The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. ~ George Washington
In light of the resounding admonishment the United States received this week from the United Nations (not once, but twice) concerning President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, my final post in the Five-Step series couldn’t be more apropos.
We need to reexamine our foreign policy to see how far we’ve drifted from the warnings of our forefathers, specifically George Washington. He adamantly opposed treaties that favored one nation over another due to the built-in limits it placed on other relationships.
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. ~ George Washington
Due to their overwhelming dedication to biblical morality, however, I would be willing to bet the only exception our founding fathers would have encouraged to the no-favored-nation mantra would have been Israel.
Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you! ~ Genesis 27:29 (ESV)
That quote is part of a blessing Isaac spoke over Jacob, who God renamed Israel (Genesis 32:28 and 35:10). In essence, it’s the same blessing God spoke to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 and part of the blessing Balaam spoke over the twelves tribes of Israel in Numbers 24 (fascinating story).
There is no doubt in my mind our founders would have favored Israel to receive God’s blessing. Other than that, they would have strenuously encouraged the United States to steer clear of the potential pitfalls.
We didn’t heed their warnings.
Instead, we find ourselves trapped in the morass of international entanglements. President Trump was right to terminate the advancement of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), just as he is right to question NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the Paris Accord, and our involvement in the United Nations.
It’s about time!
In 1947, GATT (Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) was never ratified by congress, but the United States did sign on to the GATT 1994 update (in 1993) that created the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 1995, Venezuela used the WTO platform to sue the United States for unfair trade practices based on a US policy created in 1990.
…certain regulations in the US Clean Air Act, which prescribe minimum standards for gasoline quality intended to reduce air pollution caused by motor vehicle emissions (the “Gasoline Rule”), violate the national treatment provisions of GATT Article III, the most-favoured nation provision in GATT Article I, as well as Article 2 of the Agreement to Technical Barriers to Trade.
Crazy, right? Just as crazy as the world scorn aimed at the United States over a simple common-sense declaration regarding the capital of Israel.
It’s time for us to get off the crazy train!
First, and as already stated in previous Five-Step posts, we need to adopt an America-first posture regarding all commerce and national defense decisions. That includes the review, revision, and/or termination of international treaties (GATT, NAFTA, NATO, etc.) and adherence to internationally-imposed mandates like the Geneva Convention. Every agreement should allow sovereignty to trump international opinion while still encouraging international cooperation. If not, the agreement should be discarded.
Second, we should cut diplomatic and economic ties with every nation openly hostile to US interests. That doesn’t mean we cut-off ties with every country that opposes us, but it does mean we need to closely examine each relationship to honestly discern the difference.
Third, we need to review, revise, and/or eradicate unfair tariffs and taxes so every trade relationship is established on equal footing with our trade partners. Trade is a two-way street.
Fourth, we need to use our influence to halt the push toward a New World Order that views global governance as the answer to war, famine, climate challenges, etc. The UN’s decision to repudiate President Trump’s declaration is the perfect turning point.
We should stop funding the UN immediately, close the NY headquarters, and send every delegate back to the international headquarters in Switzerland. Hopefully, our lack of funding and support would cause the entire system to implode, including the Bank for International Settlements, Financial Stability Board, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and every other global entity that issues mandates to the world.
Fifth, we should stop all foreign aid and subsidies, except humanitarian aid in the aftermath of natural disasters. We would save billions per year. After the warning issued by Nikki Haley and President Trump, I hope that is about to happen, especially for those who voted against us this week.
We need to place national sovereignty above the global agenda and fight for what is right for the American people. That doesn’t mean we become isolationists. It simply means we weigh every decision against its impact upon our nation first to determine whether it will be more beneficial or detrimental. Our involvement in the international community is critical for our survival but not in its current form.
Those are my ideas. To further the conversation, what say you?