…of American Affairs at Law & Liberty.
William Allen reminds us of something that Trump speaks about often, especially in his inaugural speech: the the present policy directions belong to the living, and that the citizens of a country have a right and expect to pursue their individual aspirations.
I argue that political prosperity is a prerequisite for general material prosperity in a society. What political prosperity consists in are the institutions and habits of freedom rooted in a due sense of independence and, therefore, agency…No freedom-loving citizen embraces national sovereignty in order to marginalize his or her own moral and political significance. That was surely the thrust of James Madison’s essay, “Who Are the Best Keepers of the People’s Liberties?” (National Gazette, December 20, 1792). Accordingly, we must seek the reason for the support of national sovereignty in the expressions of the relationship between national sovereignty and individual aspirations that are to be encouraged.
The WSJ has become the “free market” equivalent of CNN. In this imbecilic editorial, they fault Trump for not believing in Free Markets and compare him to countless Dems (and Nixon!) who came before him for giving tax breaks and incentives thus causing business to make “non-economic decisions.” Dumb and misleading. Why? Because NAFTA nor any free trade “deal” was done in the spirit of free trade. WSJ cared not about that then. Part of the deal with Carrier is to REMOVE regulations. You’d think the gigantic minded elites at the WSJ would, you know, give a nod in that direction. They don’t. We did not get here in a day, and the Democrat enslavement of America and business to incentives and deals has to go away, but it cannot all at once.
Why does the WSJ think it’s ok to move jobs to our competitors only to put our country out of work and harm our national security because we want cheap goods?
In what can only be called an irresponsible statement with a political motivation, Stephen F. Hayes last night on Fox said that Donald Trump was suffering from a “Tin Ear” and that he was tone deaf in his reponse to the Brexit vote in Turnberry. He could not understand why he would spend so much time talking about himself, or Obama during the presser.
Hayes is no dummy, so he must have had an agenda. In the age where almost everything may be verified in minutes, we went to the tape. Hayes could not have been more wrong in his misleading of the audience last night.
Trump went to Turnberry to support his kids in an event being held there. It was ONLY when the press asked him about Brexit, and about how Obama wanted to move England to the “back of the bus” and what he thought of Hillary’s comments, did Trump say anything about Brexit. He was superb in his response, and in his defense of the best ally of the United States. Watch it for yourself:
the first thing to note, is that Trump gives press conferences. Hillary? No candidate has been so open to the press and the public as Trump has.
In the presser, Trump calls out Obama and Clinton for their tired old arrogance that they know better than the average person who does not benefit from a system set up by oligarchical elites. He also speaks in a nuanced way about why Brexit passed. It is more than borders, or immigration, but also about economics and freedom. It is about independence. The people are tired of being managed by a distant and careless elite. Smart, and also true were his words, unlike the hysterical Christiane Amanpour:
That’s right, all the smart people are saying this is a disaster, and since the smart people are smart, why, the rest of you must be racists. It must be nice to live in such a simplistic world. Yet the world is not simplistic, it’s difficult. And political philosophy, and politics is hard, very hard, to get right. Nearly nobody on TV or in the media punditry gets anything right. Their lecturing the voter about what is and is not moral or acceptable, is part of the reason that they are all so astonished at the results.
Brushing off those opinions was exactly what Leave intended to do and, ultimately, succeeded in doing. As Leave saw it, those whom Remain called “experts” were nothing more than what voters in a more democratic age used to call “bosses” and “elites.” The conduct of the EU’s leaders provided eloquent proof. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker spent half his time urging Britain to unite with its European partners in brotherhood, love and solidarity; and half the time, warning that, should it decide to leave the EU, he would personally see to it that the country was chopped off at its knees. What is more, he insisted, there would be “no kind of renegotiation” of any agreements on immigration even should Britain opt for remain.
Brexit is the UK version of people taking their consent back.
While we noted yesterday that Trump hit the rhetorical sweet spot, we find that when Hillary did speak she said…we really cannot decipher what she said:
“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made. Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America. We also have to make clear America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe. This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans’ pocketbooks and livelihoods, to support our friends and allies, to stand up to our adversaries, and to defend our interests. It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down.”
Now we see what she said and it’s all in the last sentence. She did what the arrogant political class always does: call the voters stupid and racists when they don’t act in accord with their version of history.
But this is a train that the likes of Obama, Clinton, and the chattering classes like Stephen F. Hayes, can’t stop.
Today I‘d like to share my thoughts about the stakes in this election.
People have asked me why I am running for President.
I have built an amazing business that I love and I get to work side-by-side with my children every day.
We come to work together and turn visions into reality.
We think big, and then we make it happen.
I love what I do, and I am grateful beyond words to the nation that has allowed me to do it.
So when people ask me why I am running, I quickly answer: I am running to give back to this country which has been so good to me.
When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports, or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton – only by me.
The fact is, we can come back bigger and better and stronger than ever before –Jobs, jobs, jobs!
Everywhere I look, I see the possibilities of what our country could be. But we can’t solve any of these problems by relying on the politicians who created them.
We will never be able to fix a rigged system by counting on the same people who rigged it in the first place.
The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money.
That’s why we’re asking Bernie Sanders’ voters to join our movement: so together we can fix the system for ALL Americans. Importantly, this includes fixing all of our many disastrous trade deals.
Because it’s not just the political system that’s rigged. It’s the whole economy.
It’s rigged by big donors who want to keep down wages.
It’s rigged by big businesses who want to leave our country, fire our workers, and sell their products back into the U.S. with absolutely no consequences for them.
It’s rigged by bureaucrats who are trapping kids in failing schools.
It’s rigged against you, the American people.
Hillary Clinton who, as most people know, is a world class liar –
just look at her pathetic email and server statements, or her phony landing in Bosnia where she said she was under attack but the attack turned out to be young girls handing her flowers, a total self-serving lie.
Brian Williams’ career was destroyed for saying far less.
Yesterday, she even tried to attack me and my many businesses. But here is the bottom line: I started off in Brooklyn New York, not so long ago, with a small loan and built a business worth over 10 billion dollars. I have always had a talent for building businesses and, importantly, creating jobs. That is a talent our country desperately needs.
I am running for President to end the unfairness and to put you, the American worker, first.
We are going to put America First, and we are going to Make America Great again.
This election will decide whether we are ruled by the people, or by the politicians.
Here is my promise to the American voter:
If I am elected President, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C.
The other candidate in this race has spent her entire life making money for special interests – and taking money from special interests.
Hillary Clinton has perfected the politics of personal profit and theft.
She ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund – doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, in exchange for cash.
Then, when she left, she made $21.6 million giving speeches to Wall Street banks and other special interests – in less than 2 years – secret speeches that she does not want to reveal to the public.
Together, she and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, CEOs, and foreign governments in the years since 2001.
They totally own her, and that will never change.
The choice in this election is a choice between taking our government back from the special interests, or surrendering our last scrap of independence to their total and complete control.
Those are the stakes.
Hillary Clinton wants to be President. But she doesn’t have the temperament, or, as Bernie Sanders’ said, the judgement, to be president.
She believes she is entitled to the office.
Her campaign slogan is “I’m with her.”
You know what my response to that is? I’m with you: the American people.
She thinks it’s all about her.
I know it’s all about you – I know it’s all about making America Great Again for All Americans.
Our country lost its way when we stopped putting the American people first.
We got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism – focusing on what’s good for America’s middle class – to a policy of globalism, focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy.
We reward companies for offshoring, and we punish companies for doing business in America and keeping our workers employed.
This is not a rising tide that lifts all boats.
This is a wave of globalization that wipes out our middle class and our jobs.
We need to reform our economic system so that, once again, we can all succeed together, and America can become rich again.
That’s what we mean by America First.
Our country will be better off when we start making our own products again, bringing our once great manufacturing capabilities back to our shores.
Our Founders understood this.
One of the first major bills signed by George Washington called for “the encouragement and protection of manufactur[ing]” in America.
Our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, warned us by saying:
“The abandonment of the protective policy by the American government will produce want and ruin among our people.”
I have visited the cities and towns across America and seen the devastation caused by the trade policies of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton supported Bill Clinton’s disastrous NAFTA, just like she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization.
We’ve lost nearly one-third of our manufacturing jobs since these two Hillary-backed agreements were signed.
Our trade deficit with China soared 40% during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State — a disgraceful performance for which she should not be congratulated, but rather scorned.
Then she let China steal hundreds of billions of dollars in our intellectual property – a crime which is continuing to this day.
Hillary Clinton gave China millions of our best jobs, and effectively let China completely rebuild itself.
In return, Hillary Clinton got rich!
The book Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweitzer, documents how Bill and Hillary used the State Department to enrich their family at America’s expense.
She gets rich making you poor.
Here is a quote from the book: “At the center of US policy toward China was Hillary Clinton…at this critical time for US-china relations, Bill Clinton gave a number of speeches that were underwritten by the Chinese government and its supporters.”
These funds were paid to the Clinton bank account while Hillary was negotiating with China on behalf of the United States.
She sold out our workers, and our country, for Beijing.
Hillary Clinton has also been the biggest promoter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will ship millions more of our jobs overseas – and give up Congressional power to an international foreign commission.
Now, because I have pointed out why it would be such a disastrous deal, she is pretending that she is against it. She has even deleted this record of total support from her book – deletion is something she is very good at — (at least 30,000 emails are missing.)
But this latest Clinton cover-up doesn’t change anything: if she is elected president, she will adopt the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and we will lose millions of jobs and our economic independence for good. She will do this, just as she has betrayed the American worker on trade at every single stage of her career – and it will be even worse than the Clintons’ NAFTA deal.
I want trade deals, but they have to be great for the United States and our workers.
We don’t make great deals anymore, but we will once I become president.
It’s not just our economy that’s been corrupted, but our foreign policy too.
The Hillary Clinton foreign policy has cost America thousands of lives and trillions of dollars – and unleashed ISIS across the world.
No Secretary of State has been more wrong, more often, and in more places than Hillary Clinton.
Her decisions spread death, destruction and terrorism everywhere she touched.
Among the victims is our late Ambassador, Chris Stevens. He was left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed — that’s right, when the phone rang at
3 o’clock in the morning, she was sleeping.
Ambassador Stevens and his staff in Libya made hundreds of requests for security.
Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused them all.
She started the war that put him in Libya, denied him the security he asked for, then left him there to die.
To cover her tracks, Hillary lied about a video being the cause of his death.
Here is what one of the victim’s mothers had to say:
“I want the whole world to know it: she lied to my face, and you don’t want this person to be president.”
In 2009, before Hillary Clinton was sworn in, it was a different world.
Libya was cooperating.
Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence.
Syria was under control.
Iran was being choked by sanctions.
Egypt was governed by a friendly regime that honored its peace treaty with Israel.
ISIS wasn’t even on the map.
Fast forward to 2013: In just four years, Secretary Clinton managed
to almost single-handedly destabilize the entire Middle East.
Her invasion of Libya handed the country over to the ISIS barbarians.
Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Iran is now the dominant Islamic power in the Middle East, and on the road to nuclear weapons.
Hillary Clinton’s support for violent regime change in Syria has thrown the country into one of the bloodiest civil wars anyone has ever seen – while giving ISIS a launching pad for terrorism against the West.
She helped force out a friendly regime in Egypt and replace it with the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian military has retaken control, but Clinton has opened the Pandora’s box of radical Islam.
Then, there was the disastrous strategy of announcing our departure date from Iraq, handing large parts of the country over to ISIS killers.
ISIS threatens us today because of the decisions Hillary Clinton has made.
ISIS also threatens peaceful Muslims across the Middle East, and peaceful Muslims across the world, who have been terribly victimized by horrible brutality – and who only want to raise their kids in peace and safety.
In short, Hillary Clinton’s tryout for the presidency has produced one deadly foreign policy disaster after another.
It all started with her bad judgment in supporting the War in Iraq in the first place.
Though I was not in government service, I was among the earliest to criticize
the rush to war, and yes, even before the war ever started.
But Hillary Clinton learned nothing from Iraq, because when she got into power,
she couldn’t wait to rush us off to war in Libya.
She lacks the temperament, the judgment and the competence to lead.
In the words of a Secret Service agent posted outside the Oval Office:
“She simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve
in the office…from the bottom of my soul, I know this to be true…Her leadership style – volcanic, impulsive…disdainful of the rules set for everyone else – hasn’t changed a bit.”
Perhaps the most terrifying thing about Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is that she refuses to acknowledge the threat posed by Radical Islam.
In fact, Hillary Clinton supports a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees coming into the United States, and that’s an increase over President Obama’s already very high number.
Under her plan, we would admit hundreds of thousands of refugees from the most dangerous countries on Earth – with no way to screen who they are or what they believe.
Already, hundreds of recent immigrants and their children have been convicted of terrorist activity inside the U.S.
The father of the Orlando shooter was a Taliban supporter from Afghanistan, one of the
most repressive anti-gay and anti-women regimes on Earth.
I only want to admit people who share our values and love our people.
Hillary Clinton wants to bring in people who believe women should be enslaved
and gays put to death.
Maybe her motivation lies among the more than 1,000 foreign donations Hillary failed to disclose while at the State Department.
Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.
Here is some more of what we learned from the book,
A foreign telecom giant faced possible State Department sanctions for providing technology to Iran, and other oppressive regimes. So what did this company do? For the first time ever, they decided to pay Bill Clinton $750,000 for a single speech. The Clintons got their cash, the telecom company escaped sanctions.
Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while 9 investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Clinton appointed a top donor to a national security board with top secret access – even though he had no national security credentials.
Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was Secretary of State – plus millions more for her foundation. The Sultan of Brunei has pushed oppressive Sharia law, including the punishment of death by stoning for being gay. The government of Brunei also stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Hillary’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, which she would absolutely approve if given the chance.
Hillary Clinton took up to $25 million from Saudi Arabia, where being gay is also punishable by death.
Hillary took millions from Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and many other countries that horribly abuse women and LGBT citizens.
To cover-up her corrupt dealings, Hillary Clinton illegally stashed her State Department emails on a private server.
Her server was easily hacked by foreign governments – perhaps even by her financial backers in Communist China – putting all of America in danger.
Then there are the 33,000 emails she deleted.
While we may not know what is in those deleted emails, our enemies probably do.
So they probably now have a blackmail file over someone who wants to be President of the United States.
This fact alone disqualifies her from the Presidency.
We can’t hand over our government to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies.
National security is also immigration security –
and Hillary wants neither.
Hillary Clinton has put forward the most radical immigration platform in the history of the United States.
She has pledged to grant mass amnesty and in her first 100 days, end virtually all immigration enforcement, and thus create totally open borders in the United States
The first victims of her radical policies will be poor African-American and Hispanic workers who need jobs. They are the ones she will hurt the most.
Let me share with you a letter our campaign received from Mary Ann Mendoza.
She lost her amazing son, Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, after he was killed by an illegal immigrant because of the open borders policies supported by Hillary Clinton.
Sadly, the Mendoza family is just one of thousands who have suffered the same fate.
Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Mendoza’s letter:
“Hillary Clinton, who already has the blood of so many on her hands, is now announcing that she is willing to put each and every one of our lives in harms’ way – an open door policy to criminals and terrorists to enter our country. Hillary is not concerned about you or I, she is only concerned about the power the presidency would bring to her. She needs to go to prison to pay for the crimes she has already committed against this country.”
Hillary also wants to spend hundreds of billions to resettle Middle Eastern refugees in the United States, on top of the current record level of immigration.
For the amount of money Hillary Clinton would like to spend on refugees, we could rebuild every inner city in America.
Hillary’s Wall Street immigration agenda will keep immigrant communities poor, and unemployed Americans out of work. She can’t claim to care about African-American and Hispanic workers when she wants to bring in millions of new low-wage workers to compete against them.
Here are a few things a Trump Administration will do for America in the first 100 days:
Appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution. Hillary Clinton’s radical judges will virtually abolish the 2nd amendment.
Change immigration rules to give unemployed Americans an opportunity to fill good-paying jobs
Stand up to countries that cheat on trade, of which there are many
Cancel rules and regulations that send jobs overseas
Lift restrictions on energy production
Repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare — it is a disaster.
Pass massive tax reform to create millions of new jobs.
Impose tough new ethics rules to restore dignity to the Office of Secretary of State.
There is one common theme in all of these reforms.
It’s going to be America First.
This is why the stakes in November are so great.
On election day, the politicians stand trial before the people.
The voters are the jury. Their ballots are the verdict. We don’t need or want another Clinton or Obama.
Come November, the American people will have a chance to issue a verdict on the politicians that have sacrificed their security, betrayed their prosperity, and sold out their country.
They will have a chance to vote for a new agenda with big dreams, bold ideas and enormous possibilities for the American people.
Hillary Clinton’s message is old and tired. Her message is that can’t change.
My message is that things have to change – and this is our one chance do it. This is our last chance to do it.
Americans are the people that tamed the West, that dug out the Panama Canal, that sent satellites across the solar system, that built the great dams, and so much more.
Then we started thinking small.
We stopped believing in what America could do, and became reliant on other countries, other people, and other institutions.
We lost our sense of purpose, and daring.
But that’s not who we are.
Come this November, we can bring America back – bigger and better, and stronger than ever.
We will build the greatest infrastructure on the planet earth – the roads and railways and airports of tomorrow.
Our military will have the best technology and finest equipment – we will bring it back all the way.
Massive new factories will come roaring into our country – breathing life and hope into our communities.
Inner cities, which have been horribly abused by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party, will finally be rebuilt.
Construction is what I know — nobody knows it better.
The real wages for our workers have not been raised for 18 years — but these wages will start going up, along with the new jobs. Hillary’s massive taxation, regulation and open borders will destroy jobs and drive down wages for everyone.
We are also going to be supporting our police and law enforcement — we can never forget the great job they do.
I am also going to appoint great Supreme Court Justices.
Our country is going to start working again.
People are going to start working again.
Parents are going to start dreaming big for their children again – including parents in our inner cities.
Americans are going to start believing in the future or our country.
We are going to make America rich again.
We are going to make America safe again.
We are going to make America Great Again – and Great Again For EVERYONE.
A few points about Donald Trump’s speech today.
- He fights. Unlike any other candidate, Trump says what we all know, and are all thinking. He speaks to us like he’s with us at the kitchen table. This is not a negative—I know to our “elites” it is—but it means he is able to communicate with the voters.
- Trump lays into Clinton with truthful charges of her character. This is exactly what’s needed, not some hit her around the edges criticism you’d see with any other candidate. Clinton is weak, Trump will make sure the voters know just how weak she is.
- We have made the case that Trump represents a return. This return has been not only one meant in the Constitutional sense, but also in the sense of the Founding, and the proper understanding of Equality noted in the Declaration. Comments he has made over the last year lend evidence to that fact. Here, Trump lays out his appeal to the Founding in terms of economics, and why he believes from Washington and Hamilton, we need to “protect” or create jobs here, not export them. Free trade that makes and creates wealth at the top (something Hillary supports and wants to continue), while harming the vast number of Americans, is not FREE trade. It is a serious argument, and one that in just two sentences, reveals that Trump is a deeper thinker than Hillary (and her entire speech yesterday).
- Yesterday, reports were made that Trump believed we need to stop self censoring in the pulpit, and he correctly noted that this was an LBJ reform to monitor churches, and shut down political speech. He said, he wants to do away with that and free religious expression. This is significant. Here is a story from February on that point. Want to know why evangelicals and other religious people support Trump? It is because for the first time, a Republican has said, “I’ll defend and protect you.”
Much ink was spilled on Trump’s foreign policy speech last week. The criticisms were predictable. They came from the establishment, the left (wait, there’s a difference?), the Shake & Bake Coalition, the “kidlets,” and a cacophony of establishment, elites, and insiders who decry Trump for being so uncouth as to be representative of the many low Americans. How dare he deign to utter an argument with America’s interests placed first in line of consideration!
There is a bit of criticism we have heard that Trumpism and Trump are two different things. That’s true in a way. But, there is no Trumpism without Trump and so, until there are other figures on the scene, Trump is the only person who is able to carry Trumpism to fruition.
All we have to do is actually read Trump’s speech to understand what he means and what he plans in the broad outlines. The typical vapid calls for more policy specificity are predictable as they are unworkable–let’s make sure everyone knows what we will do exactly! And then let’s not follow through with it anyway!
Almost everyone in the media, including the political elites, believe his speech was riddled with contradictions. That’s disingenuous and/or suggests a pundit and political class not willing to listen. If anyone wanted evidence on how our “elites” have failed us arrogantly, they demonstrate it every day when they speak of Trump’s alleged contradictions in his foreign policy speech. George Will, Karl Rove, and countless others are lighting their hair on fire (well not Rove) trying to make heads or tails out of Trump’s foreign policy. Yet, the establishment Republicans have been wrong for decades. It’s rich that those like Sen. Graham would have the temerity to criticize Trump for his policy. The problem of course is that it is so like the establishment to complicate things that do not need to be complicated. It’s not like we are trying to figure out The Guide for the Perplexed, though maybe they should pick up a copy.
Let’s take a trip through the actual speech:
- “The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make.” It is perhaps astonishing that a candidate has to say this, but when was the last time a president or presidential candidate made this claim? Indeed, Trump is exactly right that his point of view is a “timeless” one in terms of this country’s history. All one has to do is read Washington’s “Farewell Address” or even consider what James Madison did as president. Though time and circumstances have changed, how is it ever wrong to consider America’s advantage first? If America is a beacon of freedom, then it should do everything possible to protect that freedom, even if it means other countries don’t necessarily like it. But, what is so difficult to understand about a foreign policy that does not consider another country more than its own? The opposite leads to a feckless weak position in the world and it emboldens our enemies and signals to our friends that they may be sold out. America First means stability and reliability. Reliability meaning they can rely on the fact we will consider our interests first and then the allies second. It means that the president will actually look out for the interests of the country he represents.
- “Unfortunately, after the Cold War, our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense.” Is there anyone who seriously believes things have not changed? Well, a lot seem stuck in the past, we suppose. We should note that Trump does not say that Russia is not a threat, just that it is not the greatest threat. Terror is the greatest threat, but so are the problems presented by the madman in North Korea, in China, and around the Mexican border, etc. New problems are facing the country since the collapse of the cold war. Isn’t that obvious? Reading a bit of history demonstrates that the inability to defend the border means internal decay and fall. In other words, there’s much to be concerned about from internal defeat than from outside threats. Things have changed. Foreign policy should change to reflect this new reality. Bush, Bush, Clinton, Obama have stayed the course. Hillary is campaigning on more of the same. How’s that working out for us? Is doing the same thing over and over politically smart? It’s not. This is why Trump said, “Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision, no purpose, no direction, no strategy.” We have no strategy related to Russia. We care not about Iran’s nuclear proliferation other than to pay them more money (hardly an America First policy). We have no strategy for the southern border, and we have no idea what to do about ISIS. We have no clue what to do in the South China Sea. We have no policy on Japan (and let’s face it, rearming Japan would be cleverly brilliant). We have no clue what to do with North Korea. If I did not know better, I swear we were stuck in an episode of Yes, Prime Minister.
- Contradiction? “To all our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again…We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable.” It boggles the mind how many people (George Will, the entire cast of Meet the Press) cannot understand both can be true and are not opposing principles. First, we should be reliable to our allies. This is a clear signal to Israel that we will not abandon them like Clinton and Obama have done. We defend our friends and allies, but that does not mean we abandon our self interest and hand them the store by revealing everything that is in our interest to them. It would be stupid and destructive to do so.Second, to our enemies, we have to be unpredictable. Why would we telegraph our movements to those who want to destroy us (remember when the Allies set up a fake Patton army in WW2? Genius). The elitist braintrust criticizes Trump for the apparent contradiction. They ought to be smarter than this. If they are not smart enough to understand the difference, they should be removed from their lofty position as pundit/expert/insider–in other words, we need to stop listening to them. If they are lying about Trump (and many are) then they deserve to be removed from the serious consideration as they are willing to keep the status quo, which is not working and putting our nation more in danger.
We could say more, much more, but suffice to say, Trump criticizes the foreign policy of the last 30 years left and right. Those who support the past and want to continue that policy don’t like it one bit. The fact that they are outraged by Trump’s policy positions means that Trump’s speech was cogent and effective, not incoherent.
So the Foreign policy is:
- America’s interest first
- Stronger military
- prudent use of force, and when used, overwhelming force
- Be more reliable to our allies
- Be more unpredictable to our enemies, and use our enemies when possible to our advantage
- Destroy, like really destroy, ISIS.
Trump might be less extensive in his comments on domestic politics. It is historically an unsexy topic to tackle and gains politicians nothing historically, unless you are for Law & Order. But that purposeful punting on our domestic problems have gotten us where we are today. There is no doubt that Trump thinks the foreign and the domestic are intertwined. A weak country internally will be weak externally. This has been forgotten by everyone except people like Rudy Giuliani.
- Prosperity: “First, Our Resources Are Overextended President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders.“
It went largely unnoticed, but Trump employs the word prosperous or prosperity numerous times in his speech. When he speaks of prosperity, he means the entire country and everyone in it, not just the rich or those addicted to corporate welfare. The key to a prosperous country is to have a marketplace where jobs may be found and had. This is a not so subtle criticism of the libertarians who have contended for decades that free trade would be great for “consumers.” The problem is that jobs leave the country for more friendly climes and in those climes, other countries get rich while more people in our country are out of work. There are no consumers if consumers do not have money to spend. Trump does not mean to end all trade (see Declaration) but allow for the atmosphere where pursuit may be had in freedom and liberty (see Declaration).
Trump should have said something about the strangling regulations and the growth of the administrative state here. He certainly implies that free trade has been bad for us, yet he is scant on how he will deregulate the impediments to business. He also says that free trade we have been sold is not really free trade. It has been “here let’s sell out our country” trade. He is also silent on the fact that unions will have to be broken for us to be competitive again. Nevertheless, Trump means that a prosperous country will help provide for, a “strong military” and a strong country. The more we work, the faster we handle and pay down our debt. We need growth. Robust growth has been absent for a decade, and which effects all economic segments of society. This means that in order to right our economic ship, we have to address the problems associated with government spending, regulation, and administration. Part of the reason we are not respected in the world, is because we are incompetent top to bottom. This is partly why he wants to make impotent, if not dismantle, the EPA, the DoE, and the IRS. Trump asserts: “No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must do the same.”
- Promotion of Western Civilization: “Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread “universal values” that not everyone shares, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.“
Just how many candidates actually make a case for Western civilization? The pimping of the Cruz campaign for the religious vote is so narrow as to be strangulating his own reason for being in the race–as an outsider, not an 80s throwback. Yet, Cruz ignorantly thought that is where most of America is–and people call Trump stupid. Cruz then doubled down and courted Glenn Beck, the overly religious oddity who once got schooled by Ronald Pestritto. The problem was, he obviously did not understand Pestritto’s more learned and rational position. The Cruz campaign smacks of a sort of Dominionist theocratic foundation to America, which ought to be loudly rejected. We should be scared of such Priests. Most Americans are, and that is why his campaign is bleeding now.
Trump goes foundational in all of this. He actually believes that there is something worthwhile about western civilization worth saving. His understanding of western values and institutions (which includes the Church folks) is juxtaposed against his understanding of “universal values” which is code for nihilism. Western “values” are enduring values and need defense. Universal “values” are those that come out of the United Nations, which is full of meaningless pap dressed up as a recognition of human rights, yet in a deeply secular materialistic way. Another example is that Nature is omitted by the UN as a source for all “rights.” Trump seems to understand all of this, perhaps instinctively.
While we wish Trump used a different word for the west than “values” we certainly do not object to the meaning of the sentence and what it implies: Trump will be a defender of the West and in that, he will defend enduring truths that have long existed even before America noted those truths at the Founding. This is impressive stuff and demonstrates some real thought.
- Another Brick in the Wall: “We are also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again – and to put Americans first again. This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenue and increase our economic might as a nation.” There can be no doubt that Trump has a two-pronged approach here. First, he wants to build a wall to protect our borders. This is necessary for the survival of the country, and its identity. We are caring less about assimilation, and that carefree attitude has given a lot of Europe it’s problems right now as they try to figure out how to deal with their own immigration problems. Second, the border issue is a domestic economic issue. Many jobs are done by illegals, and to stop the flow of that supply, it will force those who are actually legal workers to find jobs–or it will encourage more innovation on the farm. Either way, problems mitigated.
- The Vets: “A great country also takes care of its warriors. Our commitment to them is absolute. A Trump Administration will give our service men and women the best equipment and support in the world when they serve, and the best care in the world when they return as veterans to civilian life.” It’s remarkable how many candidates are NOT speaking about the vets. The fact that we do not care for them is a national disgrace. Trump at every stop speaks to them.
So the Domestic Policy is:
- Pay down the debt
- Free trade that benefits American citizens, not just in consumption
- Limit government
- Allow for the creation of jobs
- Reinvigorate Patriotism
- Secure the borders
- Scale back the Administrative state
- Take care of our own (the vets)
- Promote the Idea of America unabashedly
- Be non-cognizant of religion and other social issues to allow freedom to flourish
The vet issue brings us back to the political: Trump is the most political politician in recent memory. He actually has ideas. Romney had none. Dennis Prager was accounting on May 2 how the Romney campaign had “no idea what it stood for.” Neither does Obama or Clinton. And we have seen Cruz throw away what he stood for the last two weeks for political expediency.
The one person who has remained political is Trump and he has not backed off any of his most important opinions. He has been the most consistent candidate this cycle. His attempt to discuss the regime, and who we are–the border–coupled with his intense patriotism–defend the country with overwhelming force if we have to–is nothing short of sweeping and recalls to our mind the idea of a republic. Being political means he is not afraid to talk about matters of justice. Trump talks about justice all the time in broad terms. Clinton talks about identity of small groups (LGBT anyone? Let’s play the Woman card shall we?); Trump talks about America and the idea of it in terms of equality–he wants us to be patriots again and judge each other on merit. Clinton and Obama are ashamed of their own country. Trump is an unabashed lover of what makes America Great.
As noted in the WSJ:
Yet millennials, who would most benefit from a real economic recovery, replacing the false one of the past several years, so far seem intent on voting against their interests. There is still hope. We’re moving past the peak of the “authenticity” phase of the campaign cycle, when voters unfamiliar with the field of candidates are initially drawn simply to candidates who seem willing to bluntly speak their minds. John Kasich’s strong performance in New Hampshire might herald the transition to a more constructive phase, when voters—including millennials—are readier to listen to a more nuanced, realistic economic message. If not, today’s young voters may not like the world they inherit, and members of the aging generation risk eventually finding themselves short of the Social Security benefits they thought they had coming.
Is this a reason to require courses in economics in college? There may be, and one taught by an Austrian economist. Bernie represents not more of the same, but more of the same increased or accelerated in the direction it has been going the last 8 years. He represents where the Democrat Party really wants to go.