The Emerging Trump Doctrine: The Defense of the West and Judeo-Christian Civilization
[Trump], too, has a steadfast message about the defense of the West. Even his bitterest criticsâand there are plenty of themâhave to admit that he has been stoutly consistent on that theme. History has yet to make a judgment on Trumpâs presidency, but this much of a verdict is already manifest: He has an iron determination to speak plainly about the mortal threats we confront. In fact, Trump has never been more Churchillian as when, in Warsaw, he said:
For two centuries, Poland suffered constant and brutal attacks. But while Poland could be invaded and occupied, and its borders even erased from the map, it could never be erased from history or from your hearts. In those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride...
We are the freest and the greatest community of nations the world has ever known. We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient...
Do you know him?â This just blew my mind. I praised God for His providence in all this. I had no idea I was having an impact in a Chrtistianâs life in Egypt by the messages we uploaded to your site. It was like a rebuke from God--that somewhere on the other side of the world was finding encouragement from these messages.
"..civil religion is the misidentification of the nation of the United States with the covenant people of God. It is the casual assumption that America enjoys a special role in redemptive history. It is the confusion of the office of the political leader with the office of the spiritual leader. It is the frequent presumption of divine blessings without submission to divine judgment. It is the sublimation of Christian distinctives to a generic amalgam that conflates many faiths into a common national identity. It is as old as America itself. And it is not biblical Christianity." (William Inboden)
So this is what we must doâwe must defend ourselves:
Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. . . . So, together, let us all fight like the Polesâfor family, for freedom, for country, and for God.
Trump really laid it on the line: Itâs all about the defense of the West. We will not only stand up for our Judeo-Christian civilization, we will also, if need be, fight for our Judeo-Christian civilization.
Thus we come back to that earlier defender of our ways and our faith, Winston Churchill. He was right when he said, those 77 years ago, âUpon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.â We can expand that concept to included like-minded non-Christians, as Trump rightly did, but the underlying idea is the rock-solid same.
So if Churchill was right then, Trump is right now. If we stick together, weâll win, and if we donâtâwe wonât.
The elements of a new strategy for the Westâs survival are thus coming into place. And if thereâs not yet a Trump Doctrine, there will be soon enough. And hereâs a prediction: Most likely, it will embody the motto of the U.S. Army: âThis weâll defend.â