The more I review and muse on the political landscape of today’s American politics, the more some conclusions are solidified in my mind. I have studied our historic founding, the fight for Freedom in the American Revolution, the struggle for identity and producing a viable and lasting constitution, and our national direction. In those studies, I have often wondered what our Framers and Founders would think of today’s America politically. I believe I can answer that reasonably decidedly. You may or may not agree but let’s give it a go.
First, what was the vision and desire of the Framers of the presidency? What did they want in a President? Someone asked, “Would Donald John Trump be their worst nightmare or exactly what they envisioned?” I suspect a little of both but let me get to the heart of my commentary. Again, you may agree with my analysis or disagree fiercely, but it is my view and I only ask you to hear me out before kicking me to the curb or giving me an amen. As Ecclesiastes 12:13 recommends, let’s hear the conclusion of the whole matter.
The Founders and Framers were almost unanimous in their choice of our first president. It would be General George Washington. He had weathered the storms of difficulty in holding together the Continental Army, presided over the Constitutional Convention, and was a successful businessman. He was, in my view, a successful president and chose wise and capable men to serve in his cabinet. Two men, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, provided tremendous insight and stability to the fledgling nation in its infancy.
Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury put the new nation’s finances in order. Tragically we have had few Hamilton’s since and our finances are in total disarray today. I can only imagine what he would say if he could address our fiscal condition, but I am certain it would not be complimentary. Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State helped to establish our standing among the nations of the world. That was no small task, considering that we were upstarts and were breaking the old, world order’s unwritten pecking order.
Both Hamilton and Jefferson had somewhat checkered pasts. Hamilton’s temper ultimately brought about his death at the hands of Aaron Burr in a duel. Hamilton also weathered a blackmail scandal due to unwise coquetry. Jefferson confessed to having, “offered love to a handsome lady” not his wife.
Let’s make some comparisons and this is where you may or may not agree with me. If you are adamantly ‘anti-Trump’ you will protest. If you are on the fence, you may or may not agree. If you are a Trump supporter, the Amen chorus will echo so loudly people in Europe will hear.
Hamilton and Trump both succeeded in placing America’s financial situation on much more solid footing. Jefferson achieved some significant victories in foreign affairs as has Trump. Yes, Trump has, despite the claims of the Left and the Media otherwise. He has also avoided military engagements abroad. The Democrats chanted that Trump was sending us to war with China, North Korea, Iran, and even Russia but alas he has kept the peace and sought the pathway of diplomacy much to their chagrin.
The closest of the three to being a career politician was Jefferson but Jefferson was more than a politician. He was a plantation owner, a noted scholar, a tremendous author, and an inventor worthy of note. One of the consummate fears of the Founders and Framers was that the new Republic would fall prey to factions in government and political elitism would prevail. They offered safeguards and warnings to prevent an oligarchy of elitists and attempted to guarantee that ‘we the people’ would not lose control and oversight of the government. Their warnings were not heeded, and their safeguards bypassed, leading to today’s political America.
In many ways, Trump is exactly what they envisioned, and Hillary Clinton and the Democratic acolytes of destruction are the opposite. Donald Trump’s promise to ‘drain the swamp’ resonated with millions of Americans and most of us translated that to mean a return to ‘self-government’ and the end of ‘Statism and administrative rule.’ More could have been done, had the Republican Establishment kept their promise to the voters, but some has been done and much has been attempted.
What we need is for more of us to take up the challenge and embrace our constitutional responsibility in fighting to rid ourselves of the National Professional Political Parasites now serving in Washington. We dare not lose sight of what has been done as well as what is left to do and reinvigorate our resolve to fight for Faith, Family, and Freedom in America.
Old Joe Biden wants to take us back to the disastrous policies of the Obama era. He wants to restore the old, world order and strip from us the progress we have made under this administration. He wants to return us to the very thing that we elected Donald J. Trump to rid us of.
I suspect that Jefferson and even Hamilton would be in favor of much of what Trump has done and is trying to do. James Madison famously declared, “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” Jefferson’s well-known quote is alarmingly apropos today. He said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
I do not want a shooting revolution, but I do want a resounding defeat of the Left in November 2020. If you will, I see Trump’s victory in 2016 somewhat of a Jeffersonian rebellion. We have accomplished some, but there is much to be done.
God bless you and God bless America!