We have some things of which to be thankful following the election of Trump earlier this month.
Regardless of one’s political predilections — how distrustful of Mrs. Hillary Clinton or disgusted by Mr. Donald Trump we may have been — we have some things of which to be thankful following the election of Trump earlier this month.
In this season of counting our blessings and at the same time expressing concerns over the results of the presidential election, let’s review three blessings I think we can all — more or less — agree on.
Blessing No. 1. That a man like Trump could get elected as our next president with all the questionable things he said (and were said about him), things that would have taken down most other politicians — arguably every other man or woman in America who could or would run for president — is extraordinary.
This is a blessing from the perspective of political correctness. In fact, it just could be that Trump ushered in the end of politically-correct speech. This is a good thing. We all want our politicians to speak from their heart — to speak the truth as they see it — regardless of whether we like what they say or not. How else can we know that they’re telling us the truth?
Reporter Marc Fisher (Washington Post, Nov. 9, 2016) wrote, “Trump ran against the old rules that governed how people talked about politics, and he won. Political experts from both parties chortled over Trump’s failure to get with the program.” The political experts were wrong.
Blessing No. 2. The experts — the elites — got it all wrong. The press, the pollsters, all the political pundits got it wrong. Even through Trump is allegedly a billionaire, from the perspective of the massive Democrat and Clinton political machines aligned against him, his inexperience (and his own tendencies to self-destruct), Trump was the little guy in this election. Americans have always loved the underdog rising up to beat the “anointed one.” Republican Donald Trump raised half the money that Democrat Hillary Clinton did and ran a far less organized campaign. He didn’t, according to Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher, “run a data-driven, ‘modern’ campaign based on microanalysis of voting behavior and focus groups.”
So the little guy won. The Weekly Standard (Nov. 11, 2016) highlighted this blessing by writing, “Donald Trump has done what Ronald Reagan did. He beat back a hostile press, smears by his opponent, outrage by foreign leaders, vast campaign spending by Wall Street and the wealthy one percent, and vows by actors and rock stars to leave the country if he was elected president.” Few of whom (if any) have actually left — yet. Still, we can hope that those elitists from the “pampered class” who threatened to leave will actually follow up on their threats.
Blessing No. 3. The “imperial presidency” as many had called Obama’s method of governing — the dangerous growth of the power of the executive branch of our government — may have at least been slowed, if not repudiated by the rising up of the people to deny a continuation of these policies by Clinton, an Obama surrogate.
According to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (from his speech at Hillsdale College on June 30, 2016), “Contrary to what many believe, the primary guarantee of our liberty in the Constitution is not the Bill of Rights. Rather it is found in the (constitutional) structures designed to prevent accumulation of power and (therefore) oppression of the people. The Constitution separates power between the three branches of the federal government and divides powers between the federal government and the states. These constitutional structures provide the broadest guarantee of liberty by limiting governmental power. Today they are under threat.”
“Since at least the New Deal the Executive Branch has been accumulating more and more power and the (Obama) administration has taken unilateral executive authority to new levels,” Pruitt said.
While we may disagree whether Obama ran an “imperial presidency” or whether he misused his executive powers, I think we can all agree that, in general, less government is better and that we citizens need to prevent any of the three branches of our federal government from becoming too powerful, lest our liberties be irreparably harmed. Trump’s win helps.
“Morning Joe,” one of the most-watched, liberal news programs on T.V., had whiny, ultra-liberal, movie director Michael Moore on its show two days after the surprise election victory by Trump. Moore was particularly shrill and very unhappy.
This is one of the problems with the Democrat Party that they have to fix if they have any hope of regaining leadership of the executive or legislative branches of our government. Depending on Moore (or any whiny bleeding heart for that matter) to speak for them is self-destructive.
Most middle Americans — including Democrats — would love to see Moore’s jaw broken and wired shut. That would be a blessing too.
Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.