When it comes to leadership in world affairs, President Donald Trump seems to take pride in an apparent semi-bridled mayhem approach. While we can all steadfastly agree that, for most of us, our routine personal lives have not been impacted, the arrogant display of “I do what I want” tactics continues to compel caring people all over the world to react and protest. Even the most lackadaisical people who typically opt out of politics altogether seem to be scratching their heads over the ongoing saga originating in the White House. The most troubling question with Trump is, where exactly is he leading this country?
The appearance of how Trump presides seems to go as follows: Antagonize world leaders, pull out of international treaties for the betterment of the global population, act nonchalant over civil rights concerns in the U.S., make allies into enemies, force the U.S. into seclusion and show favor to dangerous leaders such as dictator Kim Jong-Un and autocrat Vladimir Putin. Rinse and repeat. Oh, and create a Space Force for good measure.
In 2001, then-President George W. Bush was causing quite an uproar over his leadership whereby he began isolating the U.S. in foreign affairs and wasn’t one for cooperating and encouraging stronger relationships with world leaders. In June 2001, the VCReporter published an article, “TROUBLEMAKER,” in which we described U.S. unilateralism doing harm to our allies and, ultimately, to ourselves. Ten weeks later, 9/11 happened. The present administration is following a similar course, upsetting many ally nations with threats, tariffs and strong talk from the president. But why? Because things are going well for the U.S.?
At this point, it’s hard to understand if Trump is more interested in garnering attention at any cost or if he believes that his actions are actually for the overall benefit of the U.S. In the end, alienation is simply not a good thing, and division within this country only makes us weaker. While so many are trying to make sense of the president’s decisions and others simply agree that whatever decision he makes is best, we must remember that if we alienate all other countries, we are doomed.
This Independence Day week, we ask: Is this the best course of action for our country, our citizens and for the people of the world? We think not.
In the words of George Santayana “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”