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Can Trump Can Save Western Civilization?
By de Andréa
‘THE BOTTOM LINE’
Posted December 28, 2017
A new year’s resolution
Trump can save Western civilization. Not necessarily because of his policies, but rather, his unorthodox political style may have created a new political reality in which old ideas are being re-examined or even thrown out. While new ideas are being seriously considered, this may be vital to a successful and functional country, and it may just mean the public is ready to have an honest conversation about the effects of Islam on our society.
After 25 years of Middle Eastern studies and Islamic ideology, I have a single mission in this and that is to educate the public about the dangers of Islam and promote people and policies which are effective in working against it.
Contrary to public opinion, we are not at war with radical Islam or Terrorism. We are at war with the fundamental ideology of Islam itself as taught in the Quran. I challenge you to get one and read it.
While I hold a wide range of political opinions and loyalties. I feel this strengthens our country and helps us build the broadest possible coalition to defeat Islamic Jihad and the agenda of the world Nation of Islam by infiltration or by force and violence.
By maintaining partisan neutrality, we Americans are in a unique position to nudge the world one step closer to resolving the international problem of Islamic Jihad that causes so much harm to so many all over the world.
Which brings me back to Trump. The president’s style can be understood through the context of the political philosophy called the “Overton Window.” Formulated by Joe Overton in the 1990s, the theory maintains that there is an acceptable range of politically viable ideas on any given issue, framed by the range of ideas held by the public. For example, discussions of taxes mostly focus on raising or lowering existing taxes and essentially tinkering with the current system. Rarely do you hear a politician proposing something genuinely fundamental, like abolishing the illegal and unconstitutional income tax altogether and replacing it with something like a flat sales tax of 15%. This is because the idea is too unusual, untested and novel for most people to be willing to consider.
“So, if a think tank’s research and the principles of sound policy suggest a particular idea that lies outside the Overton window, what is to be done? “Shift the window,” Nathan Russell wrote for the MacKinac Institute in an essay explaining the Overton window. “Since commonly held ideas, attitudes and presumptions frame what is politically possible and create the ‘window,’ a change in the opinions held by politicians and the people in general will shift it. Move the window of what is politically possible and those policies previously impractical can become the next great popular and legislative rage.”
Trump has been a brick through that window.
Among other things, he has triggered a cultural moment where people are now discussing issues like Islamic Jihad in an open candid way for the first time in decades.
Trump can save the West by reigniting that most important ingredient in a functional society: THE ENGAGED CITIZEN.
THE BOTTOM LINE: My new year’s resolution is, among general truth and freedom: In 2018, I intend to use this opportunity to keep speaking about the dangers of Islam, and tap into a public that is ready to look at a new approach, and a real honest solution to this on-going global challenge. One only needs to look at the effects of Islam on Europe to understand that we as Americans certainly do not want that here.
What about you???Thanks for listening my friend. Now go do the right thing, pray and fight for truth and freedom. If you would like to write me direct with a question or a comment you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- de Andréa
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