Wow. Just, Wow.

I have to admit that I was much more anti-Hillary than pro-Trump in this election, but as a Catholic and a Constitutionalist, I was pleased with Donald Trump’s victory on several levels. As a Catholic, this was an election about Life. There was simply no way I could support a radically pro-abortion candidate like Clinton. Abortion is one of the non-negotiable issues that Catholics can never support for any reason. To listen to Hillary in the debate suggest that a woman has the right to kill a child in the womb just before birth made my stomach churn. I am still not completely confident that Trump is a pro-life as he tried to portray himself during the campaign, but I am sure about Mike Pence and I am confident that, with a Republican in the White House, Congress will finally have the backbone to defund Planned Parenthood, and I fully expect them to hold Trump to his promise of appointing pro-life Constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court.

As a Constitutionalist, I agree wholeheartedly with Charles C. W. Cooke that we finally have a chance to get back to our constitutional system of separation of powers and checks-and-balances. I think that Trump’s campaign was sufficiently independent – and adversarial – that the Republican Congress will have the unique opportunity to oppose him if he “goes rogue.” We know the Democrats will oppose him out of habit or spite, the same way the reflexively supported Obama in whatever he wanted to do, so Congress finally has a chance to reassert itself in our Constitutional system. It’s been a long time coming.

So suppose President Trump decides to nominate his sister or some other liberal judge not on his announced list of Supreme Court candidates. I fully expect, and would demand, that the Senate would reject the candidate both because he/she is unqualified but also to show the president that he doesn’t have carte blanche as Obama did. Also, once again, I expect the vice president to have some say in the process as well. Seeing the list of qualified people that the president-elect has chosen (Rudy for AG!), I’m less worried than I was a few months ago that he’ll do anything stupid.

And finally, I choose to believe that someone who would go through the last 18 months as Mr. Trump has, must have some idea of the magnitude of what he’s gotten himself into. I may be giving him more credit than he deserves, but I think he’s finally run into something bigger than he is. I’m sure he’s confident to believe he can handle it, and I hope he can, but I hope that the first time he steps into the Oval Office, he experiences a sense of humility befitting the job. And I’ll continue to pray for him and for our country. I ask you to do the same.

Imagine, if you may, committing time, energy and emotion to your candidate for President.

Imagine doing every task that every campaign needs to do: The hours spent talking to people, canvassing door-to-door, making phone calls, handing out flyers, stuffing envelopes, picking up supplies, scheduling meals for the campaign office, coordinating your schedule, running errands, showing up for staff meetings, driving people to rallies and, finally, to polling locations.

Imagine pushing aside other priorities in your life to get the job done and your candidate to win.

Now imagine doing this for five hundred and seventy-six days.

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy on April 12, 2015; the NYT reported,

For all the months of quiet and careful planning, however, her campaign’s rollout did not come off as smoothly as envisioned. Rather than gliding into the spotlight as an above-the-fray former secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton entered the 2016 race in the midst of lingering questions about her exclusive use of a private email address while at the State Department and about donations from foreign countries to her family’s philanthropic foundation.

Her campaign ended last night, November 8, 2016, still shrouded in scandals related to her “exclusive use of a private email address while at the State Department and about donations from foreign countries to her family’s philanthropic foundation,” to borrow from the NYT report.

April 12, 2015 to November 8, 2016: five hundred and seventy six days.

If you were a committed Hillary supporter from the start and were in Manhattan last night, at the Javitz Center, you stood for nine emotional hours waiting for Hillary. Five hundred and seventy six days and nine hours later, when it was clear she lost, and you needed her presence, this:

As I write this at 10AM Eastern, she still has not turned up.

faustaFausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

 

I’m typing this at 9:27 PM Tuesday as I have to leave for work in 30 min, as of this moment I think it looks REALLY good for Donald Trump and if he did in fact win (and the lack of CNN projections in key states tells me he will) this is the reason why.

My friend Jim, a 60 something Irishman, asked me to take him to vote. He is a two-time cancer survivor, has problems with his spine, fractured both feet two weeks ago, s waiting for six operations to help him walk properly and is in constant pain. I got to his place at 8:45 AM. It took him an hour to get dressed, a solid 10-12 minutes to hobble on his crutches to my car, over 30 minutes to go into the polling place and vote and another 10 minutes to hobble up the stairs back to his apartment and practically throw himself back onto his bed at 10:45 (after a bank trip too) in incredible pain.

He did so to vote for Donald Trump in Massachusetts a state where the presidential race was not even remotely in doubt.

I have a feeling this kind of thing has been repeated all over the country.

If I’m right and Trump has won this election he owes people like my friend Jim a lot of thanks and also an obligation to deliver for his sake.


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