The Forgotten Man

John McNaughton’s painting, The Forgotten Man, has become a symbol of Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the election on Tuesday.  The picture portrays a crest fallen man on a park bench with President’s standing behind him. Barack Obama stands beside the man with arms folded in arrogant indifference just as the President is in life.  Some of the Presidents behind Obama have arms raised in a plea that he take notice.  Others impassively look at the forgotten man on the bench.  The painting captures how things have changed with the Democrats no longer the Party of the working poor.  This is one of the reasons for Trump’s appeal to MI, WI, and PA and Reagan Democrats who have been largely left out since the Gipper left the White House.

One of Donald Trump’s last rallies (and those rallies were phenomenal in numbers and in spirit everywhere the President Elect went) was in Sterling Heights, MI.  Mr. Trump emphasized the forgotten man who would not be forgotten in his Administration.  During the campaign he also spoke of Brexit from last June when the Brits voted out of the European Union in a summer referendum.  He said everywhere freedom loving people want their country back including in our nation.  His election proved the point.

Steve Hilton was an adviser to former Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron.  He also likened the Trump campaign to the British vote to exit the EU (Brexit).  He has appeared on Sean Hannity on FOX and other places to make this case–both before and after November 8.

The Forgotten Man makes me think of the 17th century French scholar, Marc Antoine Muretus.  He was a fugitive from his native land living in Lombardy, Italy.  Dressed in the vagabond rags of a refugee, he fell ill.  His physicians discussed his case in Latin, not thinking that this bedraggled man could understand the language of the scholars. Faciamus experimentum in anima vili, they said, “Let us try an experiment with this worthless creature.”  To their amazement the “worthless creature” spoke to them in Latin:  Vilem animam appellas pro qua Christus non dedignatus est mori?–“Will you call worthless one for whom Christ did not disdain to die?”

Christ died for all of us.  We all have value including The Forgotten Man.  The Democrats have become the Party of the rich and powerful and see the common man as someone to experiment with through such things as Obamacare and open borders.  None of this effects them as they are far removed from the consequences.  Donald Trump took note of this and began to speak of these things in a non P.C. manner.   It won him millions of votes as people saw a difference between the billionaire who speaks their language and the wealthy status quo candidate, Hillary Clinton, who, in an unguarded moment called them “Deplorables.”

Perhaps Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, said it best:  “Donald Trump heard a voice that others missed.”  This was the Forgotten Man, a man Hillary called “Deplorable.”  That man, that voice rose up and was heard.  Now Mr. Trump is on his way to the White House and Mrs. Clinton is on her way home.

I suggested in these posts that we read II Kings 19 each day to see how God can bring down the powerful as he did the Assyrians who threatened Judah centuries ago.  God has done it again.  Now I urge us to pray every day for Donald Trump and the team he is putting together.   Every President has a big job.   Barack Obama has left such a mess that the President Elect has an even more enormous task.

When a King stoops down to pick up a trifle it is no longer a trifle.  It has value.  When Christ came and lived among us and died for us and rose again, we have value–everyone of us.  We are not trifles.  And He hears our prayers.  Let us lift them up for our new leader.   None of us are The Forgotten Man nor the Forgotten Woman in His Eyes.  Praise be to God!


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