Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trump's Speech

Believe it or not, I missed Trump's speech. Somehow I didn't think it would be all that important. Okay, I messed up. And then I heard about this tweet:

GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH SINCE WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS.


Whew! Wall Ann does exaggerate, but then I saw excerpts at Vox Day's site [link]. and here's his whole post:

Embracing America's unique heritage

You may not believe Donald Trump. But unlike all the other candidates, he is saying precisely the right things on immigration, on foreign policy, on war, on free trade, and on the existence of the American national interest. 
I will seek a foreign policy that all Americans, whatever their party, can support, and which our friends and allies will respect and welcome.

The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies.

To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership again.

Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.

Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

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.

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the U.S. and has emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. Never again. Only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. Their will be consequences for companies that leave the U.S. only to exploit it later.

Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries.

I will view the world through the clear lens of American interests.

I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.
I would like to get a copy of On the Question of Free Trade into his hands. I suspect he might find it very useful in the near term. In any event, read the whole thing. It's a great foreign policy speech.

"We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism."

How can you not support the man at this point? 
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And how can you? Oh, I saw the Ted and Carly show this morning, and while I do sort of like Carly, I'm not ready to trust her with the VP spot. "Like" shouldn't be the criterion, anyway. And, frankly, I see no reason to expect Ted to think anything like:

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.\

I mean, we know very well that Ted has all kinds of things that he puts ahead of America's interests. Israel's interests, for example, and zooming around the world righting wrongs and poking into other people's business. Spending American money and American lives on it all, which is not in America's interests. And, maybe even his wife's employer's interests. You know who they are, right?

And I heard the talking heads just now. One said that it was, I think, arrogant and cowardly. Arrogant because he criticized our foreign policy for the last 36 years, and cowardly, because he expressed a desire to get along with Putin. I guess the idea is that we should threaten Putin for the way he deals with Ukraine, and maybe even, like Kasich, plan World War III over the Crimea.

I have to kind of agree with Ann. He sounds more sensible than any of the other candidtes, Democrat or Republican. I still haven't read the whole speech, but I wouldn't change a word in what Vox quotes.


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