Mr. Green, a great commenter, recently suggested that he doesn't think Trump's rise is going to help much of anything in America, as it does nothing to reverse the West's (and America in particular's) key problem: the loss of Christianity.
You may think I'd be sympathetic to that. After all, I'm on record as really disliking New Atheists. Certainly SJWs, who are typically but not exclusively anti-Christian in orientation. The problem is, I'm also not a fan of Episcopalians, Quakers, Universalists, the UCC and others. In fact, there's a good number of Catholic clergy who I regard as instrumental in the decline of the West.
The West has decayed on Christianity's watch, ladies and gentlemen. Some of us fought against it, but some of us aided and abetted it. I think more fought than aided, numerically. But just as I don't exonerate atheists for communism's rise, I'm not about to turn a blind eye to the Church's role in illegal immigration, the existence of dissident Catholics, and more.
I am afraid the rot in the West goes beyond Christian faith. And I have some hope that what Trump offers will, in fact, help return that faith. Christianity didn't cause this, but I believe the rot we're talking about can't be solved by some bumper crop of Anglican clergy. What ails us requires something more, because there's more ways to be sick than to lack Christ, certainly in name.
I don't think Trump is to the Church what Aristotle was to it. That's silly. Not even Charlemagne - he's too detached, too vague. But he may be something Charlemagne-like, and that is what we need right now - on a number of levels.