For the might of the gentile,
Unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow
In the glance of the Lord.
Lord Byron, The Destruction of Sennacherib
If I have learned anything over this wildest of Presidential campaigns it is not to underestimate Donald J. Trump, or rather I should say President Elect Donald J. Trump. With all of his manifest flaws, he has triumphed in a pursuit of the Presidency that I at first thought was a bad publicity stunt. After he took the nomination I grudgingly concluded that in this odd year, against a status quo candidate like Hillary Clinton, he would win. However, his achievement should not be underestimated. Against a biased, and proud of its bias, media, against the entertainment industry, against big business and big unions, with a divided party, and spending much less money than his adversary, he won. To be sure Hillary Clinton had her problems, but she also had the Clinton political machine behind her and a media intent on covering for her as much as possible, with a corrupt establishment fully in her corner. Trump’s defeat of all that power arrayed against him is unbelievable, and a tribute to him and his hard core supporters. I have predicted that Trump will be a bad President. May that prediction be mistaken. May we all join in this prayer for him and for us that is adapted from George Washington’s letter to the States of June 8, 1783:
Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.