Chris Kenny of The Australian was quite insistent that we read the full text of Donald Trump’s speech, which he gave to the G20 in Warsaw, suggesting it ‘will be remembered in history — either as the exposition of a world view that defines his presidency or as a piece of ‘soaring rhetoric that he failed to live up to’.
Soaring rhetoric that it was there cannot be any doubt, and in that it was everything my own mother found distasteful about America and Americans: their penchant for the razamataz. But there is a lot more to his speech than American flamboyance. He focuses on Poland, not only because it’s hosting the G20, but because it is one of the few truly conservative governments remaining in Europe, and one that has successfully resisted the immigration imperatives of the EU.
With a host of leaders, their aids and translators listening attentively, or not, one wonders how much of the ‘soaring rhetoric’ they might have taken in, even if it was markedly different to the vast majority of homespun campaign speeches, aimed squarely at quite a different, albeit partisan set of audiences. Nevertheless, regardless of how much they may or may not have taken in there were a few pointed messages, landmines if you like, thrown in.
It was perhaps a quarter way into his speech when he held up Poland as a model ‘an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilisation’. Innocuous enough in itself, but rather pointed in the understanding that Germany, France, Holland, Belgium and many other EU countries are in the process of losing the battle to hold on the vestiges of their Western Civilisation, and indeed seem to be surrendering their will to fight an enemy in their midst. This being the very one Poland refuses to give a free pass to: Islam.
In fact the bulk of the speech was about Poland’s fighting spirit, a now effete Europe seems to have lost. He spoke of ‘the Miracle of Vistula’, of the Nazis, of Communism, of the extraordinary Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the monument immediately behind him that honoured the 150,000 Poles that died in the fight against the Nazis, who destroyed their city but not their spirit.
The contrast with the rest of Europe must surely have been more than apparent, and it would had to have been intentional on his part, particularly when he quoted Bishop Michael Kozal, a Polish martyr: “More horrifying than a defeat of arms is a collapse of the human spirit”.
Once again this must have been aimed at people like the Lesbian bishop of the Church of Sweden, who appeased the Muslims by ordering that the churches in her diocese rid themselves of their crosses, and install markers on the church floors, indicating the direction of Mecca, the churches having been made available to these same Muslims as places of shared worship. A perfect example of sheer cowardice: bowing before an enemy in the hope they don’t gobble you up.
And then there was the warning of a more insidious enemy of Orwellian proportions, “invisible to some, but familiar to the Poles (who had had direct experience of Communism): the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people”.
A more pointed reference to a blunt instrument of strangulation, otherwise known as the EU you couldn’t hope to find. But we have or own equivalents in Australia, with the swelling numbers of government bureaucrats in Canberra and their state equivalents, particularly Queensland where Annastacia Palaszczuk has increased their numbers many fold.
This ‘creep of government bureaucracy’ brings with it the Cultural Marxism that almost sucked the life-blood out of East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria all those Eastern Block countries and the Black Widow spider herself, the USSR. An ideology that came close to uprooting religion, destroying the family, denying history, traditions, even national memory itself: an Orwellian nightmare that so many countries in the West seem eager to embrace.
This is the swamp the Donald vowed to drain.
It seems to me that the speech was so much more than one that was merely ornate: it is also a battle cry and one we all ought to heed.