The Patrimony and Donald Trump

At Mount Rushmore, President Trump noted that:

Our Founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity.  No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America.  And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.

It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence.  They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: “…all men are created equal.”

He’s right, and that is the very first time that it was stated, openly, proudly, and loudly. Our Founders were also the first to say that our rights come from God, not man, and especially not government. That was truly revolutionary, although there are precursors, including the publication just a few months before of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Since we have been keeping the flame, those beliefs have spread around the world like a prairie fire.

But here, in its home, Freedom is again in danger.

Sumantra Maitra, writing in The Federalist makes the point that it comes down to this:

Increasingly, even as Trump might be an unlikely cultural conservative messenger, structural forces are placing him in a curious situation where he finds himself the defender of the patrimony in an ongoing cold civil war. This is not a matter of choice anymore.

That’s  true and he identifies two opposition groups:

  1. Corporate media
  2. Academia

That’s no longer even arguable, but academia including k-12 education is by far the primary driver here. Sumantra says the battle comes down to three speeches, the President has given.

West Point where Trump said that,

” We are restoring the fundamental principles that the job of the American soldier is not to rebuild foreign nations, but defend — and defend strongly — our nation from foreign enemies. We are ending the era of endless wars. In its place is a renewed, clear-eyed focus on defending America’s vital interests.”

Rather reminiscent to me of Secretary of State John Quincy Adams who wrote on July 4th, 1821,

“The interest, which in this paper [The Declaration of Independence] has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. It was the first solemn declaration by a nation of the only legitimate foundation of civil government. It was the cornerstone of a new fabric, destined to cover the surface of the globe. It demolished at a stroke the lawfulness of all governments founded upon conquest. It swept away all the rubbish of accumulated centuries of servitude. It announced in practical form to the world the transcendent truth of the unalienable sovereignty of the people. It proved that the social compact was no figment of the imagination; but a real, solid, and sacred bond of the social union.”

This is the same report that concluded with this,

“Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.”

It is indeed time to return to the wisdom of our forebearers.

Warsaw, where the President voiced his concern for and defense of Western Civilization, saying,

“We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.”

So many have said this that I’m not going to quote anyone. Free countries could have arisen only in the West, in fact in the Christian West. BTW, while he is no angel, this may be part of the reason that the globalists attempt so hard to denigrate Putin, like Trump, he professes as a Christian.

Last week at Mount Rushmore, iconic mountain celebrating American heroism. where as Sumantra says.

Finally, his latest speech at Mount Rushmore, which argued for a nationalism, regardless of race or class, focused on the classical Western canon and intellectual inheritance, from Andrew Jackson to George Patton, from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman. He vowed to defend the country from anarchists and Marxists.

Taken in combination, these speeches argue for a revival of classical education and art, preservation of culture and history — appropriately recognizing Anglo-American heritage, a restrained foreign policy abroad, and strong law and order at home.”

 

He’s correct, of course, taken together these three speeches illuminate the legacy our predecessors have left to us along with the duty to hand it down unimpaired. So about our opposition:

The corporate media is obvious, of course, if you saw any of its reporting of Mt Rushmore, no doubt you were left wondering what speech they heard because it surely wasn’t the one Trump gave. In any case, media, even more than politics, is downstream of culture. In this case, a specific part of culture, which takes much of its lead from academia.

And so, academia, which is not downstream of culture but is actually the creator of culture. Sumantra says this…

This brings us to the crux of the issue. While a culture war is looming, a culture war will not be won by tweeting and giving speeches, but by legislating policies. Furthermore, these policies will only be effective if they target the propaganda centers in academia. Joy Pullmann and I recently wrote a joint paper on how to redress this massive imbalance. Of the five policy proposals we outline, two are especially relevant to this cultural civil war.

The first policy seeks to limit public funds for all activist disciplines. Legislating a “no politics in education” policy, while making it compulsory to have free speech on campuses and protect against ideological discrimination (as a recent South Dakota law ensured) would be a good first step.

The second policy would be to increase scrutiny of the biases within academic departments by forcing university administrations to ensure research produced by social science and humanities departments is not actively anti-national, subversive, or one-directional. These proposals are well within the capability of the federal government and could ensure proper tax funds disbursement, as well as ensuring balanced academia, without interference in content.

Politics, it appears, is not downstream of economics, but the downstream of culture. And to win the culture war, conservatives need to redress the overwhelming disadvantage in media and academia. While there are conservative media houses, academia works primarily and divisively to denigrate the commonalties of a nation-state.

If shared civic virtues, symbols, and stories are maligned, then there remains no nation and no society or community, but a giant supermarket that houses “consumers” who feel no loyalty to the land beneath their feet. If President Trump is serious about the culture war, then he needs to address the imbalance to win the messaging war against the propaganda markets.

And that too is so. In the coming days, we will explore some ideas about that. As long as I’ve been writing this blog, this has been one of my paramount concerns, how to begin the long march back. It seems from my reading that the President has shaken the Liberty Tree vigorously enough to shake loose a lot of ideas. Some (most, or all) need to be taken up, and this will require legislation, both state and federal, which means we’d best vote FOR America this fall, or we may lose it for all time.

John Adams to Abigail Adams – July 7, 1775

Your Description of the Distresses of the worthy Inhabitants of Boston, and the other Sea Port Towns, is enough to melt an Heart of Stone. Our Consolation must be this, my dear, that Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it…

I am forever yours —

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5 Responses to The Patrimony and Donald Trump

  1. audremyers says:

    I never cease to be amazed; it’s one thing to be able to spout the dates of the important times, acts, laws of history, it’s quite another to be able to tie those important times of the past to the present. I have such admiration for folks who are able to do that. It’s people like Neo and the historians among this readership – and those historians who people the comments section of The Conservative Woman in the UK – who will help guide our countries back to the basics of what we stand for – did stand for, have stood for, will always stand for.

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  2. the unit says:

    Well, when so called victims discover their ” brand-new frontiers” of personal liberty and responsibility of individual freedom…:
    Uh, big WHEN & IF there.
    P.S. Don’t mistake me as a sheep, I wear a mask to just keep leftist snot droplets away at the grocery story. Choice, mine to make. 🙂

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