Trump and Sanders, both popular more because their opponents are not, seem a last gasp of American democratic government. Recently, a Republican bigwig announced that: “We select candidates,not the voters.” He was merely expressing a normative view of the corrupt crony capitalism that, assisted by dumping Christian moral values, has replaced God with Government. He was also correct.
This is an old script: Religious folk will recall that while Moses was up the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments, his Israelites fell from grace, returning to sin, corruption and false gods. Western human society is simply reprising that scene for the umpteenth time; it is what humans do.
Historically, that has produced – eventually – such misery that the folk have returned to some version of rectitude to escape it. A recurring human cycle. For those paying attention, our declining civil order and even faster declining economy seem well poised to deliver the misery, and for quite a while, too. Or not, if you prefer. Reality will decide, after all.
Whether or not one is Christian, it requires ignorance of reality to fail to note that Christian cultures have produced the most advanced and livable cultures for the largest numbers of people. And further that those same cultures are degenerating and becoming impoverished as they abandon those moral principles. Annoying as the principles may be, they have worked as no other have done. Dumping them is also dumping that success. As that is the most annoying of all, it will be denied the longest.
In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders explicitly stated that sovereignty resides first in God, then in His people, who loan it to government. That’s why the people had the right to dump the government of George III. And today, of Barack Obama and any successor at need. But our governors want none of that; they want supreme power, not competition. The people must be serfs, not suzerains. When the government wants the opinion of the people, it will give it to them.
Neither Trump nor Sanders seems a likely Moses for the next cycle. Both rather replicate Pharaoh than Moses. But they are signposts along the way. False prophets, to pursue the Biblical analogy a bit. But prophets nevertheless.