Over the last 30 years or so, we haven’t really had a great speech at the United Nations. Oh, those presidents have tried. But they all failed. Whether it was “Cowboy George W. “ or the eight attempts to say “We’re Sorry” that Obama used, they failed. It didn’t matter which party tried it. It didn’t matter which president tried it. It’s the toughest speech to make stand out that you’re going to give. It’s tougher than the State of the Union, because half of the room is for you in that speech!
No, as I sat last year contemplating the two worst presidential candidates in history, and which one I should vote for (or SHOULD I vote?), I was thinking about foreign policy. On one hand, there was a former Secretary of State who displayed a total ineptitude and incompetence in her job. She screwed up everything she touched and was responsible for the deaths of many of her fellow countrymen, and countless others. Then you had a guy that seemed to flip-flop on the issues. He was against the Iraq War, then he was for the Iraq War…he sounded worse than John Kerry running for president. I was thinking the days of the US being a world leader were over.
Then came “The Speech”.
Donald Trump not only hit it out of the ballpark yesterday, he crushed it. Nikki Haley’s pre-speech comments that he’d “hug the right people and slap the right people” was dead nuts on. He slapped North Korea, threatening to destroy them if they messed with us. He threatened to back out of the Iran deal, which we never should have agreed to. And he even took a swipe at Venezuela who is too busy starving their own people through incompetence to notice. Oh, they had some lackey notice. He compared the speech to Ronald Reagan. Yup. I would agree…though I don’t think he was trying to make a compliment.
Trump even said that the United Nations should refocus so it can live up to it’s potential, which it hasn’t done yet. Again, I would agree. It started out as a peace-keeping body of nations. It’s ended up as some neo-Communist/Socialist body that wants to punish nations that are doing well for themselves. And Trump mentioned that yes, unabashedly, he was keeping “America First”, as every one of the leaders should do…keep their OWN country first. No problem there. And thank GOD he didn’t want to “spread Democracy to every corner of the world.” No nation building with this guy…for a change!
No, Donald Trump gave the best speech I’ve ever heard him give. And yes, it pissed off people like Hillary Clinton (who couldn’t have managed a speech like that because she doesn’t possess the talent), Diane Feinstein (who was afraid we’d upset the North Koreans), and Dick Durbin (does anybody outside of the bankrupt state of Illinois even know this guy exists?). That was a bonus.
Congratulations to Donald Trump. Great speech. Now…learn the lesson your predecessor failed to learn. Talk is cheap. You have to back it up with actions. THEN you’ll be on the road to being a Reaganesque statesman!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!