On April 27, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump delivered his first-ever foreign policy speech, and the message he shared with America that momentous day triggered tremors of a kind of national pride and solidarity not seen in decades.
“I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country — one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace,” Trump proclaimed.
“It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.”
More importantly, it is time to put “America First,” he continued, promising to make this radical new notion (radical to liberals, at least) the “overriding theme” of his administration.
It sounded like a great speech to most of us, though some people disagreed.
For instance, liberals immediately rushed to paint Trump as an isolationist equivalent to the antisemitic members of the America First Committee, which in 1940 tried to dissuade America from entering into World War II and going after Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Speaking with The New York Times, however, Trump refuted these bogus arguments.
“I’m not isolationist, but I am ‘America First,’” Trump said. “We have been disrespected, mocked, and ripped off for many, many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher.”
“So America first, yes, we will not be ripped off anymore,” he continued. “We’re going to be friendly with everybody, but we’re not going to be taken advantage of by anybody.”
Polls showed that most Americans agreed with the presumptive nominee. Specifically, a Pew Research Center poll conducted in late April revealed that 57 percent of Americans supported the idea that the United States ought “to deal with its own problems, while letting other countries get along as best they can.”
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) May 6, 2016
Included among these Americans was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who penned a column for The Washington Times in praise of Trump’s policy, writing that he “appreciated” Trump’s argument “that American interests, not ideological hopes, should define American foreign policy.”
Another fan was Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, who bluntly asked, “”What’s wrong with ‘America First’?”
Absolutely nothing, Judge Jeanine, unless of course you hate America and prefer to not see it rise up like a phoenix economically, culturally and, of course, militarily.
For those patriots who genuinely love this nation, however, “America First” is more than just a brilliant foreign policy initiative — it’s the perfect motto for American exceptionalism in the 21st century!
H/T The Hill
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