45th President rushed back from his United Nations meeting in New
York to watch the hearing of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett
Kavanaugh, and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Reportedly, he
was impressed by Dr. Ford, but excited by Kavanaugh’s
belligerently offensive session with the senators. From my
perspective, Kavanaugh was disgraceful. He attacked Democratic
senators, at one point asking Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar if she
had a drinking problem! His angry, entitled temperament was
inconsistent with Supreme Court service. But by the time this is
published he is likely to have been voted onto the court.
the Supreme Court deliberations have dominated the news, it is
essential to consider the way that 45 appeared on the world stage.
First, he was inexplicably and rudely late to the UN, signaling his
own contempt for the organization and its members. Indeed, according
to New Yorker reporter Robin Wright, the UN had to scramble to find
another speaker to fill in 45's assigned time. Then, just minutes
after 45 began talking, the assembled group started laughing at him.
Undoubtedly they were amused about his assertions of having done more
than any other Administration in US history. 45 was speaking to more
than one hundred and thirty heads of state and dozens of other
delegations. They laughed because 45 is truly funny.
he ran for President, 45 constantly scolded that our country was the
“laughingstock” of the world. Then he stood in front of
other world leaders and proved them correct. Our nation is not a
laughingstock, but President Trump surely is. He is out of touch
with the rest of the world, out of order in his dealings with others,
and out of control with his myopic “America First”
may still be the most powerful nation in the world, but we are
holding onto that perch only tentatively. We're not the largest
country in the world. The population of India, at 1.35 billion, or
the population of China, the world’s most populous nation, at
1.41 billion people, dwarfs our population of roughly 326 million
people. We are a scant 4.3 percent of the world population. India
is 17.7 percent of the world population, and China is a whopping 18.5
percent of the world population. Population size is not necessarily
an indicator of power, and most concede that the United States
remains an influential world leader. But we are a world leader now
led by a clown, the laughingstock of the world. And in embracing an
"America First" doctrine, we isolate ourselves from others
and diminish our own world power.
power has come from our ability to play well in the world. It has
come from our embrace of globalism. Indeed, our economic growth has
often been a function of our global role. People want to come to the
United States, to study the United States, to vacation in the United
States and to enjoy the products and brands of the United States
(McDonald's and Nike are but two examples). Our President's behavior
repels people from the United States instead of attracting people to
us. His jingoistic "America First" speech belied decades
of international cooperation. His notion that nations are better off
going it alone than working in collaboration is isolationist
nonsense. His speech would have been better delivered to his
sycophants who drink his Fool-Aid than to a thoughtful international
audience of his peer world leaders.
is governed by Americans,” 45 said. “We reject the
ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening
all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the
same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your
homeland.” It is possible to be a patriot and also embrace
globalism, especially if we are thinking of our nation’s well
being in the long run. In other words, the world is interlinked, and
our countries are intertwined. What would we have to give up if we
“went it alone”? I don’t think 45 is capable of
thinking this through. What if countries decided to stop doing
business with us? What products would we have to give up?
the United Nations meeting last year, 45 ridiculed North Korean
President Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man." Now Mr.
Rocket Man is his new best friend, worthy of 45's praise. 45
heralded his June summit with Kim Jong Un as a success, but there has
been little or no progress made toward denuclearization. Now he says
he wants another summit with the North Korean President. No wonder
the world is laughing at him. He doesn’t know which way is up!
he has jeopardized our relationship with Canada, with his
"renegotiation" of NAFTA. He has alienated our allies with
his insistence on withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, even as
Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia affirm their agreement to
the deal. And he has continued to coddle Russia, barely mentioning
proven Russian interference in US elections.
world is watching, and the world is laughing. The disastrous display
of US jurisprudence in the Kavanaugh case illustrates the breakdown
of our democracy. Further, the amusing performance that our
President offered to the United Nations cemented his place as the
world laughingstock and disgraced us all!