Many of the people announcing an intention to vote for Donald Trump are adding a disclaimer to distance themselves from his unsavory comments or actions of the past. I'm not going to do that. In my view Donald Trump is today a far different and better man than the one who threw his hat in the ring at the start of this election cycle. I credit that to the unprecedented level of public vilification – the "borking" of Donald Trump – he has endured and appears to have been transformed by.
Whatever his worldview and the context of his past experience might have been, and regardless of the level of his sincerity at the beginning of his campaign, this man has made himself the spokesman for numerous positions and values that Christian conservatives (at great personal cost) have advocated for years. He hasn't just pandered to us, he has walked in our shoes these past months, going far beyond the minimum necessary to align himself with us, and he has learned firsthand what we have endured at the hands of the Marxist elites. And through it all he hasn't been intimidated into caving and pandering to the left like every other champion we've put our hopes in – including the otherwise stalwart Mike Pence in the Indiana RFRA debacle. Trump's transformation is the best example of personal growth and maturity in a public figure that I've seen in my lifetime.
What more could Christian conservatives hope for than to watch a man of Trump's wealth, power, acumen and courage discover the truth of the culture war and the utter corruption of the left by personal experience on his path to the White House?
At the risk of committing political sacrilege here, I'm going to suggest that Trump is at this stage of the process a better candidate than Ronald Reagan was in terms of his potential to advance conservatism. To be sure, Trump isn't in the same ballpark when it comes to articulating conservative views, but in terms of his freedom from control by the globalists, the asymmetrical relationship is reversed. It is Trump who is in a league all his own. If Reagan was Teflon, Trump is Kevlar.
While Reagan beat the elites in 1980, he was nonetheless forced to accept George H.W. Bush as VP (while Trump has the vastly superior Mike Pence at his side). With Reagan the globalists simply bided their time, content to let him pursue the common goal of rebuilding the U.S. military and taking down their geo-political competitors in the Soviet Union, and only stepped out of the shadows when it looked like Reagan would put a lasting barrier in the path of their One-World agenda in the form of a Robert Bork seat at the Supreme Court (compounding the threat already posed by venerable Reagan nominee Justice Antonin Scalia). Reagan was then forced to accept the quisling Anthony Kennedy, author of all five of the landmark LGBT Supreme Court opinions from 1996 to 2015 that systematically purged biblical values from constitutional law.
With Bork dispatched, H.W. Bush then succeeded Reagan and happily transformed Reagan's authentic American Exceptionalism into an excuse and tool for global bullying backed by shiny new tanks, jets and aircraft carriers, all the while gradually undermining cultural conservatism on the domestic front, setting the course for the neo-cons from that time forward.
In contrast, Trump would step into the presidency not just unbeholden to the GOP elites, but empowered to dismantle their elitist infrastructure by a mandate of newly educated and highly energized populist masses. And Trump's list of potential candidates for the Supreme Court – pro-life constitutionalists all – have been pre-vetted by the entire conservative movement and the GOP establishment.
Reagan's highly beneficial relationship with the USSR's Mikhail Gorbachev took years to develop, but the even more critical relationship between Trump and Putin – perhaps the only path to avoid the neo-cons' imminent global war – is already pre-primed by a publicly acknowledged mutual respect and a shared realpolitik worldview.
Since Reagan, the Bushs and Clintons have served the globalist interests faithfully, trading power between the two dynasties just often enough to preserve the illusion of democracy, while ensuring a steady cultural drift toward global socialism. There was never any realistic chance of preservation or expansion of Reagan's conservative legacy with the likes of Dole, snake-in-the-grass McCain, or Romney. And I believe the Bush/Clinton agreement for 2016 was always a Hillary presidency, with Jeb Bush playing the part of the amiable loser (a la Bob Dole) who would then hold the post of "heir apparent" for four or eight years.
But something happened on the way to the Hillary coronation: a worldwide rebellion against the globalist agenda Donald Trump inherited by sheer providential timing. Trump's candidacy represents just the current skirmish in the populist vs. globalist struggle, but his victory, if it occurs, would mark the turning point in the war. And in addition to the presidency, he would assume the de facto leadership of a transcendent global populist movement.
It is certainly possible that after the flame and fury of this election has subsided, a President Trump could drift back into his old ways of thinking and acting, but I doubt it. For those who face it with courage and fortitude, persecution is the "refiner's fire" of character. This has been true of Christians throughout history and appears to be true of rapidly maturing Donald Trump, who has openly and unashamedly claimed Christ. In the great tide of American history, it might eventually be recognized that the borking of Donald Trump – intended for evil by Crooked Hillary and the elites – was the very thing that made the former New York libertine deserving of the presidency of the United States and a place of honor alongside Ronald Reagan.