Donald Trump’s victory is a great moment for the country, but less for what he will do than for what he will prevent. Because a victory by Hillary Clinton would have meant the finishing touches on the radical, permanent transformation of the nation begun by President Obama.
First and foremost, the Supreme Court and the other high courts will not become a leftist, activist, enclave providing a green light for a liberal president intent legislating from the West Wing. The destruction of the Constitution by those who view it as whatever they want it to be will end. Trump probably will not exclusively appoint conservative justices, but the ones he will put into the judiciary will in no way resemble Clinton’s choices.
The usurping of American culture by unfettered immigration from nations that do not share our values will be substantially slowed. Whatever is left of American values and morality will be preserved to perhaps fight another day, though the decline of the nation may already be irreversible.
The continued destruction of our military — and of our ability to project power in the world — will stop. The U.S. armed services will be rebuilt. Despite Trump’s suggestions that he will decrease America’s role in the world, he will recognize dangers overseas and use a beefed-up military to address them. America will again be respected, because Trump will be feared, even if he is disliked or ridiculed. He will be feared both because he is unpredictable and he is strong. Obama was entirely predictable and consistently weak. Hillary would have added her demonstrably poor judgment to this mix.
The inexorable expansion of government and the exponential growth of our debt will be slowed. Though he hasn’t talked about it much, Trump will rein in government and work to reduce the deficit. He is a businessman who gets that the public sector doesn’t work. Trump will slash taxes, and the economy, which has barely been growing under Obama, will finally begin to heal.
The march toward the full socialization of our health care system be halted. The failure of Obamacare would have prompted Clinton to create a “public option” for Obamacare beneficiaries or seek the full transformation of the system into a Medicare-type scheme. Under Trump, the growing medical costs to consumers will slow, and the eventual rationing of services will be prevented.
And political correctness, which has increasingly enslaved our country to untruthfulness that bends us toward liberalism, has taken a solid blow on the jaw.
Trump is no angel. But his election prevents the installation into the White House of the Clintons, who have been plaguing our country for a quarter of a century with scandals, criminal behavior, rapacious greed, and rampant immorality. Four or eight years of the Clintons would have been more corrosive to our collective psyche than anything Trump is likely to inflict.
Obama placed America on the road to ruin. The Founders already would not recognize this country. If Democratic rule had continued, they would have understood it to be unsavable.
Trump is no Messiah. But by keeping those contemptuous of American values from continuing to run the nation, he has a chance to save the country.
He doesn’t even have to be that great. He just has to not be Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. And that he will do.