The Man and the Hour

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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.


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  1. Hillary was not just a status quo candidate (but then again I don’t know if you can call a presidential candidate under FBI investigation for serious misconduct a status quo candidate), she was probably the most unelectable the dems put up in a long time.


    Although Trump got elected, I still think it’s a bad publicity stunt. We will soon see what kind of president he will be.

  2. The media, the celebrities like JayZ and Mark Cuban, the ny times, nbc, ny daily news, Michelle Obama….all defeated. Israel happy that Trump won’t be checking their every move for political correctness. Iran worried. Mexico very worried. Japan will move toward changes in military of their own. North Korea faced with the unpredictable. The Dow futures recovered much from it’s 820 point drop probably due to House and Senate republican wins. Russia pleased…France not so much. Duterte of the Phillipines now has a US president who is impervious to manipulation….love it. Religious freedom….let’s hope. Supreme Court…excellent win.

  3. The Lord is Kind and Merciful. Through our prayers He has delivered us from HRC. Give thanks for all things, and for that! Let us keep praying this fervently for DJT’s conversion, and conversion of heart of our fellow Catholics.

  4. Christ sent Judas Iscariot out to preach and heal, knowing full well that this man of evil would betray him. God’s ways are not man’s ways; perhaps God is merely using Trump to bulldoze the evil that we have allowed to overtake America.
    I have no false illusions–my morning prayer was, “Okay God, you answered my “stop Hillary”
    prayer, now what’s coming?”

  5. Bonus….Trump is impervious to Pope Francis and will counter punch his every pan-mercy manipulation. Other bonus…extreme vetting of Muslims.

  6. I feel like I’m on a wagon train just leaving Independence MO. and I just realized they have just changed the wagon master and the route. I grit my teeth, say a quick prayer, and grab the reins ready for whatever lay ahead.

  7. God is great. This country now has a chance. Like others, my prayer is one of thanks and the desire that God continues to work a conversion in this land. I still have no illusions about who Donald Trump used to be. However, I do believe this experience has been humbling for him. He has seen how great this country truly is and wants to be. May God grant him the wisdom and fortitude to deliver on what this country needs to recover from the blight of Obama.

  8. Bank stocks are up…Bank of America 5.47%…others over 3%. Tech hurting so far. Nothing like the mid night drop in the futures when it looked like Trump would win.

  9. “Okay God, you answered my “stop Hillary” prayer, now what’s coming?”
    Shades of Juvenal’s “Magnaque numinibus vota exaudita malignis” – Enormous prayers that Heaven in vengeance grants.

  10. Donald R McClarey wrote, “We shall see in due course.”

    Meanwhile the U.S. 10-Year Yield Rose Above 2%, the Highest Since January.

  11. I hope Trump hits his attackers as hard as would Andrew Jackson.
    Alas, the coronation will not take place.
    I listened to Kaine’s speech – 100% spucatum tauri.
    “Hillary who?’ Crooked Hillary’s speech was almost 98% spucatum tauri. It didn’t matter that she didn’t apologize for calling me an irredeemable deplorable (translated G-d d@mned $*^mb@g). It’s far too late for that.
    My hope is that President Trump appoints America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, as special prosecutor for Crooked Hillary’s national security crimes and the Clinton Crime Foundation government corruption. If there were justice in the Justice Department/FBI HRH Hillary, Comey, Lynch, and Obama would be in federal prison.
    Likely that won’t happen. That’s okay. Corrupt and incompetent Hillary can crawl under a rock and steal oxygen until she assumes room temperature and goes to [fill-in-the-blank] with Teddy Chappaquiddick, Che, Lenin, Mao, Saul Alinsky, et al.

  12. 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
    Perfect post

  13. Donald R McClarey wrote, “Any other meaningless factoids you care to enumerate MPS?”
    Every government depends on public opinion and the best index of public confidence is the bond price.

  14. Very good Donald. I happen to think Trump will be a very good president if he can learn to listen and stay focused. We all need to pray for him. He has given us a reprieve.

    What we have seen in this election is a return of the working class as a power block. We have also seen the Democrat Party become the party of the elite while the Republican Party, formally the party of the elite, is now the spokesman for the working class. This is exactly where the Republicans need to be to win elections. This will work if economic promises can be delivered. Like affordable health care, lower corporate taxes, slow immigration, retrain workers, etc. In other words, let workers see a return on how they have invested their lives.

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