Donald Trump just gave another major speech, this time in Warsaw, Poland. In this ancient city, the capital of the fabled Polish people, he spoke on national identity.
Trump stands accused, again, of white supremacist racism. While Trump, during the 2016 Presidential election, sometimes tweeted things posted by white nationalists, he never spoke well of its figures like Jared Taylor or Richard Spencer. President Trump has continued this. The accusation that he is a white nationalist is belied by his latest speech.
“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 honour 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 centre of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.”
This is a fine statement of the ideals of Western civilization. Now, notice something in these paragraphs. Do the words race, blood, white, black or brown ever appear? No, they don’t. Our civilization is one that has labored to transcend racist notions, which are historically universal. People didn’t trust what was outside their tribe, the group they were related too. But the West has.
President Trump also said, “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilisation in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
These are the questions that conservatives have been asking the West for over a decade. Ever since Islamic ideology became a serious threat to us, lonely voices have called out the warning. Watchers on the walls, Robert Spencer, Serge Trikofvic, Ibn Warraq, Douglas Murray, Roger Scruton and Pierre Manent and many more, have written for years of the danger that Islamic dogma poses to the West. All of these men are intellectuals and scholars, they are not, contra Vox, ” the far right on both sides of the Atlantic.” And now, the ideas they helped establish are coming from the mouth of the President of the United States.
We could wish that Trump would speak more upon the foundations of a free society, of our origins in English common law, Hebrew holiness or Greek philosophy. But the words he spoke are sufficient to make the points needed, from the man who can have the world’s irritated attention, whenever he chooses.
The left-run media have wasted no time in connecting Trumps words to a white nationalist ideology. I wish I could say this ideology doesn’t exist, but it does. There is Stormfront, an online forum populated by the most vile of racist knuckle-draggers. There is also the National Policy Institute, which embraces a more rarefied, but still repellent, racial ideology.
All are wrong, despite some wearing fine clothes, and speaking well.
These white radicals great error is in embracing the thinking of the Left. Where the present-day Left has embraced racial categories, organized in a hierarchy of victimhood, white nationalists have embraced the same thing, but in reverse. For white nationalists, as for La Raza, National Socialists and even black empowerment advocates, race is the primary identifier of a person. They could hardly be more wrong.
Race does not make culture. Races do not possess differing moral qualities. Whites are not proud Aryans, Asians are not submissive, Africans are not helpless children in need of aid. All are persons, with the capacity of moral choice.
Racialist thinking reduces the human person from a creature which bears the image of its Creator, to a piece of colored flesh, with little else to define it.
For Trump, our civilization is great but not because it is a single race. It is great because it embraces many peoples, whom all contribute something. Hebrew wisdom, Greek philosophy, Arabic mathematics, English law, French writers, Russian novels, Polish heroes and scientists and countless more are part of Western heritage. We do not need to be Russian to stand in awe of Solzhenitsyn, or English to enjoy the wisdom of Samuel Johnson, or French to laugh at Moliere, or Chinese to learn from Mencius. Great cultures transcend the pettiness of race.
Is our heritage strong to stand? I believe it is. It is as strong as we are. We who are its inheritors. What the dead have left for us is a patrimony of faith, freedom, constitutions and cultures, which are the envy of the world. You say they are not the envy of the world? Then why do thousands risk death to come here?
Trump’s words anger the Left. That’s amusing. But if that were all he had done, it would be a flash in the pan. But his Warsaw speech is hopefully the first of many calls to defend what we share.