I rarely discuss politics here, but this bears some commentary.
I’m sitting here the morning after our historic election, ruminating on what happened, and what it all means. Against all odds, against all pundits, pollsters, critics and talking heads, Donald J. Trump has defeated the massive juggernaut political machine of Hillary Clinton and the political establishment elites. He was an outsider from the beginning, a rogue, at times an almost clown, who won hearts and minds all over America with his simple message- “Let’s make America great again.”
And now he is our new president-elect.
The Hillary machine, the most powerful, well-funded and media-supported presidential candidate in American history, was arrogant and overconfident. And as many here know, the Clintons have been corrupt opportunists since their days in Arkansas. Yet she was a champion of the secular progressive left, a proponent of liberal causes, vowing to take the radical agenda of Barack Obama to the next level. Many feared the “Clinton cartel” regaining the White House.
Trumps’s populist message, and his real-world solutions to our ever-growing national crises, resonated and took root with an ever-widening audience. They were tired of being disparaged and characterized by the leftist elites in politics, the media, education, and Hollywood as “a basket of deplorables” who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” They were fed up with being branded “homophobic”, “xenophobic”, “islamaphobic”, racist, bigoted, hate-mongers by all on the left, just for holding traditional values and views. Enough already.
And last night they did something about it. With the most unlikely of candidates.
Trump was a lightning rod from the beginning, angering as many as he won over. Yet he soldiered on, rising to the top in the Republican primaries, winning the party nomination, and now winning the White House, aganist all odds and attacks. Many voted for him out of full support for this non-politician renegade, others to keep the corrupt establishment Clintons out, and still others to insure Constitution-protecting future Supreme Court nominations. Whatever the reasons, a “bloodless revolution” has again taken place in America, giving many the hope that our steady march toward globalism and democratic socialism will finally be arrested.
Both parties are reeling from the arrival of the Trump train. This election was not merely about left vs. right, Democrat vs. Republican, or even Clinton vs. Trump. This election turned out to be about the establishment vs. the heartland, the elites vs. the people. And the people have spoken, loud and clear.
As Christians, we understand that God has often used the unconventional as the answer to our prayers, the “foolish things of the world to confound the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:27). As “the left” prepares to leave power, and “the right” prepares to assume, we reflect on one of the most historic elections in our history. And we anticipate what the political landscape will look like, under the leadership of a true renegade and maverick.
Interesting days ahead. Let’s covenant to pray for our leaders, now more than ever.