by Hannes Wessels
Most people I know are thrilled the Trump era is over. And watching his performance in his final days they may be right; but with him gone and Democrats about to take control of the White House and both houses of congress, I lament the lost opportunities and from a place far away from America, I fear for the future.
Trump came to power with what I thought was a laudable agenda based on sound principles. Importantly, he expressed his pride in the underlying goodness of traditional American values and core beliefs based on Christian fundamentals. This infuriated the progressive elites of the metropolitan East and West coasts and the ‘establishment’ which the president liked to refer to as ‘the Swamp’. He seemed to understand the plight of the American working class and moved to cut taxes. He wanted to secure his country’s borders, cut better trade deals for America, confront China’s expanding global aggression, pressure the presumptuous Europeans to spend more on their own defence and extricate US troops from costly, unwinnable wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. He rightly pointed out that America was indulgent to its enemies and started to withhold aid to countries he considered hostile. Closer to home, he criticised African governments and was rude about the state of some countries, though anyone familiar with contemporary Africa will struggle to disagree with his opinions. Through Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state, he did what no Western politician would dare to do and expressed concern about the safety of South African farmers. Though many of his goals have been frustrated, to a large extent as a consequence of relentless harassment, he achieved much that is positive during his term of office. Unfortunately, there is more to do and that opportunity is denied him. The new administration will move quickly to undo what was done and reverse course.
Against this backdrop, as a white African who has long believed that what is loosely known as ‘Western Civilisation’, with roots going back to the great Greek philosophers, bolstered by a Christian bedrock, has been, on balance, a force for good in the world, spawning and growing some of the most successful polities in history, bringing health and happiness to millions, maybe billions of people. While most disagree, I also believe that this same ‘Western Civilisation’, that was introduced to Africa during the now reviled colonial era, brought countless benefits that accrued from the introduction of the rule of law, health and education services and competent governance. However, under the guise of ‘African Nationalism’, most of those systems and structures have been destroyed and replaced by home-grown autocracies which have in most cases, governed badly, bringing poverty and misery to the majority. Unlike most Europeans and Americans, I have borne sad witness to what actually happens when this process unfolds, and I fear we in Africa were only the first dominos to fall as Western leaders turn their backs on their old beliefs and their past.
For Christians everywhere looking for spiritual guidance they are certain to be disappointed. The current Pope would have been better placed as a populist politician. A committed socialist, he seems to care more about the ‘woke’ issues of the day like combatting capitalism, Islamophobia and global warming than protecting persecuted believers and ministering to his congregation. The Anglican Church, led by a long line of feckless liberals, estranged from traditional British values, have alienated most of their following and weakened the old faith-based bonds that made Britons proud and the country a role-model for the world. Today in Britain, much of the leadership at local and national level is in the hands of people who hail from countries and cultures that are not well known for tolerance of dissent or good governance.
At the political level, Western Europe provides no leadership that talks confidently about the role the Christian ethos played in their path to being rich and influential. In Germany, little or no mention of Martin Luther, the power of Protestantism and the part played by the people and ideas that once empowered the nation. Everywhere, in the developed democracies, religious and political leaders are found on their knees pledging respect and affection for all but their own faith, even ones that openly demand the death and destruction of those very people who have delivered on the Christian commitment to inclusivity and freedom of worship.
In schools and universities around the world pupils and students are being taught that their European-Christian heritage is synonymous with slavery, colonialism and capitalist inspired plunder and that they must accept guilt for the alleged crimes of their ancestors because they are undeserving beneficiaries of their malfeasance. This message has hit home hard and generations to come are convinced that they must spend much of the rest of their lives suffering justifiable punishment for their bloodline, their faith, and their inheritances. Part of the penance they must pay will include acceptance of the end of meritocracy; in their lives ahead they will have to embrace the fact that no matter how hard they work or perform, they will likely be denied opportunities in education and their chosen careers, simply because of the colour of their skin.
With the election of Joe Biden, this sad course of events is set to accelerate, not least because his Vice President, Kamala Harris, a racist who hails from the radical left, is likely to assume the presidential reigns sooner rather than later. Their policy programme looks set to strengthen and consolidate the liberal tyranny that seeks to destroy western democracy as we know it.
Uncontrolled immigration into the US will speed up the process of marginalising and diluting the soon to be white minority. An abrupt move to socialism will increase the burden placed upon the predominantly white, working and middle-class while the number of people wholly dependent on the State for their survival ratchets up. The new administration is likely to be largely bereft of conservative whites who hold dear their country’s history and traditional mores and culture.
In a way this follows the same path we went down in southern Africa and I fear there is little doubt where it leads to. America is on a path to self-destruction and that is not good for many of us in this topsy-turvy world. But for the Chinese and all those who seek the final erasure of all semblances of Western civilisation, it is a bonanza.