Donald John Trump has stood the United States’ political establishment on its ear by being elected as the 45th President of our country. Trump, a New York City billionaire businessman, had never run for or held a political office of any kind. But he, of all the candidates in this year’s race for the White House—Republican, Democrat, or Independent—understood the times in which we are living and the mood of America. He “touched” and resonated with a broad and vital vein of political discontent running throughout the country and capitalized on it, resulting in his election to the highest office in the land.
In his bid for the White House, Trump was lampooned by the liberal mainstream media, by Democrats, and by his own party. At first, no one took him seriously and no one believed that he could win his party’s nomination, much less the general election. To their chagrin, he defeated a large field of political insiders (professional politicians) to capture his own party’s nomination. Following his nomination, many of his Republican opponents refused to endorse him, to campaign for him, or even to vote for him. His Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, believed she won all the presidential debates, and she and all the political pollsters and pundits were confident that she would win the race for the White House. (As my friend Arvel Miles would say, “Talk about a classic case of enumerating one’s poultry before they incubated”!) To her utter shock, the utter shock of the Democrats and the entire liberal political establishment, as well as the shock of many Republicans, on November 8 Donald J. Trump won more than the needed 270 electoral college votes (306, to be exact, to Hillary’s 232) to become President of the United States. He won in large key states and broke through the “Blue Wall” to win states that were thought to belong to Hillary.
Last Wednesday morning, following Trump’s victory, I posted the following on my Facebook page: “There is exhilaration all across America this morning among thinking, sober-minded people who want to preserve and protect the country we love! The map of the United States is ‘bleeding’ red! We have received an early Thanksgiving blessing and an early national Christmas present! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”
Alan Highers, who served as a member of the Tennessee judiciary for thirty-eight years, the last thirty-two as a distinguished judge on the Tennessee State Court of Appeals, has given his own “Reflections on the Election.” A friend for over sixty years, Alan has given me permission to share his reflections that he penned on the day following the election. They speak in no uncertain terms of the highly significant consequences of Trump’s victory.
1. Hillary will never be President of the United States. (Hallelujah, hf)
2. Rural Americans and small-town citizens have re-asserted themselves on the national scene.
3. Obama is leaving office in defeat and rejection by the American people.
4. No more favored treatment for Muslims and illegal aliens.
5. Common sense will return to healthcare.
6. Justice Scalia will be replaced by a conservative Justice.
7. God hears prayers.
8. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Mitt Romney made the wrong choice.
9. The control of the House and Senate did not change.
10. Trump is not the perfect President, but he was the right choice for these crucial times.
To the above I would add that law enforcement officers will now be treated with greater respect, our country will be much safer, and the abominable Obama administration will soon (and finally) be a thing of the past. The United States will not have to endure a continuation of his hideous policies, as would have been the case if Hillary Rodham Clinton had been elected. Obama’s “legacy” will, effectively, be dismantled and left in shambles.
In his victory speech, Mr. Trump pledged to be the president of all the people of the United States. In turn, let us all—Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, et al and those of every ethnicity—unite behind our newly elected president. Let us heed the admonition of the apostle Paul to pray “for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (II Timothy 2:2). Let us rally behind the leadership of Mr. Trump and together make America great again!
November 15, 2016