For the past 50 plus years, Americans have been subjugated to the Big Lie. The concept of cultural equivalency has been shoved down the throats of unsuspecting students by academic Progressives at all levels of education reinforced by the progeny of that educational experience…the Progressive media. In Warsaw this past week, Donald Trump shattered that myth in the clearest defense of Western Civilization I have heard since the 1950’s.
The idea that all cultures are equivalent sounds good and makes us feel warm and fuzzy. But the truth of the matter is that most successful nation-states have been built on the foundation Western culture rooted in the concepts developed in Greece, Ancient Rome right through the Magna Carta and the rights of men rather than the rights of Kings in Great Britain. Success is defined as stable and democratic political systems, economic success, and most importantly, the rights of individuals to pursue life, liberty and pursuit of happiness free from government interference. The United States is the pinnacle of those concepts.
Progressive academics are quick to judge America’s foibles. Most of these folks pushing the idea of cultural equivalency have not visited other countries let alone lived there. There comparisons are built on false information and understanding about how the rest of the world works. If you want to know what a globalized world looks like, look no further than the United Nations and the member nations that make up that organization. This is an organization which gives Iran a seat on the Human Rights Commission and allows a platform to the most dictatorial and deadly countries in the world.
I defy anyone reading this to name one functioning democracy that does not have its political roots running through Great Britain and Western Europe into the greater culture of Western Civilization including India and Pakistan.
President Trump restated these concepts last week. In his speech to Poland…a nation that yearned for democracy only to be dominated by Nazism and Communism…Trump spoke with clarity about the core concepts of Western Civilization.
“And if we don’t forget who are, we just can’t be beaten. Americans will never forget. The nations of Europe will never forget. We are the fastest and the greatest community. There is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations.
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.
We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God.
We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.
We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.
And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.”
When I was in high school and college, we studied the history of Western Civilization. We were taught to understand our roots, compare the ideal to practical reality, to look at the struggles within our culture…but NEVER to demean or act to destroy what made us great as a nation and people or trade it for a Utopian view of the world that does not exist.
Those who continue the war on western culture do so at their own peril. Understanding different cultures, getting along with different cultures, learning about different cultures is a given. But subverting our own culture from within, which has given this nation the highest standard of living in the world with unequaled opportunity for those who live here, to embrace lesser cultures that destroy our humanity in exchange for expediency, demean women, kill gays, practice modern day slavery, limit movement within their own borders and demand social conformity at all levels…that is a fool’s errand. And they will lament the day when their point of view prevails.
Mark G. Mangie