A good friend asked my thoughts on Andrew Sullivan’s 7500 essay in New York Magazine about Donald Trump and the potential for the rise in fascism were he to be elected president. It would probably take me a couple of days of thinking, writing, and editing to adequately provide “my thoughts” about this essay. First, I am in general agreement that Donald Trump represents a clear and present threat to our republic and this threat mimics the rise of fascism in the 1920 and 1930’s. Whether that threat is any more dangerous than the trend to toward socialism that we have seen in the past 8 years under Obama and that would continue under Clinton is subject to debate. Of much greater concern to me is the ignorance, lack of intellectual awareness, and lack of intellectual honesty of the vast majority of Americans on both the left and the right. I am sadly reminded of the scripture that says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
My friend Marty Hilber (Twitter @ZookZangsten) once shared a quote with me, “With time we can undo the damage that Barrack Obama has wreaked on our country... what is far more troubling is an electorate that would elect him to office...twice.” “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
Now we face a dogged, troubling group of people including many so called “evangelical Christians” who support Trump despite his crass approach and the lack of internal coherence of his message... “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
A dogged, troubling group of Democrats on the other hand support Hillary Clinton, even though a large part of the electorate and many in the Democratic Party consider her to be a morally bankrupt opportunist. If elected she would be empowered to change the structure of the Supreme Court in such a way that it would threaten the First, Second, Tenth, and Eleventh amendment rights for both states and citizens. Just as it was used in the Obergefell decision, the Fourteenth amendment would be interpreted in such a way as to threaten the very fabric of the constitution. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”
The bottom line was expressed by Franklin Graham here in Nashville earlier this week when he said, “I have absolutely no faith in the Republican Party. I have absolutely no faith in the Democratic Party. The only chance we have is to place our faith in God Almighty.”
Do I think we could see a rising fascist trend if Trump is elected? Yes and it frightens me.
Do I think our march to socialism would be accelerated under Clinton? Yes and it frightens me.
Do I think we will see our country restored to a vision more in consonance with that of our Founding Fathers? Probably not. However, we are called to be active and participate to hopefully stem the tide.
Do I think God is still in control? Yes! I will continue to pray for his mercy.
Am I concerned about our children and grandchildren who will have to make sense of the mess they are inheriting? Absolutely! Our job is to pray and provide moral support for our children and grandchildren until they carry us out in a pine box.
There is a phrase in 1 Chronicles 12:32 that says, “From the tribe of Issachar there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the time and knew the best course for Israel to take (NLT).” May we be like modern day “sons of Issachar” who inform ourselves to understand the signs of the time and know the best course to take.
Let us continue to pray for the wisdom of the Sons of Issachar! “Don’t look to men; their greatest leaders fail.” Psalm 146:2 (TLB). That’s what I think about the essay.