From the time I was born in 1951 until present, I see today as perhaps the darkest hour in the United States. We should … every one of us … hang our heads in shame that we not only elected Donald Trump, but that he is allowed to remain in office and has the support of some 35% – 40% of the people. Today, he took this nation down what is certain to be a very perilous path, a path apart from our allies, a path lined with brambles and briars.
This morning, Donald Trump stood before the United Nations General Assembly and started with …
“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. America is so thrilled.”
The entire General Assembly broke into laughter.
We, my friends, for the first time in the history of this country, are the laughingstock of the entire globe. Do you want to hear the ultimate irony, though? In 2014, read what Trump tweeted:Say WHAT???
But in addition to being pompous, Trump made it clear that he does not intend the U.S. to participate in the initiatives of the U.N. and that the U.S. would not support the U.N. Global Compact on migration. A few pertinent snippets from his speech:
- “America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the ideology of patriotism.”
- “… America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, and I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live, work, or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”
- “… we will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. America will never apologize for protecting its citizens. The United States has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese made goods. The total so far of $250 billion.”
- “… the United States will provide no support and recognition for the International Criminal Court. As far as we are concerned the ICC has no legitimacy or authority. The ICC claims near universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness and due process.” (Note: he is so very wrong, and I will be doing a separate post about this issue at some point in the future)
Well, you get the general idea. Trump alone will decide what’s good for America and let everyone else be damned. And what Trump has decided is good for us is to be isolated completely from the rest of the world, to have no allies, only a bombastic, hot-headed, ignorant and dishonest leader.
In 1941, the combination of the Great Depression and the memory of tragic losses in World War I contributed to pushing American public opinion and policy toward isolationism. U.S. citizens did not wish our nation to become embroiled in the war that was taking place on the other side of the world. People in this country wore blinders, thinking that if we just didn’t take sides, stayed home and minded our own business, all would be well here in the U.S. After all, it wasn’t our problem, right? And then came 07 December 1941, and it very quickly became our problem when Japanese planes attacked our military base on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
You can wear your blinders, put in your earplugs and ignore the neighbor’s fight … until a bullet comes through your wall and strikes one of your children. But we live in communities, and whether we like it or not, we are a part of the community we live in. What happens in that community affects us. That is the small scale, but the same concept holds true on a much larger scale.
Donald Trump and others, particularly within the Republican Party, have convinced a large portion of the people in this nation that ‘globalization’ is a bad thing, and that it is something we have a choice to participate in … or not. All of which is a lie. We live, like it or not, in a world that is increasingly shrinking due to technology. The Internet has made instantaneous communication possible. Air travel has made it possible to go from New York to Paris in approximately seven hours instead of the days it used to take by ship. International trade promotes global economic growth; creates jobs, makes companies more competitive, and lowers prices for consumers. And nuclear weapons have made the world a very dangerous place.
Certainly, there are downsides to globalization, BUT … it isn’t an option! Trump appears to see his “America First” policy, which would more aptly be called “America Only”, as a viable option that he has a choice about, but he takes us down a perilous path. When Trump took office on 20 January 2017, the United States had allies, and we engaged in global cooperation. It is a process of give-and-take … sometimes you give more than you receive, other times the opposite is true. In the long run, it balances out, and most importantly, you have allies that you can count on to come to your defense, as you will do theirs, in times of trouble.
In under two years, Trump has destroyed those alliances. He has denigrated the leaders of our closest allies, Canada & Mexico, has insulted UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and also the leaders of most every nation in the EU, most especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel. If Iran declared war on us tomorrow, I’m not sure that any of those nations would be eager to come to our aid. They would, because they have committed to do so, but not gladly, as they once would have. We are on a very perilous path, and we are on it alone, for the rest of the developed world is laughing from afar. I am ashamed, I am embarrassed, and I see a very dark future if this ‘man’ is not reigned in very soon. Please, folks, vote the boot-lickers out in November and let’s put some people with brains and consciences back into Congress next year. Let us stop earning the title, Laughingstock of the Planet Earth.