Flashback – President Trump: A Dream (and Promise) Come True

Editor’s Note: This opinion column was originally published in Chapman’s official student newspaper in January 2018. We at The Hesperian feel that even though this column only discusses President Trump’s successes from the first year of his presidency, it is worth reminding ourselves just how much the president did in such a short amount of time. And, if Trump is re-elected, 2021 may very well resemble the success of 2017.

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By Ryan Marhoefer

It is ironic that a man can be universally condemned for doing what no other politician in recent memory has been able to do: deliver on his promises. Unlike any recent president, President Trump has worked relentlessly on making his vision of an emboldened America become a reality.

Trump prioritizes Americans over undocumented immigrants, much to the dismay of Democrats. However, in 2006 Democrats voted to add “two layers of reinforced fencing” along the southern border. The hypocrisy on illegal and disadvantageous immigration doesn’t end at the wall. In 2013 every Democrat Senator voted to end the illogical visa lottery program as well as “chain migration” (a phrase Democrats now say is racist).

Enforcing borders are the oldest and purest function of government. Where Trump’s predecessors failed, Trump excelled. Trump freed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to do their job by no longer limiting the immigration laws that can be enforced. In 2017, ICE arrested over 100,000 people trying to enter the U.S. illegally, 70% of them being previously convicted criminals. This heightened and necessary security in immigration has led to a 45-year low in illegal border crossings.

Trump’s major legislation victory is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Slashing the corporate tax rate means that businesses are incentivized to return and reinvest in America, such as Apple, who announced their plan to invest $350 Billion into the United States, which is expected to create 20,000 jobs.

Trump’s tax bill did away with the unconstitutional and expensive Obamacare individual mandate. It also lowered taxes for nearly every American. And every time you see Americans getting jobs, raises, and bonuses, just remember one thing: not a single Democrat voted for it.

This economic freedom allows for global competitiveness once again. As Trump said, the “era of economic surrender is over.” This newfound confidence and opportunity is reflected in the stock market. Just look at how the DOW reacted the day after Trump’s election for proof. Americans’ 401k’s, retirements, pensions, and college savings accounts have been blessed by Trump’s presidency. The stock market has now gained nearly $7 trillion in market value since Trump was elected (the best performance since FDR). Trump also saw GDP growth over 3%.

During Trump’s presidency over 2 million jobs have been created. While 303,000 manufacturing jobs were lost during Obama’s presidency, 196,000 were added in Trump’s first year alone thanks to Trump reducing regulatory burdens. Food stamp recipients are down by over 2 million, unemployment is at a 17-year low, and black and Hispanic unemployment rates have fallen to the lowest levels ever.

Trump’s successes weren’t limited to America. South Korea’s president credited Trump for renewed talks between South and North Korea. In the Middle East, Trump’s foreign policy successes only grew. While Obama’s policy of “leading from behind” failed, Trump’s policy of giving the military much-needed freedom has been wildly successful. Obama inadvertently armed ISIS and watched them expand and slaughter unchallenged, whereas Trump led a coalition against ISIS. With Trump’s U.S.-led coalition, all ISIS strongholds have been freed (the former head of the CIA said this couldn’t be accomplished within 30 years).

If Trump continues to be right and successful, it would only further discredit the media, pollsters, professors, celebrities, politicians, and elitists who were absolutely wrong about the 2016 election and then wrong again about Trump’s presidential performance.

The pervasive, trendy, groupthink-driven hatred for our president is discouraging, but Trump supporters will still accept enlightened “never-Trumpers” with open arms. With Trump’s numerous successes, Americans can now sleep like a baby while hardcore Leftists will continue to cry like one.

Trump has the virtue of imperfection. Raw authenticity is extremely rare in politics today, and it takes a man as unpolished yet resolute as Trump to bring about the wonderful progress that every American has benefited from. While America is deeply divided, Trump is trying to unite Americans over the one thing that everyone loves: Winning.

As President Trump said, “We have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission: to make America great again for all Americans… There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.”

Ryan Marhoefer ’20 is an alumni of Chapman University. He is the co-founder and advisor of The Hesperian.

Bust Hysteria: An Example of History Repeating Itself

Chapman’s busts defaced in 2015
Photo by Reddit/TheRealLouisWu

By The Hesperian‘s Editorial Board

The recent racial strife on Chapman University’s campus came quickly and without much warning. After George Floyd’s tragic death, Chapman students quickly mobilized to increase racial, intersectional, and historical awareness on campus. Students turned their attention to the busts of historical figures on Chapman’s campus and sought to have multiple busts removed for alleged past misdeeds. Though, The Hesperian has discovered that controversies surrounding the campus busts are a fairly cyclical event. And, because of its cyclical nature, the Hesperian Editorial Board feels confident in predicting how this current crusade against the busts will turn out.

For context, a Chapman Newsroom article explained why Chapman University has busts in the first place: 

“Since 1994, Chapman has maintained a tradition of honoring endowed chair gifts with this unique method of donor recognition. When an individual, family or organization funds an endowed chair (a permanently endowed faculty position), they select a renowned figure representing the field of study supported by their gift. Another private donor – usually a friend of the chair donor – pays for the creation and casting of the bust.”

After a bit of research, we at The Hesperian have found that this pattern of controversy surrounding the busts did not start in 2020, rather in 2011. “Bust Hysteria” has coincided with every presidential cycle for nearly the past decade. 

2011: The earliest controversy that we could find was when the busts of President Ronald Regan and George P. Shultz were stolen from the campus, according to Chapman Newsroom. Due to the busts’ location in the middle of the campus in high-traffic areas, Chapman Public Safety concluded that the busts were deliberately targeted. Fortunately, the bust of Shultz was found in a garbage bin in Huntington Beach, but the Reagan bust apparently was never found and Chapman University had to recommission an artist to make it.

2015: The busts of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Freedman, Ayn Rand, and Albert Schweitzer were defaced with caution tape and posters accusing the historical figures of “racism,” “homophobia,” and “neo-liberalist ideology,” according to Campus Reform. The posters were placed by students, and Chapman’s spokeswoman, Marry Platt, confirmed that they had identified the perpetrators, but no disciplinary action would be taken. The students later came forward and demanded that Chapman University condemn the racism of the busts, add a bust of liberal icon Dolores Huerta, and enact “mandatory diversity training” for the university. 

2020: Again, the Ronald Reagan bust was an obvious target of a new class of crusading students. In addition, the busts of Albert Schweitzer, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand were also, once again, under attack. Over 700 individuals had signed an angry petition calling for the removal of the aforementioned busts. Their reason to remove the busts? Students feel oppressed when walking by the busts. 

The petition predictably called for the “oppressive” busts of conservative icons to be replaced with busts of liberal icons such as Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, John Lewis, Cesar Chavez, James Baldwin, and Dolores Huerta. This recent episode of anti-bust demonstrations coincided with national demonstrations and riots that aimed to remove statues of historical figures.

The petition stated, “We believe the removal provides not only a display of allyship, but also a hopeful opportunity for educating students on the ways these historical figures abused their power to mistreat others.” Markos Buhler, the Chapman student who created the petition, said in a written statement to The Hesperian, “This petition was started in order to make Chapman’s campus a more inclusive and safe environment for all students.”


The crimes cited by the petition were, in our opinion, very trivial and opinionated. Depending on an individual’s perspective and willingness to bend the truth, the same type of “crimes” could be applied to any bust on campus. Even Chapman University president, Daniele Struppa, refused to cede to the students’ demands, saying in a campus-wide email that “with rare exception, it is difficult not to find controversial aspects in most of these figures.” 

For example, the crime committed by Milton Friedman, according to the petition, was that he believed capitalism would eliminate racism (which it largely has). For evidence of Margaret Thatcher’s crimes, the petition cited the Labour Party as a source on Thatcher, which is a bit like citing the KKK as a source on Martin Luther King Jr.

Of course, these extremist students’ purity tests are so intense and unrealistic that not even the greatest civil rights icon in American history can meet their standards. If Milton Friedman can be “cancelled” for genuinely believing that capitalism is good, then surely Martin Luther King Jr. should be “cancelled” for his horrible treatment of women

As previously stated, the petition demanded a bust of Malcolm X. Why would these students want a bust of Malcolm X when he said that white people are “a race of devils?” Additionally, Malcolm X’s Nation of Islam believed that all races were inferior to black people.

Of course, these activist students don’t actually care about racism, otherwise they would be against this. They only like the racist Malcolm X because he is a leftist icon. 

These activist students’ approval of Malcolm X – in combination with their condemnation of benign figures like Milton Friedman – proves that these student activists are entirely motivated by politics rather than a sense of justice. Additionally, these students want to replace the current busts only with people who align with their leftist ideological viewpoint, regardless of whether or not the people were actually “good” or “moral” in their lives.

This crusade against Chapman’s busts is entirely political and has nothing to do with justice. These students do not hate these historical figures for moral reasons. These students hate these historical figures because they had different political opinions. 

The activist students’ real, authoritarian message to students and faculty was clear: Just as we can remove busts of conservative figures, we also have the power and the inclination to remove you from this campus if you dare to profess similar conservative viewpoints.


In contrast to what these activist students believe, we are not actually the first perfect generation in world history, who is infallible and can look at historical figures and condemn them wholly for behavior that was acceptable in their time. Nobody is claiming that these historical figures were perfect, but neither were Martin Luther King Jr. nor Malcolm X. These activist students fail to make that distinction. 

So, Chapman students should stop acting like their heroes are uniquely perfect, or like they are the first ever perfect, infallible generation. It is misguided to judge individuals on their worst faults rather than on their greatest achievements.

The busts are a figure of Chapman and are there to educate students, faculty, and visitors on the influential people that came before them. As we stated in an earlier editorial, the purpose of a university is to create an atmosphere of open expression and intellectual inquiry. By removing the busts, these students are removing the purpose of the university.

Fortunately, Chapman University has a record of refusing to take down the busts, and we believe that Chapman will maintain its record. The busts will not come down any time soon, though we can likely expect another episode of “Bust Hysteria” during the next presidential election.

In a statement to The Hesperian, SGA President Philip Goodrich said, “I agree that certain busts on our campus represent a problematic past but I also agree that it is important to preserve history and promote intellectual diversity. It will be far more beneficial for our community to focus on deeper institutional changes.”

We agree. Taking down the busts will make no progress, and will actually hurt Chapman’s ability to promote intellectual diversity. If Chapman wants to become more “diverse,” then there are better (or, at least, less harmful) ways to achieve that goal. 

In regard to the busts, The Hesperian Editorial Board hopes that these students open up their minds and realize that there are – have been, and will be – good people in the world who should be honored and remembered, despite them having different political opinions.

Our Role as Printers and Editors

By Ryan Marhoefer

Many of our readers may be asking themselves why a couple of strapping young lads decided to make a new student newspaper for Chapman University. A better question to ask is: “Why hasn’t anybody done it yet?” Chapman is sorely lacking in quality journalism. If one were to pick up a random issue of The Panther Newspaper, pretentious political pontificating with predictable platitudes is sure to be found without much effort. It really just grows burdensome for us individuals who want to love The Panther, but they just keep making it so damn hard! So, we decided to publish The Hesperian in all the ways that The Panther is not. 

Firstly, The Panther Newspaper is published by authority. It is subject to the stranglehold of its superiors in the Chapman University administration. It is the university that ultimately decides whether or not to fund the flailing newspaper. On the other hand, The Hesperian is entirely independent. We are NOT published by authority. We are a publication that will not be corrupted by threats of reduced funds nor offers of favors done by the administration.

Secondly, the purpose of a university is to create an atmosphere of open expression and intellectual inquiry. While The Panther may only publish ideas from the left to the far left (what they view as a diverse spectrum of ideas), The Hesperian will be in the business of publishing all ideas. The jobs of printers are not to act as vehicles of propaganda, rather to provide a platform for which all people can express all differing opinions. Unlike The Panther, who has refused nearly every student’s op-ed with a right-of-center viewpoint, we refuse to sacrifice the virtue of free expression for any and all students, faculty, and community members. 

Thirdly, It is not just professors who influence the views of students. The opinions of our brainwashed peers at The Panther invariably play a significant role in shaping the perceptions of the student body as well as the surrounding community. The Panther obviously has an agenda to use our tution to spew leftist and hateful propaganda. In stark contrast, The Hesperian is not in the business of being propagandic. We want to foster healthy discourse between all viewpoints. Period.

Fourthly, The Hesperian will not stand for libel. The Panther Newspaper has tried to deprecate students, demean faculty, defame the university, and demonize huge groups of Americans. They have tried to leverage their platform to destroy lives. It’s irresponsible and wrong. The Hesperian refuses to stoop so low.

Benjamin Franklin, the greatest printer of them all, once eloquently wrote, “Printers are educated in the belief that when men and women differ in opinion, both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the public; and when Truth and Error have fair play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter.” The Hesperian is, above all, devoted to two things: 1) Publishing high-quality articles free of zealotry and whining, and 2) A source and platform for all viewpoints. If you love us, then please contribute. If you hate us, then please contribute. If you’re indifferent, well, we just hope you enjoy the show.

Ryan Marhoefer is a senior business student at Chapman University. He is the co-founder and co-editor of The Hesperian. Yes, he is graduating this Spring, so you can breathe a sigh of relief.