The spectacle this evening in the great courtyard of Blenheim Palace, its honey-coloured stone glowing in the evening light, where a nervous looking British prime minister hosted the American president for dinner, was indeed magnificent. The president must have been impressed, and no doubt moved by the sound of the solitary piper.
The birthplace of Winston Churchill, half American, champion of the English-speaking peoples, was a fitting choice. Yet how glaringly absurd that the presidential helicopter should have touched ground in the shadow of the Column of Victory erected in honour of John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough and ancestor of Winston Churchill, the great general who three hundred years ago projected British power across the seas, and by winning a great series of victories against the armies of Louis XIV, culminating in Blenheim by the Danube, saved all Europe from the hegemony of France, its dominant power … only to be met by Mrs May, the petty bureaucrat, whose ‘Brexit vision’ consists of reducing Britain to a vassal state of the EU, and whose negotiating tactics consist of conceding every demand made of her.
The BBC reporter outside the gates drooled over the anti-Trump protestors. They had, he informed viewers, succeeded in bringing off a protest that was peaceful and constructive, helpfully reminding us that Trump was racist, sexist, misogynist (etc), and that he was not welcome in this country. The drooling BBC reporters inside the courtyard helpfully reminded us that the pageantry was to honour not Trump himself (a deeply controversial figure, whose presence was provoking demonstrators around the country … for being racist, sexist, misogynist (etc)) but the office of the president and the special relationship. Earlier, the ghastly Owen Jones popped up outside the American ambassador’s residence to protest that Trump was ‘racist, sexist, misogynist (etc)’ – and deeply intolerant of those of other ethnicities and religions. He did not represent the values of us in Britain.
But a radio phone-in earlier in the evening told a different story. To the horror of the host, caller after caller phoned in to support Trump. They liked him because he put America first. They liked him because he got things done. If only we had a prime minister like that in Britain.
I would go further. I suspect that many more of us warm to Trump because he is ‘a racist’ (i.e. he wants an end to immigration and to preserve American culture), because he is an Islamophobe (i.e. he opposes Muslim immigration because the values of Islam are not compatible with those of the West), because he is sexist and alpha-male (i.e. he took advantage of his wealth and position to sleep with women who are attracted by wealthy powerful men – why the hell not!) – though we had better not say this publicly, even light heartedly, especially not light heartedly, given the current climate of ‘hate’ fear.
The sanctimonious androgynous prigs who would destroy our civilization in the name of a new-age totalitarian utopia in which none are offended do not represent us, contrary to what the BBC would have us believe. When Trump broke all protocols earlier today and announced that Brexit was about immigration, and strongly implied the will of the people was being betrayed, he shocked the establishment media. But he spoke for the ordinary people of Britain.
God Bless the President!
God Bless America!