DRAFT: The Trump Doctrine

<p>I do think, as <a href="http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2018/07/11/trump-doctrine-is-getting-a-noisy-rollout-n2499057">Goldberg" target="_blank">suggests</a>, that we are seeing the "rollout" of a Trump Doctrine, but I wouldn't describe that process as nearly complete, nor would I describe it in quite the negative way Goldberg does. My own view of how Trump operates is to begin by "blowing up" existing myths.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>He did that in the economy by blowing up the myth that achieving 4% growth in GDP was never going to happen again for the U. S. He did that in the immigration debate by blowing up the myth that we have been benefitting, as a nation, by the increasing waves of illegal immigration. And, now, in foreign policy, he is blowing up the myth that the United States is obligated to underwrite its NATO allies while they profit from our generosity.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Admittedly, I am very concerned about the tariff aspects of this "explosion"; I recommend you read Walter Williams column today to understand why I'm concerned. But as for contributions to NATO and subsidizing our enemy, Russia, Trump couldn't be more accurate in his criticisms of European countries, especially Germany.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>We won't fully see the final Trump Doctrine UNTIL he has completed the initial task of blowing up myths. Such an approach is obviously "unsettling," even scary, at times, especially since it isn't clear where it will end. But how can we ever build a successful structure if we are totally hamstrung by an existing structure?</p>

Comments

Thomas Sutrina Added Jul 11, 2018 - 4:52pm
What seems to always comes when Trump brings up tariffs is a level playing field and I would accept zero tariffs as the level playing field.   Now is this just words I do not have a clue.    So the tariffs are bargaining tool since he knows that a tariff is a tax on voters and increasing taxes does not make America Great Again.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Jul 11, 2018 - 10:45pm
Lots of myths to blow up. Lots of people are going to lose their minds when they are no longer able to defend their belief systems with those myths. 
Flying Junior Added Jul 12, 2018 - 2:30am
Let's see that 4% expansion and talk again in 2020.
 
Glad to hear that you are nervous about the tariffs.
 
So is the rest of the civilized world.
 
Peace out.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Jul 12, 2018 - 3:11am
Seems that Trump's nose knows. The story is told of a socialite marrying a sheep farmer.  When he took her to his ranch down under, she was aghast at the smell. So she proceeded to clean house. After two weeks of frantic cleaning, she declared the place was smelling better.  Not a sheep was removed but things were better in her mind.  Trump is not falling for the nose trick, he is hell-bent on removing those stinking sheep that have placed America at its present position in the global scheme of things. Is it a bad position?  Trump thinks so, but as people of the world still seek to come to and cum in America for economic empowerment and ethnic reframing, the question of who is right will not depend on warmongering and alies uniting hanging chadders but on allies alienating tweet stormers.  Thus it would appear a major war is not on the horizon 
 
Of course, for radical change and to protect America from those who attempt to make her weak, with their radicalized ideology, religion, radical actions, and radicalized penises, radical action must be made by her leader, and Trump is doing just that.  The other side is also stepping up its game. So, in the long run, stronger radical action will lead to a stronger radical reaction.
 
A leader with absolute control will think s/he can decimate the opposition as opposed to previously weak leaders who would use Downy to mask the irksome smell/actions of the hordes trying to breach our borders and impregnate our women by rape, as rape is used as a tool of war to further vanquish the conquered.
 
The frog's life was conquered by slowly and gradually increasing the water temperature. He would be just as dead if it was instantaneously shot or sliced to pieces. In one case it knew what hit him and in the other case, it had no clue. Perhaps president Trump understands the dynamics of change using a powder puff /subtle approach, while others more learned understand it from using the obvious show of force. In one case you see and resist. In the other, you wake up a conquered people. Pick sense out of nonsense. Perhaps this is a framework for fighting Trump's battle. Confuse the sheep out of friends and foes.
Dino Manalis Added Jul 12, 2018 - 9:16am
 The Trump Doctrine is peace through strength and foreign policy will be based on peace; stability; and prosperity around the world.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Jul 12, 2018 - 9:36am
I like the Trump Doctrine; tear down the far left. 
Leroy Added Jul 12, 2018 - 11:55am
At the very least, Trump has demonstrated that rule by decree does work in the long term.  O has no legacy.  Everything he accomplished, good or bad, has been dismantled.  History will judge him as a do-nothing president.  Trump, in his defense, has had to work against the Democrats and well as the Republicans.  The Republicans rolled over under O everytime he or his entourage pulled the race card.  Yes, indeed, he is tearing down the far left.  Two terms and it will be under control.  The Democrats are like kudzu; you can't kill it, only control it.