Wednesday, September 20, 2017
America is back.
Turns out that beleaguered and forgotten Americans aren’t the only ones in dire need of a strong dose of straight talk from America’s president.
After a decade of global apology, squirrelly deals and appeasement of the world’s worst actors, America has returned to the ramparts of its founding ideals, unapologetically backed — of course — by the 16-inch guns of an armada of battleships.
First, the pleasantries.
“It has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense,” Mr. Trump warned the assembled guests in New York from countries around the world. “Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.”
Then down to the business of naming names.
If the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Mr. Trump explained in simple terms to the staid global debate forum more accustomed to bromides and lectures about global warming.
And just in case anyone missed his moral certitude in the matter, Mr. Trump added: “If the righteous many don’t confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”
The North Korean regime, he said, is a “band of criminals” and of despot Kim Jong-un, he said: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Unflinchingly, the president vowed to act alone if needed.
Truly, America is back.
And America is back in the form of a highly “un-presidential” figure, we are told. Mr. Trump is unpredictable, crazy, unhinged, dangerous, according to the media. A self-serving brash negotiator.
“As president, I will always put America first, just like you as the leaders of your countries will always — and should always — put your countries first.”
With that, Mr. Trump was done with being politically correct.
He excoriated the United Nations for not only being a blood-sucking mooch, but also for being a failure in its stated mission. The U.S., he complained, is one of 193 countries in the U.N., yet it pays 22 percent of the entire U.N. budget.
“But to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.”
He even called out members of the august body for openly undermining the very freedoms and civilization that the U.N. claims to stand for.
“Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists, but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity,” Mr. Trump thundered. “Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.”
What a refreshing — exhilarating — departure from Mr. Trump’s predecessor, standing at the same lectern one year ago.
“We can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations like my own accept constraint,” President Obama told the same crowd in the final year of his disastrous presidency.
“I’m convinced in the long run giving up some freedom of action — not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue core interests — but binding ourselves to international rules, over the long term, enhances our security.”
Well, if theocratic thugocracy Iran, savage ISIS, nuclear North Korea, and run-amok Russia are the fruits of Mr. Obama’s strategy, perhaps it is time for a new American sheriff in town.
That sheriff has arrived.
? Charles Hurt can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter via @charleshurt.
Views expressed in this column are those of the author, not those of Rasmussen Reports. Comments about this content should be directed to the author or syndicate.
See Other Political Commentary by Charles Hurt.
See Other Political Commentary.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.