My wife asked me to watch Trump’s inauguration with her, so I did. And while I didn’t like all that he had to say, I did like some of what he had to say about foreign policy, as it was pretty much a clumsy restatement of the foreign policy advocated by George Washington and many of the leading men from the founding generation,
“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all … It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world …” – George Washington
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson
“But she (America) 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 commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.” – John Qunicy Adams
Anyhow, I certainly didn’t find Mr. Trump’s speech to be “terrifying” or “alarming”. But this progressive (neo-Marxist who probably doesn’t know she’s a neo-Marxist) writer did,
Aside from being largely a fallacious argument from silence, her piece has value in that it gestures toward the main intellectual battle that’s been going on for quite some time now in the western world (although she probably doesn’t realize it),
“It was a speech with no mention or awareness of the fact that the president’s power derives from the Constitution to which he swore an oath this morning, or that the people’s freedom derives from the same.”
The last part of the quote is the key – “… people’s freedom derives from the same”. So-called progressives and their fellow-travelers think rights and laws ultimately derive from the mind and pen of man (documents like the constitution). But genuine liberals and conservatives (not neo-liberals and neo-conservatives) understand that fundamental rights and laws ultimately derive from God. This has huge implications. For what derives from the pen of man can be invented, altered or abolished by man, but what derives from God must be discovered and obeyed by man.
And, in many ways, that’s the whole ball game in a nutshell, from debates over the purpose of government, to the meaning of sexuality and marriage, to debates over placing the Ten Commandments in government schools. The question on which such issues turn is the question of ultimate authority – who shall rule the creature or the Creator?
Speaking of the schools, some secular humanists/progressives/socialists/neo-Marxists understand the nature of the battle and are more than happy to write about it in quite explicit terms in their own publications:
“The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: A religion of humanity — utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to carry humanist values into wherever they teach. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new — the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism.” – John J. Dunphy, The Humanist, 1983
If my personal experience is any indication, Mr. Dunphy and his partisans have been quite successful.