Since the Paris attacks on November 13, the State Department admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the U.S. – 236 Sunni Muslims, yet only one Christian (0.4 percent), according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center, reported CNSNews yesterday. According to the CIA World Factbook, Christians accounted approximately 10 percent of Syria’s population, whereas Sunni Muslims comprised 74 percent at the beginning of its civil war and the Arab Spring in early 2011
I want to illustrate the gravity of the Trump crisis. It isn’t we know Syrian refugees are tracking Islamic State militants into America, how America at a slower rate will feel the same effects of the catastrophic European Union “open borders” policy that not only Democrats and the president demand, but so too the Republican establishment.
It’s not even a matter of securing our borders, of enforcing the rule of law, because Mr. Trump has undermined all those efforts. It does suggest in the words of Abraham Lincoln’s conclusion to his iconic Cooper Union address (February 27, 1860),
“LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT.”
But the future 16th president of those fractured United States also warned the American people beware of the actions to which Mr. Trump openly advocates.
“Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves.”
Where does Donald Trump fit the literary narrative of Transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Concord Hymn? I cannot assert Mr. Trump represents those…
… Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Nor will I desecrate our fallen patriots’ memory by equivocating Mr. Trump deserving to have…
… set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
That spirit of division advocated by Trump defies the very principles the Founders, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams and Lincoln established and to restore America, that
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
While history teaches the bridgecrossing from Lexington to Concord was in a state of decay in 1837, it had nothing to do with the nation being divided.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
Because rather than Mr. Trump’s rhetoric addressing any problem, “the ruined bridge” which “Time… has swept” will only be recalled by what he burned.
Mr. Trump is not representative of the “Spirit, that made those heroes dare/To die, and leave their children free,” nor will his legacy “Bid Time and Nature gently spare,” given the shaft Democrats and the Islamic State from “Down the dark stream which seaward creeps” will have conquered America, where freedom once rang.
In closure, I will again quote Lincoln’s warning of the divide that will finish off what Ronald Reagan frequently proclaimed “this last, best hope for man on Earth.”
“A few words now to Republicans. It is exceedingly desirable that all parts of this great Confederacy shall be at peace, and in harmony, one with another. Let us Republicans do our part to have it so. Even though much provoked, let us do nothing through passion and ill temper… Judging by all they say and do, and by the subject and nature of their controversy with us, let us determine, if we can, what will satisfy them…
“If our sense of duty forbids this, then let us stand by our duty, fearlessly and effectively. Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored – contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong, vain as the search for a man who should be neither a living man nor a dead man – such as a policy of “don’t care” on a question about which all true men do care… reversing the divine rule, and calling, not the sinners, but the righteous to repentance – such as invocations to Washington, imploring men to unsay what Washington said, and undo what Washington did.”
But whatever we conservatives do, we must never permit dangerous men like Donald Trump to rise to power. While Lincoln himself paraphrased this most iconic line in 1858, it was written in Luke 11:17-31 “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: ‘Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.'”
If “a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.”
If we believe the “impure spirit” Barack Obama will be driven from power and his party with him, the evil merely “seeks rest and does not find it,” only to vow it “will return to the house I left.” But unlike the house swept clean and put in order according to Christ, our “wicked generation… that asked for a sign… will only receive the sign of the Son of Man be to this generation.”
“If” Jesus asked, rhetorically, “Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand?” “But if I,” Jesus pledged, “drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Let us then willingly, in the words of John Gillespie Magee, Jr., lift ourselves to Him,
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.