[To Pat Buchanan:] While I would like to agree with you concerning the Trump effect on the American electorate and the Republican Party, based on history I cannot. In American history I would point to Jefferson and to Jackson. Both were beloved by the common folk and detested by the elites, and while they served, things were fine. But after Jefferson came Madison, a Federalist, along with Hamilton and Jay – all supporters of a strong central government. After Jackson came Van Buren, not a bad man but certainly not the populist Jackson was.
As a Jew, I can recount that after the Maccabees' victory in 163 or so B.C., a revolt that was supported by the common folk devoted to the Living G-d, came an entrenched elite class of Maccabbean descendants that committed some unspeakable acts.
In other words, history turns, as Ecclesiastes notes – war-peace, rich-poor, etc.
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And so while I support the causes espoused by Trump, nothing is forever in history or with the Republican Party. But, as believers in G-d, we can take solace as commented on by the Greeks, Hegel and others, that the Spirit of G-d rules and governs history and that history is therefore governed by Reason.
Hopefully, there is a reason behind all the perversion that currently occupies America's attention, and that Mr. Trump's candidacy, whether successful or not, will lead to a turn to an ethical and moral resurgence, here and abroad.
Jeffrey F. Cohen