by Dennis Jamison
SAN JOSE, October 2, 2018 – In 2016, Hillary Clinton claimed that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan was meaningless. America is already great, she insisted. Then her pronouncement was a borderline denial of reality. And the American people expressed their confidence in someone who recognized the reality that most American people confronted every day. Ms. Clinton was the top Democrat in 2016, but could not connect to the heart of the people.
Despite attacks from the “Democratic” Party, the mainstream media, the domestic terror squads known as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, and even establishment Republicans, Donald Trump was victorious. The Democrat leadership is still stewing in various states of denial. Yet, Trump is going forward, despite the Resistance” of an “unholy alliance” against his efforts to “make American great again.” Had Hillary Clinton been victorious, her disconnect from the people and the daily realities they faced, she would not have talked about America being “great,” and would have driven the United States further along the road toward a unique globalist version of socialism.
The 2016 election, as bizarre as it was, may very well have been a turning point for the United States. Americans were provided a choice of two extremes. And although the contrasts between Clinton and Trump were stark, the real choice for Americans was in the core leadership of each political party. It is still the case in the midterm elections of 2018 – everywhere across the nation. In 2016, the choice was between the political leadership of the nation and the people themselves. The elitist views of the political leaders, as well as the shadowed attitudes of the donor class, opposed the populist sentiments rising up from the grassroots. The “deplorables” found a unifying voice in Donald Trump.
Defying the odds as an egotistical, unpolished outsider who said he had plans to get America back on its feet, back to work, and to focus on what made it great in the past, Donald Trump was at the core of the populist uprising. He became the voice of the people. Clinton was viewed as the voice of the Democrats. But her voice did not ring true with the American voter in 2016, and it seems even less compelling in 2018, as supporters of Bernie Sanders have swayed their Party even farther down the path toward socialism, which is antithetical to the heart of the values embedded in the cornerstone of what made America great in the first place.
As Americans consider what is at stake in the midterm elections of 2018, it would be good if they could reflect on the values that made America great in the first place. However, even deeper is a concept of heart that one of the nation’s greatest presidents expressed as he was voluntarily relinquishing his office to another party as the result of an election. Although George Washington referred to many issues in his “Farewell Address,” he touched on something at the heart of the deep ideals, principles, and values of our nation. Washington revealed the heart of the matter when he touched upon the love of country and love of freedom itself, as critical for the nation’s survival.
Instead of the values of George Soros, when Americans go to the polls in November, they need to reflect and act upon the values of George Washington:
Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.
For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
Washington offered his insights to his fellow Americans, and urged them to see more deeply that which has provided the foundation for the Land of the Free. He warned, in fact, against political parties. He envisioned the potential for loyalty to Party replacing loyalty to country. If the heart of the Republic is to survive beyond 2018, Americans need to return to the heart of the matter when they cast their votes in November.
Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.