Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, an act that is considered the start of the Protestant Reformation. Luther was particularly upset about the sale of indulgences, whereby wealthy members of the Roman Catholic Church could buy a certificate, which would reduce the time they would spend in purgatory, itself an invention of the church.
The revolution that Luther started soon spread to other countries.
Europe has seen a number of revolutions that have spread from nation to nation, leading to significant change. 1989 was one such year when communist governments in Eastern Europe were brought down by the people they claimed to represent. 1918 was another such year, as World War One ended and ancient monarchies were overthrown. Going back further, in 1848, revolutions took place across Europe as the people demanded more democracy.
This year started another revolution that could spread. The vote for Brexit in the United Kingdom was a vote against globalization and mutliculturalism and the elites who have forced these upon the people. A second Brexit may follow in a few days when the US holds its presidential election. A victory for Donald Trump will be a vote against globalization and multiculturalism; a vote for Mrs. Clinton will be a vote for continuity, for more of the same, led by the same elites that have dominated for five decades.
Like the Church 500 years ago, the Clintons have been selling indulgences. For a gift of a few million dollars to their own private Foundation, foreign leaders were granted access to Mrs. Clinton, then Secretary of State. “Government for sale” does not sit well with the American people – she may very well lose the election because of the ensuing scandal.
Donald Trump has his problems, too, particularly with women. He is not winning the female vote due to his reputation as what was once called a “male chauvinist pig.” He has also made outlandish remarks in the past that have led many to conclude he is not suited to the presidency.
The following letter from our local newspaper sums up the dilemma that many voters face:
“Being a voter this year is kind of like being a condemned man the warden likes so he lets you choose the method of your death. Donald Trump is a sexist pig, (Bill Clinton is, too) and he has the maturity of a 10 year old. Hillary C is a pathological liar who is probably already selling ambassador jobs for a “contribution” to the Clinton Foundation. If characters were gun powder, these two combined would not have enough to kill a fly. Someone will smile and be declared the winner Nov 8. We’re all losers with these two wretched candidates.” (Lansing State Journal)
In four days it should all be over.
Mr. Trump has claimed the voting is rigged. While there may or may not be problems in the voting booth (both before and after), voting is rigged in at least two ways.
Firstly, media bias, which manifests itself in many ways. The mass media in the United States is overwhelmingly supportive of the Democrats. Fox News is the only television network that is different and it’s only available on cable. One example of bias was just this morning. Fox showed footage of illegal immigrants crossing into the US across the southern border, in a last-minute attempt to get in before Trump builds his wall; such footage would sway many Americans to vote for Trump so, naturally, nothing was said or shown on the main TV networks. If the electorate knew that 1,000 people a day are now crossing illegally into their country, they would be alarmed.
Another example of bias is from the New York Times, which did not even mention Hillary Clinton’s problems with her emails until it had to. I’ve been reading the Sunday editions of the Times for a few weeks and it is clearly one-sided.
Secondly, there is another way in which the election is rigged. Immigration.
It was the Democrats who brought in the 1965 Immigration Act which has flooded the country with people from developing countries, most of whom support big government programs and vote for the Democrats at every election. Every four years when a presidential election is held, the percentage of whites is down a further 1% — it is the white population that has dominated America in the past. They generally support traditional free enterprise and small government.
There are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the country. Mrs. Clinton favors a fast-track to citizenship, enabling them all to vote for her party; Mr. Trump wants them to return home and then apply for legal entry.
Elections are always difficult to predict, but I will say one thing for the benefit of those who live outside of the United States – there are more Trump signs on front lawns than there are Clinton signs. There may be a lot of silent Trump supporters, people even who have never voted and are therefore not receiving calls from pollsters.
One final thought: whoever loses only has himself or herself to blame. A biblical principle that keeps coming to mind is found in Numbers 32:23: “be sure your sins will find you out.” Whoever loses will be losing partly because of personal indiscretions.
This brings us back to the Roman Church and Martin Luther. At the time, the corruption in the Church was pervasive – from the top down, popes, cardinals, archbishops and priests all had their fingers in the pie. The result was rebellion on the part of the people. The descendants of those same people today have the same attitude toward the elites that have grown fat at their expense.
This is what Brexit was all about. It’s also the biggest issue in the US election.
But Brexit was not the end of the matter. In the United Kingdom, the elites are putting up a fight to reverse Brexit. A decision of the High Court on Wednesday ruled that parliament must vote on the issue before the country can apply to leave the EU. As two-thirds of the members of parliament are against Brexit, this is a definite blow to a people who want freedom from globalization and multiculturalism. Theresa May, the UK’s prime minister, will appeal the decision to the country’s Supreme Court. Mrs. May herself was against Brexit when the vote was taken in June, but now stresses that the will of the people must be upheld.
The globalist elites will resist change just as the kings did decades ago. A Trump victory will be challenged in every way – if elected, he will not find it easy to “drain the swamp”!
At stake is America’s leadership of the western world. Sixty years ago this week Britain and France invaded Egypt in an attempt to get back control of the Suez Canal, which they had built and owned. US intervention ended the conflict. It was, effectively, the end of the British and French Empires. It’s a sobering reminder to Americans that just one error of judgment, particularly in the Middle East, can bring down the American Empire. Don’t think it cannot happen to the United States.