The South Carolina senator doesn’t know what “America First” means. We are sure he doesn’t.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, during an appearance on Face the Nation, said he understands from the election that the people don’t believe the country’s institutions are serving the country well. He repeated his views about the danger presented by Russia. Nation building is a necessity he believes.
Infrastructure will be a problem if Donald Trump doesn’t find a way to pay for it, he said. While he has a point, this is from the “conservative” who has voted for Obama’s budgets.
Mostly, he’s confused about “America First”.
John Dickerson of CBS opened the interview on Face the Nation by quoting a line from the Inaugural speech, “…the people. For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”
The full quote: “But we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you… the people. For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country.”
It’s clear, the President was saying that politicians feathered their nest while making choices that did not benefit the American people. Included in that are trade deals we were told would grow jobs. Politicians still say it as manufacturing jobs leave the country, as foreigners take American’s jobs, wages are depressed, as our trade secrets are handed over to foreign nations, and only the elite appear to reap the rewards. Our nation’s capital is a bubble, a flourishing Ivory Tower.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” he said, in a line that resonated around the world to those who benefit greatly from our inventions, our hard work, our ingenuity. “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”
In many cases, we allow slave labor to make our goods to save money. There needs to be balance. Cheap labor, not slave labor. Trump could go too far. That remains to be seen.
Lindsey Graham doesn’t know what the President means by ‘America First’.
“To the president, if ‘America first’ is a throwback to the 20’sand 30’s isolationism when it was first used as a phrase,” Graham said, “the world would deteriorate even quicker, if it is a new way of Ronald Reagan’s peace through strength I would like to work with him. I don’t know what ‘America first’ means.
‘America First’ means globalism is dead and we are once again a sovereign nation taking care of its own. Graham is a globalist.
It does mean peace through strength but with ‘America First’. We are expected to defend everyone but we carry the load and we are not fairly compensated. To be fair, Trump could go too far with trade and that is a concern.
It’s not the anti-Semitic extreme isolationism of the early 1900s.
Trump says he’ll raise taxes on the rich, including himself. He wants to get rid of international ties that “bring America down” and “We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism.” He is going to spend money on our poor in the inner cities before he worries about sending more money to the poor elsewhere. The borders will close to illegal aliens and terrorists. Illegal alien criminals will be sent home.
The leftist diviners at the NY Times see those Trump statements as “dark”. They see the United States’s job as raising its partners to prosperity which Trump appears to reject to some degree or completely.
President Trump could have used his inaugural address to define one of the touchstone phrases of his campaign in the most inclusive way, arguing, as did many of his predecessors, that as the world’s greatest superpower rises, its partners will also prosper. […]
Instead, he chose a dark, hard-line alternative, one that appeared to herald the end of a 70-year American experiment to shape a world that would be eager to follow its lead. In Mr. Trump’s vision, America’s new strategy is to win every transaction and confrontation. Gone are the days, he said, when America extended its defensive umbrella without compensation, or spent billions to try to lift the fortune of foreign nations, with no easy-to-measure strategic benefits for the United States.
We’ve spent 70 years shaping nothing. We’ve made China rich but they’re still hardline communists. The entire world suffers under some form of statism and the left would have the U.S. live under that roof with global rulers.
President Trump has never said he wants to win every transaction but he will put ‘America First’. Right now, our trade deficit is ballooning and American workers are barely included in many of the deals we make.
Trump’s themes are to get tougher with other countries on trade, immigration and shouldering the cost of their defense (NATO).
Trump’s declaration that “this American carnage stops right here,” was sharply criticized by MSNBC commentators as too dark. But it is a recognition by Trump that minorities and the poor are going to come first as well.
We donate to 180 countries while our nation’s poor struggle. It’s out of balance. We give while we borrow forty cents on every dollar, though Trump isn’t talking about cutting spending.
The 45th president told Americans that “your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny.”
Conservative Pat Buchanan is reading too much into Trump’s statements. He told NPR our moral interventionism to reshape countries in our own image will end. Promising to go into a nuclear war for 50 countries will end in nuclear war. Buchanan thinks our entrance into World War Two was a mistake.
Buchanan is ignoring the fact that Generals Mattis and Flynn are not extreme isolationists. They are cautious warriors.
Trump’s ‘America First’ has been defined by him. Some call it a “manifesto”.
- He will defeat ISIS and other radical Islamist groups.
- The U.S. military will be rebuilt.
- The U.S. won’t seek war, nation build, or be a super cop. “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,” Trump told the Americans on the West lawn and those watching from their TVs and electronic equipment.
- Trade will be redefined and America will benefit.
- Borders will be closed to keep Americans safe.
- Decisions will be made according to popular opinion not through manipulation and deceit. Our leaders have become elitists who know what is best for us.
Globalism and nation building is, for now, dead, and America will respect her own sovereignty. This is what the left truly fears.