Trump Wins as America Inches Back from the Abyss

Trump Wins as America Inches Back from the Abyss

Written by Christopher A. Ferrara

On November 8, 2016, whatever is left of the moral order in America was facing extinction upon the apparently imminent election of the most evil presidential candidate in American history, a staunch defender of the cold-blooded butchery of children at the very moment they are being born, for which she was promising a federal subsidy if elected. The yawning abyss of the “final disaster” that Pope Leo XIII warned would be the inevitable fate of post-Christian civil society loomed before our nation.

As I pointed out in my debate with Alan Keyes, in the inscrutable designs of Providence the one major impediment preventing America’s descent into that abyss—the human element of the Catholic Church having surrendered long ago—was a real estate tycoon on his third “marriage,” a veritable embodiment of American crassness and vulgar excess. Only this astonishing reality explains the perfect alignment of all the forces of darkness in our world against Donald J. Trump: the political establishment—including the Republican Party establishment—the globalist establishment, the financial establishment, the technology establishment, the mass media establishment, the cultural establishment, the Hollywood establishment.

Even the “music industry” establishment marched in the serried ranks of the Stop Trump axis of evil, or what John Rao has so aptly termed The Grand Coalition of the Status Quo. Consider the almost preternatural spectacle of Lady Gaga in a Nazi-style uniform at one of the rock concerts Hillary staged to attract a crowd of Democrats to whom she could recite her empty blather, zombies who would have voted for her even if she had stomped a child to death on live TV. This spectacularly odious woman is really rather pathetic at this stage in her life of crime, deceit and subversion, which in justice should culminate with a lengthy stay in a federal jail cell. Hillary was never able to articulate a coherent rationale for her election because her entire program, like all evil, was merely the absence of good: contraception, abortion, sodomy and the further expansion of a tyrannical secular state and its endless wars against the very enemies created by her own “foreign policy” and that of her establishment Republican predecessors.

By the way, it must not escape our notice that the very same forces that aligned against Trump have generally aligned in favor of Francis, praising him like no other Pope in Church history, while the sexual evils they promote relentlessly are the same ones Francis relentlessly labors to accommodate in the Church under the guise of “discernment” and “mercy” for those who cannot follow the “general rule” because of the “concrete complexity of one’s limits.” Nor should we forget that the supposed wrongs Francis incessantly condemns tend to be the same as those trumpeted by the worldwide liberal hegemon, including “climate change,” the imaginary “epidemic of guns,” “social inequality” and “exclusion,” and the closing of national borders to illegal immigration and the flood of military-age Muslim male “refugees.” The adoring media happily headlined Francis’s ham-fisted condemnation, only two days before the election, of “social and physical walls” that “close in some and exclude others” — the same day he invited Emma Bonino, Italy’s most notorious abortionist and “social justice warrior,” to the Vatican for another intimate meeting with the Pope. The friend of socialist dictators and the foe of this year’s Republican candidate for President is a Pope according to Hillary’s needs, as she made clear during the abominable Al Smith Dinner when she lauded Francis’s “message about rejecting a mindset of hostility, his calls to reduce inequality, his warnings about climate change, his appeal that we build bridges not walls.”

But Trump has won the Presidency and America now inches back from the abyss where federally subsidized “partial-birth abortion,” federally imposed “gender equality” and “transgender rights,” and new levels of federal persecution of recusant Christians were all lurking, along with the prospect of the ultimate unwinnable war Hillary seemed determined to provoke with Russia, the imaginary source of all her woes respecting Trump.

Trump’s commitment to appoint Scalia-style judicial conservatives to the Supreme Court bench alone compelled a vote for him, even if judicial conservatism in America amounts to little more than deference to legislative and electoral majorities. Those majorities are still capable of imposing severe limits on the scourge of abortion (limits that will now be upheld if they arrive at the Court) and rolling back other gains of the dictatorship of relativism imposed by the Court’s 5-4 liberal majority, including the imposition of “gay marriage” on the fifty states in the Obergefell and Windsor decisions. Then there are Trump’s remarkable promises to seek repeal of the Johnson Amendment and guarantee school choice, including homeschooling, while abolishing Common Core and returning control of education to the localities. As to these issues, the Catholic’s duty to mitigate harm to the common good through the democratic process has certainly been fulfilled by a vote for Trump.

But even if President Trump keeps only a fraction of his promises, the two most important mitigations have already been achieved: Hillary Clinton has been defeated and Trump’s victory has led to that rarity of Republican control over all three branches of the federal government. The latter outcome drastically reduces, if it does not eliminate, the prospect of further social and moral subversion at the federal level. And in that regard let us not forget that it was a Republican Congress and a Republican President who enacted the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which enabled the several states to refuse to recognize “gay marriages” enacted in other states, but which SCOTUS struck down in one of the 5-to-4 decisions (Windsor) that will likely be reversed if DOMA or something like it is reenacted under Trump.

The almost miraculous outcome of this election, propelled by an astonishing populist movement against virtually all the powers that be, which I never thought possible, has restored my faith in the capacity of the American people for moral regeneration, even if the movement represents only the barest of first steps toward a social metanoia the Church alone can bring to fruition. The sight of thousands of my fellow Americans assembling in the middle of a cold Michigan night only hours before the election to lend their support to the leader of that movement has reawakened in me a sentiment that should reside in the breast of every Catholic: a love of country as the fatherland, even if our own country is saddled by the political invention of deistic, Enlightenment-bred revolutionaries.

Finally, no matter what Trump achieves as President, if nothing else the seemingly impossible success of the movement that got him elected has accomplished a great and enduring good for the nation: it has exposed as laughable, posturing frauds, never to be taken seriously again, the pseudo-sages of the political class and the pseudo-journalists of the media, with their biased “coverage,” their liberal agitprop disguised as “analysis,” and their phony polls and data models, deceptively weighted and twisted to “predict” whatever outcome they desire. It is no exaggeration to say that Trump has somehow managed to overthrow politics as usual in America by stripping the self-anointed Fourth Estate of its cloak of respectability and reducing it to an impuissant laughingstock. How long that effect will last is uncertain. But that it has occurred is beyond doubt.

Some will call me naïve. Others will say that I am deluded, especially in view of what I have written before about the American political scene (it will be easy to mine my prior articles for “self-contradictions”). But I believe that I am merely appropriately hopeful in the face of a completely unexpected development, no doubt assisted by Providence, that runs counter to the entire workings of the two-party system and its Ministry of Propaganda.

And what is wrong with a little hope in the midst of all this darkness?

Our Lady, Patroness of the Americas, intercede for us!

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21 comments on “Trump Wins as America Inches Back from the Abyss

  1. Quote: “a veritable embodiment of American crassness and vulgar excess.”

    In a normal election year the bawdy tape with comments on lechery, adultery, and body parts
    might have been enough to sink a candidate. However, this was not a normal election year and Hillary’s evil policies were no secret. Democrats had voted for vulgar and crude candidates before. Remember Bill Clinton and Lyndon Johnson? Did anyone in the media whine about Clinton’s crudity and vulgarity when it came to cigars?

    So liberals, the media, and Never Trumpers are puzzling over this while Hillary’s comments on late-term partial birth abortion (i.e., infanticide) are in the public record of the debates. There is also enough in American history to figure this out. Think Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan, and JFK. Trump encompasses qualities from all of those – brashness, bravado, populism, and glitz. Hillary’s awful shrill voice and low-estrogen psycho bitch personality may also have turned off enough voters. That deserves more attention from talking heads, pundits, and political journalists. She was just awful. But perhaps the big media are afraid to discuss the perverse Spirit Cooking occultism and the sordid revelations of WikiLeaks as another factor which may have motivated undecided voters and turned out Evangelicals and Catholics to vote for Trump. She lost. Baby killing lost. Big Government nanny state socialism lost. Globalism lost. Their awful Illuminati puppet lost. Get over it.

  2. From Australia, I am SO grateful that Hillary Clinton did not get into power. While Trump is not perfect he is, I believe, being used by God to give us a second chance, a reprieve, a time to slow down the left wing juggernaut. All the left wing agenda you have in the US we have here in Australia. They are relentless in their push to murder babies, murder the old and sick, totally destroy marriage, make schools instruments of secular humanist propaganda, and bring in the homo perversion of marriage so that homos can legally enslave children and do what they want with them. We live in truly evil times.
    I fervently pray that President Trump will help turn this back.
    Now…the next step….if only something could be done about our current Pope!

  3. It was a little too close for comfort. She won the popular vote. Nearly half of the electorate was demented enough to think she should be the president of the United States. That is how morally depraved things have become. Think about that.

    Pray for the conversion of this country. This isn’t over yet. He has four years. Pray for Trump’s conversion. Pray for his cabinet and staff. The country has to be evangelized and taught the true faith. Pray for vocations and Catholic schools.

  4. “The country has to be evangelized and taught the true faith. Pray for vocations and Catholic schools.”

    Following up your post.
    Your comment about the popular vote is true and rather frightening!
    With regards to converting the nation, our Pope has apparently told us we should not try to evangelize – hasn’t he condemned proselysation?
    Secondly, with regard to the schools, if they are at all like the schools in my country, I know of few “Catholic” schools that are, in fact, Catholic. They lost the Faith years ago. So I think we have a huge job ahead of us.
    I agree with you, we need to pray. And imagine if Trump could be converted? At least many of his supporters are Catholic.

  5. Can someone enlighten me on some of the apparently Catholic websites who seem to be very anti Trump? I just came across Steel Magnificat which claimed Trump had removed his pro life statements just after being elected. Now Steel Magnificat has been forced to publish a retraction and admit they got it wrong.
    What goes on here?
    Are the conservative Catholic websites united in defeating Clinton-ism or not?

    • fidei asks:

      Are Were the conservative Catholic websites united in defeating Clinton-ism or not?

      No, especially some at Patheos Catholic and Aleteia who thought “better the devil you know (Hilary) rather than the devil you don’t (The Donald)” or that he was running for sainthood rather than the presidency.

  6. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Pampered liberals, sensitive snowflakes, and emotional Hillary supporters bawling and weeping like crybabies, losing their minds in hysterical nervous breakdowns over the Trump defeat of Hillary Clinton….analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” so as not be accused of excessive rigidity and microaggressions in demonstrating the superiority of Aristotelian logic by liberal emotivists…

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Perhaps in their emotivist hysteria and weeping tantrums these fragile snowflakes and devastated progressives need to read Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving.

    Captain Kirk: Don’t you think they just need a hug, Mister Spock?

    Sulu: Perhaps I can help with that, Captain…

    Captain Kirk: Spock!

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: There is a course on Erich Fromm at Fordham this semester.
    Of course, because of the clergy scandals we’re no longer allowed to touch or hug students, as hard as it is to watch the liberal ones having complete mental and emotional breakdowns…

    Dr. Bones McCoy: Dammit, Spock! It’s deeper than Erich Fromm and between those pointy Vulcan ears you know it! Their whole utopian socialist agenda is a delusional fantasy.

    Spock: You are quite correct, doctor.

    Darth Vader: Give in to the Dark Side. Taunt them and ridicule them on Twitter, Jim.
    Then we can rule the universe together as the dialectic turns their weeping crybaby hysteria to madness!

    Spock: I must make one last appeal to logic, Captain.
    The fragile snowflakes losing their minds over this election have never been taught Aristotelian logic in their Frankfurt School colleges and universities. It would be a tragedy to pass up this opportunity, Jim.

    Captain Kirk: Tell Vader to chill out. We’ll try one last appeal to logic and reason.
    Set phasers for stun just in case there is any trouble with the rioters and protesters.

  7. Spock How long have you had these feelings of despondency, sadness, and despair?

    Captain Kirk: Don’t you see how silly it is to act like a crybaby just because some utopian socialist hag lost an election?

    Captain Kirk: Try reading some Walker Percy or Russell Kirk. You’ll feel better. Believe me. Trust me. You really didn’t want to listen to Hillary’s psycho voice for four years.

    Bob Dylan: Maybe the kids just need to get high and read Beatnik poetry.

    Mike Brady: Sure. That’s it! Mellow out like Bob Dylan.

    Jan: OK!

    Marcia: If it worked for Bob Dylan, it can work for liberal crybabies!

    Spock: Kumbaya!

    Dylan: What about Mister Jones?

  8. Captain Kirk: Isn’t there anything else we can do for these troubled young people losing their minds over this election loss?

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Perhaps there is a remedy for this and one which you yourself have mentioned. Everyone should hug a despondent and emotional liberal in their life who may be suffering from an emotional breakdown from the election results. In this way they could be shown that they are loved and accepted. When they no longer feel marginalized and threatened, their ability to love and forgive will be strengthened. Just reach out and hug as many as you can. Especially young liberal college students. The young women are having a very hard time dealing with this defeat.

    Bill Clinton: That’s a GREAT idea!

    Captain Kirk: Spock!

  9. @HowlinglyAbsurd
    If you compile all your Trek themed posts into a book… I’ll buy it…

    • If Mr. Shatner signs on for a tongue-in-cheek parody spoof film, I’m game. The Trek characters are natural fits for classic comedy and satire. As is the utopian futurism and scientism of the campy Sci-Fi mythos. Little did we realize back in the ’60s just how absurd the real-life satire would become.

  10. Captain Kirk: How about a few rounds of “Mr. Tambourine Man”?

    Bob Dylan: Or “Like a Rolling Stone”…I see some Miss Lonely types….

    Now you don’t talk so loud
    Now you don’t seem so proud

    Captain Kirk: Can you give us a C chord, Spock?

    Captain Kirk: Feel free to join in, Spock.

  11. Shatner: Spock, do you know the chords for “Rocket Man”?

  12. Ode to The Succubus
    You won’t be missed.

    Ahh princess on a steeple and all the pretty people
    They’re all drinking, thinking that they’ve got it made
    Exchanging all precious gifts
    But you better take your diamond ring, you better pawn it babe
    You used to be so amused
    At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
    Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse
    When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose
    You’re invisible now, you’ve got no secrets to conceal

    How does it feel, ah how does it feel?
    To be on your own, with no direction home
    Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

  13. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Some of the pampered nanny-state liberals, fragile snowflakes, and Hillary supporters are still having problems with hysteria and crazy emotional outbursts as the struggle to deal with Trump’s defeat of their utopian socialist candidate…Isn’t there anything else we do in the way of therapies to help them come to grips with reality?

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Without reviewing Philip Rieff’s The Triumph of the Therapeutic in excessive detail which might risk losing their low attention spans, perhaps some play time would help them.

    Captain Kirk: Play time?

    Spock: As the Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga has explained in Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture play-function activities are an important part of humanity’s ontological relation to being and existence in the phenomenological symbolic construction and mimesis of reality. Perhaps a few rounds of Happy Fun Ball will help them.

    Captain Kirk: Happy Fun Ball?

    Spock: A Nerf basketball or football can work just as well. A soft ball seems to work better, Captain. As a culture, American society has drifted away from games like dodge ball which teach children how to handle adversity. We must rediscover the play function to recover this.

    “Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.” – On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Friedrich Schiller.

    Captain Kirk: Yes. I suppose so, Mister Spock. I see what you mean now…

    Spock: Of course, there is still time for a song, Jim.

    Shatner: Just give us a few chords for “Rocket Man”, Mister Spock.

    She packed my bags last night, pre-flight
    Zero hour, nine AM
    And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
    I miss the earth so much, I miss my wife
    It’s lonely out in space
    On such a timeless flight

  14. Spock:And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time…

    Dr. Bones McCoy: Till touch down brings me ’round again to find…

    Han Solo: I’m not the man they think I am at home….

    Captain Kirk: Oh, no, no, no….

    Sulu: Captain! We’re receiving reports of more rioters and protesters in the streets!

    Captain Kirk: Tell them it’s play time now, Mister Sulu! We can’t have teenagers and college students having tantrums on a Saturday afternoon.

    Spock: Should I begin again, Captain?

    Shatner: Just pick up where we left off, Mister Spock…

  15. Spock: If you’re feeling lonely, Jim, why didn’t you tell me?

    Dr. Bones McCoy: Dammit, Spock! I still say it’s not normal for men your age.

    Captain Kirk: Spock? We’re just close friends. I’ve heard the rumors going around the ship but it’s just some kind of Myers-Briggs compatibility. Our Enneagram numbers work together. That’s all.

    Captain Kirk: But I need your Vulcan logic to keep my impulsiveness in check!

    Spock: It is logical. Cicero would not have written a book on friendship if it were not important for the life of virtue.

    Captain Kirk: You see. Perfectly normal.

    Dr. Bones McCoy: Uh huh. Sure, Jim.

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