FRIENDS IN GERMANY WHO SERVE THERE AS RELIGIOUS LEADERS WROTE ME THIS MORNING ASKING, “WHAT WENT WRONG WITH AMERICA ON ELECTION TUESDAY?” AND I RESPONDED:
Nothing went wrong with America. Representative democracy works here. But more specifically, there are huge areas in America populated by poor, white and non-white working class people who feel bitter and abandoned by a self-seeking government (11% approval rating of Congress). These rural and industrial-area poor persons were not content to cheer-on Wall Street financial gains when they couldn’t find a job. They were not interested in having their domestic or international fears minimized or dismissed. They voted for the message as much if not more so than the messenger. Furthermore, the Democratic Party made a bad decision to mock the huge support of Bernie Sanders in favor of an establishment, entrenched, wealthy, old-guard candidate when people were fed up and wanted change. Trump was right in saying, “Poor Bernie.” Trump and Sanders ~ as candidates with a radical message ~ had a lot in common.
Personally, I have been in regular, continuous contact with the Republican Party Chairman here on Long Island ever since my confrontation with Donald Trump that made national news. The Chairman reached out to me, even inviting me to meet Trump at a fundraiser. I have told the Republican Party that I was never seeking their defeat ~ but I was and will continue to seek the defeat of hatred, injustice and evil in ANY of its manifestations. \
Now, as always, my primary prayer is, “Thy Will Be Done.” Greetings to my soul sisters and brothers in Germany. Tell them that hope springs eternal, and if America isn’t great already ~ then it surely will be as we, according to President-elect Donald J. Trump, “make America great again.” Now it is our turn.