Article author 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"

(CNN) Donald J. Trump’s rise to the presidency has political, philosophical and spiritual significance.

  1. Politically, it offers conservatives an opportunity to work toward the restoration of the constitutional foundations undergirding our nation.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Carol Swain
Article author Carol Swain
As president, Donald Trump has an opportunity to reset the course of our nation to make it better and stronger. He can do this by rewriting the rules of interactions between individuals, political groups, lobbyists and bureaucrats. I am hopeful that as President, Donald Trump will be the agent of change that so many of his supporters believed he could be when they voted for him.
Critical to his success will be continued outreach to groups and individuals who appreciate the uniqueness of America and the positive impact it has had on the world. As Americans, we have always striven to correct the injustices of the past. When we make mistakes, and we have made plenty, we try to make amends.
Making America great again, as Trump has pledged to do, does not imply a return to the days of segregation and barefoot, pregnant women. To me, making American great again offers the hope of a society where it is possible for a high-school dropout and teen mom like me to attain the American dream. It is about creating a society where we can rise above the circumstances of our birth.
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SOURCE: CNN