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Rob Slane: The swamp facing Trump is far bigger than he realises


It was the best of elections; it was the worst of elections. A time of wisdom; and a time of foolishness. Okay, no wisdom. Lots of foolishness, I’ll grant you, but precious little in the way of sagacity. But now that the curtain has finally fallen on the Freak Show Masquerading as an Election, what do we see as we survey the landscape?

It was the best of elections

Mrs Hillary Clinton – probably the worst president America never had – has been defeated, and I rejoice in that. She was the worst because she was the most corrupt. The worst because of her fanatical zeal to see unborn babies killed by the millions. The worst because of her ceaseless lying. The worst because of her spine-chilling response to the hideous death-by-torture of Muammar Gaddafi. The worst because of her clear desire to pick a fight with a country that possesses enough nuclear firepower to destroy the United States (and other countries of course), if backed into a corner.

Mrs Clinton is the epitome of everything that conservatives ought to oppose, and the apex of three great evils rolled into one:

  1. The Cultural Marxist social agenda
  2. Crony Corporatism masquerading as the free market
  3. The neo-Trotskyist ideology of American hegemonic projection through endless war and constant regime change

So I rejoice to see this dangerous woman have her thirst for power quenched and her capacity to do evil cut down.

Actually, it is for the best for her as well. Further elevation into the power stratosphere would not have done her any good at all, much less the rest of us. I can only hope that she takes this period of humbling to reflect on words such as these, in the hope that they might bring her to repentance:

He has shown strength with his arm;
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate.”
Luke 1:51-52

It was the worst of elections too

Yes, the sweetness of the Clinton loss is diminished by the nature of the man who defeated her. America has essentially elected a celebrity President – and a horribly crass one at that – on the basis of who he is not, rather than who he is. What does he actually stand for? ‘Making America Great’? What does that mean? He is given us a lot of soundbites, but precious little substance. People have elected a loose cannon, and although I will hold my breath and give him a chance, nothing about his character, his temperament, not to mention some of the more stupid statements he has made, gives me much confidence that America in four years will be a whole lot better than the America of 2016.

Mr Trump’s victory does nothing to change the root problem. In fact, it merely serves to highlight it. A nation that is given a choice between a tawdry celebrity and a corruption queen is a nation under judgement. And it is under judgement because — as Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned decades ago — it has forgotten God. Solzhenitsyn went on to say this in that same address back in 1983:

“Imperceptibly, through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the “pursuit of happiness, “a goal that has even been solemnly guaranteed by constitutions. The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries; banished from common use, they have been replaced by political or class considerations of short lived value. It has become embarrassing to state that evil makes its home in the individual human heart before it enters a political system. Yet it is not considered shameful to make dally concessions to an integral evil. Judging by the continuing landslide of concessions made before the eyes of our very own generation, the West is ineluctably slipping toward the abyss.”

That such a great nation should be given the choice between two such characters is testament to this ineluctable slipping toward the abyss, as were the votes to legalise assisted death, stupification and the almost unbelievable Californian “porn law”. The swamp that needs draining is far bigger than the one Mr Trump locates in D.C., and it will take national repentance, not another politician making grand promises, to achieve that.

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Rob Slane
Rob Slane
Rob is married to Alina, and they live with their six children in Salisbury. He blogs regularly at

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