I didn’t get to watch President Trump’s UN speech live. He was speaking as I was heading over to Mom-sit for the day.
So it’s taken me a while to finally put down some thoughts on it.
But instead of going through Mr. Trump’s speech, I thought I’d start by taking you in the Way-Back Machine to September 25, 2014.
This was after President Barack Obama delivered one of his speeches to the UN General Assembly.
And I wrote about it in a column titled “Parsing Pusillanimous Piffle” (which is now available in my second volume of columns, RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama).
Here’s some of what I wrote:
Naïve idealism is a dangerous thing.
And the President of what should be the freest, most powerful nation on earth is a foolishly naïve ideologue.
He reminds me of Principal Snyder from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” who, when a giant demon snake attacks the graduation ceremony, stood to one side muttering, “This is simply unacceptable!”
Obama’s 4,261 word speech was a signal to a very dangerous world that the United States of America will not lead through strength, will not seek to preserve and protect its own interests, and will only act if the frothing anti-Semites and tin-pot dictators represented at the UN are kind enough to agree.
I then give a quote from Obama’s 2014 UN Speech:
“On issue after issue, we cannot rely on a rule-book written for a different century. If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and act cooperatively – we can shape the course of this century as our predecessors shaped the post-World War II age.” [Bold emphasis Dianny’s]
I can’t tell you how much I don’t miss this kind of drivel.
Again, here’s what I wrote at the time:
America led the way in the twentieth century, not because it was thinking globally and acting cooperatively, but because America sought its own interests. It fought to preserve and protect its own sovereignty and freedom.
America stands for the unalienable rights of all man. Life. Liberty. Property.
And by maintaining and preserving the sanctity of those rights within our own nation, we can be a help to the world. Only by putting our nation’s interests first, can we be a help to the world.
Listening to President Trump’s UN speech, everything I said in that above quote is perfectly reflected in what Mr. Trump said yesterday.
But I went on:
If America doesn’t remain free, if America ceases to be the beacon of Liberty, how on earth can we expect to bring freedom and liberty to others?
Pursuing our own national interests is what allows America to have the strength and will to lift other peoples out of tyranny.
A rising tide lifts all boats. And a strong, prosperous, free United States was able to lift whole regions of the globe out of despotism and into freedom.
Now that I think about it, I wonder if President Trump read this column.
This was the “rule-book” Obama mentions.
It is not a “rule-book” that has an expiration date.
And yet, this naïve ideologue believes that this “rule-book” is outdated.
And what, pray tell, is Obama’s fantasy “rule-book” for this new century?
From that crop of virulent, anti-American vermin from the UN?
Let me tell you something about that “rule-book” from another century, Mr. President.
It freed more people, saved more lives and created more prosperity and economic security than the “Star Wars Bar Scene” known as the United Nations.
To my mind, President Trump understands this implicitly.
Whereas Barack Obama does not.
The first thought that leaped to mind when I heard President Trump address the UN was, “This is the kind of speech Ronald Reagan would make.”
And from the way Liberals are donning sackcloth and ashes over his speech, I think it is safe to say that they’re thinking the same thing.
They want more appeasement, collectivism, globalism and international control – all the things they had when Obama was in the White House.
What they call “belligerent,” I called “forceful” and “unwavering strength.”
In a nutshell, President Trump told the assorted despots, dictators and terrorist-embracing vermin at the United Nations, “America is back.”
We will not surrender our sovereignty to anyone.
And we will no longer bow and scrape to an organization that embraces tyranny and despotism throughout the world.
Just like it gives me a happy that Javad Zarif didn’t like it. I am equally delighted to know it is sending Obama’s yes-men into apoplectic fits of rage.
That alone tells me it was an outstanding speech.
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