WASHINGTON: Saying that we are the number one donor to the rest of the world and should be proud of that, President Trump stood before the UN to reflect upon American exceptionalism. Telling the world leaders assembled there to reject “globalism”, he encouraged them to look out for the interests of their own countries and people first. And then they should work toward a better world.
“Like my beloved country, each country represented in this hall has a cherished history, culture, and heritage that is worth defending and celebration and gives us our singular potential and strength.
“If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy hold onto your sovereignty. If you want peace love your nation. Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first. The future does not belong to globalists. It belongs to patriots.
“The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”
This is Trump’s third address to the General Assembly.
Pointing to a strong economy that is the “envy of world leaders”, Trump once again made the case for his “America first” style of diplomacy. It is a diplomacy that puts nationalism ahead of multilateral efforts.
In his inaugural address, President Kennedy famously said:
“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
“Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” – John F. Kennedy
Global bad actors and American Democrats don’t understand that a leader must follow the will of the people. This is a basic tenet of just governance. The political agenda, in America or any other country, must reflect the will of the people. Otherwise, that leadership and country will fail.
Trump’s message is one Democratic presidential contender Marion Williamson would agree with: Treat your people with love. Treat your history with respect. Work to make life better for everyone. And your country will flourish. As will the world.
Trump sees that a great economy and a happy populace can serve as a carrot to other governments, and also as a stick. If you don’t work toward this, he suggests, then America will not financially support you. Instead, America will impose sanctions against you.
Is this a blueprint to push the world toward peace? Consider the President’s recent meetings with Prime Minister Lee of Singapore and President Duda of Poland. Or his meeting with Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, and his appearance at the “Howdy, Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” rally with Prime Minister Modi of India. These show a president encouraging world leaders to lead their people toward those “bright futures” they talk about.
Supporting religious freedom around the world.
President Trump cares for people, and he shows it. His speech was a declaration that the security and happiness of their people is what all UN leaders should be working for. He is the first President of the United States to host a meeting at the United Nations on religious freedom, making religious freedom a key priority of his administration.
The Trump administration stands up for religious freedom around the world. Hence his administration launched the Religious Freedom Ministerial, bringing together foreign officials, organizations and advocates to fight religious persecution.
“As we speak, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Yazidis, and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured, and even murdered, often at the hands of their own government, simply for expressing their deeply held religious beliefs. So hard to believe.
“Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.”
Trump spoke of acts of violence in “sacred places of worship.” In 2016, a Catholic Priest in Normandy, France was killed while celebrating mass. Anti-Semitic attacks killed Jewish Americans in both Pennsylvania and California. Muslim families were murdered while praying in New Zealand. The Easter bombings of Christian churches in Sri Lanka killed hundreds.
Offering steps towards a solution, Trump announced the formation of a coalition of U.S. Business for the protection of religious freedom. The coalition will encourage the protection of people of all faiths in the workplace.
“Too often, people in positions of power preach diversity while silencing, shunning, or censoring the faithful. True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.”
President Trump says that the policies pushed by “open border activists” hurt the very people they supposedly aim to help. Illegal immigration is, he says, one of the world’s most crucial challenges.
“Today, I have a message for those open-border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice: Your policies are not just; your policies are cruel and evil.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 24, 2019
The President is working with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama. Because of his efforts, Mexico has sent thousands of troops to their southern borders to stop the flood of illegal immigration from Central America.
“If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your Nation.” – President Trump
Leadership begins with the people
Democrats don’t understand that to lead, you have to follow the will of the people. The political agenda, in America and other countries must reflect the values of the people. Policies must exist for the betterment of the people.
Trump understand that the betterment of the people leads to the betterment of the country. That’s a lesson the world – China, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and the Palestinian Authority, to name a few – need to learn.