Weekend Editorial: America is exceptional

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America is exceptional

One of the tenets of the Obama Administration in respect to foreign policy was that America wasn’t special. That tenet, most evident when President Obama bowed before Saudi royalty, has had an enduring effect.

The concept that America isn’t exceptional fits nicely within the globalist philosophical framework.

It encourages the signing of regional and global treaties that often gives advantages to BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and the third-world by forcing the United states to make immediate or near-immediate concessions while other states get passes or much longer periods of time to comply. We have seen this repeatedly in climate accords, usage of coal, carbon emissions, and trade pacts.

The concept that America isn’t exceptional also allows the United States to negotiate with traditional enemies of the state, such as Cuba, Iran, and North Korea, utilizing a mixture of strategic patience and financial payouts totaling billions of dollars in aid and cash over several years.

For 16 of the last 24 years, Democratic foreign policy advisers have told President Clinton and President Obama to lessen the projection of American power and to encourage the establishment of an intricate international trading regime to foster the interdependence theory, a theory that if we order enough items on Wal-Mart shelves from China that China would never attack its biggest trading partner and consumer of manufactured goods, the United States.

In other words, if you tell competitor countries that America isn’t exceptional, and that the United States is willing to pay for peace, then there will be peace.

That type of foreign policy may have worked to prevent a direct war with China over the past few decades but has done little to help relationships with countries led by dictators who only respect strength and force.

When the Trump Administration came to power and steered away from globalism and interdependence theory, it is no wonder that North Korea, a proxy nation of China, stepped up its nuclear and ballistic missile testing in an attempt to get America back to the globalist negotiating table for China’s benefit.

So far, such bellicose threats have only heightened the Trump Administration’s resolve and America’s manufacturing and energy-producing industries have thrived. So has the overall American economy.

I, for one, believe America is exceptional. I believe that America is strong. And, I believe that our current President is reflective of such an America.

We have an opportunity to go forward, proud of who we are, what we have accomplished, and what we are capable of. We have an opportunity to negotiate with the rest of the world with a position of strength, not weakness.

America hired a President last November to look after our interests and not the interests of others. China may not like it. North Korea may not like it.

But, for every American with a new job, for every American who has a larger 401k account, for every American who can now get by without food stamps, it lends support to the belief that our country, our President, and our workers are truly exceptional.

Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on October 14, 2017 at 12:15 AM

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