COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., November 6, 2016 – Just days away from the most tumultuous presidential election in recent memory the country is holding its collective breath, waiting for the result. As should have been obvious to all, but is still denied by some, on Wednesday morning either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.
One way or the other, a scary thought for most Americans who are invested with one candidate or the other winning.
Yet the fact of who wins the election is not the most important thing.
The election of 2016 was always going to be significant. Barack Obama saw (and sees) himself as a transformational figure, someone larger than life who would change the course of our nation. He famously said as much five days prior to his election in 2008.
Either his revolution will continue and he will be the first president of a New Age, or it will not.
What he perhaps didn’t count on were those ordinary Americans, cling not only to their guns and Bibles but also to the idea of America, who would resist being transformed. Although Democrats passed their socialist agenda in 2009-10, they were soundly rebuked in the 2010 Congressional election and they haven’t passed another significant piece of legislation since.
While Obama won re-election in 2012, Democrats didn’t retake the House; in 2014 they lost the Senate as well.
So here we are in 2016 with no incumbent president. The question of “Hope ‘n’ Change” versus “Change it back” is crucial, if lost in the details of partisan bickering, he-said-she said bomb throwing, and disinformation planted by the press.
What’s at stake is whether the country will continue down the transformational road to serfdom or reverse course to become the America we have always aspired to be.
With the worst recovery from a recession since World War II, foreign policy rebukes abroad and terrorism on the rise at home, one would think that this election would be the Republicans’ to lose.
That hasn’t been the case, of course. Donald Trump has proven to be a very controversial figure. But consider: perhaps the divisions in the Republican Party weren’t caused by him—instead, he highlighted the divisions already there, just as he has done with the country as a whole.
Perhaps only Donald Trump, alone among all the Republican contenders, could have survived the combined onslaught of the Democrat Party and the mainstream media. After all, the charges of sexual impropriety, racism, and mental instability are the very same ones leveled against every Republican candidate since Barry Goldwater in 1964. Also consider that these charges had not been made against Trump until he started running for president.
That Hillary Clinton is fatally corrupt is beyond question. She is currently the subject of three ongoing FBI investigations. Her main campaign arguments? Trump is just as bad; Trump hates women; and—significantly—we can’t lose the progress we’ve made in the last eight years.
It is worth repeating: What’s at stake in this election is whether the country will continue down the transformational road to serfdom or reverse course to become the America we have always aspired to be.
If Hillary Clinton is elected, Republicans in Congress (assuming they keep a majority in at least one chamber) will be no more successful is stopping her than they were in stopping Barack Obama. Obamacare will be permanent. The Supreme Court will continue to invent rights and make law for a generation or more. The federal government share of the economy will continue to grow, as will the debt. The Imperial Presidency will replace the Republic. The First and Second Amendments will fall along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. Corruption will rule on a scale that would make Andrew Jackson blush.
If Donald Trump is elected, the path forward is less clear. He is no conservative, but he needs conservatives to rule. Prominent Republicans, like House Speaker Paul Ryan, have made it clear that he won’t get a free ride. Ironically, Republicans who are afraid of attacking Democrats have no problem attacking each other.
We will get the leaders and the country we deserve.
Are we a bunch of myopic navel-gazers interested only in the concerns of the moment or are we capable of rising to the occasion to preserve timeless principles? We’ll know Tuesday.
In either case, the fight for liberty continues—because tyranny never sleeps.