Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The United States Should Mind Its Own Business

John Green, at the American Thinker today has an article entitled The World May Have To Do Without America For A Bit, in which he claims that America is so divided, so distrustful of other Americans, that we can not effectively provide the "Pax Americana" that we have imposed since the end of World War II. Indeed, Green thinks we are heading towards a national breakup, as citizens flee blue states for red ones.

In a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 39 percent of Americans consider other Americans to be America’s greatest threat. That’s more people than consider China our greatest threat (25 percent). It’s almost twice as many as those that consider Russia our greatest threat (20 percent).
Of those polled, 22 percent say Democrats are our greatest threat. That would include people like myself, who believe the Dems have become the American communists -- determined to destroy everything that makes us exceptional -- as a necessary measure to marshal in a socialist utopia.
Another 17 percent say that Republicans are the greatest threat. Those would be our fellow citizens who have bought Biden’s semi-fascist baloney and Merrick Garland’s “white supremacist” propaganda. So much for returning comity and normalcy to the American conversation.
Meanwhile, the world is full of threats. Russia wants to reconstitute the Soviet empire, and is chipping away at eastern Europe to do it.
Islamic fundamentalists want to create a caliphate, and seem to think that enough murder and mayhem will convince the world’s population to join the “religion of peace.” Or maybe they just want to kill the nonbelievers for the fun of it. It’s hard to tell.
China just wants everything. But they aren’t resorting (yet) to the grotesque methods of Russia or the Islamic fundamentalists. They’re simply trying to buy it all with their Belt and Road initiative. They seem to think that world domination is a simple real estate deal. Hopefully they’re wrong -- but who knows?
The American contest of ideas has devolved to: personal freedom advocated by the Right vs statism advocated by the Left. Open dialog advocated by the Right, vs no dialog commanded by the Left. There will be no quick compromise or resolution.
It’s no exaggeration to point out that unless there’s a sudden outbreak of sanity and reason, we are approaching a national breakup. Americans are already beginning to sort themselves between red and blue states on the basis of ideology. If this trend continues, there will eventually be a winner and a loser, and the breakup will not be pretty. Hopefully we’ll find a peaceful resolution, but achieving ideological alignment will take years.

I will leave quotes from Green's article here. In terms of imposing a "Pax Americana" on the World, I suspect that our current disunity will be good for the rest of the World. Certainly, other countries should pay their own way for defense of their own borders. Both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) are long obsolete and we should pull out of them. Instead we need to concentrate on internal matters, with the exception of reinvoking the Monroe doctrine, which states that the Western Hemisphere is our sphere of influence. Communists need to get out.

Then there are the wars in which there seems to be no American interests involved whatsoever.  We have spent huge amounts of money and lost the lives of young men and women for what?  Many of these foreign inbroglios have been the result if treaties that we never should have gotten into in the first place.  No less than George Washington warned us against becoming entangled in such treaties.  Now is a good time to dientangle ourselves.  

Kurt Schlichter keeps pointing out that the United States military has not won a single war since WWII. Perhpas if we concentrate on internal matters and in this hemisphere, we can return it to its roots as a strong defense force, not unlike Switzerland, where a rifle is behind every blade of grass. Oh, and get rid of the woke officers. We need more Chesty Pullers and George Pattons, not to mention Grants and Shermans.  

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