Let's Make America Great Again

Donald Trump continues to lead the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls. To many Americans, he represents the voice of the conservative electorate who say, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" President Obama and an irresponsible Congress have led this country to the brink. The Supreme Court has become a Progressive rubber stamp, upholding Obamacare twice and forcing gay "marriage" on the states. We need a president--so the thinking goes--who is tough as nails and won't back down. We need someone who is going to Make America Great Again. 

Unfortunately, Donald J. Trump is not the right guy for the job. Neither is Jeb Bush . . . or Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, or any other presidential candidate for that matter. It is time we as Americans disabuse ourselves of the idea that any politician or even any group of politicians is capable of turning this nation around. Yes, I agree that this election is very important, but even if the "right candidate" gets elected, our country will still be headed in the wrong direction. 

America is in the midst of a vast social change. The norms and mores of the 20th Century are being rapidly swept away and replaced. With each election cycle, conservative voters find fewer candidates who line up with their core beliefs. No president is gong to turn things around. Four years of [your favorite Republican candidate] would probably be a good thing for America. Nevertheless, in 2020 gay "marriage" will still be the law of the land in all fifty states and Planned Parenthood will (likely) continue to receive federal funding. 

There is no combination of elected officials that is going to solve America's problems. With each passing day the paradigm creeps ever leftward while the talking point continues, "look how far right those crazy conservatives have moved!" 

Our elected officials are not our moral leaders. They are actually moral reactionaries. The candidates with the broadest base of support among the electorate win elections. When societal attitudes shift leftward, the more liberal candidates stand a better chance of winning. Voting for the conservative candidate only gets one so far when society is becoming rapidly more liberal. 

I have often heard the following quote attributed to John Adams: "Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Those two sentences get to the heart of the matter. Our government is doing things it was never designed to do. We have lost our perspective. No longer do we believe that our rights come from God. Rather we allow our Supreme Court to create them out of whole cloth. Out with those old, stuffy religious rules and in with the new "love" and "tolerance."

Donald Trump cannot make America great again, but you can . . . along with your family and your church. It won't be easy or quick, but it is possible.

It is time to regain a proper perspective. For too long we have assumed things will be fixed from the top. The reality of the situation is that our foundation is weak. We must shore it up if we hope to improve things. That begins with parents taking their children to church and teaching them right from wrong – inculcating them with a religious instruction that is not easily discarded once adulthood arrives. It is not enough for parents to teach these things, however; they must live them as well. The next generation desperately needs to see examples of virtuous behavior held in high regard. It will take each man and each woman taking personal responsibility for their actions instead of blaming their circumstances.

This is not a quick fix. It cannot be accomplished within one election cycle. It may take decades or even generations, but it can be done. It won’t be easy. It will take years of resisting the cultural current. It certainly won’t start with the President. It will start with you.