Donald Trump has analysed the world and put it on a profit and loss sheet to determine how it should operate. There is nothing on the sheet about freedom or about war. it is all about costs of operation without the faintest hint of the idea of deterrence or showing resolve.
It is what a businessman does. All that matters is making a profit; if lives are adversely affected by the decision to fire people so be it. The one important thing is to get a good return on one’s money.
No charity here (that’s why he hides his tax returns). Our country will rename itself as the United Scrooges of America. When other countries experience a disaster or epidemic that won’t concern us unless they are willing to pony up big for our help. Nothing for nothing will be his motto.
That’s the man who some, fortunately a minority, want to elect as our president. He thinks like a business man. We hear it every day. He acts as if the United States is a profit-making company. He acts as if any other nation that deals with us will have to pay for the cost for us helping them (Mexico will pay for the wall?)
Nothing is free anymore. Not even freedom from war. We will no longer protect your liberty unless you pay up. Our U.S. Navy will not guarantee any country freedom of the seas unless they pay their fair share of the costs.
Here is Trump: “[A]sked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”
He also said: ““This is not 40 years ago, ” . . . . Reiterating his threat to pull back United States troops deployed around the world, he said, “We are spending a fortune on military in order to lose $800 billion,” citing what he called America’s trade losses. “That doesn’t sound very smart to me.””
He wants to increase our military spending, Why if we are no longer going to be the guarantor of freedom to free people. He has repeatedly called NATO obsolete.
Since when is peace obsolete. NATO established in 1949 has given us a peaceful Europe (except for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine) for the past 67 years. How much is peace in Europe worth to America? Have you been there? It is a nice place to visit; not so nice to have to go and fight.
We went to war there twice. We and lost much wealth and young Americans. The main body that is responsible for us not having to go back there since 1945 is NATO. Along comes a business man who is going to tally up the cost rather than understand this is not a money issue.
Trump’s view on NATO alone should have any thoughtful person running scared. The commitment that kept the peace, the crux of the NATO agreement, was that an attack on one member is an attack on all. NATO’s foes believed that was the case. Trump now waffles on it.
President Reagan boldly asserted our commitment to Europe. He said: ‘‘The purpose of this summit is not self-congratulations. Our responsibility is to the future. Our first priority is to maintain a strong and healthy partnership between North America and Europe, for this is the foundation on which the cause of freedom so crucially depends.”
He also said about NATO: ‘‘If our common approach to the East over the years has given coherence to our message of peace and world freedom, it has been our unwavering commitment to defend ourselves that has given it credibility.”
Freedom can not be cost analysed. You cannot put a price tag on it anymore than on the air we breathe. Nations, some recently freed from enslavement, joined NATO because they value freedom. NATO guarantees it. Under Trump they will no longer have it if they are unable to meet his price.
That is no way to run America, it is an insult to all those troops who have died over the years for others to be free. It is certainly no way to inspire a nation or make other people feel confident in your resolve.
It was not too long ago we heard from another American president who said: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
America is not a company. We are the beacon for peace in the world. We have made the world free for people who want to be free. Our navy keeps the seas open for all. It is a costly endeavor we have willingly paid for and sacrificed for.
Every president from Truman to the present knows that peace comes from strength. Enemies of freedom must know we are willing to bear any cost to achieve it. We know a peaceful world with free people is a safer word and over time costs of peace are much less than those of war.
Tonight if you listen to him he will talk mainly about how great he is. When he talks about foreign policy it will be about the cost of defending other nations. Listen to see if he understands that our willingness to take on the costs of keeping people free is to our benefit as well as theirs.
Keep in mind that there is no value you can put on freedom of people nor any value you can put on peace in Europe or Asia. Keep in mind America defeated the Soviet Union not as a Scrooge hoarding our dollars but as one willing to pay any price to win. Keep in mind the men on Mount Rushmore and ask yourself which of them would have treated America as a business.