Will European Leaders have the courage to follow, Trump’s call to restore the foundation of Western values, heritage, and institutional values?
President Trump’s July 6, 2017, speech in Poland will go down in the chronicles of political speech as of the most passionate, articulate and necessary defenses of Western values and civilization in modern times. President Trump’s July 6, 2017, speech should be read by every American and everyone who espouses the virtues of our
Western civilization. This is not an overstatement.
Consider the following. The uniquely American doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which is the philosophical notion that American ideals and sovereignty shall spread from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean is based on the conceptual underpinnings of American Exceptionalism. The following quote illustrates the precept of Manifest Destiny. Historian Matthew Pinsker under the subject Manifest Destiny in History.com states.
“Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. This attitude helped fuel western settlement, Native American removal and war with Mexico. The phrase was first employed by John L. O’Sullivan in an article on the annexation of Texas published in the July-August 1845 edition of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, which he edited.
The doctrine of Manifest Destiny hinged upon the foundational belief system that the exportation of European Judeo-Christian values and Western democratic institutions were essentially worth preserving and advancing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific seas. This was centered in the ideal of divine intervention and intrinsic Manifest Destiny. The idea of Manifest Destiny is very similar to the Israeli concept of Zionism or as put in biblical terms, “gathering of Israel and restoration of Jerusalem”.
Consider the following passage from Isaiah
“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim” (Isaiah 11:10-13)
No doubt many of the Christian faith well grounded in the biblical ideal of Zionism accepted and embraced the uniquely fashioned doctrine of Manifest Destiny, because of the similarities between the two ideas of expansion, based on divine destiny and guidance. Both the idea of Zionism and Manifest Destiny is a matter of faith and inspiration rather than skepticism and agnosticism.
Additionally, the American concept of Manifest Destiny was based upon the foundational bulwark of the philosophical precept of “American Exceptionalism”. This key concept, which buttresses and motivates the ideal of “Manifest Destiny“ can be explained more fully as follows. As cited from Wikipedia under American Exceptionalism.
“American exceptionalism is one of three related ideas. The first is that the history of the United States is inherently different from that of other nations. In this view, American exceptionalism stems from the American Revolution, becoming what political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called “the first new nation” and developing the uniquely American ideology of “Americanism”, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, republicanism, democracy, and laissez-faire economics. This ideology itself is often referred to as “American exceptionalism.” Second is the idea that the U.S. has a unique mission to transform the world. Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg address (1863), that Americans have a duty to ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Thus, American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny are philosophically close relatives incorporating, embracing, advocating and restoring the ideal of American Zionism. The notion of the “shining City on the hill, the New Jerusalem, the bright beacon of freedom and industry to the world.
America inherited much of their ideas of the neo-Zionism and New Jerusalem from their mother nation of Great Britain. The British idea of Zionism can best be illustrated for the purposes of this article, by a beautiful British anthem, entitled, “Jerusalem”, words by the indomitable English poet William Blake.
This wonderful song still stirs the blood of many loyal subjects of the Queen and Commonwealth, including loyal Americans understanding the nature of their inheritance from the mother country and the British realm.
And thus, it is with the mother country, in which, America inherited the profound understanding and prolific embrace of the virtues of Western civilization. Even a cursory understanding of history will manifest to the student of history, the tenuous and dubious hold European culture, laws, institutions, heritage, and democracy had in Europe.
Let it suffice, to state there were several junctures in history, whereupon, the flames of Western civilization were close to extinction most notably found in the Mongol and Islamic incursions and invasions into Europe most dramatically represented by the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.
As author Anthony Pagden, states in his essay, “Turning the Ottoman Tide, John III Sobieski at Vienna 1683”
“For the West, the fall of Constantinople was a calamity. It was not only a great Christian city, the last bastion of Constantine’s empire in the East, that had fallen. Gone too was the last living link with the ancient Greek world. And all this glittering past had been snuffed out by a horde of Muslim barbarians from the depths of Asia.”
Thus, after the fall of Constantinople, other Western Christian kingdoms had to take leadership of the Western Christian world. This bulwark against incursions, invasions, occupations against the European world was upheld by nations such as Poland, Russia, Austria, England, and France. These historic and very real high-stake clashes between civilizations has embedded the significance of European Western Civilization in Europe, especially, in Eastern Europe, wherein, the clashes were on the frontline between civilizations.
For instance, it was the Russians who put an end to Ottoman and the Khanate of Crimea invasions into Europe ending the Muslim slave trade against Russia and Eastern Europe on April 19, 1793. As stated, by the history cooperative.
“During the 17th century, the steppes of Ukraine were subject to a prolonged series of wars between the great powers of Eastern Europe, namely the Ottoman Empire, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (PLC) and Russia. During this period the Khanate of Crimea, one of the successor states of the Golden Horde and a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, played a critical role in aiding the Ottoman`s military campaigns against first the PLC, and later against the growing power of Russia.”
The Poles came to the defense of the Austrians at the Gates of Vienna to save central eastern Europe from collapse and destruction by the Islamic Ottoman invasion force positioned in jihad and conquest of Eastern Europe.
These historic clashes of civilizations were very real and epic events to Eastern Europeans and in most instances represented the loss of freedom, introduction to slavery, loss of religion and subjugation of ethnic and cultural identity. This was no small conflict nor task, but rather, profound conflicts of ethnic, religious and cultural identity. In essence, the difference between slavery and freedom. The clash of these civilizations are historic, substantive and very real. Americans have no such historical reference, as the Poles and Russians in their collective memory, save her inheritance from Great Britain.
The Islamic Ottoman and her vassal state the Islamic Khanate of Crimea penetrated into Eastern Europe nations enslaving the people. In fact, many lindquist indicate the etymology of the word “Slav”, derives from the word, “slave’.
Unfortunately, the Islamic slave trade was not fully and completely extinguished against the Slavic peoples, until Catherine, the Great of Russia defeated the Islamic Khanate of Crimea and put an end to the Muslim incursions into the Slavic regions.
To categorically deny the deep-seated, chiasm, clash and struggle between competing civilizations concentrated in a manifestation by the Western Justinian legal code and Eastern theological Sharia law is to repudiate centuries of historical truth.
Yet, foolishly, ignorantly and disingenuously that is what the liberal Globalists attempt to repudiate when criticizing President Trump’s magnificent defense of Western Civilization in Warsaw.
However, the Polish people would have none of the Globalist agenda and stood stalwartly with the American President.
As Merkel represents the ideals of the Globalist elite’s so Trump not only manifests American Exceptionalism but also Western freedom, democracy, idealism, law, and justice. The Polish people understand the necessity to preserve Western values. After all, even prior to the Polish struggle against communism and Nazism, the Poles came to the aid of the Austrians at Vienna and fought to protect, preserve and defend Western Christian values.
Therefore, the historic speech, President Trump declared, in defense of Western civilization, to the Polish people had great historic and representative contextual meaning. Trump’s speech was also a significant call to the Russians to adhere to their historic ties to Western Christian civilization. President’s Trump’s epic speech was also a clarion call to all of Eastern Europe, as the leader of the Western civilization, manning the rampart, without apology that Western values still maintain meaning, culture, and identity. He let Eastern Europe know and understand, that in the days of sell-outs, like Merkel, Trump will stand as a rock in advocacy of Western values and virtue. Further, he will do so alone, among the leaders of the West, as the Spartan king Leonidas, if necessary.
Written by Jeffery E Elliott Esq.