The forgotten Americans… still forgotten

Theoden King stands alone

2016 was supposed to be the year ordinary Americans took their country back. After eight years of Obama’s lawlessness and a feckless RINO Congress, the American people had had enough. It was time for We The People to make our voices heard loud and strong from shore to shore.

Building on the grassroots victories of 2010 and 2014, 2016 was supposed to be the year we took back all three branches of American government from the professional, elite political class in Washington that is rotting the soul of our nation from the inside.

So, what has happened? Here we are about two weeks before the election and it now looks like conservatism is all but dead. The Republican Party is in tatters. And, the Christian conservative movement can no longer be distinguished from all the rest of the jaded politicians who have all but wrecked the grand “American Experiment.”

“How has it come to this?” Just like King Théoden, during the Battle of Helm’s Deep, we are left sitting in the inner keep, brooding over the coming Orc hordes of evil about to overrun this nation.

What has brought us to this low place in our nation’s history? We have the very real flood tide of all that is base about to be unleashed by the second coming of “Clinton, Inc.” We have a self-absorbed, shallow, narcissistic, incompetent as the Republican standard-bearer who can’t self-discipline enough to avoid the desperate need to have the “last word” in any political attacks no matter how detrimental it is to his campaign or to America’s real need for leadership.

Trump went to Gettysburg last week to deliver a “major policy” speech and still couldn’t resist the temptation to ad lib his threats of lawsuits against the gaggle of women coming out of the shadows to confirm his sleazy bragging of the past. So much for staying “on message” and giving the American people some last gasp of substantive hope from his campaign. On top of that, he more or less desecrated the nearby sacred ground of Gettysburg – consecrated by both the ultimate sacrifices of thousands in the Civil War and the immortal words of a truly great American President, Abraham Lincoln.

And while Trump is standing on the deck of the Titanic looking into his frail ego’s looking glass, the Clinton juggernaut is steaming full speed ahead to the White House and a dreamed of socialist, feminist, atheist utopia that has been the greatest dream of the radical left for decades.

Indeed, “How could it have come to this?”

We, the average American people, have only ourselves to blame. Fear and ignorance helped to create the alt-right Trump movement. Far too many people have never learned what American government is supposed to look like. Decades of left-wing, public school indoctrination have all but destroyed the concepts of American exceptionalism and self-governance in the pedagogy of America.

Fearful ignorance seeks any demagogue promising “bread and circuses.” For eight years under Obama (and previously eight years under the first Clinton regime), Americans were taught that government is “god” and if we want to survive, we must worship at their altars of ego, corruption, and tyranny. From auto bailouts, “Obamaphones”, Obamacare (previously known as Hillarycare), and a thousand other federal programs designed to “help” the American people, the nation has become numb to the creeping slavery that is overshadowing what few freedoms we have left in this nation.

Enter Trump. A good con man can spot a lucrative “mark” a mile away. Trump – after prompting by this generation’s greatest con man, Bill Clinton – had his ego stroked sufficiently to initiate his “political groping” of America.

Sadly, far too many decent, normal Americans fell for the con. Of course, Trump was “aided and abetted” by pseudo-conservative media who shilled for him from the beginning. They finally showed their true greed and political colors when they rejected a number of real conservative choices that would now be ending the awful run of Clinton corruption in America.

Tragically, darker forces within the “Trumpista” coalition cemented their places in Trump Tower’s halls of power. These fascists and “brown shirts” reborn have made his campaign one of the most intolerant, un-American movements of the past century. They hate Freedom of Speech if it doesn’t follow the “Trump-slobbering-line.” They condemn anyone with sincerely dissenting opinions. And, they have threatened violence on more than one occasion towards anyone who refuses to bow down to the “Dear Leader.” On top of that, the so-called “evangelical religious right” has also sold its birthright for a pot of “Supreme Court Appointee Promise Stew.”

Millions of Christians have been led into playing the hypocrite for defending Trump from the exact same actions they rightly condemned Bill Clinton for committing back in the 1990s.

But, look for things to get worse still before the election even happens. Trump, who never does anything wrong that he has to be held accountable for doing, has already laid the foundation for his soon-to-be devastating election loss by blaming “voter fraud” for stealing the election from him. (Btw – this is the same pitiful tactic he employed every time he was bested in the Primaries by Ted Cruz and a few others.)

No one doubts that voter fraud isn’t happening in America. It’s how both the Democrat Party in many major cities, and to a lesser extent some RINO pockets in GOP areas, manage to hold onto their power. Yes, it should be rooted out, exposed, and prosecuted. It is an abomination to any free people to be disenfranchised from their basic rights in this way. But, let’s keep it in perspective. Voter fraud only works in tight races where a few fraudulent votes here and there can tip the balance and the outcome.

If (when) Trump loses by several million votes, it won’t be because of voter fraud on a massive, unprecedented scale. It will be because the majority of Americans decided not to buy what he was peddling – just like Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka, Trump Airlines, and Trump University.

Nope. Trump may squeal like a stuck pig after the looming crushing defeat to come. But, no matter how many others he blames, it will all be on his head. If he had any discipline, fortitude, integrity, and true compassion for the American people, he would be crushing Hillary Clinton – probably the weakest, least-liked Presidential candidate to come along since Walter Mondale in 1984.

This is all on Trump’s head, plain and simple. But, the real losers in this whole debacle are the American people. Instead of meaningful government reform and self-restraint, now we will get Obama socialism on steroids. Instead of a Washington that really listens to its bosses – us – it will solidify its nefarious power base even more and fill the pockets of the corrupt even fuller for their obeisance. Instead of a new renaissance of freedom and protected rights for each and every citizen, now we will get far more tyranny and oppression – all in the name of “fairness” and “tolerance.”

The RINOs (the rats leaving the sinking ship) have already made their deals with the Democrats. In exchange for non-obstruction to President Clinton’s radical agenda, they will find their bank accounts swelling with lobbyist money and their taxpayer-funded mailing fliers full of strong, but innocuous, rhetoric claiming to oppose the Clinton agenda.

And, perhaps the greatest tragedy of 2016, the Christian Church – the only “salt and light” left in America – has thoroughly tainted itself with putrid hands of compromise for the sake of political expediency. As I state in my latest Book – Yes! We Can Still Turn This Nation Around! – “No church should EVER, I mean EVER, allow itself to be used as a political pawn by a candidate or party. If we give in to that kind of pressure, we will lose our moral authority and Biblical witness. We will compromise our faith for political expediency.” (Hepler. 2016. p. 66)

I made the identical statement in the original 2012 edition of the book as well, long before Trump and his “evangelical” sycophants were in the picture.

So, what can those who haven’t bowed down before this modern incarnation of Ba’al – the golden idol of Trump Tower – do with what is soon to crash over us? Simple, we remain true to our principles and pray for truth to eventually win out.

True conservatism, with its components of limited government, free markets, and Freedom of Religion, is the answer to America’s problems. If people can worship God according to the dictates of their consciences and within Biblical mandates; if people can have the government-imposed shackles removed from their potential to succeed; and if, as Paul teaches in Romans 13, government exists as Divinely instituted to praise the good and punish evil, then Americans will all have a quality of life that we haven’t seen here in quite a long time.

Imagine a society that doesn’t require massive security systems and multiple door locks just to keep the innocent from being exploited. Imagine an efficient government that doesn’t rack up trillions of dollars in debts in order to keep on buying the votes of those who contribute little or nothing to American society. Imagine a society where all life is considered sacred instead of disposable. Imagine strong, nuclear, two-parent families where children grow up secure in their relationships and “gender confusion” becomes a thing of the ugly past. Imagine a powerful America in the world – militarily and economically – to suppress tyranny wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head. Imagine a truly free market creating advanced technology and lucrative jobs for anyone willing to work at becoming a success.

All of these things are possible on the other side of the coming “Dark Ages” of the next 4 years. But, we cannot “take our ball and go home.” America needs us now more than ever.

When the toxic relationship with socialism has run its course, people will be crying out desperately for answers. When “Trump TV” ultimately fails because Trump can’t help but micro-manage it in the shoddy way he has ruined most of his other business ventures. And, when “Clinton fatigue 2.0” sets in in earnest, we need to be there to give real answers to real problems.

Yes, the Titanic may still hit the iceberg. But we need to be the Carpathia, picking up what survivors we can to rebuild the American dream. After the “Clinton Bismarck” is finally sunk, then we can take the war for the soul of America forward to victory.

So, let’s keep our powder dry for the next few sad weeks of American history. Ignore the angry, bitter “Trumpistas” who will blame us for their idol’s toppling. They will be akin to the young teen-age girl recovering from the betrayal of her first crush, and they will lash out mindlessly for a while.

Let us just be ready to educate and inspire once again when people are ready to listen. Let us keep developing our own bench for the future. And, let us “never quit; never quit until the fight is done.”

Maybe we need to “look to the east on the dawn of the fifth day.” Who knows what help just might be coming to our aid!

Russ Hepler

Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author, and conference speaker with over 30 years of experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition, president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, local Republican Committeeman, and an elected member of a town council. He is also a former and current homeschooler and taught in a Christian school (middle school History and Bible) for a number of years. He was formerly a blog writer for The Federalist Papers Project with over 900 articles published. He has been a guest on the American Family Radio program Today’s Issues with Tim Wildmon and on the Bill Martinez Live radio show. One of his sermons – Father’s Day – Where Have All the Heroes Gone? – was featured on the American Pastors’ Network. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. It has recently been updated and expanded for 2016 – Yes! We STILL Can Turn This Nation Around! An Updated and Expanded Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement. Both works are available at He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day. The ministry has a website, a blog, and a Facebook page: Turn This Nation Around.

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