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After Trump

December 5, 2019

Rediscovery by leaders of the Democrat Party of our history of Constitutional government and defense of freedom in foreign policy may give hope for a better future.

Since 1933 when Franklin Roosevelt assumed office, however, the United States has had very few Presidents with knowledge of foreign policy or possessed a national security strategy. The best were Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

President Truman  faced the consequences of FDR’s ignorance of the nature of Communist ideology that led to founding of a communist regime in North Korea and the “loss” of China to Mao Tse-tung Communist Party. The “Marshall Plan” saved Western Europe from collapse after World War II and the founding of NATO drew the line between “the West” and the Soviet Union.

President Eisenhower was respected as a successful military leader and warned against military adventures such as those undertaken by Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

In 2019 we are led by President Donald Trump who lacks a foreign and national security policy. That has led the Democrat Party to rediscover our history of Constitutional government and the outline of divisions between the United States and post-Soviet Russia. A glimmer of recognition has appeared of the need for a foreign policy of national defense and respect for Constitutional limits placed on the Executive Branch by the Constitution of the United States.

That insight isn’t visible in the policies of the leading candidates for the Democrat nomination of President in 2020, so a better word than “glimmer” may be “chimera.”

Since the Great Depression the Democrat Party has been known for its appreciation of the power of the national government to “do good” as long as the power of the American “state” is in the hands of Democrats.

This year that power is in the hands of a nominal Republican, so the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have rediscovered the principle of Congressional Supremacy.  And leaders of the Impeachment of President Trump are quoting words of wisdom of George Washington, George Mason and James Madison. Even Alexander Hamilton has been cited. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has identified Russian oligarch Vladimir Putin as a bad guy.

All that is to the good, but as we know from persons addicted to alcohol, it takes more than thinking about addiction to recover from it. Our Democrat Party is a party of the Left and carries in its hips all the falsehoods and misperceptions of utopian idealists. That suggests that “after Trump” we’ll see “business as usual,” not real reforms nor reorientation of American foreign policy.

 

 

 

 

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