"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."
(The Hill) - The mainstream media fell silent last Friday when Donald Trump made comments on Crimea. His answer to a reporter's question sent shockwaves through the 70-year-old bipartisan military industrial complex.
"Europe's problem," he said.
"But why isn't Germany leading this one?" Trump added. "You know Germany is a very rich, very powerful nation. Why aren't they dealing on it moreso? Everything’s the United States — we're like the policeman of the world."
This is the advantage of sending a businessman or CEO to solve the problem. He or she is free from the blinders of partisan-ized generations which pass on dogma as if it were religion, generation after generation, kept in lockstep with outrageous and even half-mad policies.
Trump exhibits that he, and quite possibly he alone in the long lineup of those who want to be president in 2016, can step away the past. And for the very next charge sure to follow, that "this is isolationism," it is not. The world is multifaceted with varied needs, various threats, various friends and enemies. One approach does not fit all. The knee-jerk "isolationist" charge is a classic, mnemonic slander of mainstream media tied at the hip to government and military policy.
And for a second time, Trump trumps the former governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He did so recently when Romney used the word "severe" in reference to Trump's commentary on the presence of "rapists" among illegal immigrants. But when Trump fought back, his poll numbers advanced. Previously, presidential candidate Romney had declared the greatest national threat to America today to be Russia with resounding authority in a single one-word declarative sentence. "Romney was right," was repeated endlessly by partisan stalwarts and conservatives everywhere — in dentist offices; at the dinner table.
But Romney was wrong. Trump is right. Conservative culture turns increasingly now on Trump. But can America exist without viewing Russia as our enemy; can we live by ourselves, can we look East to West equally? Or do we remain prisoners of our long-dead past?
When Russian troops moved into Ukraine, many in the mainstream media reactively turned to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "We are all Ukrainians," he tweeted "#Ukraine — straight out of the Soviet playbook." And Trump supporter Sarah Palin, McCain's 2008 running mate and not one to say I told you so, was there within seconds to say, "I told you so."
Interestingly enough, Trump here is not that far away from the former congressman from Texas, Ron Paul (R), who might be considered the Hawthornian "Gray Champion" and creative visionary of the Tea Party movement before it descended into adolescent arrogance and globalist militarism.
"The former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has launched a scathing attack on what he calls a US-backed coup in Ukraine, insisting the Crimean people have the right to align their territory with Moscow and characterising sanctions against Russia as 'an act of war.' ... 'Our hands are not clean,' said Paul," The Guardian reported in March 2014.Read More . . . .