In a snarky deconstruction of President Trump's speech today in Warsaw (see the video above), Newsweek's Josh Lowe described it thusly: "part Polish history lesson, part foreign policy address, part full-throated call to 'defend the West' (whatever that might mean), you’d be forgiven for finding it a little confusing." Maybe, Josh, but you won't be forgiven for that run-on sentence.
The fact that young Josh claims not to know what it means to "defend the West" says far more about him than he does about Donald Trump. It says that Josh is the sort of privileged Western liberal who sneers at his own culture and rolls his eyes when someone speaks unironically about "Western values." I'm willing to bet he is the sort of self-loathing Noam Chomsky fan who approved of Barack Obama perpetually apologizing abroad for our transgressions.
Josh complained that "Much of Trump’s speech was philosophical meanderings about the defense of 'civilization' and the West against 'forces'... that want to 'undermine our courage, sap our spirit and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.'” This must have sounded like so much Greek to someone like Josh, who seems to believe that external enemies are nothing but right-wing boogeymen.
He goes on:
Poland, Trump said, was an example of a country that kept its traditions and national character alive against such external “forces,” despite repeated invasions. (All of this, by the way, will have been music to the ears of Poland’s nationalist government, which makes much of the country’s history of defeating Communism and asserting its national identity.)
Josh's suggestion here is that defeating Communism and asserting a national identity are somehow nothing to be proud of. Perhaps they aren't, to a Progressive globalist like Josh. He continues:
Trump painted the external struggle against threats like violent extremists as being tied to an internal struggle to defend supposed “Western values.” “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,” he said.
He didn’t say how exactly “strong families” would resist, for example, the threat from North Korea, which he warned about Thursday morning.
Allow me to explain it to you, smartass. The breakdown of the nuclear family unit, which is one of the primary aims of cultural Marxism (don't pretend you don't know this, Josh), is the most important step toward undermining the foundation of civilization itself. When the nuclear family decays you ultimately end up with an all-powerful state like North Korea, which routinely tears families apart and turns family members against each other, like all Communist states do. Trump is absolutely correct to say that strong families and values are essential to But perhaps that's all just a lot of "philosophical meandering" to Josh.
In response to Trump's Churchillian declaration that “Every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life,” Josh wrote, "Er, I, for one, really, really hope this is a metaphor."
Of course he hopes it's a mere metaphor; Josh has no intention of actually risking his life to defend Western civilization because, as a Progressive, he doesn't believe it's worth defending. As a Progressive, he no doubt considers dissent -- instead of giving your life in the defense of your country -- to be the highest form of patriotism. As a Progressive, he is a moral relativist who doesn't believe in the West's "supposed" values or that our civilization is superior to any other, and he sneers at anyone who does, like Donald Trump.
That's why Donald Trump is the leader of the Free World and Josh writes for a propaganda rag so unpopular and unrespected that it was sold for $1 to a stereo equipment mogul several years ago.
Paul Weston added the perfect zinger on Twitter: