Donald Trump’s Win: We Shall See

A flawed candidate beat an equally flawed opponent last night.
We shall see what he does with it.
It was a remarkable feat given his limited qualifications, his temperament and his lack of traditional political organization or approach. But then again, he ran against a woman who carried significant political baggage at a time when our country was so fed up with chaos, corruption and stagnation that they took a giant leap into the unknown.
We shall see what has been wrought.
So now the Trumpsters or whatever you want to call them will beat their chest, proclaim their glory and tell the rest of us where we can go.
You know the group – Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter and the rest – people who crave power more than principle, for all their posturing about conservatism, and who cozied up to a man who lied about and ridiculed people who did such unimportant things like win the Cold War, keep us safe after 9/11 and try to preserve Constitutional government. Or, God forbid, support those who came here seeking a better life for their families.
Yes, I am talking about Reagan, the Bush family, the National Review crowd sired by Bill Buckley and folks like that, you know, establishment types who dared to govern our nation in a civil and respectful way.
But, you know, Trump starred on a television show – and built casinos. He deserves his shot: America reductio ad absurdum.
Yes, we shall see and I wish him well.
I suspect Robert Bolt, the playwright who wrote A Man for All Seasons, had something like this election cycle in mind when he penned these words: I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties…
they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
So, we will shall see.
I truly hope Trump can rise above his narcissism, ego and his pettiness long enough to govern us sanely for four years. He had a gracious and presidential moment in accepting his win and if he can sustain that tone and that attitude, well, we shall see. I also hope he truly is willing to embrace conservative ideas and constitutional government — again, we shall see.
But just for the record, since I am in an anti-monarchal mood, I remind Mr. Trump and his team of this quote from William Pitt: The poor man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England cannot enter – all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.

It is bad enough that the party of big government (the Dems) has so often lost sight of the symbolic meaning of this quote – that there are limits to the power even of kings, much less the state functioning as part of a republican form of government.
That the President-elect has so often behaved and spoken with King-like arrogance (an arrogance being demonstrated by his voices in talk radio even as I write) only underscores the importance of tying our nation’s fate not to a single man or woman, but to those Constitutional instruments and patrimonies that have sustained our nation for more than two centuries. Our rights are bestowed, as John F. Kennedy reminded us in his own Inaugural, not by the state but by God.
As Trump might say (I hope) in his own twitter-like way: Word, that.

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