The contributions of Western Civilization to the world
How the president's G-20 speech was a hallmark event
January 8, 2018
Yes, indeed, 2017 was quite a year. I believe one of the most memorable events was the July trip by President Trump to the G-20 summit. Depending on your political affiliation, the president’s trip was either a success, or, by those obsessed and consumed with contempt for Mr. Trump, a failure. In reporting and commenting on the events of the trip, many in the mainstream media dwelled on petty and insignificant things like eye contact, handshakes, and posture while seated, ignoring anything of substance and any accomplishments that may have been made, and lest we forget, the First Lady and her wardrobe.
What irritated and caused much apprehension and ambivalence among the president’s detractors, most who finally provedthemselvesiconoclasts, ideologically stagnated, was his speech in Warsaw, Poland, the contents of which to them was akin to fingernails across a blackboard. Western Civilization, its traditions, values, and contributions to the world made up the heart of the speech, and the Polish people responded with tremendous enthusiasm, while at home the naysayers were outraged and shocked.
The history and exceptionalism of WesternCivilizationhas over the last 60 plus years been the subject of much controversy in America. The ideological left, specifically in education, on college campuses, universities, the media and entertainment industry have disparaged, and made every effort to revise and diminish the West’s institutions and contributions.
The fact that the greater majority of educational professionals from elementary, secondary, to the university, are liberal and have become politicized, and are indoctrinating their students in that philosophy with information that portrays the West in a less than admirable light, as offensive and dangerous. That a civilization that has made great and profound contributions to the world, in the arts and sciences, the inventions, innovations, and having laid the foundations of this great nation, is now considered corrupt and an outcast is a sad commentary, and it is only getting worse.
Many remarked that the speech was Reaganesque, and included such grandiose passages as “Just as Poland cannot be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken and our values will prevail, our people will thrive and our civilization will triumph.” The president went on to say “We write symphonies, we pursue innovation, we reward brilliance. We striveforexcellence, 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 debate everything, we challenge everything, and we seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.”
The president then directly spoke to the audience and the world when he asked, ”Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have the desire and courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who subvert and destroy it? If we don’t have strong families and strong values, we will be weak, and we will not survive.” Mr. Trump as part of the closing said these words: “We are engaged in a battle for family, for freedom,forcountry, and for God.”
Francis Bacon wrote, “Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” Some opinions and criticisms of the speech by the usual suspects and malcontents even resorted to the usual stereotypes that are a hallmark of the Left, commenting on how Western Civilization was comprised mainly of white Christian people, and because of that, and reading between thelinesof course, the speech had elements of racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, and Xenophobia. It’s madness I say.
Religion, specifically Christianity, and the Caucasian race have become anathema to liberal progressives; pluralism has been usurped by diversity, multiculturalism, absent white folk of course, and a secularized society that is the ultimate goal of the radical leftwing. Christianity has become a pariah, under constant threat and criticism and denounced for its beliefs in God and traditional values. As for the Caucasian race, Hunter College is now offering a course “Abolition of Whiteness.” Is it any wonder that President Trump’s speech was met with derision and contempt by these radical social malcontents; it was antithetical to their own corrupt godless values.
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