TRUMP DID SOMETHING HISTORIC
WE MUST MAKE IT MEANINGFUL
From the Letter to Timothy we were told that…
“the grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age….”
The day’s responsorial (Psalm 37) stressed that…
“The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.”
It admonished us to…
“Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever….”
Jesus’ words in the Gospel reading (Luke 17) reminded us that we are called to be good servants, always doing…
“what we were obliged to do.”
Appropriate messages, I’d say.
As I wrote in my last post, our mission in this election was to…
“break the back of the Leftist cabal that has so thoroughly reduced our nation. We must change the trajectory of our shared destiny. We must seize this chance at true reform in the name of authentic American Constitutionalism.”
We’ve been given an opportunity to do that. And to make this reform possible we’ve gotten a reprieve from our downward national slide.
But it’s only a reprieve. It won’t last long. And it won’t be peaceful.
The demonstrations that met Trump’s victory announcement, the first hints of civil disruption, the assassination threats — these are signs of the turmoil ahead.
What Donald Trump has accomplished is truly historic. While his winning numbers may not meet the conventional definition of a landslide, they represent a political sea change — and maybe something of a miracle.
Consider the near total dismissal of his chances when he first announced candidacy. Consider the complete opposition to his campaign by the mainstream media (and their intentional lies and distortions). Consider the Democrats’ mobilization of racial, ethnic and class hatred against him. Consider the organized electoral corruption (the dimensions of which are only beginning to be revealed), as well as the government-wide effort to shield Hillary Clinton’s crimes.
For that matter, consider all the stupid things The Donald has said himself, weakening his own arguments with his undisciplined tongue.
To have overcome all of this demonstrates the resonance which his message of renewed national identity has had and the extent to which the Leftist agenda of Barack Obama and the national Democratic Party leadership has been repudiated.
But Donald Trump cannot solve our nation’s problems — not by himself. It’s up to us.
Even after this dazzling display of what I’ve called his “innate electoral genius,” Trump is still a political novice and a highly idiosyncratic personality. While we encourage him to “grow in office,” we cannot allow him to “rethink” his promises. We must demand a conscientious and consistent effort to fulfill the hopes and expectations he has raised.
We must also put intense pressure on the Republican congressional majority to get on board. That the GOP was able to retain its control of both houses was a miracle in itself — especially so when you consider how many Republicans distanced themselves from The Donald and even rejected him as their own party’s candidate.
I would suggest that this is the perfect moment for a top-to-bottom reform of the GOP.
(And if ordinary man-and-woman-in-the-street Democrats are paying attention to what has just happened, I’d urge them to do a thorough housecleaning of their own.)
But the most important thing we, as Americans and as children of God, can do right now is to take the lessons of yesterday’s Scripture readings to heart. Duty and rectitude are what’s called for now.
I don’t care if you aren’t a church-goer. I don’t care if you aren’t a believer.
You can — and you must — acknowledge that there are universal principles, that there are such things as right and wrong, and that these are eternal and all-applying and not a matter of relative values.
Our nation has come to its current pass not only because of ideology and political corruption. We are where we are because of sin. And not just the sin of our leadership class — of Barack Obama, of Hillary and Bill Clinton, even of Donald Trump (no mean sinner in his own right; he’ll admit it himself). No. It’s all of us…
“All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
From our many and varied sins of sexual craving (in their endlessly colorful forms), to the sin of wanting something for nothing, and of covetousness for what others have. Even the near-universal desire to be shielded from ideas and opinions we don’t like — that’s a sin in itself when it involves denying truth.
Our national condition is our fault, and it’s time we admitted it.
How ironic that this moment of societal self-examination should be prompted by (as I’ve called him) an “egocentric billionaire reality show host.” But then…
The Lord moves in mysterious ways.
Yes, Donald Trump has accomplished something historic. But it’s up to us whether or not it has tangible meaning and lasting significance in bringing about the true reform needed.
We now have a chance. We dare not let it pass us by.
God bless America.
God bless Donald Trump.
And may God help us all.