November 9, 2016

t’s morning in America. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. But wait, how is that possible? Donald Trump is President-elect! We were assured that if that happened, the sky would blacken, there would be mass hysteria and the planet would immediately be immolated in a fiery, nuclear ball of death! Or something like that. Maybe I’ve been reading too much HuffPo.

Instead, the sun somehow seems to be shining more brightly and the birds singing a bit more sweetly. Or perhaps it just seems that way to me.

Just as I have been predicting for months, Donald Trump not only won, he scored a much bigger victory than even most supporters imagined. He gave a remarkably magnanimous and statesmanlike acceptance speech (see it at the link if you weren’t up late enough to watch history being made live). He also didn’t destroy the GOP down-ticket, as panicky Republicans feared (the only Republicans who got shellacked were turncoats who distanced themselves from Trump). The GOP held on to both the House and Senate, which means Trump should have a much easier time cutting deals for long-blocked, desperately-needed legislation, like repealing and replacing Obamacare. And he can appoint judges who respect the Constitution.

We now have to brace ourselves for the inevitable shirt-rending from the media: “How could America elect Donald Trump?! What does this MEEEEEAN?!”

Well, I’ll tell you what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean that most Americans are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic deplorables, as Hillary suggested.

What it does mean is that a lot of Americans are fed up with failed Obama policies, both foreign and domestic; with an overreaching federal government trying to run every aspect of their lives; with representatives who seem to represent big money donors and shadowy billionaires like George Soros more than the people who elected them; with wealthy celebrities looking down on them and calling them bigots and haters just for having religious beliefs, morals, patriotism, pride in their traditions and a belief that laws should be respected; and with an unequal system of justice that gives the well-connected a pass for infractions that send regular citizens to prison.

And we’re tired of hearing that America is not exceptional, that our laws and culture and Constitution are nothing special, that we’re just one more vote at the UN -- when we know that America is the "shining city on the hill" that people from all those other nations and cultures gladly risk their lives to be part of.

Americans tried to tell Washington this in previous elections, with things like the Tea Party movement, only to be insulted, belittled and targeted by the IRS. But you can only sit on a pressure cooker so long before it blows you sky high.

Another bit of meaning you can take from this election: despite all the efforts of politicians, consultants and media elites to separate Americans into little boxes, we refuse to be so easily categorized. Self-proclaimed experts assumed that women would vote for Hillary because she’s a woman, or Hispanics would vote against Trump because he wants to secure the border, or blacks would vote for Democrats because…well, because they’re black, and they’re supposed to! Turns out that women care about a range of issues other than gender identity, the vast majority of Hispanic immigrants believe in obeying the law, and many black voters don’t like being taken for granted. Democrats learned to their shock that demographic changes don't mean they can just sit back and enjoy a permanent majority. Maybe the idea that women and non-white voters will automatically pull the “D” lever just because of their sex and race is…gasp…sexist and racist!

Finally, this election proved that what Americans have in common is much greater than our differences. All our differences aside, most of us love and want to preserve the things that made America great: the Constitution, the rule of law, the American Dream that our children will live better lives than we did, equality, fairness, opportunity to succeed for all who are willing to work hard, and a government that serves the people, not the other way around. Tuesday, we rose up as one and said, “We want that America back. Make America great again.”

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  • Fran St Fleur

    01/19/2017 06:14 PM

    Congratulations President Trump! I am so proud to be an American and I'm proud of you!

    I love the way you stand up for yourself and you don't allow anyone to knock you down. My father Clement was the same way....

  • Laura Busch

    11/13/2016 10:05 PM

    Governor Huckabee, My husband and I are great fans of yours because of your political beliefs and because you do not let them change your spiritual beliefs. During the past eight years I have watched my family change from conservative views to liberal. I don't understand and would love to ask them what their definition of a liberal is. I love my family and don't want to ever have a rift between us because of politics but if it came down to my religious beliefs I'm siding with Jesus and every word in the Holy Bible. I just left a note on your contact page so I hope you won't think I'm stalking you, but I read your article and wanted to leave a comment. It's nice to know there are still people with influence who have conservative views and christian values. I'm excited about Mike Pence and Ben Carson and several others Mr Trump has chosen or Someone has chosen to work with him on this awesome responsibility. Praying and looking forward to how God will make America great in 2017!

  • Frances Eversole

    11/10/2016 09:30 PM

    Ihonestly dont believe that the Dems and clinton have any idea how many christians across the US were praying together and agreeing in Jesus name that she would loose the Election.Thousands upon thousands upon thousands

  • Cal Carpenter

    11/10/2016 03:00 AM

    Perfectly composed as usual, amen sir!

  • Thomas F. Patrick

    11/09/2016 08:46 PM

    Mike, You were exactly right! Your faith and insight into the hearts of working Americans with all the hopes, dreams and sacrifices of our forefathers was gratifying and heroic to see. Thank you. God bless America.

  • Harry Boggs

    11/09/2016 05:38 PM

    The problem is that this guy Trump didn't and won't know his own party's platform planks in detail because he doesn't intend to be hands-on in administering anything. Case in point: EUTHANASIA (Trump spells it Youth-In-Asia) as manifested in the eight states with that evil purge inside their borders. Colorado just passed its Proposition 106 yesterday by 65%! 65% for new legal protections of murderers and fraudsters in Colorado amongst their disabled and elderly! And there's anti-physician assisted suicide language in the GOP platform, but did The Donald say anything about that during the debates against Hillary Clinton? He did not, and he does not now even want to go into it; euthanasia murder is the Death Throe of this weakening republic, and The Donald doesn't blink an eyelid. Even the DEMS know that! But it shall be their new social issue nemesis in due time whether Trump sets his eye on that bulls eye or not because physician-assisted suicide is really the most egregious crime any government can ever perpetrate against its citizens and residents. It is the worst crime of all, tantamount to government-sponsored genocide en masse...legally!