Believe it or not, I agree with a lot of things Trump says. There is a lot of strategic brilliance in a lot of things he says. But also, there is a lot of hell. It is dual. But he is dual and it is fascinating because he is being authentic. But it doesn’t mean his authenticity is the right course of action for the rest of us. On a certain level, the man is brilliantly insane. It is great for TV and I know he is going to do something yuge when this is over…
I am rushing cause I have to go but I am sitting here looking at a map of the world. It says “The World.” All of humanity is represented. And you know what? This is what this election is all about. In our naiveté in the United States, we think this election is about the United States alone. No. It is about the entire world. Where goes America so does the rest of the world. This is true for developed and undeveloped, rich and poor countries. If you think I am wrong just recall what the president of France did the next day after the Terrorist attacked the French Republic in 2015. He got on an airplane and flew to the United States to talk it over with the President. And remember this: France is one of the richest, most powerful countries in the world. So if France needs America so much, what of all the other countries and peoples?
I understand a certain aspect of Trump’s foreign policy and I agree with it. If NATO is outdated, we need to look at it. If rich countries in NATO are not paying their fair share we need to look at it. If countries in the ARAB region are not getting their hands dirty enough to help resolve the conflicts in their own region we need to look at it. Asia has got to carry its weight as well. For that matter, so does Africa. We are not the IMF and so folks are going to have to step up and under president Trump I think they will.
The problem is this: We live in the Information Age. Not the 1940s. It is a completely different world. We are interconnected in an inextricable way now with the rest of the world. It is too late to extricate ourselves and isolate ourselves. It just is not an option. This Earth, this world will rise or sink together. We will blow up together, starve together, suffocate together.
There are a LOT of problems all over the world and the United States cannot solve these problems alone. Especially not financially. But we do have to work with the rest of our fellow human persons in the world community and we are going to have to play a leadership role and we are going to have to exercise proper discretion and judgment and we are going to have to design a reset that will allow people all over the world to come back to a place of order and peace.
Do I undertand that Trump is saying we have our own problems in America and that we need to solve that first? Yes. I do. In an airplane what do they tell you? Secure yourself first then turn to your child and secure him or her. And this is not to say other countries are our children. I am just drawing a reference. I understand his urge to isolate and protect himself first.
But I don’t think he has thought it all the way through. Given the realities of the global system right now, given how interdependent everything is. He will create more, not less chaos.
Plus, the leader of the United States has to fundamentally give a shit about the whole world. Our world is in trouble! And who created the mess? Well, it wuddn’t Trump. But I will tell you this: the crap he is saying he is going to do as far as immigrants, Muslims, Trade etc? It’s going to make things so much worse….then it is going to be his fault.
although….what if he so shocks the system that it forces people to pull their socks up and get their shit together??? Is this what we need in the Age of Information? A strong, unforgiving hand at the helm of the American presidency? That doesn’t give a shit???
What if that is what is needed???