Trump: The American Churchill?

Gates of Vienna

First things first. Good morning and Happy 2018. Hopefully, we are all wise enough that our heads don’t hurt too badly. :P, In any case, it looks like a warm one here today, my thermometer says it’s all of -2°F here, so it’s probably not the day for me to wear my shorts and sandals to the beach. Beached whales everywhere are no doubt grateful!

Patricia McCarthy over at American Thinker had a radical thought, Could Donald Trump be our Sir Winston? Sounds rather laughable on the surface, but I think she has a point. Let’s see what you think.

Comparing the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill to President Donald Trump is guaranteed to elicit scorn from intellectuals, for one was a prolific man of letters, while the other speaks in the vocabulary of the common man.  One was a journalist and scholar, while the other is a builder, deal-maker, and master persuader (as Scott Adams argues).  And one smoked and drank prolifically, while the other abstains from both. […]

Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill accepted King George VI’s appointment to the position of prime minister, but the king, and both parties of Parliament, loathed Churchill.  They, both sides, also knew he was the only man to lead at that moment in time.  Neville Chamberlain’s unfortunate good-will gesture at Munich had been a disaster. Only Churchill realized and had incessantly warned about the evil that was Hitler’s regime.  FDR, hoping to avoid U.S. intervention in the war, was not helpful or forthcoming with military aid just yet.  Roosevelt eventually rose to the occasion but had not fully discerned the evil that Hitler represented to the world.  Churchill did.  FDR was not the wartime leader Churchill was.

Her remarks about FDR are quite a lot more charitable than I would be. Still, there are two points, the American people were in no mood to intervene, nor was Congress, any more than the British were ready to go to war at the time of Munich. In both cases, while hindsight is 20/20, it simply wasn’t possible. The other thing is that Roosevelt, while sympathetic to Britain and Churchill, was both an American patriot, not a British one, and was always anti-Empire. Most Americans were, in fact. While we may be fine with the people of the Empire, and in fact were, and are, the fact of the Empire, always troubled us. But FDR was by no means the leader that Churchill was. FDR was a man of words, the closest he came to combat was as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He could marshall words very well, although Churchill was better, but lacked personal experience to make them ring true. Churchill had that experience and it matters.

To the horror of our 2016 establishment, Donald Trump was elected.  He has been as loathed as Churchill was when he took on the P.M. job as the catastrophe at Dunkirk was unfolding.  Like Churchill, Trump is a bit reckless with his opinions and his speech.  Churchill regularly offended people on both sides of the political spectrum, as does Trump.  Churchill was innovative, imaginative.  He devised the civilian boat rescue of all those soldiers at Dunkirk.  It worked.  Trump has, in a year, defeated ISIS, although the media are loath to report that.  Trump has revitalized the economy beyond anything Obama was able to do.  He has successfully rolled back the restrictive regulations Obama put in place that have strangled the economy and suppressed GDP growth to 2% for eight years. […]

I think we are going to find that Trump’s years in the cutthroat world of New York Real Estate is going to stand the US in very good stead as we negotiate around the world. The fact that he seems to understand how to give orders and let people execute them also helps. It fascinates me to watch him effortlessly outmaneuver Theresa May for example. Like the media, he trolls her effortlessly, leaving her looking stupid at best.

Too soon to say, but I think he’s going to be a very good president, and great is not out of the question. Yes, that sound is liberal heads exploding all over the world. That’s an unexpected benefit.

Trump may just be our Churchill.  They certainly share some personality traits.  Churchill’s love of England saved England.  Trump’s love of America may save us as well.

Well, yeah, there are similarities, not least that both have outsize personalities and neither is afraid to express themselves colorfully. It doesn’t denigrate Trump to say he is not Churchill anymore than it would to say Churchill is not Trump. They are each their own man, and the better for it.

History is doing a bit of rhyming here, but as usual, it is not repeating, not even as farce.

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29 Responses to Trump: The American Churchill?

  1. NEO, I agree completely with this post. May I have your permission to re-post it in its entirety, of course with appropriate attribution and link to your site, at Warsclerotic?

    Dan

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Dan. And yes, of course.

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      • NEO,

        It’s up, <a href = “https://warsclerotic.com/2018/01/01/trump-the-american-churchill/>here. Thanks again

        Dan

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks, again, Dan. Nice way to start the year. 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on boudicabpi2015.

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  4. the unit says:

    Congratulations on the re-blog by Dan!
    Possible comparison too. Churchill’s bust removed from WH. If certain factions get their way, Trump will be busted from the WH. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks!

      Yep, but they won’t. And Hillary will never be president! 🙂

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      • SATIRE | 2017: Hillary Clinton Celebrates Another Year Not Spent in Prison

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, I just read that, and loved it!

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      • the unit says:

        Yep, a most memorable rememorant of all! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        “Yep, but they won’t.” I meant to say if they had their way Trump would be. Won’t is right. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I know! 😉

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  5. the unit says:

    Forget just what comment to reply under, so start new one. 🙂
    Maybe that video of O saying “Thanks Obama” is fundamentally correct. Experience saved us from continued Democrat and RINO rule, and I mean rule as in what rule rule is. Rule defined as what is is. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      There is a good bit of truth in that, I think. 🙂

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  6. the unit says:

    Yep the change you can believe in finally got here.
    Callin’ Bro Bill (and those above) didn’t do…Callin’ on Trump, he here! 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      🙂

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  7. the unit says:

    “-2”,eh? 40th yr. here and worse “climate change” last night and today I’ve seen. 17 hrs below freezing! Almost as cold as first wife. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Gettin’ hot out today, up to 17 now. Beach weather! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I’m so shriveled up. No worry about beach shark bite. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Leaving it up to you to say who’s back in town. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Hah! You know who! 🙂

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  8. Btw, some of us Brit’s are concerned about ‘THE Empire’ also! As we can see with the so-called Royal Family!

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, we know, and sympathize, for what that’s worth.

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      • I love the reality of the British Royalty, but it surely does need a so-called modern and democratic overhaul! 🙂

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        • Btw people should see the movie: The King’s Speech (2010), and the constitutional crisis of the abdication of Edward VIII. Note even after he (Edward) was given the title of the Duke of Windsor. But King George VI filled his responsibilities well! A great movie!

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        • And btw, just a bit of history about George VI….”During George’s reign, the break-up of the British Empire and its transition into the Commonwealth of Nations accelerated. The parliament of the Irish Free State removed direct mention of the monarch from the country’s constitution on the day of his accession. The following year, a new Irish constitution changed the name of the state to Ireland and established the office of President. From 1939, the Empire and Commonwealth – except Ireland – was at war with Nazi Germany. War with Italy and Japan followed in 1940 and 1941, respectively. Though Britain and its allies were ultimately victorious in 1945, the United States and the Soviet Union rose as pre-eminent world powers and the British Empire declined. After the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, George remained king of both countries, but relinquished the title of Emperor of India in June 1948. Ireland formally declared itself a republic and left the Commonwealth in 1949, and India became a republic within the Commonwealth the following year. George adopted the new title of Head of the Commonwealth. He was beset by health problems in the later years of his reign. He was succeeded by his elder daughter, Elizabeth II.” (Wiki)

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, leading to a minor international incident during WWII, when an American Air Force officer commented that we couldn’t have won the war without Ireland and Texas – referring to the people of 8th USAAF. Texans and American of Irish descent thought it a good line, the Republic was not overly amused. 🙂

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        • I think the American Eagle Squadron had both at least a Texan and an American Irishman? 😉

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