- Carol M. Swain: Donald Trump's presidency has the chance to change America politically, philosophically and spiritually
- All Americans need to give him a fair opportunity to succeed or fail, like we gave Barack Obama, she writes
Carol M. Swain is professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt. She recently co-authored "Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts and Minds" with Steve Feazel, author and film-maker. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.
(CNN)Donald J. Trump's rise to the presidency has political, philosophical and spiritual significance. Politically, it offers conservatives an opportunity to work toward the restoration of the constitutional foundations undergirding our nation. Philosophically, President Trump needs to focus on restoring the attributes we traditionally associate with classical liberalism. These include a commitment to free speech, individual liberty, limited government, free markets, free assembly and the rule of law. Spiritually, Mr. Trump's election represents an answer to the prayers Americans who are concerned about the decline of American power in the world, the loss of their jobs, threats to their commitment to Judeo-Christian principles, attacks on police and the failure that is Obamacare.