When was the last time you heard the word “revolution” used in the context of the Republican Party? I would say never. Revolution is term normally associated with progressives and Democrats but this year there is a “populist revolution” and it’s being waged by Republican voters against the same political elites and career politicians in Washington D.C.
Unlike the American Revolution which began in 1775, the political revolution today is being fought by voters not armies, with ballots not bullets. In 1776, the battlegrounds were Trenton and Princeton but in 2016 every polling booth in every state in the United States is a battleground.
In 1776, our great American leader was General George Washington, today, our great American leader is Donald J. Trump. Some of you on the other side of the political spectrum might ask “what about Bernie Sanders and the democratic socialist revolution he is leading?” Yes, but his movement really isn’t a revolution, it’s just business as usual for someone in the new Democratic Party.
So, am I trying to compare George Washington with Donald Trump? Well, not really but I believe there are some interesting parallels between the two men.
The following excerpts are from The Real American His-story concerning Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War:
On the morning of July 9th, 1755, [Gen.] Braddock and 1000 of his men, along with Washington and some of his Virginia regulars, crossed the southern shore of the Monongahela. Colonel Thomas Gage had a forward detachment of 350 soldiers, 250 workers and axe men, cutting a path. They were about 10 miles from Ft. Duquesne around 1:00 pm, Gage and the forward detachment had just crossed a ravine when scouts, and flanking parties came running back towards them, waving them off. Just then, they were hit with a fusillade of musket balls. It immediately became chaos. The British could not see their enemy, because they were hidden behind rocks, hills, and trees. The rain of bullets kept coming in on them dropping them like flies. Gage’s men fired back at the direction of the smoke plumes from their enemies’ rifles, but hit nothing but the rocks, hills, and trees, merely splintering bark.
For the Indians, who were crack marksmen, this was like shooting fish in a barrel…The retreating men collided with the advancing men, setting them to more confusion. All the while, the French and Indians continued to rain down musket balls upon them with deadly accuracy, and force.
Indians testified later, that they had singled him [Washington] out, but their bullets had no effect on him. They were convinced that an Invisible Power was protecting him.
Washington had two horses shot out from under him, and four bullet holes in his coat. Yet he himself was untouched by bullet, bayonet, tomahawk, or arrow. Scores of victims had fallen beside him, yet he went unharmed.
George Washington survived the massacre at the Monongahela without as much as a scratch. Was the hand of God protecting him?
On June 16, 2015, Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States and like Washington, he has had to endure a “hail of musket balls” (figuratively) ever since. While many on his left and on his right have already fallen in battle (the debates) he is still standing—mostly unscathed.
There has been no safe ground for Mr. Trump as even many on the Fox News Network have taken to attacking him, such as Charles Krauthammer. Although, judging from the last debate in Detroit, it seems like the early rift between Mr. Trump and Megyn Kelly has healed, at least I hope so.
Nevertheless, Mr. Trump continues to be hit with a fusillade of attacks from every direction including: political pundits, newspapers, media elites, liberals, Democrats, conservatives, and Republicans. Yes, even those in his own party!
Of course, for every revolution there is a counter-revolution. You’ve all heard the familiar slogans of internet groups such as: “Never Trump,” “Stop Trump,” and “Dump Trump.” In my opinion, what they are against is anyone who tries to “Make America Great Again.”
Considering the fact that Mr. Trump has conducted a populist “asymmetrical” political campaign, almost everyone, pundits included, have said his rise in popularity is “unprecedented.” Recently during an interview with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Network, Mayor Rudy Giuliani said:
Because I think if he gets the nomination there is something going on here. Some magic going on here that none of us have gotten from the very beginning.
There is something going on that he caught that nobody else caught. Because six months ago, everybody was waiting for him to implode.
God chose George Washington. God protected him in battle and elected him to be Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and then to become the first President of the United States. Likewise, considering that the rise of Donald Trump has confounded all conventional political wisdom; could the “magic” that Rudy Giuliani referred to be just another example of divine providence?
The Scripture teaches that God is the one who sets up presidents and rulers and He is also the one who takes them down.
It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.
Dan. 2:21 (NASB)
Lest we forget, God is the one who looks upon the heart whereas man looks on the outward appearance (1 Sam. 16:7). God decides who should be raised up and who should be put down.
But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.
Clearly, God has a history of raising up leaders, of His own choosing, that men reject. Could it be happening today with Donald Trump? We just don’t know. While the history of George Washington is a matter of record, the history of the 2016 election is still being written.
I’m not going to make any predictions, so, as Mr. Trump would say, “let’s see what happens.”