WASHINGTON, September 21, 2017 – I regularly read a considerable number of columnists in addition to perusing as many non-fake news reports as I can find. Most of the well known columnists I read make a better than average living and appear to be well educated and well read. Yet I am continually amazed that these otherwise bright men and women miss glaringly obvious points in their various columns.
A recent example of this phenomenon appears in a portion of Wall Street Journal op-ed writer and editorial page deputy editor Daniel Henninger’s Thursday op-ed piece entitled “Trump Goes Nuclear.” (Note: Both links may live behind the WSJ’s pay wall.)
Henninger’s column is primarily devoted to Trump’s recent address to the United Nations, specifically the president’s plain-spoken denunciation of the violent, rogue regimes in North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. The columnist seems to grudgingly admire the president for cutting through the usual obtuse, hedging jargon of Washingtonspeak and UNspeak, whose conventions include concealing key points and ideas behind layers of diplomatic verbiage – the kind that only hardened bureaucrats can easily decode.
What’s baffling, however, is the way Henninger misses another intuitively obvious point, one that Trump hammered home ceaselessly in his September 19 UN address:
“Adaptation of some sort is needed as well to Mr. Trump’s thoughts on sovereignty, mentioned more than 20 times in the speech. I haven’t anything enlightening to add on this subject because I have no fully graspable idea what he is talking about, and I’m not sure Mr. Trump does either. [Italics by this writer.]
“The idea of protecting a country’s national security and economic interests is easy enough to understand, for instance when renegotiating a trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Trump, however, seems to be talking about something more transcendent.
“Sovereignty as a mystical force in the lives of nations is an idea brought into the Trump presidency by Steve Bannon and articulated in the U.N. speech and elsewhere by Mr. Trump’s chief speechwriter and Bannon ally, Stephen Miller.
“Nationalism and what it means for increasingly volatile populations is a good subject just now, but I don’t think Messrs. Bannon and Miller, for all the time they’ve spent talking about sovereignty, have put across the idea in any feasible operational sense for U.S. policy makers. In practice, that makes it largely irrelevant.”
It’s quite “graspable” that Trump – and/or his speechwriters – made a “language shift” in the treatment of this topic, employing the kind of diplomatic, code-word style writing and rhetoric so beloved of elitists, bureaucrats and other government lifers.
Nevertheless, it should be clear to any sentient being that Trump used these passages to strongly endorse the robust “America first” policy that was standard issue through, at the very least, the Presidency of Richard Nixon. This traditional policy returned strongly during Ronald Reagan’s two presidential terms as well as the single term of George H. W. Bush. To telegraph this crucial shift back to the policy that once made America great – until Barack Obama unilaterally obliterated it – Trump employed the code word “sovereignty.”
It’s obvious what Trump meant by this term: America will run its own show as always, and will not bow to the globalist elites. In other words, he did know what he meant, even if Henninger somehow missed the obvious point.
But this terminology goes deeper. Trump made it crystal clear that a newly renewed America is making a clean break with the globalist government utopia that Obama and the Eurozone’s elitist leadership were stealthily imposing on the unwilling proles of the world.
Obama’s two terms will be remembered as one Marxist’s unilateral attempt to weaken and undermine his own country, with the goal of subordinating the United States, its people and its laws to an evolving New World Order, perhaps to be run by the same Eurozone elitists who promote the “open border” policies intended to obliterate their own country’s essential nationhood.
Trump’s ringing endorsement of national sovereignty was an absolute repudiation of that globalism and its crucial attendant open borders policies. Such policies were and are intended to erode national identities, while permanently lowering the wages of displaced workers across the globe, leaving the wealthy globalists completely in charge of a New Feudalism.
Trump drilled home the forceful message that this globalist-socialist utopia would not happen on his watch. A revived and renewed America will be drawn into globalism no more. Other nations (like Hungary and Poland) were invited to likewise revive and exercise their own sovereignty, resisting that same creeping globalism.
In summary, most pundits commenting on the President’s UN speech focused, as usual, on Trump’s most colorful remarks – like his hilarious but deadly serious put-down of “Rocket Man.” (If it bleeds, it leads.)
By pursuing scare headlines, the MSM and its favorite pundits completely fumbled the larger significance of Trump’s speech: MAGA.
Trump has declared to the world that America is back. This country once again will protect its interests, its citizens and its national character both here and abroad. It will not permit Barack Obama’s open borders policy to stand. It will defend itself with deadly vigor if attacked or seriously threatened. Above all, Trump’s America will no longer allow itself to be weakened, divided and absorbed by the globalist combine.
Trump’s remarks on national sovereignty could not have been clearer to me.
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