Now that the Russia collusion hoax is heaving its lasts gasps with the president’s enemies who have a hard time letting go of their favorite fantasy, it's a a good time to remember just what it was resulting in Donald Trump’s 2016 triumph.
What it means to Make America Great Again (MAGA) was on full display in Normandy last week.
This is when the president gave his address commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. That address was not only Mr. Trump’s finest speech to date, but it was also a moving, succinct, passionate, and powerful statement about what the president and his supporters believe.
In order to put this into proper perspective it's helpful to consider what our government had become by 2016, and the extraordinary attempt to alter the character of American politics that had been accomplished by the Obama administration.
Mr. Obama and those around him were not champions of popular sovereignty; rather they believed that the American people needed to be cared for, regulated, and generally controlled by a federal Leviathan — from cradle to grave.
At the same time Team Obama believed in imposing its policies, such as the provision of abortion and contraception — even over objections on relgious grounds.
It was not only committed to a form of intolerant secularism, but also to the favoring of particularly favored economic endeavors, a form of crony capitalism which used government to promote the well-connected and the politically correct.
Finally, as continues to be true today, the tendency of the Democrats is to engage in divisive politics; the sort of that views Americans as members of particular victims groups.
Victims with particular grievances which must be remedied by redistribution of assets from other groups, who are purportedly guilty of taking unfair advantage over decades — if not centuries.
Mr. Trump’s simple wisdom is to repudiate all of that, and to show what brings us together, rather than what tears us apart. The ideal venue to make that point was a celebration of the West’s greatest triumph over a divisive force, the allies’ victory in World War II — when the moral stakes were clearest.
With subtle eloquence, Mr. Trump declared, "Their mission is the story of an epic battle and the ferocious, eternal struggle between good and evil."
The president elaborated, describing our foe then as "the wicked tyranny of the Nazi empire." He also contrasted the allies as "the citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn."
This was an acknowledgement that the postmodern secularists of the left, with their amoral approach to society, fundamentally misunderstand reality, which the rest of us still know as an ongoing struggle between right and wrong.
Our people are still engaged in an effort to promote freedom and liberty and avoid not only evil, but its spawn: repression and regulation.
The president, whom his critics never tire of describing as boorish and intolerant, graciously described the British as possessing "nobility and fortitude," the Canadians as having a "robust sense of honor and loyalty," without neglecting the "fighting Poles, the tough Norwegians, and the intrepid Aussies," as well as the "gallant French commandoes," who were met with "thousands of their brave countrymen ready to write a new chapter in the history of French valor."
A leader who could evoke such encomiums regarding our European allies is not the man the Democrats falsely paint as loathed by other nations. Describing both them and their American compatriots, the president observed that "they had a job to do," and "with God as their witness, they were going to get it done."
Summing up what it is the West has stood for, the president described it as "the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people," who "battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule."
Trump proclaimed that those who fought and won in World War II "were sustained by the confidence that America can do anything because we are a noble nation, with a virtuous people, praying to a righteous God." It's this ability to articulate the best this nation has been — and can be — that makes Donald Trump a truly remarkable president.
This commander in chief, whom Democrats simply cannot see for who he actually is, correctly remarked that the legacy the warriors of D-Day will endure for all time, "for as long as the soul knows duty and honor; for as long as freedom keeps its hold on the human heart."
Donald Trump, at his best, is not a politician, but a statesman, able to elevate our discourse to remind us of the true needs of the human heart, the virtue necessary for a successful republic, and the inescapable role of the divine in human affairs.
Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, the Legal Affairs Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and a contributor to The University Bookman. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and University College, London. He has often testified on constitutional issues before committees of the United States Congress, and is the author of "Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered" (Regnery, 1994) and "Law Professsors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law" (West Academic, 2017). Presser was recently appointed as a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado's Boulder Campus for 2018-2019. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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