In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, where Donald Trump mopped the floor with Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton (and by extension, the Left), cries for “unity” and “healing” fill the air. If I recall correctly, in 2008 then newly elected President Barack Obama declared haughtily to congressional Republicans, “We won,” the indication being he had no interest in unity and healing. And he has governed in that manner since taking office.
Although it is a mark of maturity for President-elect Trump to avoid such a statement, he should nevertheless proceed as though this is his exact sentiment. He and American patriots won; everybody else had better get used to it.
Except for the logistics of making the transition from theirs to Trump’s administration, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are irrelevant. The last thing a President Trump should concern himself with is playing nice to leftist, progressive Democrats. Voters gave him the numbers to get the job done without them, if necessary.
The 2016 election is the latest in a number of battles we have fought in the war for the soul of our nation. Authors J. B. Williams and Timothy Harrington describe our circumstances in their latest book, Trumped. They say, we are in a “revolution” against the “counter-revolution” the Left has waged on American values since the 1960s.*
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It is not as yet a hot war, but it is as much a fight for the survival of our Christian, constitutional republic as a war with physical weapons would be. Consequently, how those of us on the side of the Republic view the losers of this election is critical. The Left’s goals for the nation remain diametrically opposed to the Founders’ intent, and a failure on the part of patriots to grasp this fundamental truth could prove detrimental to our survival.
Just as this was no ordinary election, its aftermath is also not ordinary, and we must not fall prey to the charade Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are playing, claiming a desire for a smooth transition following their stunning loss.
Playing off conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s infamous statement after Obama’s 2008 presidential win, where Limbaugh declared he hoped Obama would fail, Obama and Clinton are now claiming they want Trump to succeed—a “take the high road” ploy. It is a pernicious lie that either of them or their progressive Democrat minions wish Donald Trump and his team success in conservative governance.
You may recall the Left went apoplectic after Limbaugh made that statement, accusing him of racist thinking, among other things, because Obama is mixed-race. Those leftists knew full well what Limbaugh meant. They knew his hope was for the failure of Obama’s agenda, which was then and always has been the destruction of America as founded.
The good thing about this charade of well-wishes toward Donald Trump is that he is cunning enough to see through it.
Trump’s response to the charade brings to mind his earlier diplomatic meeting with Mexico’s President Nieto. On that occasion, he did his “presidential” thing in their press conference and then returned home to ensure the American people (with a familiar forceful delivery) that his resolve to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border remained firm. The Left assumed his presidential demeanor toward Nieto meant he was ready to cave to their globalist positions on immigration.
When Trump describes Clinton and Obama as worthy opponents and declares he will seek counsel from an incompetent like Barack Obama, he is playing along with the charade. I suspect someone wrote his acceptance speech to play along with the script. In so doing, Trump avoids giving the media fodder to distract from his win. The performance with Barack Obama after their meeting was also part of the script, staged to eliminate distraction from his victory. Facial expressions told the true story; Trump still despises Barack Obama and so he should. If only I could be around years from now when history books reveal what really transpired in that ninety-minute, first meeting between the two men. Today, I would wager it was not a kumbaya moment.
Donald Trump is biding his time until his new residence really is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Then things will get real. This man Trump has dealt with better, and likely more sinister, minds than mediocre types such as Obama’s. Whatever looks like capitulation or kowtowing on Donald Trump’s part, isn’t. Whatever appears to be manipulation of Donald Trump, isn’t. Whatever else we have learned about the man in the past year or so, we know for certain he is seldom ever the underdog.
I am confident President Trump will assess the situation of just how close this nation stands to the brink and will proceed from that vantage point. As he gathers the best of thinkers and doers around him to tackle this monumental undertaking, I pray he will be humbled enough by the enormity of the task to listen for Almighty God’s guidance. My hope is also that God will steer him clear of the snakes among his declared enemies and faux-friends. Obama’s and Clinton’s minions are still out there, like the vipers they are, waiting for the opportune time to strike again.
President Trump must step cautiously and choose his team wisely. Let’s not forget the examples of history, real and fictional—Caesar’s’ Brutus and Othello’s Iago come to mind.
* Trumped: The New American Revolution, by J. B. Williams and Timothy Harrington, 2016, Charters of Freedom Publishers, Cheyenne, WY. (Available through online stores.)
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