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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trump Wins as America Inches Back from the Abyss

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The Clinton Crazy Train Finally Runs Out of Steam The Clinton Crazy Train Finally Runs Out of Steam

On November 8, 2016, whatever is left of the moral order in America was facing extinction upon the apparently imminent election of the most evil presidential candidate in American history, a staunch defender of the cold-blooded butchery of children at the very moment they are being born, for which she was promising a federal subsidy if elected. The yawning abyss of the “final disaster” that Pope Leo XIII warned would be the inevitable fate of post-Christian civil society loomed before our nation.

As I pointed out in my debate with Alan Keyes, in the inscrutable designs of Providence the one major impediment preventing America’s descent into that abyss—the human element of the Catholic Church having surrendered long ago—was a real estate tycoon on his third “marriage,” a veritable embodiment of American crassness and vulgar excess. Only this astonishing reality explains the perfect alignment of all the forces of darkness in our world against Donald J. Trump: the political establishment—including the Republican Party establishment—the globalist establishment, the financial establishment, the technology establishment, the mass media establishment, the cultural establishment, the Hollywood establishment.

Even the “music industry” establishment marched in the serried ranks of the Stop Trump axis of evil, or what John Rao has so aptly termed The Grand Coalition of the Status Quo. Consider the almost preternatural spectacle of Lady Gaga in a Nazi-style uniform at one of the rock concerts Hillary staged to attract a crowd of Democrats to whom she could recite her empty blather, zombies who would have voted for her even if she had stomped a child to death on live TV. This spectacularly odious woman is really rather pathetic at this stage in her life of crime, deceit and subversion, which in justice should culminate with a lengthy stay in a federal jail cell. Hillary was never able to articulate a coherent rationale for her election because her entire program, like all evil, was merely the absence of good: contraception, abortion, sodomy and the further expansion of a tyrannical secular state and its endless wars against the very enemies created by her own “foreign policy” and that of her establishment Republican predecessors.

By the way, it must not escape our notice that the very same forces that aligned against Trump have generally aligned in favor of Francis, praising him like no other Pope in Church history, while the sexual evils they promote relentlessly are the same ones Francis relentlessly labors to accommodate in the Church under the guise of “discernment” and “mercy” for those who cannot follow the “general rule” because of the “concrete complexity of one’s limits.” Nor should we forget that the supposed wrongs Francis incessantly condemns tend to be the same as those trumpeted by the worldwide liberal hegemon, including “climate change,” the imaginary “epidemic of guns,” “social inequality” and “exclusion,” and the closing of national borders to illegal immigration and the flood of military-age Muslim male “refugees.” The adoring media happily headlined Francis’s ham-fisted condemnation, only two days before the election, of “social and physical walls” that “close in some and exclude others” — the same day he invited Emma Bonino, Italy’s most notorious abortionist and “social justice warrior,” to the Vatican for another intimate meeting with the Pope. The friend of socialist dictators and the foe of this year’s Republican candidate for President is a Pope according to Hillary’s needs, as she made clear during the abominable Al Smith Dinner when she lauded Francis’s “message about rejecting a mindset of hostility, his calls to reduce inequality, his warnings about climate change, his appeal that we build bridges not walls.”

But Trump has won the Presidency and America now inches back from the abyss where federally subsidized “partial-birth abortion,” federally imposed “gender equality” and “transgender rights,” and new levels of federal persecution of recusant Christians were all lurking, along with the prospect of the ultimate unwinnable war Hillary seemed determined to provoke with Russia, the imaginary source of all her woes respecting Trump.

Trump’s commitment to appoint Scalia-style judicial conservatives to the Supreme Court bench alone compelled a vote for him, even if judicial conservatism in America amounts to little more than deference to legislative and electoral majorities. Those majorities are still capable of imposing severe limits on the scourge of abortion (limits that will now be upheld if they arrive at the Court) and rolling back other gains of the dictatorship of relativism imposed by the Court’s 5-4 liberal majority, including the imposition of “gay marriage” on the fifty states in the Obergefell and Windsor decisions. Then there are Trump’s remarkable promises to seek repeal of the Johnson Amendment and guarantee school choice, including homeschooling, while abolishing Common Core and returning control of education to the localities. As to these issues, the Catholic’s duty to mitigate harm to the common good through the democratic process has certainly been fulfilled by a vote for Trump.

But even if President Trump keeps only a fraction of his promises, the two most important mitigations have already been achieved: Hillary Clinton has been defeated and Trump’s victory has led to that rarity of Republican control over all three branches of the federal government. The latter outcome drastically reduces, if it does not eliminate, the prospect of further social and moral subversion at the federal level. And in that regard let us not forget that it was a Republican Congress and a Republican President who enacted the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which enabled the several states to refuse to recognize “gay marriages” enacted in other states, but which SCOTUS struck down in one of the 5-to-4 decisions (Windsor) that will likely be reversed if DOMA or something like it is reenacted under Trump.

The almost miraculous outcome of this election, propelled by an astonishing populist movement against virtually all the powers that be, which I never thought possible, has restored my faith in the capacity of the American people for moral regeneration, even if the movement represents only the barest of first steps toward a social metanoia the Church alone can bring to fruition. The sight of thousands of my fellow Americans assembling in the middle of a cold Michigan night only hours before the election to lend their support to the leader of that movement has reawakened in me a sentiment that should reside in the breast of every Catholic: a love of country as the fatherland, even if our own country is saddled by the political invention of deistic, Enlightenment-bred revolutionaries.

Finally, no matter what Trump achieves as President, if nothing else the seemingly impossible success of the movement that got him elected has accomplished a great and enduring good for the nation: it has exposed as laughable, posturing frauds, never to be taken seriously again, the pseudo-sages of the political class and the pseudo-journalists of the media, with their biased “coverage,” their liberal agitprop disguised as “analysis,” and their phony polls and data models, deceptively weighted and twisted to “predict” whatever outcome they desire. It is no exaggeration to say that Trump has somehow managed to overthrow politics as usual in America by stripping the self-anointed Fourth Estate of its cloak of respectability and reducing it to an impuissant laughingstock. How long that effect will last is uncertain. But that it has occurred is beyond doubt.

Some will call me naïve. Others will say that I am deluded, especially in view of what I have written before about the American political scene (it will be easy to mine my prior articles for “self-contradictions”). But I believe that I am merely appropriately hopeful in the face of a completely unexpected development, no doubt assisted by Providence, that runs counter to the entire workings of the two-party system and its Ministry of Propaganda.

And what is wrong with a little hope in the midst of all this darkness?

Our Lady, Patroness of the Americas, intercede for us!

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Christopher A. Ferrara

Christopher A. Ferrara: President and lead counsel for the American Catholic Lawyers Inc., Mr. Ferrara has been at the forefront of the legal defense of pro-lifers for the better part of a quarter century. Having served with the legal team for high profile victims of the culture of death such as Terri Schiavo, he has long since distinguished him a premier civil rights Catholic lawyer.  Mr. Ferrara has been a lead columnist for The Remnant since 2000 and has authored several books published by The Remnant Press, including the bestseller The Great Façade. Together with his children and wife, Wendy, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.