Though the sources conflict, there is a general sense among historians that ancient Rome did, indeed, have a practice of keeping the subject of their triumphal processions humble. While being praised and celebrated by the citizens of of the city, a returning conqueror is said to have been subjected to the presence of either a close associate or an assigned slave, who continually whispered into his ear something along the lines of “remember, you are mortal.”
Regardless how the actual practice occurred, this is an imminently practical idea for any nation that desires the rule of law, and not of men.
One of the largest criticisms during the rise of Donald Trump has been that it seems dangerously close to a cult of personality. It’s no secret many people voted for him despite of his character traits, not because of them, believing (correctly, in my humble opinion) he was still a better alternative than Her Hillariness. There is always a danger in such a scenario that people become too willing to overlook faults and flaws in “their” candidate.
Yesterday’s runoff election in Alabama should be taken as an encouraging sign that Trump does not quite enjoy such unquestioning support:
Former judge Roy Moore won the Republican nomination on Tuesday evening in the Alabama special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, defeating the Trump-endorsed former state attorney general Luther Strange.
A strong argument can be made that endorsement by Senate GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did more to damage Strange than Trump’s did to help him. In the eyes of many (including me), McConnell personifies much of what is wrong with today’s mendacious GOP “leadership.” That he would strongly advocate (and send significant resources) to Strange after only working with him in an interim capacity of a few months indicates he’d taken the candidate’s measure and decided he fit right in with the business-as-usual crowd.
That is not what the electorate, at least in Alabama and other comparable places, wants. The GOP has demonstrated they are not serious about fulfilling years-long promises to repeal Obamacare, secure the border, protect the American economy or simply put America first. So it should surprise nobody their conservative base has had enough. That Trump endorsed Strange seems to indicate he was trying to work with McConnell, possibly in hopes of getting the Obamacare repeal or some other agenda item moving forward. If so, the recent second failure to get a healthcare repeal bill to his desk demonstrates the value of such an effort. This should be a lesson to the president: the Congressional GOP leadership is less interested in cooperating than they are in co-opting him and his supporters, as they did with the Tea Party. During the final runoff debate, Strange’s main selling point seemed to be his repetition of the mantra that “Trump picked me.” That this was unsuccessful is a reassurance the president does not command blind loyalty.
Having been burned too many times by their promises, a large portion of the GOP’s base is now looking to clean house in the party rather than mend fences. Some — like Tennessee Senator Bob Corker — appear to see the insurgent writing on the wall (Corker announced he will not seek reelection in 2018). Here’s hoping a number of others–especially John McCain–get the message as well. ALL of them, not just Trump, need to be reminded that they are mortal. And since none of them are indispensable to the effort to restore America, they can–and should–be held accountable for failure to support that effort, particularly when the GOP controls the House, Senate, Presidency and most State governorships and legislatures.
Mr. Trump is far from certain to be reelected in 2020. Yesterday’s special election results should serve fair notice he was sent to D.C. to accomplish specific things. His next turn at the polls will hinge on whether he does, in fact, accomplish them.
- Build the wall. Deport those here illegally. Period.
- Return jobs and investment to the U.S. by voiding the globalist drain of disadvantageous trade agreements and corporatist tax policies on our economy
- Restore American credibility by consistently acting in the best interest of the U.S. in our foreign and military policy.
It’s not rocket science, Mr. President. Your move.