The Catholic Case for Donald Trump

Political Unity is Impossible, and That’s Okay


(The following article was originally posted on The Citizen’s Corner blog and is reposted with permission.)

Following Donald Trump’s historic upset on Tuesday, many in the media (yes, THAT discredited mainstream media) are asking how the president-elect will unify the country. Even in his own victory speech early Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump said:

“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
“It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

Trump’s tone was no doubt necessary after waging such a hard-fought campaign against Hillary Clinton. While the sight of shocked media elites and crying millennial snowflakes made for damn good television, the moment still required reassurance and humility from Mr. Trump.

Let’s be clear about something, however: political unity is now, and will continue to be, an impossibility. And that’s okay.   For the second time in the last five elections the winner will have lost the popular vote. Additionally, the country is literally divided down the middle with each candidate winning just under 60 million votes each. And while the Republicans control both the House and Senate, their margins are thin.

Politically we are two nations. We are divided. And this is why we should temper talk of political unity. Recently, veteran journalist Tom Brokaw noted, “I’ve been at this a fair amount of time. I have never seen the country so fractured.”  Of course, this fracture is the fruit of modern liberalism.

After years of nationalizing every possible issue, the Left has fostered the very disunity that they now claim is so dangerous. Let us hope that neither Trump, nor the Republican majority in Congress, play this game.

Political unity is an impossibility for the simple fact that New York isn’t North Carolina, and California isn’t Texas. Look at the map from Election Night. There are Red state values and Blue state priorities, and often the two shall not meet.

The genius of the Founding Fathers and our Constitution was to prevent the disunity caused by nationalizing that which belongs to the states, or more often, the individual.

From abortion, to marriage, to education, and healthcare, as the Left has insisted that these are constitutional rights, the ability to achieve unity, let alone compromise, becomes impossible.

What type of unity can one find on an issue like abortion? If one side recognizes it to be the killing of an innocent, and the other sees it as a right incapable of being restricted, then unity is simply a pipedream.  At the state level, as things were prior to the judicial activism found in Roe v. Wade (1973), the battle was local, reflective of the values of the citizenry. Take it nationally and you will forever have division, particularly when the coercive power of the federal government is used and abused to defend such a practice.

So please Mr. Trump, do not seek political unity as some type of noble objective. It is not. It is an impossibility. The Left defines unity as victory. The cultural revolution (think Alinsky and Soros) wants capitulation, not compromise.

The only way to achieve some semblance of unity going forward is to dismantle much of the federal apparatus. Return matters such as the culture wars to the states. Unashamedly recognize that all politics are local; and often, so are values.

I wish that were not the case, but it is.


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1 Comment

  1. CP

    Catholic subsidiarity for the win. The United States used to do this.
    Related material (available online):
    Rerum novarum of 1891 by Pope Leo XIII
    Catechism of the Catholic Church
    1883 … Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.”7

    1884 God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. This mode of governance ought to be followed in social life. The way God acts in governing the world, which bears witness to such great regard for human freedom, should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities. They should behave as ministers of divine providence.

    1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

    (In Brief)
    1894 In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals and intermediary bodies.

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