President Trump just issued a remarkable speech in Poland where he demonstrated to the free world his commitment to Western values in a way that no president has done since Reagan.
In the same way that Reagan challenged the communist ideology of the Soviets, Trump challenged “radical Islamic terror” as an “oppressive ideology” and was bold in his defense of Western values. “I thought it was very much like Reagan’s 1982 speech at Westminster, which was one of his best speeches,” Gingrich said. “Trump is describing in a way almost no American president has since Franklin Delano Roosevelt that this is a war about civilization.” (via Fox News)
The president spoke in a way that earned the applause and respect of the Polish people, whose own history of defending Western civilization goes back to the Battle of Vienna in 1683, where the Polish military played a crucial role in defending the Holy Roman Empire from invading Turks. Poland remains a committed Catholic nation to this day and is an adamant defender of its culture and borders.
“We are confronted by another oppressive ideology — one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another. We’re going to get it to stop,” President Trump remarked.
“The fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive,” said Trump. “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?” (via CNN)
Continuing with his pro-Western values speech, Trump said, “We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive.”
Trump spoke in a way that few politicians have the frank boldness to do. When Trump speaks of preserving Western civilization, he is speaking about preserving a millennia of history, values, and culture.
He continued to speak on the importance of our cultural bonds and history, saying, “Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield – it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. […] Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.
Trump’s remarks are a stark contrast to Angela Merkel’s statements, in which she spoke of how the strength and success of Europe depends on “open societies,” regurgitating a phrase oft-associated with progressive billionaire George Soros.
Trump ended his speech in the same way he did at his historic Independence Day speech — with recognizing the importance of God, saying, “God bless you, God bless the Polish people. God bless our allies. And God bless the United States of America.”
In addition to the sentiments shared by Newt Gingrich, Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, echoed similar a response. “Donald Trump’s Poland speech was Reaganesque,” he said. (via The Hill)
Trump’s speech may be remembered by historians as a turning point for Western civilization in the modern era.