Stephen McDowell, Providence Foundation
The response of many Americans to the election and early administration of Donald Trump reveals there is a great divide among the American people. One may think that the left side of the divide—those opposing Trump—are predominant since their actions and words make the headlines of the major media outlets and their ideology is embraced by a large majority of academia and Hollywood. Moreover, a majority of voters supported Hillary Clinton and, by default, her progressive, liberal, and secular ideas.
The left has become increasingly hostile, radical and perverse, not only pushing homosexuality as normal and requiring special protection for LGBTs, but also attempting to force transgenderism upon the nation and encouraging the harboring of illegal immigrants. Their tactics of violence and intimidation, suppression of free speech, and lying about positions of their opponents are becoming the daily norm. While they have cried out in the past, there is a new savagery in their words and tactics.
Divisiveness in politics is not new, but the left’s illogical justification for its uncivil and unlawful behavior is new. And the rants and raves from liberals are louder than ever. That a majority of voters support such people and that a large percentage of the American people agree to such tactics is disheartening.
However, amidst the left’s acrimony and deplorable action, there is some good news. A map of the results of the 2016 Presidential election by counties shows most areas of the nation reject the extreme liberal ideas of the progressive left, since only 16% of counties supported Clinton. While President Donald Trump is not a paragon of virtue, he does support many Biblical virtues (life, property rights, freedom of religion, parental rights, the rule of law), and he has appointed many Christians and Biblically thinking people to his cabinet. The “red counties” also reflect growing conservatism in government, with the GOP now controlling both the U.S. House and Senate, 33 Governor’s mansions, and 32 state legislatures. While all of the Republican leaders are certainly not Christians nor principled conservatives, there is, in general, a clear difference in the worldview and morality of the people represented in the red and blue counties on the map.