark being covered up?  

November 3 and 8, 2017

  • In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, actor Kevin Spacey was pushed out of the Neftlix show House of Cards. Spacey was also accused by a former TV anchor of sexually assaulting her son in Nantucket in 2016 when he was 18 years old. Many of the mighty have fallen in recent weeks. In the media, we had Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose destroyed.  Politicians are finally starting to get what is coming to them. But will we go too far in accusing men of sexual assault, a term that can mean anything from unwanted touching to full on rape?

December 20, 2017

  • President Trump and the GOP-held Congress finally achieve a legislative victory. Passing their tax cut bill and repealing the unpopular individual mandate in Obamacare, Republicans are showing that they care about the American people and want to put more money in their pockets by reducing their tax burden and making American companies more competitive. Many large companies have announced massive Christmas bonuses, raises, and increased benefits packages in the aftermath of this bill becoming law.

End of December 2017 – January 2018

  • Today, we are witnessing massive protests in Iran that are surprisingly receiving very little mainstream media coverage. At least 9 have been killed and hundreds arrested in more than 6 days of protests against Supreme Leader. Are the U.S. and Israel to blame? Is regime change on its way? Iran has suffered multiple times in its recent history by outside powers attempting to implement its own agenda in this Shia-Muslim majority country. UN Ambassador Nikki Halley tweeted out that “In these first days of 2018, nowhere is the urgency of peace, security, and freedom being more tested than in Iran.” Trump has repeatedly expressed support for the protesters, while Iran has appealed to the UN, accusing the U.S. of “grotesque meddling” against them. What happens in this pivotal country in the Middle East is the most intriguing and important story as we jump headfirst into 2018.

Stay tuned for what is to come throughout the rest of the year here at IWB!
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