My wife and I had the wonderful experience of watching Les Miserables theatrical performance here in our home town, which is currently on a multi-city tour.
It was spectacular. If you get the opportunity, don’t miss this!
Interestingly, as I watched this wonderful spectacle of sound, song and images, I couldn’t help thinking of … President Trump, and the book I just completed. (Seriously.)
In two very interesting ways.
First, as I’m sure you recall, during the campaign the Trump team capitalized on Hillary Clinton’s labeling of us as “deplorables” by touting a meme created that connected the deplorables to Les Miserables.
We even made a Les Deplorables ReSticker to commemorate what I believe was one of the decisive moments in the campaign, because it created an image in our minds of the important difference between Hillary and Trump.
Here’s the Resticker…
As we neared the end of Act One, if you recall the story, the young rebels begin “singing the song of angry men” as they prepare to revolt. As the music began to play, I immediately thought of you… and me… and the millions of Americans whose voices simply haven’t been heard much in our land.
I thought of the battle we face against a seemingly overwhelming Establishment opposition that is determined to maintain the status quo and make America not so great anymore. I could feel again that sense of hope that we had as this unlikely of all champions — the openly flawed, New York liberal billionaire — boldly grabbed the flag and led the crusade to restore pride in our great nation, build the wall, and get our economy going again.
Then, as the musical neared its conclusion, I was struck with another reminder of President Trump that caught me off guard. If you know the story, it traces the life of Jean Valjean, a criminal who was shown mercy and then became a changed man who showed mercy to others.
Les Miserables is really a story of mercy, redemption and the possibility that flawed human beings can change. The antagonist, Javert, doesn’t think redemption is possible and he hunts down Valjean to the end of his days, saying…
You must think me mad!
I’ve hunted you across the years.
Men like you can never change –
A man such as you!
To which our hero Valjean replies..
You know nothing of my life –
All I did was steal some bread.
You know nothing of the world –
You would sooner see me dead….
I am warning you, Javert,
I’m a stronger man by far!
There is power in me yet!
My race is not yet run!
I won’t spoil the story for you, but in the end, Javert is the one who cannot change and Valjean’s transformation changes his world and the world of those around him.
So how does this relate to President Trump and my new book, Making The Presidency Great Again? It seems to me the Left (and the GOP Establishment) have been misunderstanding Donald Trump from the very beginning. They think he’s just a billionaire huckster who went from selling himself through real estate to selling himself through politics. As a result, they’re always a few steps behind President Trump, scratching their heads trying to figure out how he managed to get tax cuts passed, grow the economy and restore American confidence.
“Men like you can never change,” I can almost hear them saying.
To which Trump is replying, “You know nothing of my life… I’m a strong man by far… My race is not yet run!”
Making The Presidency Great Again tells a piece of the story of how Donald Trump is not who they say he is. For example, in one chapter, we look at how Trump became pro-life. It’s a very simple story. Everyone doubted if this pro-abortion, New York liberal was telling the truth. One year in, Trump is the most pro-life president perhaps in our history.
That’s just one example. This book will open your eyes to the real President Trump the liberal media doesn’t even think exists! We’ll have the books in our offices in about 10 days. It’s a very limited print run, and thousands are already accounted for. We
I’d like you to be among the first to read this. Would you take a moment right now to pre-order your copy in appreciation of a contribution of ANY AMOUNT to help Grassfire build? Go here to request your copy.
One final note…
The next time (or the first time) you get to see Les Miserables, be sure to listen carefully to the words of the closing song.
It’s built on that familiar “song of angry men” tune, this time with different words… transformed words. For the change Valjean experiences is ultimately rooted deeply in his Christian faith. Mercy and transformation and love happen all under the Guiding Hand of God…
Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.
They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord.
We will walk behind the ploughshare;
We will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward.
Not unlike our National Song…
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
American greatness cannot be restored unless America’s foundation of faith is recovered. President Trump understands this well, as I show in my book. It’s why he’s running around the world defending western civilization, and why he’s taking on the NFL over the anthem, and why he’s bringing Christmas back. (I connect all the dots in my book).
Thanks for sharing these few moments with me, and thanks for all you are doing to make America great again!
Steve Elliott, Grassfire