Not long ago, President Trump’s speech in Poland would have been meet with the same amount of controversy as loving babies, apple pie, and ice cream. It is a measure of how far the American Left has come that mentioning family, freedom, country, and God are the equivalent of showing Dracula the cross. While Trump doubtlessly spoke from the heart in Warsaw, he inadvertently kicked over a hornet’s nest back home, one that may hold the key to his re-election.
Trump’s unabashed defense of the West against those who seek "to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are" is an affront to the gods of multiculturalism, and from the liberal point of view, cannot be allowed to stand. Peter Beinart, writing in The Atlantic, complained "the West" was "a racial and religious term" and "his white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means." Amanda Marcotte in Salon wrote of his "white nationalist rhetoric" and that Trump was "fairly begging to be labeled a fascist" before comparing the speech to Nazi rhetoric. Vox called Trump’s speech an "alt-right manifesto."
My point is not to call out the Left for their hatred of Western Civilization — plenty of others have ably done so — but rather to point out the enormous opportunity their disgust provides for the President and the GOP. The Left has long admonished their political opponents not to question their patriotism, but really, why the hell not?
George W. Bush refused to call out Democrats for their lies and slander concerning the origins of the Iraq War, and again when they deliberately sought to wear down public opinion and bring about America’s capitulation. Harry Reid went so far as to proclaim the war lost as the Surge was winning it, and of course Obama handed everything we had won to ISIS. But one need not dredge up a decade old foreign war to recognize as Trump implicitly did in Warsaw that we are in the midst of a domestic war for the soul of America.
Whereas previous culture wars revolved around the familiar hot button issues of abortion and religion, those need not predominate. The real division between the minority Left and the electoral majority is the idea of America as an exceptional nation founded on universal truths within the context of unique culture worth celebrating. The Left’s argument that we ought to "celebrate diversity" is not so much a call to adapt the best of other people’s ideas — cultural appropriation! — but a command to denigrate our own culture, and deny that it is any better than another’s.
Without wasting words refuting the absurdity that no person or nation is any better or worse than any other, suffice to say that the electoral majority does not, nor will it ever, subscribe to a preference for American mediocrity. USA is number one, and woe to the politician who finds himself on the other side of that argument, yet as the reaction to the Warsaw speech shows, the Left is simply incapable of staying silent in face of nationalist cheerleading by Donald Trump; it drives them nuts!
Like President Obama’s defenders, who insisted that any criticism of their dear leader was rooted in racism, Trumps detractors now insist that any defense of the West is based on appeals to white supremacy, a dog whistle to the tens of millions of Americans with an AR-15 and a Klan hoodie. Never mind that Trump never mentioned race in his speech, it is enough to celebrate our nation’s history to evoke in Leftist minds the Nazi Kultur of blood and iron.
If President Trump were to continue with his defense of Western Civilization and American Exceptionalism, then presumably the Left would continue to call him a white supremacist Nazi, which ought to be exactly what the White House hopes will happen. The more the Left advertises their dislike for the country as founded, and conflates patriotism with white nationalism, the more they will alienate those who still love this country, and the more they will tick off what is still the majority voting bloc, namely whites.
The Left has no problem calling African-Americans who stray from the party line "Uncle Toms" and every other filthy name they can think of. They have no compunction about treating the Latino vote as though it ought to be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party. They have managed all this by calling America a racist country full of bigots who would do heinous things to minorities if Democrats were not there to protect them. While that might have been true once — when Democrats ran the South — the act is getting increasingly transparent, obnoxious, and, most importantly, ineffective.
Why shouldn’t white Americans, fed-up by continuous calls to confess their sin of racial privilege, not vote against the party that so clearly despises them and their forefathers? If Harry Reid can say, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican," cannot a Republican say, 'I don't know how anyone of white heritage could be a Democrat?' They shouldn’t, because both statements are racist, but if liberals want to go there, we ought to leave them a trail of bread crumbs to ensure they don’t get lost.
P. H. Guthrie is a former Republican campaign operative. His work has appeared in USA Today, Real Clear Politics, The Federalist, and The Daily Caller. He has also appeared on "The Dan Caplis Show" on KNUS 710. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. Follow him on Twitter @PHGuthrie. To read more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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