Donald Trump = George Washington?
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different views about America’s role in the world. And although this may shock the espresso-sipping elites on the east coast, it seems like the Founding Fathers would have agreed with Trump.
George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson: none of these brilliant men wanted America to be the world’s police. They didn’t envision the U.S. invading other countries while its own economy went down the toilet.
Trump thinks the same way. He recently laid out a strategy for American foreign policy called, “America First.” It’s simple: rather than building up countries half way around the world, Trump wants to build our economy right here at home.
“I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down,” Trump said in his first foreign policy address. He also said America will no longer “surrender” to “the false song of globalism.” (Source: “Why George Washington Would Have Agreed With Donald Trump,” Politico, May 5, 2016.)
Sorry liberals, but this is shockingly similar to how George Washington (you may have heard of him) felt. He once said, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.”
No warm and fuzzy stuff about bringing democracy to the rest of the world. No desire for global order. He just had the simple belief that independence is important to our long-term success as a nation.
It’s clear the founders didn’t want us solving everyone else’s problems. They lived in a much hasher time than ours—one where they recognized that America needed to put itself first in order to win.
Trump sees things the same way, probably because of his years in business. He competes in the boardroom, not the war room. That is how he became rich, and now he wants to do the same for America.
Can Hillary Clinton say the same thing? Her foreign policy credentials are terrible. She was dead wrong about Iraq and Libya, but that hasn’t forced her to reconsider.
She is still the same old hawk. Clinton would probably leap to the defense of other countries without ever considering what it means for ordinary Americans here at home.
She showed that lack of judgment as Secretary of State. Despite seeing all the failed invasions and dead soldiers, Clinton couldn’t shake her belief that a bunch of D.C. bureaucrats know what’s best. She still wanted America to be the world’s “big brother.”
Meanwhile, Trump just wants to make America great again. He plans to rebuild the economy so that people can get jobs. But for that to happen, Trump needs to convince the majority of voters that “America First” is the right policy.
He may be in luck. A Pew Research poll shows most people think “it would be better if the U.S. just dealt with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can.”
So not only does Trump have the Founding Fathers at his back, he also has the American people… Clinton should be terrified.