Throughout the seemingly endless Presidential campaign, the battle-scarred interval between election day and the inauguration, the constant, often violent protests and the infighting over cabinet picks, I held onto the view that Donald Trump was simply a businessman, unskilled in the political arena but possessed of a deep patriotic streak.
I now believe that I was far off the mark, he is no simple patriotic business man, unskilled in politics, in my opinion he is a Zealot in the Biblical sense.
To make the point I must digress. Let us travel back to Judea, 1st century CE. Many scholarly tomes have been written concerning the so-called lost years of Jesus. I believe those years were spent following the Spice Road, traveling with the caravans that traded with the Far East. Further, that Jesus was exposed to and studied the then 500 year old Buddhist philosophy which he incorporated into his Jewish worldview.
When Jesus began his Rabbinical work Judea was a Roman province and the Jewish religious leaders were all willingly subservient to Roman rule. At that time the Jews were anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Messiah, a military leader who would lead a revolution and end Roman rule.
Jesus was identified as Messiah and attracted a following, many coming from the Galileans, a hotbed of zealots and a group described by Josephus as, “ever fond of innovation and by nature disposed to change and delighted in sedition. They were ever ready to follow the leader and to begin an insurrection.”
But Jesus, influenced by his exposure to Far Eastern philosophy, proved to be a peaceful messiah which caused some of his disciples, notably Judas Iscariot, Simon Zelotes and Peter to attempt to force his hand by setting up his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter even taking a sword to Malchus, the servant of the High Priest, and cutting off his ear.
How does all this tie into our current President? Donald Trump certainly does not compare to Jesus, rather he is a modern day zealot. His Rome is the Globalist establishment and, as the modern equivalent of that ancient Jewish priesthood who were willing lackeys of the Roman occupiers, he sees the entire Washington political class along with the main stream media.
Donald Trump is a man with a mission, no less so than Barabbas, Judas and others from among the first century Zealots. There is an epic battle taking shape, one that can alter the course of history for decades to come.
On the one side we have those forces of Globalism which have been growing and marshaling power since the days of Woodrow Wilson and they have become the defacto “Papa Gepetto,” pulling the strings in every industrialized nation on earth. On the other side we have Donald Trump and his cadre of true believers.
Donald Trump occupies the most powerful position on the planet but the question remains, can he successfully overturn a movement that has been a century in the making?
His enemies are formidable. They include half the population of the country as well as nearly the entire mainstream media and they are being led by a massive, organized and well-funded coalition that includes no fewer than four of the five living ex-presidents.
Without regard to anyone’s political views, we all have front row seats to a seminal moment in history. This will be the stuff legends are made on. It will be the reality show of all reality shows. So grab that popcorn, those milk duds, settle into your seats and focus on center stage. Oh, and don’t forget to buckle your seat belts.