Upon Trump’s surprising win Tuesday night, I felt a depressing air settle into my school’s hallways. I witnessed students sitting in shock and silence as well as others in my AP European History class outraged and distressed, for they were very vocal opponents against Trump. Sensing the obvious and collective negative vibe, my teacher, who earned his master’s degree in American government and politics, decided to share some of his wisdom with us, and it went something like this:
“You guys don’t need to worry too much… after all, the president is only one part of our government system. You know, if he does do a bad job, the American people will act appropriately in two years. The legislative houses will flip control. It happened in 2010, 2006 and 1996, and it can happen again. Don’t freak out over this one election.”
I think, in that statement, lies the flaw in the binary system. With Donald Trump as our next president, with his temperament and principles, I still hold the same position as I mentioned before that I believe he is unfit to be our president. However, we are now stuck in the cold reality that he is, indeed, our chosen candidate. “It was either him or Hillary,” my friend told me a few hours back. To me, that was the problem. I don’t think anyone right-leaning wants a Democrat controlled legislative branch.
Say that Trump’s presidency turns out similarly to his campaign: he says and does unwise and unpresidential things that hamper on America’s view of him even further; causing him to have abysmal approval ratings. What would this do to the midterm elections? When the Republicans challenged Democratic House and Senate seats in the 1994 midterm elections, many won them on the basis of President Bill Clinton’s policy failures during his first two years in office, integrating those letdowns into their campaigns. Similarly, 2018 could result in what my European history teacher mentioned: the Democrats take control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, just like history has shown us.
I was reading Erick Erickson’s article about the humility that #NeverTrump-ers must have, and in the current state of the liberal Republican/Democrat dominion, I could not agree more. We must hope for the best, that Mr. Trump will do what is right. Because in the end, being “right” was not our goal. Making America constitutionally-focused and centered on God was our intention, and always will be. His statement at the end of his piece especially stood out to me: “Hoping for the best and giving him a chance reflects our principles. Doing so does not abandon our principles.”
I wrote a segment for The New Americana in the past explaining why I felt an urge to be a part of the newly-named Federalist Party. I stated Trump was just one of the two evil frontrunners, and he now he is just one of the two who got elected. Now the “lesser of two evils” has been chosen, right? I wrote in my very first article, “People should not have to choose between two wrongs and hope that it comes out right;” and I think that is still the case, which is why our movement is in existence.
All of that said, we also must take into account that the Federalist Party still has another mission, and that is to build a successful and promising third-option for voters. The GOP is still just as unwelcoming to conservatives as it was before yesterday’s events, and it’s important to keep this in mind. Though it may be harder to push the need for this new party, it is still just as necessary as it was the day before.
I cannot help but laugh whenever I hear his people say, “Trump’s campaign is the movement America has been waiting for!” I then think of a friend’s wisdom, “You know your party’s in trouble when morality is its shortfall.” I also think of Trump’s image and my friends’ despair today. They look at Trump and see the equivalent of a maniac because of what he said and did during his campaign in; addition to what was revealed about him. They see lack of principles and character. I, too, can obviously relate to this as a member of #NeverTrump to the very end. But we could not stop it because of the barriers of the two-party system. However, the Federalists’ have an opportunity with a new party platform to do so now, as long as we stay true to our cause and to Christ.
Many of the things that were true before the election are still true now, and I fear people are forgetting this important detail. In all of the hype about Donald Trump winning the presidency, we must remember both who he was before the election and what our original goals were for the Federalist Party. He has a liberal record despite his current positions, strong or weak as they may be.
We have a mission on behalf of God and conservatism that still exists despite the GOP win last night. We must trust in our Savior more than ever. Especially when an absence of God was the pitfall of America, the result being a presidential ballot with two evils. When trust is placed in man, rather than God, we will reap the consequences of our worldly ideas.
There is no room for our values in this two party election platform. It is time to counter the Godless culture threatening our nation, restore respect for the Constitution, and the new Federalist Party. While we can hope that Donald Trump will do his very best to stay true in his commitment to conservative values. Yet, we must do all we can to prepare for the worst, what is and is to come. I respect my AP European history teacher very much and love his lectures. That said, I think it is time to move beyond the inherent dangers of the “two-party pendulum.”