For many of us who supported Donald Trump, it was for the return of America to the fundamental notions of its Founding Fathers with a clear, delineated Bill of Rights and a U.S. Constitution that guaranteed freedom, equality, respect and liberty to all, regardless of race, color, religion or creed.
So it was with a slight grimace of pain to watch President Donald Trump stand side by side with the Polish President, in front of millions of Polish people, crowing on about “Western Civilization,” preserving “Western Values,” and guaranteeing that “Western People” would “thrive” and endure, “never be broken,” and that “Western civilization” would “triumph.”
The fact remains that the United States of America is, and has always been, run and sustained by a vast majority of people who did not hail from the “West,” nor have “Western Values,” whatever that is.
The secret of America’s greatness has always been the filling of jobs and roles and responsibilities in its admittedly “Western” infrastructure, such as its courts, police force, legislature, transportation system, industry, and other arenas by people from all over the world, who have loaned their hard work, industriousness, diligence, thirst to succeed, and ingenuity to advancing America’s interests both domestically, as well as all over the world.
And the truth of the matter is America’s infrastructure and legal incorporation documents, while admittedly drafted by “Western men” predominantly of Anglo-Saxon heritage, those documents were either based on, or completely borrowed/stolen from, other “non-Western” civilizations and great cultures which predated England and Germany by centuries, if not thousands of years.
The “speech” by Donald Trump tried conveniently to take credit for America’s greatness by labeling it “Western Civilization,” when in fact it completely discounted the massive and great contributions (past, present, and future) of, for example, the Jews (Middle Eastern and Eurasian people), the Chinese who built the railroads and transportation system, the Africans who built the entire infrastructure of the nation since before its founding with their blood sweat and tears before, during, and after slavery, the spirit of American independence and respect/love for nature given to us by the Native Americans, the ingenuities to science/technology/software production by the Indians, Chinese and other Asians who left their birth nations in their great “brain drains” to bestow their genius upon the American economy and leadership in global technology and science, the Latin Americans who often feed and grow America’s food supply amongst other major contributions, and the countless other ethnic/religious/racial groups not hailing from the proverbial “West” having “Western Values” that make up the American fabric, and can not, and should not, be discounted or dismissed, as they are in fact the “secret” to America’s “greatness,” not just the people who make up the society of Poland.
This is why Poland and the rest of Europe languishes in “Second World Status,” while the United States of America literally created, and defined, “First World Status.”
America can not solely be considered part and parcel of “Western Civilization,” as that is completely and totally disrespectful and diminishes the achievements, genius, hard work, devotion, loyalty, and bona fide existence of the 90% of America who did not come from or hail from the “Western World.”
If America does not come to terms with this fact, it will soon be eclipsed and left behind when all of the rest of the world finally figures out that they don’t need “Western Civilization” to move forward and progress anyway, and in fact, would probably do better without it.