Monday, July 10, 2017

We are all Poles now

In President Trump's speech in Poland, and in the reaction to it afterward, we see the real meaning of his presidency and the real dividing line in our civilization. Trump is not just about shaking up Washington but about shaking up an establishment that uses the protections of our civilization to bash it.

Here is a portion of his speech:
We are the fastest and the greatest community. There is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations. 
We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers. 
We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.  
We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves. 
And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are. Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization. 
What we have, what we inherited from our -- and you know this better than anybody, and you see it today with this incredible group of people -- what we've inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. So we cannot fail. 
This great community of nations has something else in common: In every one of them, it is the people, not the powerful, who have always formed the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense. The people have been that foundation here in Poland -- as they were right here in Warsaw -- and they were the foundation from the very, very beginning in America. 
Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. We did not and we will not. We will never back down.
One of the idiots that has gotten a lot of attention for complaining about Trump's words in Peter Beinart, a writer who grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and had an upbringing of privilege. He'll do as a representative of the never-America crowd. Here's a bit about what he had to say:
In his speech in Poland on Thursday, Donald Trump referred 10 times to “the West” and five times to “our civilization.” His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. ... The “south” and “east” only threaten the West’s “survival” if you see non-white, non-Christian immigrants as invaders. They only threaten the West’s “survival” if by “West” you mean white, Christian hegemony.
Do you understand any of that? I don't. I guess it's a kind of code for The Left. Barack Obama would understand. He was in Indonesia, where he spent four of his formative years, inveighing against “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and cheerleading for tolerance, moderation and respect for others.

I think Beinart would get it.

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