Well, here it is: Election Day 2020. I got up early this morning to get to the polls around 6:50 AM, and there was already a line twenty-deep waiting at the door. I voted around 7:25 AM, so it wasn’t too terribly long of a wait. When I left, there was still a long line out the door, and I live in a town with less than 1000 people and two voting precincts.
Immediately after voting, I felt energized. I may be naive, as my blogger buddy jonolan claims, but I can’t help but feel optimistic this morning. Hopefully that optimism bears out across the country, and holds up as the results come in.
I remember in 2016 a sense of despair that the fix was in, which slowly gave way to the magic of a Trump upset. This year I am more anxious about the aftermath of the results than I am about the results themselves (although I am praying fervently for an unexpected Trump landslide). A narrow victory for either candidate is probably the worst possible outcome (ergo, my aforementioned prayers for a convincing, incontestable Trump victory).
Of course, if my prayers are answered and Trump wins resoundingly and Republicans dominate Congress again, there won’t suddenly be peace on the streets. As I noted in “Progressivism and Political Violence,” the progressive Left will resort to anything—including violence—if it’s electorally denied access to the legitimate organs of power.
With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court is now solidly conservative-constitutionalist. If Republicans control the presidency and a convincing majority in the House and Senate, the Left will grow even more enraged, unhinged, and violent. Never mind they can take a bite at the congressional apple again in two years; they will array every force and tactic at their disposal to destroy us.
We must remember, too, that electoral victory does not equate to cultural victory. The Left dominates the institutions and entertainment. Leftist dogma increasingly shapes our basic assumptions about the world. Those assumptions run deep, infecting even conservative Christians, the very group equipped intellectually and spiritually to resist such corruption.
But Leftism, for all its falsehoods and inconsistencies, is seductive to untrained minds and to well-meaning hearts. It whispers sweet lies and promises. In this way, it is truly demonic; indeed, it is satanic. Satan appears as a being of light; his ugliness and wickedness only reveal themselves later. Such has been the course of Leftism in American history.
But for now, let’s focus on winning that electoral victory. If you haven’t already, get out and VOTE for Trump and Republican candidates at every level. Let’s win the levers of power—and then begin the much harder work of repairing our broken culture.
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