Thousands of words are being written about Donald Trump’s victory, but I feel compelled to add my own. I am immensely proud that this election reinforced a proper American rejection of corruption, demanding that our country recommit to the principle that no one is above the law. It upheld the idea that the IRS, Justice Department and other institutions of government must be apolitical rather than instruments of revenge or favoritism. Voters recognized that with Supreme Court nominations hanging in the balance, they wished to opt for Justices who would respect our country’s foundations rather than make a country in their own image.
Much of what I am reading in post-election analysis is utter nonsense. People blinded by their prejudices insist that the election proves that huge swathes of Americans are misogynistic, racist bigots, filled with hatred. Humility and intellectual inquiry would serve these misguided people well. They would be closer to the truth if they would admit that most Trump voters would have happily voted for Margaret Thatcher and consider Clarence Thomas to be one of the finest Supreme Court Justices America has ever had.The fact that the Left defames and seeks to destroy politically conservative women and Blacks (as well as Muslims, Hispanics and homosexuals) shows their true colors. Their righteous self-adulation reveals a blind religious, liberal fervor rather than true principle.
Humility and intellectual inquiry would serve reporters and commentators as well. The masks came off in this election, with CNN and other news organizations losing even a thin pretense of respectability and objectivity. They pushed aside ethics with some openly declaring that defeating Mr. Trump was more important than fulfilling journalistic standards. Rather than continuing to pontificate from their position of contempt for Trump voters, they could either openly declare themselves to be propagandists rather than journalists or redeem themselves by learning from scratch how to uphold what should be a noble profession.
Establishment Republicans need their share of humility and intellectual inquiry as well. During the Bush and Obama administrations, they substituted fear, weakness and wishy-washiness for humility. A Republican National Committee fund-raising request that used John McCain’s name to appeal to donors, completely ignored the lack of enthusiasm that McCain and Romney generated. A committee that declared that Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election because he didn’t appeal to minorities utterly missed that Republican leadership was abandoning its principles and base. By urging conservatives to mimic the bigoted liberal practice of dividing Americans by materialistic considerations, such as color or gender, they didn’t understand how encouraging Americans to despise each other, as the Left does, is anathema to true conservatives. Perhaps worst of all, too many of them, maybe deep in their hearts, agreed with Democrats that Bible-believing, gun-toting Republicans are mean-spirited bigots. They scorned their natural constituency, arrogantly assuming that their Establishment voices should dictate to the people rather than seeing themselves as servants of the people.
While God has granted America a reprieve, an opportunity to repent and change course, it is an opportunity, not a victory. The chosen messenger also needs humility and intellectual inquiry. We should pray that our new president’s heart has truly been changed by the experience of meeting Americans across this land. His lack of political experience helped bring him into the office of the President; he needs fervent prayers that he can negotiate the traps and pitfalls that come with that office.
Mr. Trump has an opportunity as do those who were early to support him such as Jerry Falwell Jr. We can pray that those who have his ear stay upright, encouraging what is good for the country rather than for themselves. Imagine what a President Trump and a conservative Congress could do by encouraging free school choice and ending the educational system’s monopoly that traps youth in illiteracy and a victimization ethos while insulating them from time-tested values that lead to success! Imagine the renewed respect for all lives that can result from abandoning the principle introduced into our culture that what an individual wants is paramount no matter who else is harmed! Imagine if the values of hard work and responsibility are respected again rather than a government seeking to make as many individuals as possible reliant only on handouts!
We should humbly recognize our own acquiescence in allowing the Left to hijack our country. How many of us send our children to anti-Godly schools, often paying exorbitant amounts to do so? How many of us don’t put in the necessary effort-or have the courage – to articulate our positions in a respectful and forceful manner? There are many good people who voted for Hillary who are not Leftists or elitists (though I do believe that the media and those in control of the Democrat Party are) and who had extremely valid concerns about Donald Trump. In my Musings, I shared many of those concerns but felt that a Clinton presidency was more dangerous. I think many of you felt the same way. Can we now have a respectful conversation?
How many of us fail to admit our own lack of connection to God and ability to recognize when His word is being perverted and lack courage to stand up to that perversion? We are the ones who allowed this country to slide down to the depths in which it now stands. We need to counter the fallacy that this election was only about economics and shout that it was equally a revolt against the Obama years’ crusade against our morals and values.
Conservatives often live election to election while liberals work on influencing the young and changing the culture. We can’t continue making that mistake. We have been given a chance to fight for our great country. May we have the humility and intellectual honesty, strength and conviction to do so.