Trump: The American Churchill?

Trump: The American Churchill? NEO, January 1, 2018

(An excellent article by my friend NEO. — DM)

Gates of Vienna

Too soon to say, but I think he’s going to be a very good president, and great is not out of the question. Yes, that sound is liberal heads exploding all over the world. That’s an unexpected benefit.

Trump may just be our Churchill.  They certainly share some personality traits.  Churchill’s love of England saved England.  Trump’s love of America may save us as well.

Well, yeah, there are similarities, not least that both have outsize personalities and neither is afraid to express themselves colorfully. It doesn’t denigrate Trump to say he is not Churchill anymore than it would to say Churchill is not Trump. They are each their own man, and the better for it.

History is doing a bit of rhyming here, but as usual, it is not repeating, not even as farce.

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First things first. Good morning and Happy 2018. Hopefully, we are all wise enough that our heads don’t hurt too badly. :P, In any case, it looks like a warm one here today, my thermometer says it’s all of -2°F here, so it’s probably not the day for me to wear my shorts and sandals to the beach. Beached whales everywhere are no doubt grateful!

Patricia McCarthy over at American Thinker had a radical thought, Could Donald Trump be our Sir Winston? Sounds rather laughable on the surface, but I think she has a point. Let’s see what you think.

Comparing the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill to President Donald Trump is guaranteed to elicit scorn from intellectuals, for one was a prolific man of letters, while the other speaks in the vocabulary of the common man.  One was a journalist and scholar, while the other is a builder, deal-maker, and master persuader (as Scott Adams argues).  And one smoked and drank prolifically, while the other abstains from both. […]

Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill accepted King George VI’s appointment to the position of prime minister, but the king, and both parties of Parliament, loathed Churchill.  They, both sides, also knew he was the only man to lead at that moment in time.  Neville Chamberlain’s unfortunate good-will gesture at Munich had been a disaster. Only Churchill realized and had incessantly warned about the evil that was Hitler’s regime.  FDR, hoping to avoid U.S. intervention in the war, was not helpful or forthcoming with military aid just yet.  Roosevelt eventually rose to the occasion but had not fully discerned the evil that Hitler represented to the world.  Churchill did.  FDR was not the wartime leader Churchill was.

Her remarks about FDR are quite a lot more charitable than I would be. Still, there are two points, the American people were in no mood to intervene, nor was Congress, any more than the British were ready to go to war at the time of Munich. In both cases, while hindsight is 20/20, it simply wasn’t possible. The other thing is that Roosevelt, while sympathetic to Britain and Churchill, was both an American patriot, not a British one, and was always anti-Empire. Most Americans were, in fact. While we may be fine with the people of the Empire, and in fact were, and are, the fact of the Empire, always troubled us. But FDR was by no means the leader that Churchill was. FDR was a man of words, the closest he came to combat was as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He could marshall words very well, although Churchill was better, but lacked personal experience to make them ring true. Churchill had that experience and it matters.

To the horror of our 2016 establishment, Donald Trump was elected.  He has been as loathed as Churchill was when he took on the P.M. job as the catastrophe at Dunkirk was unfolding.  Like Churchill, Trump is a bit reckless with his opinions and his speech.  Churchill regularly offended people on both sides of the political spectrum, as does Trump.  Churchill was innovative, imaginative.  He devised the civilian boat rescue of all those soldiers at Dunkirk.  It worked.  Trump has, in a year, defeated ISIS, although the media are loath to report that.  Trump has revitalized the economy beyond anything Obama was able to do.  He has successfully rolled back the restrictive regulations Obama put in place that have strangled the economy and suppressed GDP growth to 2% for eight years. […]

I think we are going to find that Trump’s years in the cutthroat world of New York Real Estate is going to stand the US in very good stead as we negotiate around the world. The fact that he seems to understand how to give orders and let people execute them also helps. It fascinates me to watch him effortlessly outmaneuver Theresa May for example. Like the media, he trolls her effortlessly, leaving her looking stupid at best.

Too soon to say, but I think he’s going to be a very good president, and great is not out of the question. Yes, that sound is liberal heads exploding all over the world. That’s an unexpected benefit.

Trump may just be our Churchill.  They certainly share some personality traits.  Churchill’s love of England saved England.  Trump’s love of America may save us as well.

Well, yeah, there are similarities, not least that both have outsize personalities and neither is afraid to express themselves colorfully. It doesn’t denigrate Trump to say he is not Churchill anymore than it would to say Churchill is not Trump. They are each their own man, and the better for it.

History is doing a bit of rhyming here, but as usual, it is not repeating, not even as farce.

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2 Comments on “Trump: The American Churchill?”

  1. Tom Carter Says:

    Hmm…well, I guess if you squint your eyes just right and stare into the distance without focus, maybe you can see some comparison. What isn’t comparable is the times, and that makes all the difference.


  2. For what it’s worth, the Churchill bust is back on display in the Oval Office.


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