As Washington DC goes nuts this holiday season trying to portray Donald Trump as a dangerous traitor, I turned to George Washington for inspiration and found that President Trump is governing in the spirit of our great first president. Merry Christmas, and please share this message to give others hope! –Frank
George Washington, Donald Trump, and a Christmas Wish
By Frank Miele/Real Clear Politics
All I want for Christmas is my country back.
No, I don’t expect Santa Claus to restore sovereignty to the American people. I don’t believe in fairy tales told by politicians.
But this Christmas season maybe we can learn a lesson from the early Christians and from Jesus Christ himself that some things are worth fighting for — not necessarily with swords (or guns) but with ideas, with moral certainty and with faith. It’s worth remembering, too, that the Jewish people were looking for a messiah not to save their souls, but to restore their country — to raise up Israel to its former greatness.
I suppose today someone would have accused the Jews of Jesus’ time of being “nationalists” (the “chosen people” indeed!) or xenophobic racists (why not call the Roman invaders something more soothing, like “economic migrants” or “displaced peoples”?), but let’s not quibble over semantics. We can all agree that the Jesus whose birth the world celebrates this week did not go along to get along; he did not practice “political correctness”; and he did not hesitate to claim the mantle of David as he sought to Make Israel Great Again.
In America, the equivalent of King David would be George Washington, the first president. But oddly enough, Washington is also the equivalent of Jesus, as they were both leaders of a small band of revolutionaries who wanted to change the world for the better. It is therefore doubly important for Americans to consult the wisdom of President Washington as we navigate the treacherous political waters of the 21st century.
In his Farewell Address of 1796, Washington laid out the principles he believed would keep America strong and that — if followed today — could make America great. Of course, some people will deny that America needs to be restored to greatness today, but if so, let them explain why we have fallen so far short of Washington’s prescription for the blessings of liberty.
“Unity of government,” he said, “… is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that liberty which you so highly prize.”
Washington warned that this unity will be under constant attack by both “internal and external enemies,” and that we should watch “for its preservation with jealous anxiety, discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest.”
Can we not agree that today there are dangerous forces at work that violate this principle — that intentionally and with dark purpose do indeed seek to alienate us from one another? Washington spoke, in addition, of the legitimate threat to our republic that was represented by unregulated human nature (or as he described it, “that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart”).
He warned of “a small but artful and enterprising minority” who may work “under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities.” I don’t know of any better definition of the Deep State fighting against President Trump, except perhaps for the one described in Washington’s next paragraph when he speaks of political factions as “potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Read the rest here at Real Clear Politics. There is quite a bit more, including President Washington’s warning against foreign entanglements. As always, I encourage you to share comments at Real Clear Politics in order to counter the leftists! Also please consider purchasing one of my “Why We Needed Trump” books for more essays looking at the Deep State, Fake News and the Constitution.