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Trump Inaugurates the New Right; the Speech Heard ‘Round the World

Photo Credit: Cristian L. Ricardo

On January 20, 2017 Donald John Trump was inaugurated President of the United States, and delivered a speech heard ‘round the world. Inauguration speeches are always note-worthy, but usually simply because they are spoken by an important person at an important moment, but for few other reasons. Trump’s speech was an exception.

Everyone knows (or should know) the significance of the movement which swept Trump into power and is even now sweeping the West. It is the same movement which pushed Britain out of the European Union, which installed a Polish Parliament without a single left wing MP, which nearly propelled the FPÖ, a far right party, into the Austrian presidency,  and which even now propels Marine Le Pen’s National Front into first place in the French Presidential polls. Donald Trump’s inauguration speech defined and expressed its fundamental principles in a forceful and clear manner, in a manner which cannot be ignored.

From the first sentence, Trump expressed the central drive of this international movement: “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.” First and foremost, he referred to the actors of this movement as “We, the citizens of America,” clearly a throwback to our founding documents which begin “we the people,” and illustrating the popular and grassroots nature of this movement. This movement isn’t some political program cooked up by politicians and then sold to the American people, who then pick it up and drive it to power, but rather a spontaneous generation of popular will. The people of this country and most countries throughout the West have a basic knowledge of who they are and what they are entitled to as citizens. This knowledge comes from human nature and from our traditions not only as Americans, but as Christians and citizens of the West. The people know that the State ought to represent them, not just in practice through elections and voting and the like, but by being the body which unites them and expresses and seeks their interests; it ought not be a separate body which exists on behalf of the people, but the people themselves condensed in governance. They also know that the State ought to seek their interests first, foremost, and above all. In his opening sentence Trump expresses all of these things simply “joined in a great national effort,” the people themselves are performing this task, “to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” the state, being the people, will restore the country (economically, socially, politically) and restore what was lost, i.e. a nation which empowers its people.

This idea of the state being the body of the people is further expressed a few lines down: “we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” and further in “The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.” This idea is capped gloriously in perhaps the most memorable phrase of the speech: “January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

This is precisely the idea which is sweeping the West, that the people ought to become rulers of the nation again. This mixed with the patriotic nationalism of phrases like “We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first — America first,” “A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions,” and my personal favorite line of the speech, “We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny” illustrate the nature of this New Right.

The New Right is the awakening of people who refuse the path of the ‘modern conservative’ and insist on the reestablishment of strong nations, manfully seeking the interests of their own citizens and refusing the siren song of the global, financial, and progressive left, which subjects the people to the pursuit of money and their perverted political creed. Unlike the establishment-right personified in figures like David Cameron, Angela Merkel, and George H W Bush, this New Right doesn’t walk obediently behind the progressives as John Stuart Mill desired, conceding their social policies while insisting on their economics, but rather takes a new path whose aim is full victory, not morsels thrown to satisfy the masses. The end goal of the New Right is the establishment of a new kind of nation state, which is simultaneously very old, which is the body of the people acting as one, seeking their own interests, defending their cultural and religious identity, and refusing to follow the path of ‘social progress.’ I look forward to 2017 with eagerness, and you should too, it is the first year of a New America, and the year the peoples of Europe will take back their nations.

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