Union By Subtraction

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The Nationalist Gets Results Around the Globe

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PDT mentioned several things happening on the global stage during the SOTU, not the least of which being a new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The trade agreement known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

PDT boasted that the USMCA will be “bringing back our manufacturing jobs, expanding American agriculture, protecting intellectual property, and ensuring that more cars are proudly stamped with the four beautiful words: Made in the USA.”

He also asked the members of Congress to pass the “United States Reciprocal Trade Act, so that if another country places an unfair tariff on an American product, we can charge them the exact same tariff on the same product that they sell to us.”

It’s a populist proposal, to be sure, but one that reeks of common sense to the average American and thus presents a problem for the Dims who still haven’t lost hope of getting the Rust Belt back into their corner.

Sticking with trade, PDT introduced a whole new shade of ass whoopin’ on China in the form of a brand new tariff. The tariff has been placed on $250 billion dollars on Chinese goods, which has resulted in the U.S. and China running back to the negotiating table in the hopes of reaching a new agreement.

This is more awkward territory for Democrats who talked a great game on trade for a long time but never took anything resembling action. It’s a big reason PDT was able to peel away Rust Belt states and smash the formidable “blue wall” Dims have relied upon for the last several decades. Hillary didn’t even go to Wisconsin because it was in the bag. Except it wasn’t, and now a Republican has become president in part thanks to union votes.

Doctrinaire conservatives may not like it, but I have bad news for them — there are a lot more working class fed up with a useless government than there are tea-sipping sophists lamenting the demise of Milton Friedman free trade purity. If you want the guy who’s doing all this other great stuff to stay in power, this might be a good time to be pragmatic and welcome our union friends into the tent. Trump understands that, even if the so-called intellectuals don’t.

In terms of international diplomacy, PDT noted that he will be meeting with Rocket Man again this month as the U.S. continues to push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. He caused a few grumbles by asserting that we were on a path to war before he took over, but he’s not lying. Kim Jong Un would not have stopped shooting off missiles for Hillary Clinton. And Kim’s neighbors weren’t going to let him shoot missiles over their heads while working to outfit them with nuclear bombs.

Something had to give, and it gave the day PDT pointed out our superior nuclear button.

A little closer to home, the PDT noted that “The United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim President, Juan Guaido.” 

He added, “We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom – and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime.”

This isn’t news, and I won’t bore you with a subject I covered in depth just days ago. Suffice it to say, Maduro will have some choices to make, and sooner rather than later.

Finally, in a move that bewildered hardcore PutinGate truthers, PDT announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from a decades-old nuclear treaty with Russia. He explained:

“The United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities. While we followed the agreement to the letter, Russia repeatedly violated its terms. That is why I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF Treaty.”

He continued, “Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can’t – In which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far.”

Russians violating treaties is nothing new. A president doing something about it, is. Of course, this particular treaty was untenable from the beginning because it doesn’t include China. Who would expect Putin to follow weapons guidelines we don’t impose on other powers?

PDT rightly points out that this needs to be expanded and ironed out once and for all. But if that can’t happen, we’ll simply be pulled into another arms race. While that sounds expensive and perhaps overly militaristic, history shows it to be the one way to win wars without firing a shot.

As President Reagan reminded us, “America has never been attacked because we were too strong.”

Simple peace-through-strength foreign policy. But there’s a bit more to it. Countries like Russia and China suffer the most in arms races with capitalist countries. We have an engine of wealth creation that allows us to sustain an increasing military budget much longer than our less capitalist counterparts. The USSR was brought down by the free market.

Well, the free market holding a gun.

PDT may not be history lectures at Georgetown anytime soon, but he sure has a way of retaining the historical lessons that matter most.

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