Foreign Policy

Dysfunctional and Disorderly at Home, the U.S. Must Stop Meddling Abroad

Our own house is not in order, and Washington has no business policing the world or forcibly remaking other countries in its own image.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was supposed to go to Europe last week. His trip is now canceled.

The State Department says that's because there's work to be done on the presidential transition—a Taiwan visit by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft was canceled on the same basis. But Reuters, citing multiple diplomatic sources from the U.S. and Europe alike, reports Pompeo's plans changed "after Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet with him."

Their reasoning, Reuters notes, was not that Pompeo is part of a lame duck administration. It was that these longstanding U.S. allies were "embarrassed" to host Pompeo after this administration's role in the violence in Washington this month—violence Pompeo condemned but for which he assigned President Donald Trump and his enablers no responsibility. Trump is a "political pyromaniac," said Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's minister for foreign affairs. It is hardly surprising he would not be interested in meeting with Trump's emissary.

This snub should be a lesson for Pompeo personally but, more importantly, for U.S. foreign policy writ large: Our own house is not in order, and Washington has no business policing the world or forcibly remaking other countries in its own image. That image is a mess.

This is true even if Reuters' sources are incorrect and American diplomats really did stay home to work on the transition. The transition needs attention because it has not been peaceful. It has not been respectable. It has not been a model for other countries to imitate.

The storming of the Capitol, which left five people dead and dozens more injured, is the direct result of Trump's self-serving deception about his election loss. "The president of the United States fleeced the American people," as freshman Rep. Nancy Mace (R–S.C.) told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "People have been lied to for two months now. It's disturbing. It led to this violence."

And while it's true, as Rep. Liz Cheney (R–Wyo.) said, that "none of this would have happened without the president," Trump is not exclusively to blame. He was necessary but not sufficient to produce the chaos we saw in Washington. Trump's behavior in this crisis, as has often been the case throughout his presidency, is predated by many of the dysfunctions to which he contributes.

The public resentment and negative partisanship, the prioritization of power over truth, the sense of grievance and injustice, the belief that crucial political rights and freedoms have been denied—all this existed in our polity before Trump made the leap from reality television. They were intensified this year by the pandemic, the election, and high-profile cases of police brutality. And they will persist after Trump is no longer in office. Our own house is not in order.

And our foreign policy contributes to that disorder. Two decades of war in the greater Middle East, a vast and coercive sanctions regime, and maximalist approaches to diplomacy have all proven counterproductive, strategically disastrous, and inhumane. They sap resources, both intellectual and fiscal, that should be conserved for domestic concerns. Washington has spent trillions on regime change and nation building and attempted to make distant nations fall in line with its wishes. Meanwhile, here at home, all our politics disintegrate.

This is not to say an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy would be appropriate if only Washington could run it better. On the contrary, as then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams argued on Independence Day of 1821, the United States should be an exemplar, not a coercer: "Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be," Adams charged. "But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

That we could combine example and coercion was the hubristic assumption that undergirded the interventionism of the postwar era generally and the post-9/11 era specifically. But our military-first foreign policy of trying to dominate international affairs has been detrimental to our own politics and governance. It has eroded our civil liberties, exacerbated our fears, run up our national debt, and distracted us from pressing problems at home.

Now, we have troops sleeping on the floor in our Capitol so they can safeguard the inauguration this week, and tiny Luxembourg is embarrassed to meet with our top diplomat. Does that sound like a nation that should be playing world police?

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  1. So, no mention that Trump is the first president in at last 40 years to not start any new wars for America?

    I mean, I’m not happy that he expanded drone bombings, but at least give him some credit when it is due.

    1. It may not be conscious effort.

      There are a lot of delusional people out there for whom Trump’s policies are beyond the scope of worthy consideration.

      Talking about Trump’s pragmatism, how that drove the cause of peace in the Middle East, and his willingness to coordinate with Putin in Syria to defeat ISIS, his willingness to negotiate a peace agreement with the Taliban, . . .

      To them, discussing that is like discussing Hitler building the autobahn.

      1. Godwin.

        1. I’m not comparing Trump to Hitler.

          I’m comparing these people’s attitudes towards Trump’s policies to their attitudes towards Hitler policies.

          They don’t care if Hitler was a vegetarian, and they don’t care whether Trump negotiated a full withdrawal agreement from Afghanistan with the Taliban.

          It’s the progressive equation of Trump with Hitler that’s wrong. My comparison of the progressives’ attitudes towards each of them is spot on.

          1. I hear Hitler was a real dog-lover too. He was basically living the progressive SJW dream.

            (Now that’s a Godwin.)

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      2. No Nobel Peace Prizes for Kushner, either, even though he did far more than Obama for peace.

        1. It was a combination of things, but Trump refusing to fight our allies’ battles for them made them start coming together with Israel to fight their common enemy, Iran–that’s for sure.

          If Biden really believes he’s going to improve things by allowing Iran the right to enrich their own uranium, he’s wrong. Much more likely, he’s pulling the rug out from under the drive for Mideast peace because it obviates the need for the U.S. to be the guarantor of security in the region.

          We can’t have that!

        2. Maybe his daddy can donate a couple million to the Nobel Prize committee.

          1. They’d laugh at paltry effort.

      3. The loudest mouths in the G.O.P.–especially the ones tasked to pester Reason subscribers–decided that the important things were shooting kids over plant leaves and bullying girls into involuntary parenthood–19th Amendment and winning elections be damned! Ask yourselves if sockpuppets like KKKen and Narcz would admit that their prohibitionism and pushing for Coney to help bully girls was the largest factor in 19th-Amendment mobilization to defeat Boss Trump. Altruism is leads to self-deception, the root of all evil.

        1. You’re an idiot.

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    3. Trump was a coward for retreating from the world stage. America is that shining city on a hill and the global beat cop defending liberty and justice for the citizens of the world. If we don’t fight totalitarianism abroad with another war under the Biden administration, we’ll likely have to fight totalitarianism at home with a second Trump presidency.

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    5. He brought the war home. Hardly a great accomplishment.

      1. He tried defending a Federal building, but you pants wetters made him back off.

        1. Haha. By “defending a federal building” you mean using unidentified federal agents to arrest people without charges then releasing them, still without charges? Yeah, I don’t like that, regardless. Charge people who have committed crimes and prosecute them. Don’t use federal agents like bag men to scare or inconvenience people.

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            January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

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  2. The . . . um . . . “storming of the Capitol” didn’t change anything, and one of the reasons they Democrats hated Trump so much was because of his opposition to forever wars.

    There isn’t anyone in a position of power who cares whether journalists or the American people want less meddling in foreign affairs. In fact, Biden’s promises to reenter the Iran nuclear agreement practically ensures that we’ll be meddling in the region for the foreseeable future.

    1. SleepyJoe has 50 years of failure behind him. Lots of scores to settle.

      1. You can’t spell meddle without ME.
        -Sleepy

      2. This is Reason pre emptively opposing the wars they know are coming. Without actually having to oppose Biden or Harris in public.

    2. Meddling? Kinda like a drone strike assassination?

      Maybe we wouldn’t have to use bombs if we used our soft power that took decades to build and has near evaporated under Trump.

      But I wouldn’t expect a dullard like you to understand that.

      1. It’s amazing what people can believe in the face of the facts. It’s like the Obama administration never happened.

        1. Jeff was a tween back then, you can’t expect him to know ancient history.

      2. “Soft power” like droning wedding celebrations?

        1. And letting the chinks kill all of our Intel assets

      3. Meddling? Kinda like a drone strike assassination?

        Remind me again which president ordered the assassination of a 16 year old American citizen by drone strike, after also ordering the assassination of his American father 2 weeks earlier, cytotoxic?

        You’re right though, Trump should have used his soft power to get a faggot ambassador killed running missiles and guns to rebels from a CIA outpost euphemistically referred to as an embassy. That’s how the pros do it.

        1. “Cytotoxic”? Wasn’t he the guy who wanted to bomb everyone?

          1. And then give the survivors green cards.

      4. Trump was excoriated for refusing to invade and occupy Syria, and he negotiated and executed a peace deal with the Taliban to get us out of Afghanistan entirely.

        But we’re supposed to pretend he’s a warmonger because of a vague allegation of drone strike (presumably against the man that ordered a terrorist attack on Americans)?

        You’re an ignoramus and willfully idiotic, and it’s hard to tell whether you believe what you do because you’re uninformed or whether you’re uninformed because you’re stupid.

    3. Keep living in your fantasy world, Ken. If you think Trump’s opposition to wars made anyone’s top ten things they hate about him (other then a few neocon warhawks), you probably also think you are a Republican primarily for their supposed views on economic policies.

      1. “If you think Trump’s opposition to wars made anyone’s top ten things they hate about him (other then a few neocon warhawks) . . .

        Being hated by war hawks in the military, in congress, in the intelligence services, and among the rest of the foreign policy apparatus pushing foreign adventures–isn’t that the point of supporting a president who is against the war hawks?

        You’re right. That was an excellent reason to vote for Trump.

      2. No, we understand you are petty enough to ignore actual actions when you are offended by mean tweets.

  3. Trump is a “political pyromaniac,” said Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s minister for foreign affairs. It is hardly surprising he would not be interested in meeting with Trump’s emissary.

    Shut the fuck up you wig-wearing ponce.

    1. If Trump was a political pyromaniac, he’d pardon Assange and Snowden and then declassify all Bush / Obama records regarding torture, domestic spying, and drone strikes in neutral (i.e. peaceful) countries. Unfortunately, Trump is too much of a coward or too stupid, likely both imo.

      1. The last two times he issued orders to declassify documents the surveillance state told him “go fuck yourself” and simply refused to do it.

    2. The original spelling was Asshole-born.

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  5. Good luck with that. The non-interventionist President is leaving town tomorrow.

    Just like Republicans talk a good game on deficits and then crank it up in power, Democrats con their supporters into thinking they are anti-war, then send more troops and launch more planes on bombing runs.

  6. The Chinese and that nice Russian gentleman (his name escapes me for the moment) will be happy to fill the US-less world vacuum in the interference file.

    1. And I’m sure it will go just as well for them as it has for us over the last 70 years.

      1. Perhaps they’ll make the yuan the world’s de facto reserve currency after all…?

        There are advantages to being the major superpower for the last 30 years, and major economic superpower for 45 years before that. If you’re right, and this is close to the end of Pax Americana, my guess is the world will, 20 years or so from now, look back upon the era with fondness and regret.

    2. All empires end the same way…in a haze of inflation, monetary debasement, loss of a sense of culture, public integrity, honesty and virtue…is there really a problem if China decides to occupy Africa which is where I keep hearing they are going? the cold war is over…time to mind our own businesses.

      1. Totally agree.

  7. “the U.S. Must Stop Meddling Abroad”

    That’s precisely what Trump did. But the TDS suffering liar who wrote this crap failed to acknowledge any of Trump’s amazing peace making achievements abroad.

    Ever since the most libertarian president since Cal Coolidge was elected president in 2016, Reason has gone from a libertarian publication that supported free markets and free minds to become yet another left wing media propaganda mouthpiece.

    1. Boohoo, someone insulted your cult leader.

      Cry more snowflake.

      1. Straight to the personal attacks, looks like you’ve got nothing of substance to offer (in other news, water is wet). I’m glad you agree that Trump’s foreign policy was the best of any President in recent history.

      2. Why don’t you go crank your microchode to the old Hillary 2016 poster on your ceiling, cytotoxic.

      3. I recall telling my far left prof in college when he praised Wilson that Harding actually ended our involvement in the war..he honestly did not know when Wilson left office we were still technically at war. So called “foreign policy” experts are usually driven by ideology than rational thought and for most America is a tool for their agenda…

        The GOP made a huge mistake going “global” at the end of the cold war and supporting deficit spending…

    2. What else are journalists who don’t cut CNN’s strict ethical / intellectual low bars supposed to do for a living?

      1. CNN has ethical standards?

        1. Como good everyone else bad

          1. Como was ok, but I still prefer Sinatra.

    3. They sold themselves fair and square.

  8. The transition needs attention because it has not been peaceful. It has not been respectable. It has not been a model for other countries to imitate.”

    Remember when the Clinton/gore did not help with Transition and Gore even refused to leave the vice presidents house for 30 days after inauguration. But Trump

    1. That’s because Gore really won the 2000 election.

    2. Hilary still claims the election was hacked and there were riots on the day Trump was sworn in.

  9. Dysfunctional and Disorderly at Home, the U.S. Must Stop Meddling Abroad

    LOL – Reason editors accidentally ran an old article from 2015.

  10. So I guess Reason is now going to pretend to be libertarian again?

    No more handwringing over Trump abandoning the Kurds?

    1. I think they’re transitioning to supporting the Biden administration. It’s just that Biden’s first 100 days hasn’t started yet, and they can’t write articles about how the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and packing the Supreme Court isn’t really that bad–from a “libertarian” perspective–since they aren’t being widely debated yet in congress. Give it a couple of weeks.

    2. Here’s something I’ve nevercunderstood: Why were people complaining about the U.S. not sending troops to defend the Kurds, when the U.S. has never even sent troops to defend Israel?

      And while the Kurds have been victims of persecution, Kurds have also had a hand in persecution themselves, for instance, the persecution of the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey. Are we really helping the good name of human rights by jumping in the middle of fracases like Syria where all sides have blood on their hands?

      1. The reason Trump didn’t risk a war in Syria to save the Kurds is because it wasn’t in the best interests of the United States to do so–and that’s a very good reason.

        If we weren’t primarily concerned with the interests of the United States, we wouldn’t have invaded Vietnam or Iraq.

        Making it clear to the Saudis, Bahrain, the UAE, Sudan, and others to come are making peace with Israel is in no small part attributable to President Trump making it clear that we would not guarantee their security (like we did Kuwait) unless it was in the best interests of the United States to do so.

        It wasn’t only Trump’s reluctance to invade Syria. It was also Trump’s refusal to retaliate against Iran when they targeted our allies’ ships in the Persian gulf. It was also Trump’s refusal to retaliate against Iran when they’re proxies hit Saudi oil production facilities. It was also Trump finally retaliating against Iran–but only when Soleimani targeted Americans.

        The legitimate libertarian purpose of American foreign policy is to protect our rights. It is not to protect the rights of the Kurds. If it is in the best interests of the United States to protect the rights of the Kurds, then that’s what we should do. If it’s in the best interests of the United States to make an alliance with Stalin, then that’s what we should do, too. Reasonable and honest people can disagree about what’s in our best interests, but looking at these questions from the perspective of our own interests leads to the best and/or most peaceful policies.

        It is rarely in our best interests to go to war.

        1. “The reason Trump didn’t risk a war in Syria to save the Kurds is because it wasn’t in the best interests of the United States to do so–and that’s a very good reason.”

          The abandonment of the Kurds was in the best interests of Turkey, America’s only ally in the region. Turkey and the Kurds have been at loggerheads for decades, close to a civil war footing. America and the Kurds, ever reliably secular and anti-Islamist, as well as Israel have been much closer since the days when Churchill fretted over his betrayal of them in the aftermath of WWI.

        2. Ken, dishonest as always. Confident as always that the ill informed peanut gallery will not call him on his self made assumptions and flat out lies.

          Trump had already placed our troops in Syria. He had already made an agreement with the Syrian Kurds to leave their Turkish border unguarded so that they could focus on our priority, ISIS. Kurds did that, and naively expected us to honor our word.

          Where was the risk of war, ken? That Turkey was going to attack us because we wouldn’t let them bomb our allies? Kinda like how we have shut down a bunch of their previous attempts to interfere in N. Iraq Kurdistan, that did not end in us in a shooting war with a NATO ally? Like that?

          1. Fake soldier says what??

          2. Trump had already placed our troops in Syria.

            No, they were there already. You really think those air strikes in August 2014 were done without spotters on the ground?

            1. Point taken. Obama initiated troop presence; Trump continued it; then Trump sent them back to Iraq (but not home).

              1. De Oppresso Liber
                January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

                R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

                I have never in my life said anything remotely antisemitic, you dishonest little fuck.
                How dare you make that fucking accusation, you lying piece of garbage.
                I want an apology and I want it now. If you don’t I’m going to make your time here absolutely fucking miserable.

            2. Especially ironic considering the guy’s user name.

              Green beanies have never counted as troops on the ground. Which is why we’ve US military personnel in so many fucking countries.

              1. Then you might understand my familiarity and care for the Kurdish people.

                1. Your familiarity… LOL.

                  You’re really invested in this persona.

                2. De Oppresso Liber
                  January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

                  R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

                  I have never in my life said anything remotely antisemitic, you dishonest little fuck.
                  How dare you make that fucking accusation, you lying piece of garbage.
                  I want an apology and I want it now. If you don’t I’m going to make your time here absolutely fucking miserable.

        3. we wouldn’t have invaded Vietnam or Iraq.

          Both ex-French colonies. Trump refusing to allow the US to bat clean up for the broken empires of Europe was about 100 years overdue.

      2. No one was asking Trump to send the Kurds help. He was expected to honor the deal he had already made with the Kurds. The Pentagon was caught off guard by his sudden shift in policy, let alone our allies on the ground. It was a mess.

        1. De Oppresso Liber
          January.19.2021 at 8:07 pm

          R Mac, are you stupid? Or just disingenuous? Mother is on my do not reply list since she went full anti-Semite.

          I have never in my life said anything remotely antisemitic, you dishonest little fuck.
          How dare you make that fucking accusation, you lying piece of garbage.
          I want an apology and I want it now. If you don’t I’m going to make your time here absolutely fucking miserable.

  11. The US should stop meddling everywhere. Starting with my home.

  12. There is one thing we can do that would defeat the enemies of freedom both at home and abroad:

    Take all of the Antifa and SJWs and parachute them into the middle of the capitols of the world’s remaining Communst nations: Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China; Pyongyang, North Korea; Siagon, Vietnam; Penom Penn, Cambodia; Vientiane, Laos; Caracas, Venezuela; and Havana, Cuba

    Take all the Black Lives Matter, Black Panthers, and Afrocentrists and parachute them into the nations of the world in Africa and the Middle East that still have chattel slavery: Mali, Mauritania, Sudan, Uganda, and all of the Arabian Penensula, as well as Marxist Zimbabwe.

    Take all the misandrist Radical Feminists and parachute them into every Islamic nation and Hindu India, nations where women are still treated like dog dirt and where there really is a “rape culture.”

    Take all of the Proud Boys and Trumpista rioters and parachute them into Burma, The Phillipines, and other little tin-horn dictatorships in the Americas.
    There, problems in the U.S. cleaned up and enemies of freedom abroad have new messes to contend with, and maybe some deluded Americans will come home with a changed tune.

    1. “There is one thing we can do that would defeat the enemies of freedom both at home and abroad:”

      Soviets tried something similar with gulags, forcing those who harbor unacceptable ideas to live and die in extremely hostile environments under terrible conditions. It didn’t work. The Orthodox church, for example, is probably almost as influential today as it was in the middle ages.

      Siagon is not the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is.

      1. To be clear: It not for their mere ideas that I would exile all of these riff-raff, but for the damage they have done by rioting, looting, and destruction, as well as laws and policies that have ensnared good people and destroyed lives.

        Pardon me for the error on Hanoi. In my haste to get rid of riff-raff, I got my spelling and geography muddled.

        1. ” I would exile all of these riff-raff, but for the damage they have done by rioting, looting, and destruction, as well as laws and policies that have ensnared good people and destroyed lives.”

          You’ve left it too late. Democrats now rule the roost.

  13. “Does that sound like a nation that should be playing world police?”

    Careful what you wish for. For reasons still not clear, in 1937 Stalin purged some 35,000 high ranking Soviet military officers. It’s conceivable that something similar, though it’s hard to imagine matching the scale, could happen again. The Democrats may be obliged to stress political purity in the military, further damaging the morale and capability of the US military. What with the pandemic and its inevitable successors around the corner, economic hardships not seen since the great depression, potential for domestic terror and political strife, and other chickens coming home to roost, I don;t think foreign meddling is our biggest worry. We might even see the closing of some of the foreign bases that Trump and his predecessors saw fit to keep open.

    1. The Democrats may be obliged to stress political purity in the military, further damaging the morale and capability of the US military.

      That started in motion with the BLM riots. Headquarters organizations were sending out Peggy McIntosh’s screed on white privilege as reading material, and officers and senior enlisted leaders went out of their way to rhetorically emulate the Flagellants of the Middle Ages.

      The military has always been political, but it’s going to become moreso now, with a hyper-politicized Democratic party running things.

      1. ” but it’s going to become moreso now”

        It’s one of the few advantages to deepening American political divisions, at least as far as the rest of the world is concerned. The minor players like Yemen are still going to be fucked over, unfortunately. Bigger ones like Iran and China are set to take advantage.

      2. See, the memo the Joint Chiefs decided to make public concerning .mil’s duties related to the Inauguration.

        https://www.military.com/sites/default/files/2021-01/JCS%20Message%20to%20the%20Joint%20Force%20Riots.pdf

        Background checking the force for Trump proclivities, yet not for BLM or Antifa, sure makes me feel a lot better about where our military’s focus is going to be for the next four years. Or more. More troops in D.C. than in 1864 defending it from the Confederacy. Great look.

        It’s going to get so much worse.

      3. You lose the rural kids enlisting who do the fighting and it will be interesting to see what occurs.

        1. Your rural boys and girls couldn’t defeat a militia who spends half the year in the hills herding goats. No navy, no airforce, no marines.

  14. It was that these longstanding U.S. allies were “embarrassed” to host Pompeo after this administration’s role in the violence in Washington this month—violence Pompeo condemned but for which he assigned President Donald Trump and his enablers no responsibility.

    Eh, I doubt that was their real reason. If it’s anything more than a cheap shot about a recent events, then it’s a negative reflection of their system as much as anything.

  15. This is not to say an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy would be appropriate if only Washington could run it better.

    Yes, I agree. This should be your opening statement though. The aside about America having internal problems right now is a non-sequitor to the question of international involvement.

    1. Internal problems are never a non sequitur. Being internal means you can’t escape them. France, 1939, a nation troubled by severe internal divisions. It was not a non sequitur to her international situation, it meant abject failure in confronting the fascist threat next door.

  16. The disorder at our house is the result of Chinese deception on Covid, draconian lockdowns and catastrophic failure of blue states to stem the covid tide, and a year of destabilizing riots and violence that swept through the city.

    What astounds me is how much people believe Trump’s election theories were behind the “siege” at the capital. No, you blithering idiots. Without destructive lockdowns and a creeping sense of persecution (for having supported Trump, resisting masks, etc) then people mostly walking around an empty capital building doesn’t happen. The tea party never rioted over birther conspiracy.

    Reason has yet to hold the left wing Jacobins “directly responsible” for the ruin they brought upon this nation, even after they rioted after lying about Jacob Blake and shot at people for trespassing on their autonomous zones. But they foam at the mouth over Trump, a man who oversaw an economy with the lowest minority unemployment in recent history and likely averted disaster with TWO countries by standing firm against crushing migrant wave.

    And watch them pathetically warn against being the world’s police but beg to be the world’s orphanage. Tell me, what will be the direction of the market in a pandemic when physical locations are closing down and the economy increasingly becomes contactless and focuses on essentials, not leisure? Logically we have to import 20 million people, right? Because we need people to work seasonal jobs peeling shrimp?

    1. and a year of destabilizing riots and violence that swept through the city.

      That were kept out of red areas primarily due to hostile, armed community residents. The activists and their quisling allies in these places tried entryism, but they typically only did it once after seeing that they weren’t going to have free run of the place. Sometimes, they were even pushed out in purplish areas, like the Antifa shitheads that were beaten up and chased off in Fort Collins, which is chock full of college students and Boomer retirees.

      The only thing left-wing activists understand is force, either real or implied. That’s why riots rarely, if ever, popped off in red areas, but they were allowed to destroy blue cities for months.

      1. “The only thing left-wing activists understand is force,”

        It’s not just left wingers. If you want to dissuade migrant workers, asylum seekers and their families from coming to America, subjecting them to brutal and degrading treatment will do the trick. Seeing their countrymen held in cages, their families torn asunder by jack booted government thugs, it might make them think twice about leaving home and setting out to make a new life for themselves in America.

  17. We are just repeating the mistakes of the Roman Empire. Far-flung wars, a welfare system for lazy “entitled” citizens, sporting events and other entertainment to keep the masses preoccupied, exploding debt, etc. We will fall just as they did. A more likely modern model is the formerly great British Empire. Human behavior doesn’t change over time.

    1. “We are just repeating the mistakes of the Roman Empire.”

      Another historical event of interest is the Black Death, estimated to have killed off over a third of the population of Europe in the 13 hundreds. (WWI and WWII combined only killed off something counterintuitively small like 1% as I recall.) Europe managed to emerge from the plague stronger and more democratic somehow. Perhaps China is following that route. According to a headline I read, it’s the only country of note to finish off 2020 with economic growth.

    2. Fortunately we won’t have another Republican prohibitionist asset-forfeiture crash wrecking the economy again so soon. The one time Dems really messed it up was 1892-1894. Even then the spaghetti hit the fan before Cleveland’s inaugural thanks to Benjamin Harrison’s big stink about legal opium evading the high tariff via customs seals on railcars through Canada. The Dems’ push for adding a Manifesto income tax to the tariff bill and propping up silver minting did the rest. Still, that was one crisis out of 9, not counting Flash Crashes.

  18. “Now, we have troops sleeping on the floor in our Capitol so they can safeguard the inauguration this week”

    Probably not the parade Don envisioned.

  19. Good reporting by Bonnie. Back when Boss Herbert Hoover was ordering people shot, robbed and imprisoned over weak beer and Margaret Sanger birth control pamphlets, Democrats wanted an armed and neutral USA. Will Rogers is a good example.
    “If we can just let other people alone and do their own fighting, when you get into trouble 5000 miles away from home you’ve got to have been looking for it.” Will Rogers, 10FEB1932.

  20. Welcome to the club Bonnie. We really needed yet another anti Trump screed and since Jacob hasn’t shown up you came through and filled that void.

    1. Oh look. Milo Yannoupolous has a new sockpuppet spreading a stain on Aisle 4. We need a MAGA wet mop there ASAP.

      1. Huh?

  21. How many thousands of times has an opinion piece like this been written?

  22. The storming of the Capitol, which left five people dead and dozens more injured, is the direct result of … deception about this election.

    No one consider the evidence presented; Instead CANCEL it, ignore it, pretend people upset about it are crazy, and for heavens sake BLAME Trump!!! /s

    Whatever the people do; No-one is every going to authenticate the election so STOP asking for any election authentication beyond “official” said it was perfect; just a bunch of whoopsie-daisies.

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