Friday, September 22, 2017

Commentary: Trump's U.N. Speech & Our Values

This week, President Trump gave his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. While some commentators praised what they considered a strong speech, it reflected again the President’s troubling effort to decouple U.S. foreign policy from our nation’s most fundamental values.

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Trump's U.N. Speech & Our Values

This week, President Trump gave his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. While some commentators praised what they considered a strong speech, it reflected again the president’s troubling effort to decouple U.S. foreign policy from our nation’s most fundamental values. He again advocated for what he calls an “America First” policy, which emphasizes a transactional view of U.S. engagement with the world, ostensibly centered around security and economic prosperity, but disassociated with democratic ideals. The problem with this approach is that our ideals are as inseparable from our interests as our interests are from our foreign policy.

It is a mistake to believe that the core source of America’s strength is its military or economic power. Rather, those are the results of our commitment, however imperfect, to our nation’s foundational principles, namely the liberty and equality of all. These ideals have fueled our economic, military, and diplomatic power since the Founders declared our independence in 1776. The more we have lived by them, the more powerful our nation has become. Conversely, when we’ve turned our back on them, our security, prosperity, and influence has suffered.

Unfortunately, President Trump has never demonstrated an understanding of this. Instead, he has sought to undermine these ideals, as well as the norms and institutions built upon them, during his first several months in office.

In his speech, President Trump repeatedly emphasized the concept of sovereignty, an important principle of international affairs that protects nations’ autonomy over their own territories. Few would argue against the sanctity of national sovereignty, which has helped prevent another great war since WWII. But many of the world’s most oppressive regimes, including those in control of Syria, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Russia, now exploit the concept to insulate themselves from international calls for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. They pervert the concept of sovereignty for the protection and narrow interests of their oppressive regimes, while their people demand basic rights and representation.

According to the president, members of the United Nations have two paramount responsibilities:

to “respect the interests of their own people” and “the rights of every other sovereign nation.”

With this statement, the president suggests that people only have interests — presumably defined by their leaders — while nations have rights. To some, this difference may seem inconsequential, but it is music to the ears of dictators, who are eager to dispense with the troublesome notion of universal human rights, and all too happy to define the interests of their people for them.

When President Trump claims that

“strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values…work side by side on the basis of mutual respect,”

he is reminding authoritarian and other governments that, so long as they refrain from criticizing his excesses, he will gladly do the same for theirs, all under the guise of “different values.” This is not only inconsistent with the rights enjoyed by the American people; it is a break with our democratic partners around the world, and a betrayal of those living under oppressive regimes who have long looked to the United States as a beacon of hope.

While it is certainly true that different countries and cultures have different values that should be accommodated, treating the inherent liberty and equality of all as negotiable and subject to dictators’ whims makes the world less stable and jeopardizes our national security. It also weakens our commitment to our own liberty, leaving us more vulnerable to corrupt or abusive leaders here at home.

There are many contrasting ideas in America about what philosophy should drive our foreign policy. Some favor a non-interventionist, or isolationist, approach while others favor a foreign policy that is more engaged in defending and promoting U.S. interests abroad. This is a policy issue that citizens and leaders should certainly debate, and there is room for intelligent, patriotic Americans to disagree. However, the bright line we must never cross is abandoning our nation’s foundational ideals in either domestic or foreign policy-making. Doing so would be a betrayal of our own most precious and natural rights and so we must all be engaged advocates for them in whichever way our talents and capacity allow.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What should the US-UN partnership prioritize?

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Like you, I keep a careful eye on major international events that continuously unfold around the world. These events play a significant role in our daily lives and frequently impact our national and personal interests. The rapid rise of globalization, twenty-four-hour news outlets, and technology has connected us to the global community in ways unforeseen just a few years ago.

And, as I'm sure you are aware, the world is a wild and complex place; it can often feel that once we have extinguished one geopolitical fire, two more appear. But despite the innumerable global challenges, the U.S. is still the leader of the free world, and we must continue to work to promote a better future. For as Edmund Burke once said, "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

This week, world leaders gathered in New York City where President Trump made his debut in front of the entire United Nations General Assembly. The president addressed a range of issues, including threats from North Korea and Iran, the displacement of Syrian refugees, the erosion of democracy in Venezuela, multinational trade deals, and the continued lack of respect for human rights around the world.

In addition to addressing the entire General Assembly, the president will be meeting with key world leaders where he is expected to reaffirm U.S. global leadership, promote peace and prosperity, and advocate for sovereignty and accountability.

As always, I appreciate your insight into these complex issues—that is why I want your opinion. Moving forward, what should the US-UN partnership prioritize?

North Korean Threats
Sanctions on Iran
Paris Climate Accord
Syrian Civil War/Refugee Crisis
Democracy in Venezuela

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Israel is attacked from all sides. The global threat is expanding . . .

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Jihadists threaten war; Iran threatens to eviscerate Israel.

The U.N. betrays Israel at every opportunity. U.N. agencies have called for Israel's destruction and are attempting to divide Jerusalem.

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Today, I will be in New York City for the U.N. at a major event discussing global threats, including the growing ominous threat to our ally Israel.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CVTP --The Central Virginia Tea Party Press....... 9/4/17 ......... JUST SCAN THE TITLES FIRST ..... circulation 375+

 CVTP --The Central Virginia Tea Party Press....... 9/4/17 ......... JUST SCAN THE TITLES FIRST ..... circulation 375+

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In Chesterfield County: Bikeways/lanes - not cost effective, Complete Streets - not cost effective, --- Now, again with the county Bus Service.    enough!!!

The path New Hampshire has taken toward expanding Medicaid is pushing prices up for everyone else who buys health insurance on the Obamacare

Under the Higher Education Act, only schools accredited by govt approved institutions get federal grants & financial aid.     eg College cost thru the roof 

Homeschoolers Save Taxpayers $22 Billion Per Year  -- public educated children cost taxpayers mucho per year

Before we drain the swamp/DC, we need to drain the pond/the republican establishment.

Those who allow others to treat them as victims and, in fact, treat themselves as victims will always feel as victims.

Those who erase history are destined to repeat it ..... Gov Cuomo gets hammered.

A member of the Workers World Party & a student at N.C. Central University, was arrested 8/15 for helping topple a 1924 statue of a Confederate soldier. 

"He offers a world without fear, fight or failure."

The United Nations issued an "early warning" to the United States and demanded restrictions on freedom of speech.

Help Formally recognize AntiFa as a terrorist organization

A mainstream online video game store, with an estimated 35 million users under the age of 18, is facilitating gamified sexual porn to users of all ages.
Violent communist revolutionary groups are training Antifa while the American media promotes Antifa as heroes.

Washington DC's attorney general fights to overturn the latest court decision that improved gun rights in our nation's capital

Again,  those who allow others to treat them as victims and, in fact, treat themselves as victims will always feel as victims. 

According a respected left-wing group, the organizer of "Unite the Right" event in Charlottesville, VA, that turned violent was a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement and an Obama supporter.

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United Nations' "Agenda 2030" - The UN's globalized pseudo-education must be imposed on every child on the planet

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"He is one of us"

As Dinesh D'Souza has pointed out, white nationalism is a left-wing creation. The KKK is the creation of the Democrat Party

He offered a $1,000 bet on sea levels to globalist billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a climate alarmist wants civilian disarmament.    

Our County, state and federal govts today are all too massive, intrusive and rob some taxpayers for the benefit of others.(eg entitlements)

Investigation revealed more than 200 former workers had been rehired despite excessive problems

Technologies now exist to turn pollutants(coal, coal ash, co2 etc) into synthetic natural gas for lower cost and abundant power.

There were more than 620,000 job openings in the nation for computer occupations

Seventy-six percent of Democrats, according to a Suffolk poll from last September, consider him a racist

The "radical ideals" promoted by Antifas are starting to be adopted by liberals. 

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