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At the Republican and Democratic conventions, two of the most unsavory candidates in American political history—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—accepted their party’s presidential nominations. The overwhelming and outspoken distaste and distress over these nominees alone signals a national vote of no-confidence. These two candidates are the Scylla and Charybdis of the American voyage and, to many Americans, there is no alternative but shipwreck. Without confidence, there is no shortage of confusion nowadays.
The chaos, raging and ranging from gay “marriage” to transgender bathroom bills to racial tensions in law enforcement to fortified abortion laws, is a force that has rendered unity of purpose a thing long lost. There is little confidence in the qualifications of billionaire mogul Donald Trump to calm a troubled nation. There is little confidence in the trustworthiness of short-circuiting Hillary Clinton to free the country from corruption, as she plots President Obama’s third term.
The crisis of confidence is past. The collapse is come. Confidence in the future of the country is clearly plummeting, and without confidence there can be no real progress in “making America great again.” As French philosopher Joseph de Maistre said, “Every country has the government it deserves.”