Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Who Will American Voters Choose?

             My VIP for this week is the American voter. Tomorrow is election when Americans will determine who will be the leader of the free world. Will voters choose Donald Trump who is an outsider to Washington, D.C., but who has a proven record for working for the good of all Americans and people everywhere, or will they choose Joe Biden, a man who has been in politics for 47 years and has no accomplishments to show?

We should have some idea in the next 24 hours, but 2020 has been a strange year with no promise that the election will be any different. America will live through this election, but the winner will determine what kind of a nation it is. Joe Biden’s vision for America is “a long, dark winter,” while Donald Trump believes that it is “morning in America” again. The writers of this post believe that early voters in October show who will win the election.

October voting is no longer the exclusive domain of the Democratic Party. Both parties vote early and in ever-increasing numbers. Which makes the October vote an early “action report” on the election outcome that’s more reality based than the polls or the mainstream media.

Who you vote for is a secret. When, where, and how many voters cast their ballots is not. It’s data. In this case, data in its most meaningful form: the number of early votes by registered Democrats and the number of early votes by registered Republicans….

In the final weeks of the campaign, enthusiasm for Donald Trump, demonstrated at multiple daily rallies, has been far beyond what it was four years ago. Will enthusiasm help produce another winning voter turnout for Trump?

Spoiler alert: Data generated by early voting says “yes.”

            This writer seems to believe that Trump has a “mandate from heaven” to be the President of the United States. I have heard and read comments by many people who believe the same. He certainly seems to be protected from all the flack being thrown his way.

The Mandate of Heaven is a concept that goes back a long way: The Chinese philosophical concept of the circumstances under which a ruler is allowed to rule. Good rulers would be allowed to rule with the Mandate of Heaven, and despotic, unjust rulers would have the Mandate revoked.

            The author discussed numerous ways that “the resistance” tried to removed Trump from office, including the General Michael Flynn case, the Emoluments Clause, the 25th Amendment, Brett Kavanaugh, several turncoat appointees, Anonymous, the “Russian Collusion” case, and the “Impeachment.” None of them succeeded, and Trump seemed to come through them with greater strength. After discussing the above challenges, the author continued.

We could add plenty more. No president has ever been made to walk a more brutal gauntlet than this. Not even Nixon. In a saner epoch, people will look back and shake their heads at how most of the government and a plurality of the people of this country simply went mad, attacking their national leader for no reason beyond ideological meltdown.

But here’s the thing – none of it worked. Not a single one of these little conspiracies succeeded in laying a glove on Donald Trump. He didn’t quail, he didn’t back off, he didn’t panic. By all indications he thrived on it. All this would have – and many times previously, as we know from Goldwater, Nixon, Romney, and many others – destroyed a lesser man. But Trump has become a living illustration of the Nietzsche aphorism: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” …

You look at all this and you can’t shake the feeling that someone or something is watching over Donald Trump. Call it what you will – Jehovah, the engine of History, the American Spirit… The Mandate of Heaven rests lightly on his shoulders, and it doesn’t seem to be slipping….

But whatever happens, we can say this: Donald Trump confronted the entire malignant panoply of the elites, the Deep State, the suit-wearing criminal class, took them on alone at the head of his people and forced them back for four long years. And that, in and of itself, is an achievement that places him among the immortals.

            I believe that Donald Trump was made for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). I agree with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) who compared Trump to Captain Moroni, a righteous and powerful leader of the Nephites in the Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ. These are the qualities that Senator Lee considered similar in the two men: “He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people.” Similar words were used to describe Captain Moroni by the ancient American prophet named Mormon who compiled the Book of Mormon.

            Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were irate that Senator Lee would compare the terrible Trump to Captain Moroni. Others were upset that he mixed religion and politics. I am a little embarrassed for all of them and their blindness. I feel certain that Senator Lee does not believe that Donald Trump is the equal of the man of whom the following was said: “if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men” (Alma 48:17).

            Even though I do not consider Trump as the equal of Captain Moroni, I can see that both men stood between their people and the enemy in a fight to protect and preserve religion, freedom, and a God-inspired government. Captain Moroni fought against men with swords, spears, bows, and arrows, while Trump and his family were maligned at every opportunity. I do not know how he stood up under the continual assaults from liberals. Therefore, I believe that he must be operating under the Mandate of Heaven. I hope that Americans decide to give him four more years to protect and preserve our American way of life.

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