Does Trump Really Want To Save The West?

Does Trump really want to save the West?

  • Many conservatives and libertarians are disturbed by the West’s masochistic behavior
  • Political pundits and many books have started to write liberal democracy’s obituary
  • Liberal democracy has been alternately scorned and celebrated throughout the world

Last Year, President Trump, while visiting Europe, said: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. 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 the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

He continued: “We must stand united against these shared enemies to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks and any form of ideological support. While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism.”

Some political scientists and economists argue that capitalism and democracy are not natural occurrences and human beings need to collectively wield enormous and unprecedented energy and effort to keep them afloat.

Basically, these two concepts and their application do not come naturally…

They are not in our DNA. They are not self-evident.

John Steinbeck once said, “America was not planned, it became.”

Is this also true for democracy? Are human rights universal? Are they the result of a cognitive and societal evolutionary process? Finally, has democracy become a burdensome and cumbersome project in need of constant resuscitation?

Many conservatives and libertarians are disturbed by the West’s masochistic behavior and its tendency to blame itself for

John Steinbeck once said, “America was not planned, it became.”

essentially all the problems afflicting our planet. According to them, the West is gradually and agonizingly committing suicide.

Apparently, President Trump wants to preserve the Greco-Roman polity and jurisprudence and Christian morality and culture.

But, is this the right way to defend the West and its principles and practices?

Verbally abusing the leaders and governments of Canada, Germany, France, and other nations which profess to practice democratic values is counter-productive and vile.

Aren’t the European Union, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and a few other countries the very entities that are upholding democracy, warts and all?

If President Trump intends to save Christian civilization from liberals and barbarians, his strategy, other than appeasing some uncompromising Trump supporters, is alienating the very people who are supposed to safeguard Western values.

Unless, he also thinks that Christian civilization is on a path to self-destruction…

President Trump Is Right To Oppose The Erection Of Tent Cities In The United States.

Unfortunately, Los Angeles has many of those small-scale tent cities and it is becoming harder and harder to eradicate

Conservative Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party, Heavily Favored Brexit

them.  This extirpation is a gargantuan task that will eventually require the massive influx of city, county, and state resources.

The homelessness issue plaguing many states, especially California, is a national crisis and a national embarrassment and disgrace.

Yes, homelessness is a monumental predicament and more convoluted and puzzling than it seems to be. I’ll discuss later about this critical issue and its painful, grueling, and somewhat vexatious options.

Two years ago, the United Kingdom voted for Brexit and a few months later the United States elected Donald Trump as president.

Washington and London are considered the vanguards of the liberal world order, and yet, they have consistently found a way to frustrate and cripple their own system and then blame Canada and the European nations for distancing themselves from democratic values and Christian civilization.

SHOULD WE START WRITING LIBERAL DEMOCRACY’S OBITUARY

Political pundits and many books have started to write liberal democracy’s obituary.

Is it too soon? I believe so.

Liberal democracy still retains its seductive and invaluable characteristics and expressions. Its vision of prosperity, security, and the defense of human rights is still worth fighting for.

It is enduring and for a few decades now it has been woven into our societal and institutional fabric.

However, as many sociologists and political scientists have argued, to preserve liberal democracy one has to struggle daily against inner human tendencies to undermine and tear apart democratic values and practices, even if they seem perplexing and harmful.

Will liberal democracies implode from their internal and persistent contradictions and paradoxes?

So far, doomsayers have been wrong in predicting the demise of liberal democracies?

Is the rise of China the result of Western democracies gradually becoming more dysfunctional and exhausted?

If Trump wants to maintain and strengthen the West’s democratic values and Christian heritage, he needs to show the world, and particularly the West, that democracy and Christian civilization would continue to bring prosperity, security, 

and benevolence to the citizens of this planet.

Yes, we need to protect our borders and practice those beliefs and values that made and still make America great.

Yes, many of those beliefs and values have Christian origins, whether we like it or not.

However, let’s not distort and pervert those uplifting and admirable precepts in the name of national security and ethnic and racial homogeneity.

Liberal democracy has been alternately scorned and celebrated throughout the world. Unfortunately, and particularly nowadays, liberal democracy is the least defended, the most vulnerable, and perhaps the most misunderstood political system.

It puzzles, embitters, exasperates, disheartens, and provokes both individuals and governments all over the world.

It also disappoints, irritates, confuses, and demoralizes people.

But as Churchill once said, “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”

We hope that the other forms of government that Churchill is referring to will not become the accepted norm and not become an unmanageable epidemic…

 

About the author

Vahe Tcharkhoutian is the founder and editor of Los Angeles Intelligence. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science [American Politics] and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration. He currently teaches in Glendale, California.

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