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Lose Our Number

The world is chaotic.  Many blame our President, but that is a bit much even for me.  Sure, he’s made many, if not every mistake.  But it wasn’t he, nor America for that matter that brought about the realities that many nations around the world now have to deal with.  Syrian people have had a highly dysfunctional political situation for a very, very long time.  The same is true in Iraq.  Russia elected Putin – numerous times.  Iran has been a mess for at least 35 years.  The Palestinian/Israeli conflict is surely not new.  Europe’s ridiculous socialist policies, which have been going on for many decades (or centuries) are finally coming home to roost financially.  China’s challenges, and Japan’s, and Latin America’s are also of their own making.  Have we helped make these places worse because of our own dumb foreign policy moves?  For sure.

This American President had a vision of America “leading from behind.”  He aimed to remove us from a position of global leadership, instead preferring to be one of the nations in the mix.   It is hard to argue that his plan hasn’t created a vacuum that emboldened many bad actors to act with seeming impunity.  At this point, however, that is water under the bridge and we must now move forward, choosing to chart a course that is in America’s best interests.

Looking at the state of affairs in the world with all of its turmoil, at our own highly challenged economy, and how pitifully unproductive our foreign incursions have proven to be, I wonder why we don’t take the Ron Paul approach and just completely retrench, giving up all pretense to both caring or influencing anything that goes on outside of our borders. I treasure the notion of personal responsibility, and isn’t it consistent with that view to ask other nations to step up and fend for themselves?  If Russians don’t want Putin, shouldn’t they be the ones to get rid of him?  If Europeans want to have a Socialist system, let them deal with the consequences.  We’ve got plenty of problems.  To those who fear that abandoning our foreign military incursions will lead to increased risk domestically, I’d say let’s reinvest in securing our own borders properly.

There are bad people, but most are moved to join in with them as a result of hopelessness generally emanating from failed economic policies.  Let’s focus on fixing our society and economy, and on setting an example to citizens around the world as to what a great nation looks like.  We need to make living such a great proposition so that dying becomes a much more unappealing option.  We used to be a beacon for the world - one that inspired others.  We can be that again.  For now, I think we ought to tell the rest of the world that they need to take care of themselves and to lose our number.  We can’t be of much help to them by intruding into their societies as we’ve done in the past.

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