Wednesday September 26, 2018
They All Laughed
Yesterday, Trump gave a speech before the U.N. General Assembly. This is the line that's getting all the attention:
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. America is so thrilled.
It's getting attention because of what happened next:
For a moment, Trump actually looked embarrassed. Or angry? His face reddened. As did America‘s—if we could be embarrassed any further. What an idiot. What idiot people around him. He goes to the U.N. to upend longstanding American foreign policy, the basic agreements that have kept our world wars leveled off at II, that have prevented us from finishing and ruining that odious trilogy (cf., “Spider-Man 3”), but first he has to brag about what he thinks he’s done? He tries to get world diplomats to buy into the dumb buzz in his brain? The Bizarro world that he runs because the real world is too difficult? And he thinks they‘ll go along with him as if he’s talking to the dolts at CPAC?
Hence his next line:
I did not expect that reaction.
Of course not. Because you don't look at the world the way it might be.
But that wasn't the worst of his speech. The worst of it was the upending of long-standing U.S. and NATO policy.
For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support and recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America's sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy. America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism. Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from new forms of coercion and domination.
Vladimir Putin couldn't have created a more damaging American president if he'd built one from scratch.
It does seem the way to go, though. Laugh at the fucker. And vote.