Is Trump an American Moses?
The Prophet Moses led the Exodus of the Jews from Egyptian bondage, and wandered the desert with them for forty years. But for the sin of pride he, himself, was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. So he surrendered his authority to Joshua, and it was he who at last led the Israelites to their final deliverance.
Since Ronald Reagan left office, we have been governed by members of the globalist elite. We've been wandering the desert for 28 years, and it was Donald Trump who seized, almost singlehandedly, the Republican Party, and returned it to its nationalist roots. His utter destruction of Bushism and the Republican establishment has opened the door for a return to policies that unequivocally put the interests of his country, and its citizens, first.
But, like Barry Goldwater before him, his astonishing capture of the party may not be enough. Like Moses, his pride may prevent him from taking the ultimate prize. But as he has said many times, the movement he created is not about him. It's about restoring American greatness, and for the sake of that noble cause he should hand authority to Mike Pence, as Moses did to Joshua. While he personally may not take the oath of office, he will send one to take it in his stead
Trump could compare himself to the running back who leads his team down to the one-yard line, only to see the quarterback sneak in with the winning touchdown. It isn't right or fair that the QB gets the glory. It's just a smart call. And everybody knows who really won the game.
Mike Pence must be the one that he hands the ball to. Pence can truthfully say that Trump has changed the direction of the Republican Party as much as Barry Goldwater did. He took it away from the elites, just like Barry did, and gave it back to the people. He won all those primaries because voters were sick of Bush Republicanism, and he was its antithesis. Pence can be just as hard line on the issues as Trump was, and he wouldn't skip a beat. Secure the border and pursue pro-American immigration, refugee, trade, and foreign policy. In a word, nationalism. The GOP of my youth was nationalistic. That's why it appealed to me. But the Bushes and their ilk are globalists, and their influence in the party has been destroyed by Donald Trump, and for that every Republican owes him a debt of gratitude. The globalists, the George Soros’ and the Davos crowd, they're the enemy. Trump has dealt them a mighty blow. But if he stays in and gets blown away it will all be for naught.
Pence would win in a landslide, and Trump and his family could glory in his victory, because he made it possible. He returned the Republican Party to its roots. He showed more courage in leading the Party than anybody since Reagan. He, and his army of supporters, have turned this country around.
And the Trumps would benefit enormously as a family. This campaign has had to be extremely stressful to all concerned. His lovely wife made an embarrassing mistake in her national debut. Four years of this, under the eye of a microscope in the White House, would put a strain on any family. He's 70 years old, and he's going through a physical and emotional ordeal. It's not going to get any easier.
Does he really think that he'd be a better president than Mike Pence? Maybe, as far as making deals goes. But that's a tiny part of the job, and the only one Trump is truly interested in. Why not let him try to negotiate trade deals, if he cares to? In any event, the Trump and Pence families have bonded beautifully together, and the entire Trump clan will have a good friend in the White House. A man like Trump isn't suited to be a politician, as he knows more than anyone. But being a power behind the throne would suit him perfectly.
The hosts which are arrayed against Trump may simply be too strong. If he refuses to recognize reality, and goes on to a crushing and historic defeat in November, he will not be thought of a new Moses. Far from it, he will be labeled a false prophet, and we may lament with Isaiah, "Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people."
Fritz Pettyjohn chaired Reagan for President, Alaska, and blogs daily at ReaganProject.com