HIS WIN WAS DOWNRIGHT RELIGIOUS
CAN HE SATISFY THE HOPES RAISED?
Let’s be honest. Relieved as we are that the nation’s leftward march has been interrupted — and despite expectations of positive change — there’s no denying that the Trump Era is beginning in deep uncertainty.
We’ve come through a very odd election that offered a choice between two candidates with unusually high negative poll numbers. And while I believe that people decided early on how they were going to vote, most still went into the booth with conflicted feelings.
As I observed in a blog post back in August…
“…Republicans and Democrats alike don’t really support either candidate. Rather, they feel they must cast their ballots against either Clinton or Trump — choosing to oppose the one they’re most desperate to keep from winning….
“…this year, people really aren’t voting to elect their favorite candidate. They’re voting to avoid their worst nightmare.”
Things have changed somewhat since Trump’s win — at least among Republicans. Freed from fear of Hillary, appalled at the frantic attempt to undercut the Electoral College, and disgusted by the constant stream of anti-Trump venom and false accusations, there’s been a rallying-around. This, notwithstanding The Donald’s ongoing Twitter fixation and his war with the intelligence community.
Some tangible signs of coming improvements have encouraged that rally. The stock market has revealed high expectations for economic strengthening under Trump which had been obscured during the election campaign. And early commitments for domestic expansion and job growth by several companies have been credited to a definite “Trump effect.”
So much so that the Associated Press reports…
“The International Monetary Fund is raising its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and in 2018, reflecting an expected boost from the economic policies of President-elect Donald Trump….
“The 189-nation global lending agency’s latest economic outlook, released Monday, took note of the significant impact Trump’s election has already had in giving a boost to U.S. stock prices, interest rates and the dollar. The new outlook puts U.S. economic growth at 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018. That would be an improvement from lackluster U.S. growth around 1.6 percent in 2016.”
Of course, such optimistic signs matter little to the Left, which continues its effort to destroy a Trump Administration that hasn’t even begun yet. It’s typified by the insistence of Georgia Rep. John Lewis (always referred to as a “legend” or “icon” of the Civil Rights Movement) that Trump’s presidency will be illegitimate.
If it was painful for Associated Press journalists to report the hope which The Donald has inspired, they no doubt enjoyed spinning Lewis’ spoilsport rant as a Trump fiasco with not-so-subtle racist overtones…
“Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire’s White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.”
It was Trump’s fault. Get it?
And then there’s all that planning by hard-left activist groups to protest — and disrupt — the inauguration and its related festivities. Not to mention the intimidation of police officers who would dare to protect the evil Trumpenstein Monster; the menacing of entertainers who would warble him a tune; or the intended assaults on ordinary citizens who just want to be part of a moment in history.
Have you seen the undercover videos of activists planning their nefarious undertakings? Projects include blocking roads, attacking the DC public transportation system, and putting stink bombs into the ventilation system at the National Press Club building where one of the inaugural balls will be held.
Or have you read about the death threats made to poor, blind Andrea Bocelli, who had been slated to perform in Washington?
Such plots are getting awfully close to actual terrorism. But apparently they’re quite acceptable to our champions of tolerance and inclusiveness who care so deeply about democracy, creative expression, and human feelings. It demonstrates again why Trump won.
Lefties are looking ahead to the Trump Era as a “dark night of the soul,” as 16th-Century Spanish mystic, Saint John of the Cross, would have put it. And their feelings are appropriate, since the ongoing dilemma they face is essentially religious. Progressivism is basically a secularized quest to fill a spiritual void.
A maxim attributed to G.K. Chesterton, a great Christian thinker of a later period, puts it well…
When man ceases to believe in God, the problem is not that he’ll believe in nothing, but that he’ll believe in anything.
It may seem odd to cast the current situation in spiritual terms, since the election matched two candidates not particularly identified with faith commitment or pious devotion. But, looked at in a certain way, the Trump/Clinton matchup and its aftermath have been very much a clash of religious perspectives.
That was expressed insightfully by an anonymous poster on the social network, Reddit, who signed himself (or herself) “notjaffox”…
“Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church, it’s got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism ….
“Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel’s voice whispering, ‘You’re right, you’re better, you’re winning.”
The fact of Trump’s victory has been shattering to the Left, “notjaffox” observes …
“The Blue Church is panicking because they’ve just witnessed the birth of a new Red Religion …. based on cultural identity and outright rejection of the Blue Faith ….
“There is a new faith rising on the right, not an explicit religious faith like old-school Christianity, but a wicked kind of counterculture movement.”
I suppose you could also say that the “Red Religion” isn’t really new, but is rather an older faith reasserting itself. Nevertheless, I think “notjaffox” sums things up pretty well.
Standing at the start of his presidential mission, Donald Trump — that all-too-worldly businessman and reality-TV star — seems ill-suited to the role of prophet.
But then, Moses had his speech impediment, and St. Paul had that mysterious “thorn” in his side. They overcame their limitations, acquitting themselves rather well in the eyes of God.
Now, it’s up to The Donald to show us if there is presidential substance behind the native campaigning genius that won his election.
I hope there is. I’m even willing to assume there is. But I recall that it wasn’t easy for some people to discern the malevolent intent behind the native campaigning genius of Barack Obama (see my post of December 30).
Truth is, we really don’t know what we’re getting with The Donald.
I’m pretty sure we won’t get the Fascism which Progressives tell us is simmering inside that blond comb-over. Although, if the lefties keep up their vicious antics, certain totalitarian approaches might suggest themselves as not so inappropriate.
In the end, it all comes down to trusting the Lord. There is a plan.
Pray for Donald Trump.
Pray for the nation.
Pray for your children and grandchildren.
Here’s somebody’s suggestion for a new Democratic Party logo. Actually, it could serve to designate the entire political left…
Give Progressives their due — this meme makes a wry and compelling point about the rather unpresidential character of The Donald’s tweeting proclivities…
If Progressivism is a religion, this striking graphic would appear to suggest that it demands total commitment. This is probably satire. But then again, you never know…
Folks at the Associated Press likely had to swallow hard reporting the International Monetary Fund projection of an improved U.S. economy under Trump…
Implying racism in Trump’s response to Rep. John Lewis had to have been more fun…
Here’s a link to that very insightful Reddit post about the religious nature of Progressivism…
My Ave Maria Radio colleague, Teresa Tomeo, is disgusted with the continuing press denigration of The Donald…
“The lack of professionalism being displayed by the press is utterly appalling. Having media outlets such as BuzzFeed and CNN publish something completely unproven about President-elect Trump [the so-called Russian Dossier], and for the CNN reporter to throw a temper tantrum about it in a presidential news conference, is unacceptable.”
They were shot by Project Veritas, the folks who did such excellent work uncovering Planned Parenthood’s baby-parts business. The leftists are insisting it was all fake — they were putting the Project Veritas people on.