For years, there has been an undercurrent of self-righteousness permeating through many “conservative” circles. What most would attribute to Neocons is the idea that we have a moral imperative to spread democracy across the world. As we’ve learned recently, spreading democracy does not always yield the expected benefits.
At his United Nations speech, President Trump had some very quotable moments that highlighted who he is. These quotes, from “rocket man” to pretty much everything he said about Iran, stole all the headlines and coverage. What didn’t get covered was a very important point he made about the future of America’s role in the world.
“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.”
That’s the buzz line, but what preceded it was just as important.
“We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.”
I’ve been very critical of the President in the past and will continue to call him out when he errs, but this is an example of what most of his voters expected. “America first” isn’t just about America. The rest of the world deserves for us to keep our noses out of their business.
Source: American Conservative
It is difficult to reconcile Trump’s belief in self-determination with a National Endowment for Democracy whose reason for being is to interfere in the politics of other nations to make them more like us.