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Trump’s Christian and European America

September 14, 2017

President Donald Trump seems to be holding fast to his promise to build a wall along the border of the United States with Mexico.  Discussions with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last night at the White House indicate that he is willing to hold hostage legislation giving citizenship–or civil status–to “Dreamers” in exchange for funding to build “the Wall.”

The whole notion of “a Wall” along our southern border is ridiculous. There are portions of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona where illegals can make the dangerous trek across arid plains simply by walking, but what is needed is greater surveillance, not a physical wall.

So, if not the promise to build a Wall, what is it that attracted a winning response from American voters to Donald Trump’s candidacy?

To find the answer, we must go back in time to London, England in the late 1960s. Indian Sikh’s were visible on British transit as bus drivers and Council Housing that had served they white British working class was roiled by the admission of non-white immigrants from the Dominions.

A Conservative member of Parliament, Enoch Powell, took a stand against immigration that attracted the support of British workers who had never supported Conservative politicians, but felt threatened by the influx of immigrants. When the Conservative Party won the 1970 general election, Powell’s supporters claimed that Powell’s stance on immigration guaranteed the Conservative victory.

Donald Trump is our Enoch Powell.

Trump, like Powell , however, is a terribly flawed politician.  Powell was a student of the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, and preferred Europeans, the stronger, educated, race that gave England security and supremacy for centuries. Trump, unlike Enoch Powell, is quite ignorant of most things he must be familiar with if he is to serve as an American President–history, diplomacy, economics, national security and foreign policy.

But, like Powell, Donald Trump understands that voters resent illegal immigrants because of their dipping into welfare programs, demands for low college tuition reserved for in-state American students and, yes, their color.

Trump tapped support from older, white, non-college educated Americans who had voted for Democrats since World War II and their children, also white, blue-collar workers whose jobs were impacted by free trade agreements, and whose schools from kindergarten to grade 12 were warehouses that stored them until they could no longer be kept legally from leaving school.

These Trump voters were themselves children of immigrants–white European “ethnics”– who still go to Catholic Mass or Protestant services on Sunday, and send their children to Catholic or parochial schools.  Beginning in the 1960s, they  found themselves abandoned by the Democrat Party, Protestant Pastors, Catholic priest and nuns, who championed civil rights of African Americans and gave them legal preferences and welfare benefits.

What neither Enoch Powell nor Donald Trump affirmed, however, was the Christian character of America and “the West” and that the response to the “Moors” in Spain and a rising Islam that generated the Crusades was now something we need to consider in our own time.

Notice that Trump’s policy restricting immigration, challenged by jurists in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was directed at Muslim countries. Trump’s base may not want to expel “the Dreamers,” but they damn well want to restrict Muslim immigration.

All the talk about a Wall, DACA and illegal immigration actually hides the real reason that Donald Trump was elected President.  He was the one person who affirmed the right of America to stay Christian, European in origin and, fundamentally, conservative.

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