America First

The Art of the Deal

Jono and Ben

Soon after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, comedian Arjen Lubach locked on to one key slogan of Trump’s: “America First”. If America is number one, Lubach asked, could the Netherlands be second?

He produced a satiric promo video asking just that, complete with a Trump impersonator extolling the virtues of the Netherland’s racist “Black Pete” tradition.

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NZ Herald is right. Trump is wrong

Donald Trump could not have made it more blunt. “We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power,” he said in his inaugural address. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”

In those sentiments it is possible to hear the end of the American century, an era of global leadership that grew out of Europe’s devastation in two world wars, prospered in the second half of the 20th century against a rival ideology and reached its apogee with the collapse of the Soviet Union. For the past 25 years American values of personal freedom, democracy, open markets and expanding trade has dominated international statecraft and brought prosperity to the United States as well as much of the developing world.

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