Barack Obama’s loyalties were never in doubt; from the first moments of his presidency, it was clear to anyone who wanted to see it that Obama envisioned an America that was subservient to the rest of the world. And in his final speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, the president assured the world that his position on that subject was unchanged.
He said that too many people in the world believed that problems could be solved or fixed only by those in Washington, D.C. “Perhaps too many in Washington believe that as well,” he quipped.
Obama said that the true future of the world was a united one, and that anyone who opposed globalism was selling a false bill of goods.
“Alternative visions of the world have pressed forward, both in the wealthiest countries and in the poorest,” he said. “Religious fundamentalism. The politics of ethnicity or tribe or sect. Aggressive nationalism. A crude populism. Sometimes from the far left but more often from the far right.”
As if Obama has ever been anywhere politically other than the far left.
Obama said it was not only foolish to oppose globalism, but ultimately impossible.
“The world is too small,” he said. “We are too packed together for us to be able to resort to those old ways of thinking. Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself.”
The thing is, no one’s seriously proposing this form of isolationism. No one’s talking about doing away with international trade, and no one of any significance is talking about a moratorium on immigration.
No, what Donald Trump and (some) Republicans and the Brexit leaders are promoting is still “globalism,” of a kind. Obama is absolutely right – we can’t shut ourselves off from the world. No one said that we should. Obama shouldn’t pretend that he actually refuted anything Trump stands for.
If globalism is inevitable, though, reckless globalism is not. And no matter how intertwined the United States may be with the rest of the world, we remain a separate, sovereign nation. Under the leadership of the last eight years, we’ve forgotten that in many ways.
There’s nothing wrong with believing that being the richest country in the world comes with some international responsibilities. Few would disagree. But there’s something very wrong with Obama’s belief, which is that being the richest country in the world means we should...stop being the richest country in the world. That we should start giving ourselves away until we’re on a relatively even playing field with our world brothers. That’s a recipe for disaster. THAT’s the kind of globalism that Donald Trump referred to as a “false song” several months ago.
That’s the kind of globalism that we must resist.