America’s Real Masters Spoke on Tuesday
First and foremost, American is a republic under our constitution and the system of laws that stem from it; only second is it a democracy.
Tuesday marked another grading by the people of their leaders and representatives. The result was either applause or satisfaction by roughly half the country or hissing and grousing by the other half.
There was no landslide, no moral victory and no overriding imprimatur on the victor of a free hand to dictate to the people or to his opponents.
Yet, almost as if on cue, MoveOn.org sent its paid activists like Hessian mercenaries into the streets as their weak and sad proxies for genuine involved protestors willing to march against president-elect Donald Trump’s ascendency to the nation’s highest office.
Most of their cadres were veterans of Occupy Wall Street, Hands Up–Don’t Shoot and Black Lives Matter, seemingly warehoused by the extreme Left until needed to provide color and justifications to the national media’s preconceptions and imagery. Pathetic rather than effective, they merely demonstrate the fallacy of the blue-urban echo chamber that endlessly amplifies false premises about our country’s people and their authority over their political fate.
The real results of Tuesday’s General Election surely also contain salient warnings to those living in America’s urban enclaves and boom economies: The rest of America that hasn’t participated in your post-recession recovery, your prescription for the future of America and restrictions on our rights isn’t palatable or acceptable to us, and we outnumber and reject you and those who speak for your agenda and vision.
Tuesday’s events also demonstrated the strength of our Union and its sacred tradition of providing a peaceful transfer of power that some would discard, including those at MoveOn.org, Austin, Berkeley and other embattled bastions of the Left.
Following rules established by our nation’s founders, great power is retained by the people rather than delegated to government. Those retained powers make the people the masters of the capitol rather than others to be found in the halls and cubbyholes of federal, state or local government, or those who constitute the rabble in the streets.
Division and separation of powers may rest variously in the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branches, but the real authority is a mantle laid on the shoulders of the people in the free exercise of their right to choose representation at periodic intervals.
On Tuesday, roughly half of our citizens clustered in blue urban and coastal states carrying large electoral vote advantages failed to overcome the crimson and electorally smaller but nevertheless aggregated majority of the remainder of America’s engaged voting public.
The result was one of those rare and remarkable moments in the body politic: collective government by a single party (if the Republican Party can still lay claim to operating under a unified set of guiding principles.)
Here’s the tally: Republicans were elected to the chief executive office and Vice Presidency, to majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives of Congress, and now sit in control of well more than half of the states’ governorships.
Even the blue tide of 2008 failed to grant the Democratic Party more than a trifecta of power; control of the state’s governors eluded them. This is the machine of our body politic, working as intended to recenter the government every four years to the will of the people.
One may look ahead to many things, but be certain of this. The 2016 election was a watershed moment unlikely to be repeated often in our lifetimes.
The people of rural America that achieved victory Tuesday want change that positively affects their lives, not meaningless imposition by an unelected elite dictating laws, rules and regulations that have destroyed their communities, moral values and family economies. They want real recovery, real job growth, a slowing and reversal of the diminishing of the middle class, a future for their children and the ability to work at meaningful jobs in order to prosper.
They are not the deplorable, the ill-educated, the ignorant or stupid, the biased, the racist, the indigent, the bible-thumping hoard or the unwashed masses that those living in the blue urban cores and privileged coastal states believe them to be.
Rather, they are the mainstream, the backbone, the foundation and the core strength underlying our nation. They are the other America, the one seldom reported upon or featured. They are the invisibles and silent heart of America seldom on view to those in foreign lands. They are the enlistees in our armed forces and the agents for good in our nation at home and abroad.
They live in small and medium-sized communities in the rural heartland away from the coasts, towns marked with veteran’s, police and firemen’s memorials commemorating the dead who gave their lives in service; granges, Kiwanis, Elks, VFW and Rotary Clubs; small businessmen and women; farms and residents with hands roughened and stained by hard work respected by those who serve their trade.
Among many others, they are the assembly-line workers, the loggers, the fishermen, the farmers, the coal miners, the petroleum and natural gas roughnecks, the construction crews, the meatpackers, the ship and train builders, the shopkeepers, the youth group and choir leaders, and the local school board, city council and county supervisors.
They are not the public employee union bosses, the teacher’s union leaders, the community organizers or the protestors.
They strive to keep the laws rather than challenge and break them. They regularly attend and fill pews and seats in the nation’s churches, synagogues, houses of worship, temples and mosques. They visit the graves of those they loved and cherished.
They sleep at night in their own beds with their loved ones close by their sides, rising with the dawn to begin another productive day or seek gainful and legal employment.
When they gather in public, they do so to voice opinion local issues that affect them and their own and guide their public servants, not to create media spectacles or portray an America foreign to their values and beliefs.
They are unaccustomed to praise, glory or recognition for their roles and accomplishments. They live quiet, well-ordered and responsible lives.
Tuesday was the night for all these Americans to be heard, and America and the world must listen to their collective voice and opinions, expressed freely under auspices and powers of our constitution, speaking to those who have wrongly oppressed and denied them, who have stripped them of legislative recourse and legal redress of their grievances, and who would gladly stifle their voices and who wish to rebuke them.
Paid protestors, bought journalists, political spinmasters and fake media sob stories have no place in this dialog between the two diametrically opposed groups of America’s real masters — collectively comprising its people — and its elected, appointed and hired governmental servants.
It’s time for the nation to move beyond the election, reconcile itself to the new tasks at hand and implement the will of the people as expressed freely on Tuesday at polling booths across the land, while representing the opinions of both the victors and those who were defeated.