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Return of Sovereignty

September 26, 2018

President Trump’s address to the United Nations on Tuesday, September 25, was intended to put a stake into the heart of the ideology of “Internationalism” and replace it with balance of power relationships between nations. Here is a link to the text of that speech.

The ideology of Internationalism has dominated our consciousness of international relations since July 10, 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed,  in his address to the United States Senate presenting a treaty of peace with Germany, a higher principle than balance of power

Every true heart in the world, and every enlightened judgment demanded that,  at whatever cost of independent action, every government that took thought for its people or for justice or for ordered freedom would lend itself to a new purpose and utterly destroy the old order of international politics.

Wilson’s desire to “utterly destroy” the reality of balance of powers was yoked with his desire to destroy “autocratic authority.” He was persuaded that only governments governed by majority rule, not by “dictators,” could truly seek peace.  His “ideology” sought to replace the actions of sovereign nations with a system of international law and international organizations.

Paying service to international law has been a dominant feature of American foreign policy ever since. Recently five living former presidents representing this ideology had a group photo taken with Lady GaGa.

From Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon through all following Presidential Administrations, the guiding idea of American foreign policy has been to conform to a body of international law.

On Tuesday, President Trump asserted that the sovereignty of the American nation would shape our relations with other nations, not the ideology of internationalism..

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