We generally remember the presidents for the wars they waged. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson led the American Revolutionary War. Theodore Roosevelt fought the Spanish to usher in the American century. Abraham Lincoln started a civil war to preserve the union and free the slaves.
Friday evening, in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, with the granitic faces of these four men above him, President Donald Trump declared his own great civilizational struggle: a cultural war against the American left .
“In our schools, our newsrooms, even our boards, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,” Trump said in a provocative and jingoistic Independence Day speech.
“If you don’t speak his language, perform his rituals, recite