Trump Stands Strong against Globalism and Obamatrade
In his foreign policy address, Donald Trump warned against following the “false song of globalism.” This was a sharply different note and counterpoint to President Obama’s “No Walls” European tour.
Donald Trump declared the nation state to be the foundation for harmony. He is openly skeptical of international unions that tie America down like Gulliver and the Lilliputians.
Barack Obama praised international institutionalized constraints on individual countries.
Donald Trump said he would reinvigorate Western values rather than try to spread “universal values” that not everyone shares.
Barack Obama yammered on about pluralism, diversity and freedom as “universal values.”
Donald Trump said his policies on trade immigration and security would put America First.
Barack Obama sneered at those who cherish nationality and traditional culture, and smeared them as handmaidens of genocide.
Donald Trump stood against NAFTA and so-called free trade deals that have emptied our nation of manufacturing and jobs.
Barack Obama provided further evidence that Obamatrade, his TransPacific Partnership, is an international governance scheme like the European Union that would subordinate our independence to the dictates of foreign bureaucrats.
When President Obama told the U.K. it would be “in the back of the queue” for a free trade agreement with the US if Britain leaves the EU, he was echoing what US Trade Representative Michael Froman said back in October. Froman told Reuters, “We’re not particularly in the market for FTAs [free trade agreements] with individual countries. We’re building platforms … that other countries can join over time.”
That’s the tell: ‘Platforms other countries can join over time’ describes the Trans-Pacific Partnership – and the European Union. Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan already want in, and Obama has said he sees China joining TPP.
This “docking mechanism” separates TPP from a NAFTA, but it’s not the only thing that puts it into the category of economic union rather than simple trade pact.
According to the White House, the TPP is not only a “platform other countries can join,” it’s a “living agreement” that can be updated and modified after its ratified by Congress and signed by the president.
Who does the updating is, of course, the rub. The power to “amend or modify” the agreement is vested in the TransPacific Partnership Commission, made up of one representative from each member nation. The Islamic Sultanate of Brunei would have the same voting power as the United States. The commission oversees the pact’s implementation and interpretations of the agreement through decision-making procedures that effectively cut the U.S. Congress out of the process.
In its scope and powers, the TranPacific Partnership Commission is analogous to the European Commission, the unelected rule-making body to which Europe’s national parliaments bow.
And like the EU, the TPP seeks to establish a supranational entity where “people, goods and money” will flow freely. That’s how Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described TPP after meeting with President Obama last year.
President Obama and Michael Froman make it clear that TPP and TTIP, and indeed the administration’s entire “trade agenda,” is really about establishing borderless, transnational governing authorities like the European Union.
Of course, President Obama and his fellow travelers will deny this. They say the agreements are purely economic measures, telling us “if you like your sovereignty, you can keep your sovereignty.”
And that is another similarity between Obamatrade and the European Union.
The EU was born in 1952 as the European Coal and Steel Community whose goals were “economic expansion, growth of employment and a rising standard of living.”
Over the ensuing forty years, it grew into the European Common Market, and then into its present incarnation: a superstate with judges and unelected bureaucrats handing down edicts to member states on everything from food labels to immigration policy.
Keep that in mind when the president and his men tell you they are building “platforms” other countries can join.
Donald Trump understands these are platforms where the sovereign, self-governing United States of America will be hung.