Farewell, Donald Trump

On the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, President Trump released a farewell address. In his remarks, he wished the incoming Biden administration success, urged national unity, and summarised the ethos and keystone achievements of his four-year term.

Donald Trump will undoubtedly go down in history as one of America’s most loved and simultaneously most hated presidents. He was intemperate and often inflammatory in his rhetoric — a trait regularly highlighted in his erstwhile Twitter feed and an unrelentingly vexatious media.

To his supporters, however, Trump’s word game was a forgivable flaw and even a valuable tool in confronting the spirit of political correctness, Washington’s permanent bureaucracy, and the powerful corporate lobbyists that have long shaped American politics.

For all his defects — and there were many — Trump was the quintessential populist president. “We have reasserted the sacred idea that, in America, the government answers to the people,” Trump declared in his farewell speech. He went on:

Our guiding light, our North Star, our unwavering conviction has been that we are here to serve the noble everyday citizens of America. Our allegiance is not to the special interests, corporations, or global entities; it’s to our children, our citizens, and to our nation itself.

This approach made Donald Trump a curse to American and international power centres. But it gave back a voice to the many who had been forgotten. Most of all, perhaps, the unborn.

During the last four years, the Canberra Declaration has provided extensive commentary on the Trump presidency, primarily because of Donald Trump’s fearless pro-life stance. His abortion funding reforms and judicial appointments mark Trump as the most pro-life president in American history.

There were other achievements of Trump’s term that were neglected by journalists but that in a previous era would have marked his presidency as a phenomenal success. Trump forged historic peace deals in the Middle East even while remaining strongly pro-Israel; he started no new wars; and he made major economic and prison reforms that empowered many in minority communities.

American politics is full of landmines for practising Christians. The residual Christian influence in the United States leads every president, whatever their persuasion, to invoke God and wield Christian language. This proves uncomfortable for many Christians when that leader’s frailty and fallenness is on display. This was true for Donald Trump, and it will be equally true of his successor, Joe Biden, who is a Catholic.

What we are thankful for, and hope to see as a legacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, is a greater boldness on behalf of Christians to speak up and act for the unborn and the values that underpin Western civilisation.

It is clearer now than it has ever been that defending life, faith, family and freedom is a risky — even revolutionary — path to tread in the modern West. In the face of a rising radically authoritarian class, many warn that this may be our last great stand against a coming tyranny.

Donald Trump poked that bear and dared stand in its path. As a result, many eyes have been opened to the threats now facing the West. Moreover, we have much to learn from Trump’s defence of Christian values — including both his successes and his shortcomings.

Trump was not indispensable. The Scriptures tell us in Daniel 2:21 that “God controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.” Whatever you think of Trump’s last few tumultuous months and the incoming administration in America, one thing is certain: standing for truth can’t be left to our leaders. Speaking up for the unborn, religious freedom, the natural family and human liberty is a task for every Christian, wherever we find ourselves.

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By |2021-01-20T19:08:06+11:00January 20th, 2021|Declaration Editorial, Leadership, World|3 Comments
Warwick Marsh is the Executive Editor of the Canberra Declaration, and Kurt Mahlburg is the Canberra Declaration Features Editor.

3 Comments

  1. Martin H January 23, 2021 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    The problem Warwick and Kurt is that Donald Trump is the diametric opposite of almost everything that Jesus Christ is and was, very much an anti-Christ who has destroyed the USA and made Christians look like Hypocrites who have made a deal with the Devil to push their narrow view of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

    The Bible talks about “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” which sounds like an extremely good description of Donald Trump. Even when he is saying or promoting something that has a grain of truth or good, he twists and distorts it.

    As a Christian myself I find it impossible to reconcile Trump’s actions and the actions of those Christians who support him with what Jesus would do.

    A real follower of the Son of God would be making sure that no-one in the USA was going bankrupt or dying because they couldn’t afford healthcare. He/she would be protecting the poor and the widows not giving enormous tax breaks to the rich.

    They would have compassion on refugees and the dispossessed, breaking down walls – not building them and welcoming them in with open loving arms, not spewing vile insults, obscenities and accusations and damning people because of the colour of their skin or the country they came from or sexually and verbally abusing women and casting invective at anyone who disagreed with him.

    Heck all his name-calling is what you’d hear and condemn in a primary schoolyard, not coming from the mouth of a president.

    A Christian would be protecting God’s Creation and working to clean up the world, not abolishing protections that stop companies from dumping Mercury into rivers or encouraging polluters to belch smoke and toxic waste into the atmosphere or putting Oil company execs in charge of the Environmental Protection Authority. Talk about the foxes guarding the henhouse.

    They would be providing strong, compassionate leadership to the entire country during this pandemic encouraging sharing of health resources, not insulting and trying to discredit all those health professionals who were trying to stem the flood of deaths and casualties.

    No, Donald Trump has instead cynically manipulated Evangelical Christians (I used to class myself as an Evangelical Christian until that label was dragged through the mud in the USA), pandering to a few hot potato issues like Abortion and Gay rights and ignoring every other issue pretending the Bible was his favourite book when he can’t even speak a single verse of scripture.

  2. Martin H January 23, 2021 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Also, Abortion rates have actually declined faster under Democrat administrations than Republican ones so if reducing the abortion rate is your main priority, you should be voting Democrat. https://www.snopes.com/fac…/political-party-abortion-rate/

  3. Martin H January 23, 2021 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Sorry, that link to Abortion rates per party should have been this: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/political-party-abortion-rate/

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