The shock waves passing through the bodies of progressive Americans — and their brethren throughout the Western world — at the victory of Donald Trump over Hilary Clinton was so earth-shattering it demanded an answer other than that ordinary Americans are fed up with decades of their self-identified betters charting their course.
The answer was, of course, available — it was the Russians.
This writer thought we had done enough blaming the Russians for any trouble we had during the Cold War — when it was Republicans who thought them the root of all evil — but I am wrong again.
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Don’t misunderstand me. It appears the Russian government did indeed hack the email accounts of Democratic Party leaders and the result was thousands of emails released via WikiLeaks. These burglarized messages revealed the degree of ugliness and duplicity that have always been the Clintons’ stock-in-trade and are now typical of the party they have remade in their image.
There is still debate over whether or to what degree these revelations may have tilted the balance of voter power toward Trump. What no one is debating is whether or not the information was fabricated — by the Russians or anyone else. All they did was turn on the lights and watch the cockroaches scramble.
Again, don’t misunderstand. I am not OK with what the Russians did and no American should be. No foreign nation has right or excuse to tamper with the American political process.
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But for the losers of 2016 to feign righteous indignation over election tampering when they made an art form of such tampering in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and San Francisco — for example — for over a century is laughable.
It is widely believed the Chicago machine of Richard J. Daley gave the 1960 election to John F. Kennedy by tilting battleground state Illinois through fraudulent votes and vote counting. There is ample reason — and documentation — behind the adage that in Chicago one votes early and often. It is history that Richard Nixon considered legal action and decided to avoid traumatizing the nation by graciously conceding. It is appropriate to say of the Russians — as Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 — “You meant it for evil but God meant it for good.”
One more time — please don’t get me wrong. I believe in a God who works all things together for good — ultimately — for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. JFK himself was never implicated in election fraud and I am convinced he inspired our nation as Nixon could not have done. I am glad he was the one taking the oath of office, but I deeply desire to see an end to the routine manipulation of elections by the powerful who think themselves better suited to reign.
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The best way to begin that ending is to laugh at the self-righteous who whine about those who call American electoral integrity into question. Give me a break!
Let’s remember how just days ago Americans laughed at President Trump after Pew researchers assured us this election was clean of fraud — other than what those pesky Russkies did. Trump had called for studies of the popular vote disparity — about 2.8 million — between himself and Clinton, a disparity sparking renewed calls to dump the Electoral College for giving him victory despite his trailing in the popular vote. Now the studies are in and they reveal — per The Washington Times — as many as 2 million illegals registered to vote. (How many of those should we reckon voted for Trump?)
Adding in the registered dead and people registered in two states, fraudulent votes easily tip the pendulum.
This kind of corruption is not a recent phenomenon. Democrats were legendary for machine politics in the 19th century from Andrew Jackson to Boss Tweed. Republicans showed their flare for it in Philadelphia for decades and across the nation during the Grant and Harding administrations. No party has a lock on corruption, although Democrats have been the primary beneficiaries in recent decades while loudly accusing their rivals of suppressing voters for racial reasons at the same time.
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Reality is the man was right when he said power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The issue is as old as the serpent in the garden. It adds nothing to the debate when National Security Adviser James Clapper — asked to show evidence of Russian hacking — tells then-President-elect Trump to take his word for it. This is the same national security adviser who asked the nation to take his word for it that Iran would negotiate a nuclear treaty in good faith and ISIS was the JV team of terrorists. Donald Trump can be forgiven if he pulls a Cuba Gooding Jr. — from the movie Jerry Maguire — saying, “Show me the money.”
The rest of us Americans can be forgiven if we too pull a Cuba; yet it is far more important for us to become people of repentance, regardless of which side we take in a partisan debate.
The first act of repentance should be a commitment to seek and follow the truth — wherever the pursuit may lead. If Republicans or conservatives, we need to be as outraged as any Democrat over foreign interference with our electoral process — at the same time praising God that no real harm came from it. If Democrats or progressives, we need to grow up and show some grace — having lost fair and square whatever the Russians have done. Both sides need to remove logs from our eyes before we do eye surgery on others.
Donald Trump won the election because the American people are fed up with the culture of death — iconized by Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts and terror attacks our government refuses to call terror attacks. He won because we have lived in that culture too long and are tired of government being the most lawless constituency in our land — iconized by citizens forced to choose between exercising freedom or faith in daily life.
The next act of repentance would be a recommitment by ordinary Americans to hold ourselves accountable for the culture in which we live — Donald Trump is neither Messiah nor Antichrist any more than was Barack Obama. The only thing hacking America to Armageddon is American self-righteousness coupled with rampant tribalism.
The third and most important act of repentance would be to embrace the reality that we are capable of neither sustained accountability nor pursuit of truth on our own.
Jesus Christ claims to be the Way and the Truth and the Life. Our history shouts that we prosper when we submit to Him and see hard times when we do not. The truth leaps from its pages when we contemplate the three Great Awakenings that united us as a nation in the 18th century, forged our national character in the 19th and restored our ideals in the 20th. We can marvel at the times Washington’s army was miraculously saved when its general prayed, or how the Civil War turned at Gettysburg mere weeks after Lincoln called the nation to repentance and prayer, or the tank traps exposed by a sudden dust storm in Iraq, but we cannot honestly imagine these things happen because we are so good. They happen because God — in Christ and through His Spirit — is so good. We need a radicalized recommitment to Him — beginning in the churches — if we would become the people we are created to become.
Are we hacking our way toward the apocalypse? We are indeed. The word means revelation. It means to encounter what is really real — and ultimately good.
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