A Choice for Nations: Have Course Determined by the USA or Pursue a Course among Equals


In his inauguration speech, president Donald Trump sounded sincere, and perhaps he is being sincere. But some of his views are deluded and misguided.

Said Trump:

From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma denied anyone is stealing from the US. He said America should look at its own wasteful policies, stop spending money on warring and propping up Wall Street, and invest instead in its own people and infrastructure.

In Trump’s quest to make America great again, arises a sign of Trump’s brand of hegemonic imperialism:

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. [italics added]

However, later in his speech, the president says: “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.”

It seems a contradiction. The US will “not seek to impose” but it will determine the course for itself and others? Determine by example?

Within the allowable and accepted scope of US “democracy,” it is fine that Trump determine the course of America, but I cannot accept the he thinks…

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