The Donald did it.
Donald J Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.
Most of us are speechless. Half are angry. Half are excited. Either way, the 8 year run of destruction by the Obama and Hillary express has come to a standstill. Yea, President Obama certainly made history just as I said he would back in 2007. But not quite the one everyone else seemed to envision. Progressive, socialistic philosophies never do and his was no different.
The change we could believe in turned us into a country with 20T in debt, millions more on food stamps, more abortions, more terrorist attacks, more illegals, over the top regulations, less people working, weaker military, a laughing stock worldwide, terrible relations with Israel, incredible increases in health insurance premiums, government corruption (yea he appointed Hillary and the others), moral decay and racial division we haven’t seen since the 60s. That will be Obama’s true legacy and as Trump tears up most of his illegal executive orders that legacy won’t be anything like the one he so desperately hoped for just a week ago.
So much for hope and change. Thank God it’s over…for now.
But how did this derailment of the progressive agenda happen? How did this billionaire…a TV star with questionable character traits, a vulgar defensive tongue really pull this off anyway? He only had one path. An electoral royal flush, and sure enough he pulled it off.
Let’s break it down because it is worth repeating and I want my kids one day to look back on this crazy year and know just what all happened.
First of all, for me, as a Christian, the most important victory in all of this – the ones that have eternal and spiritual meaning – are the fact that conservatives can now restore our bond and partnership with Israel (God’s chosen people that the Bible makes clear we shouldn’t be messing with) and we have a real chance at slowing down abortions. In the end, everything else is small by comparison and worldly in terms of life. The appointment of Constitutional judges instead of philosophical judges in both the lower courts and Supreme Court are going to have an impact for decades and decades. We were one step away if Hillary had one from likely never turning back..
This is where Trumps win is truly a miracle of God.
No doubt about it…Hillary would have lost to just about anyone. She was unlikeable, connected to potential fraud and corruption, had apparent issues of ignorance regarding national security and just seemed to be running for office to complete a personal bucket list item of “first woman President”. Her campaign was marred by her own background (her husband and Bengahzi as two examples), FBI investigations (twice), Wikileaks showing corruption of the highest order, DNC scandals, Clinton Foundation scandals, and overall arrogance. She was setting on a T what should have been an easy homerun win for any GOP candidate.
But then the GOP dropped the ball by trying to push the Establishment likes of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio down conservatives throats and that opened the door to Donald Trump.
And in he walked.
Trump brought his own baggage too. He was almost as bad. Arrogant, mean, rude, and a past marred by divorce and sexist, sexual comments galore. Soon he had woman claiming he sexually abused them in some form or fashion after a video was leaked with him verbally claiming he could do what he wants with almost any woman he desired. He was a successful billionaire, now married to a model who has posed nude, and had a track record of being a tough as nails negotiator – something many Americans thought it was time to try in the Whitehouse. He was truly anon-political outsider. Yet, he once was a supporter of policies proposed by the left and even seen as being close and friendly with the Clintons at one time. His present and his past seemed to provide his biggest obstacles all throughout the campaign and certainly after he was nominated in easy fashion during the Republican Convention. His mess wasn’t as bad as Hillary’s but it certainly wasn’t good either.
People sighed as they appeared to have to choose between the lessor of two evils. Polls all along the way kept telling the story of a decent Hillary win. I followed two measurements to gage what I hoped might happen. One was the USC LA Times poll that had Trump leading by 2 the Friday before he election. The other was following Professor Allan Litchman who’s 12 measurements also had indicated a Trump win. I had been following them for months and their outcomes hadn’t waivered. However, I remained convinced the system was in fact rigged and that Hillary would literally do anything to win it all. Nothing would stop her.
On election night, only a miracle of God could push Trump ahead. Hillary had multiple avenues in which to get to the magic number of 270 EVs. Trump had one. He had to lay down a royal flush and win Ohio, Florida, all of the normal red states and at least one or two blue states. The first few hours exit polls indicated Trump was losing big. My heart sank as I started to process a Hillary administration and her picking supreme court judges that would forever change America. I continued to pray and realized many of our friends were too. The one thing none of the polls or pundits could seem to account for was the “closet” trumpers. How many evangelicals, independents, and conservatives would end up holding their noses and voting for Trump just to spite Hillary and because of the SC judge issues?
Apparently, more than enough.
In what many are calling the greatest voting night in evangelical history, Christians got out the vote and Trump surged past Hillary. By midnight he was only 16 EVs away from winning it all and it was apparent the royal flush he needed was about to happen putting Hillary in the tank for good. About 3am ET it was called. Donald Trump had clearly won the 2016 Presidential Election. He was now President Elect.
Shock waves rumbled around the globe. It was truly a miracle and one I believe God clearly had his hand in making happen. After all, man’s steps are guided by Him are they not?
What Trump did that Tuesday night was historic in all measures and you have to give him the credit he has due. He overcame himself, his mouth and his past. He didn’t have the political experience or know how and he was naïve. He spent his own millions, getting no financial support from the GOP. Hillary outspent him by hundreds of millions. Hillary had the big ground game and political machine. Trump had some volunteers and his family around him. He fought his own fight without a single real celebrity and very few GOP supporters. The entire world was against him including the main stream media that was purely for Hillary and the likes of every celebrity known to man. Yet, all year long his campaign had the momentum, the passion and the crowds. He was truly the underdog and the vain of every single #nevertrump establishment cry baby in the world. And in the end, he crushed them all.
Now here we are. We have all just experienced an election cycle that most are calling the craziest in history and now after eight long years (10 if you really look at it correctly) of the progressive agenda pushing our nation to the brink, we can at least have a chance to slow their agenda down. Trump isn’t going to be the perfect conservative candidate. He isn’t going to suddenly become a polished politician either. He will open his mouth. He will likely make numerous mistakes. But we have to trust in the leadership abilities of the people he looks to surround himself with and hope we can survive the next four years and make some headway in the courts. If that is all he does, it will have all been worth it. But either way, we have to give him the same chance we gave Obama and he got either full years. He’s already said he won’t take a salary and he’s already getting more work done than most Presidential Elects before him. He’s getting after it quickly because much is to be done. I’m not saying his going to be the next Reagan and frankly I don’t care as long as he appoints those Constitutional judges we need that’s good for me.
I preached from the get-go that the Trump movement could be used as a means to an end by the GOP but they failed to recognize it for what it was and foolishly held fast to the belief that the GOP had to be inclusive of more people in order to win. They were wrong in 2010, 2014 and now again. The GOP will be changed forever and for now is dead. Now Trump and his team have to prove all of us right and follow through with the things important to saving the direction of our country. They’ve got a few years to do it. One thing is certain, the liberal agenda pushers aren’t going away any time soon.
But for now, this is one miracle we can all relish and enjoy.