What could be worse than his pulling out of the Paris Accords. First of all they weren’t binding but set goals. Perhaps Trump did not comprehend that. Whatever he did or did not know about the agreement is not the point nor is whether the agreement good or bad.
What is the absolutely worst thing is that it was the United States which fought tooth and nail to bring all the countries of the world together to reach this agreement. We said here is the road to follow if we want to protect our planet. By hook or by crook, by twisting arms or handing out goodies, we did bring all of them along and they followed because we persuaded them this was the right thing to do.
Many of the leaders of these countries went along at great risk to themselves. And their reward for doing this was to see the USA cut and run. What does that tell the leaders of these countries about following America’s leadership
Plain and simple it suggests to any country which does think of following the USA’s lead better rethink that decision. So where is the leadership to come from now that the commitment of the USA is so shaky?
Stepping down as leader leaves the door open for other nations to move ahead of the USA. Most likely China will step into the vacant spot. Think of how long we have been the leading nation. Since WWI or definitely WWII. Why would we want to give it up as we have done? Why have we become a nation whose word is no longer trusted?
So Making America Great Again is withdrawing us to a time before WWII. When before that were we so great. After WWII in the Fifties we powered up as a nation becoming great; some say Reagan made us great but Reagan did it in a leadership role as every American president has done since FDR.
So we step back. We rely on coal while rest of world scrambles away from it. We stick with our old technology while other nations power ahead with the latest developments. We cut regulations here while other nations thrive under their more restrictive ones.
It is sad when we hear that Trump figured a benefit from getting out of the Accord was to show the European leaders and the Pope they could not pressure him. As is his won’t he lacked the courage to tell them to their face he was planning to exit. But imagine basing a decision like this on a spiteful reason and thinking that a benefit.
It goes back to character. He cannot deal with equals. Democratically elected leaders don’t bow down to him which offends him. They can get along quite well without him. Dictators seeking favors act like he is a big deal playing to his ego. Those are his people.
His only achievements to date is to empower dictators while lessening our country’s standing in the world. At home his achievement is to undo what Obama put in place without substituting anything for it. Oh, yes, he also taints America with his petty tweets showing his obsession with himself.
Things will get worse. All I’ve predicted has come true. We are now approaching a hot and dangerous summer with a puerile cowardly man in charge.