The writer is in Australia
TRUMP haters are most prevalent in the United States but they are everywhere. Troy Bramston was at again the other day in my morning Australian newspaper, the price of which has just risen by 17 per cent. A case of getting less for more. ‘Biden in the White House would be good for us’ is its title. Aptly pedestrian for both the article and the writer.
Of course, Biden in the White House would be a disaster for Western civilisation and the free world but apparently he ‘aligns better with the [Australian] government’s international priorities’. What follows from Bramston is tendentious tripe and not fit to print. But, let’s face it, Trump haters are a dime a dozen throughout the Australian media. More disconcerting is the way the hateful hacks have poisoned the opinions of ordinary people.
Best to list The Donald’s dreadful deeds during what Bramston calls ‘Trump’s disastrous presidency.’
# He’s led the US into no new wars;
# He’s routed ISIS (remember them?);
# He’s rebuilt the US military (you know, the military we depend upon);
# He’s stood up against China’s rapacious trade policies;
# He’s forced Nato countries to front up more for their own defence;
# He’s relocated the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (long promised, never delivered until Trump) and recognised the Golan heights as being part of Israel (a must-have for Israel’s defence);
# He’s brokered peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain (Nobel Peace Prize 2021?);
# He’s curbed illegal immigration, including with a wall (OK, the Mexicans didn’t pay for it);
# He’s replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with an improved trade deal with Mexico and Canada;
# He’s reduced regulations and taxes, producing US energy independence and, before Covid hit, the lowest Black and Hispanic unemployment on record combined with a surge in real wage growth;
# He’s brought back manufacturing jobs when Obama and those in the know said it couldn’t be done;
# He’s promoted and signed the First Step Act to lessen the over-incarceration of black offenders;
# He’s established business opportunity zones in the inner cities to help minorities escape despair;
# He’s supported school choice and charter schools for disadvantaged children;
# He’s promoted and signed a Bill to provide permanent funding for traditionally black colleges;
# He’s appointed objective federal judges and Supreme Court justices to defend the constitution, as distinct from politically motivated activists.
And I haven’t even got to Covid. Trump sure messed that up. True, he moved quickly to shut down travel from China and Europe, orchestrated a lockdown advised by the sainted duo Fauci and Birx, made sure medical equipment and hospital beds were available to meet the expected surge in cases but, critically, he didn’t look glum enough. Glumness might have saved lives. Churchill was the same. That inane victory sign persuaded people to stray too far from bomb shelters, costing lives.
Let me concede what others might have suspected. I can’t stand those on this new woke Left. They are legion and increasing. Incubated in universities, a neo-Marxist lifeform more deadly than any virus has metastasised throughout schools, the media, public services, the political class and corporate boardrooms.
We are not dealing any longer with mere differences of opinion. That’s long gone. That’s why there can be no amity. No grand bargain. No working across the aisles. This, quite literally, is a fight for survival.
Churchill put fighting for survival in perspective.
If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
I fear we now occupy the ‘worse case’. But let’s still keep hope alive. Four more years of Donald Trump might give us at least a ‘precarious chance’ of survival. It’s a long shot.
This article first appeared on the Australian website Quadrant on October 15, 2020, and is republished by kind permission.