He was born into a poor family on Corsica and was known for his pompous behavior. The monarchist elite mocked the fact that he crowned himself emperor and viewed him as an impostor who had fraudulently seized power. On the other hand, philosopher Friedrich Hegel dubbed him – Napoleon, that is – a “world-soul astride a horse" – dynamic and active, and unlike the old line of corrupt European kings.
Napoleon brought about huge changes. Through his conquests, he disseminated the principles of the French Revolution as well as the Napoleonic Code of civil law that he legislated – in the process laying the foundations for modern France.
Donald Trump is also an uneducated, boastful person (who has suggested that bleach be used to combat the coronavirus) and his attitude toward women is hurtful and offensive. The intellectual elite in the United States accuses him of xenophobia and antisemitism, and has claimed that he was fraudulently elected president. To defeat him they are prepared to ignore allegations levelled against his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, related to his family’s business interests and accusations of sexual harassment.
I don’t intend to compare Trump to Napoleon, but I do wish to make one crucial point: Like Napoleon, Trump has ignored the rules of political correctness and has not hesitated to take decisive steps, even when they don’t conform to lofty values. As was true with Napoleon, the liberal intelligentsia has denigrated Trump, while for his part, the president has revealed its incompetence when it comes to solving the profound problems pertaining to America’s identity and its place in the world.
Trump has declared that immigration from Latin America has reached a saturation point, saying that if it continues, the standard of living and the quality of life in the United States will decline to that of the immigrants’ countries of origin. By the same token, absorbing millions of Muslim immigrants would not further world peace or interracial harmony, but instead drag the United States into the situation of an increasingly Islamic Europe, where Muslim radicals currently threaten personal safety and social tranquility.
Trump has also taken a hard line against the violence and looting occurring under the auspices of the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement. And that movement is demanding that the police be dismantled and defunded, as punishment for its violence against Blacks.
And what’s the alternative being offered by the Democrats? Behind an elderly Biden is his vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, who has already hinted that the United States should rejoin the international nuclear accord with Iran – and in the process return the Middle East to the instability and bloodletting that characterized the tenure of Barack Obama’s administration.
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And if liberal Jews are convinced that strengthening Iran and weakening Israel won’t harm the Jewish community, it’s worth reminding them that behind Harris stand the young Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, as well as Bernie Sanders’ darling, Linda Sarsour, who support the boycott against Israel and the BLM movement.
The latter constitute an unholy coalition of zealous Muslims and a movement of violent disobedience, and it could drag the Democratic Party down to a situation like what occurred with the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Such a coalition would weaken the police, undermine personal security and legitimize antisemitism in the guise of opposition to the occupation of Palestine. The Jews would be the first to be harmed, even if they currently don’t acknowledge it.
It’s hard to convince liberals to forgo their myopic self-image as the representative on Earth of conscience and to convince them to vote for a coronavirus-denying, climate change-denying president. Nevertheless, that crude and insensitive Trump has tasks to complete, the benefits of which will only be apparent in future generations.
So I say to liberal Jews in the United States: Let me remove the speck from your eye – and vote for Trump.