Isolationism-Getting What You Want?

Isolationism: “A policy or doctrine of trying to isolate one’s country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, and generally attempting to make one’s economy entirely self-reliant; seeking to devote the entire efforts of one’s country to its own advancement, both diplomatically and economically, while remaining in a state of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities.”

“Make America Great Again” is the slogan that underpins the policies and rhetoric of the new administration of President Donald Trump. It is the statement that garnered considerable support among many voters who ensured a Trump victory.  The message of campaign rallies and promises included making the US economy much more self reliant through the return of industry and jobs to US, an intention to decline to enter into foreign economic commitments and international agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and UN undertakings on the acceptance and treatment of refugees.

Trump has a direct non apologies approach to making America Great Again. He is not politically correct. He loudly dismisses any opposition both domestic and foreign. Among his supporters this shows his strength as a leader. Both during the campaign and first few weeks of governing Trump has promised; to take on China by reducing American imports from there; charge a 20% tariff on imports from Mexico; to use those proceeds to build a wall to exclude illegal immigrants from Mexico; repudiation of the TPP agreement; exclusion of travelers and immigrants based on their citizenship of a small number of countries.

Trump wants absolute control over America’s economy, borders and relations with other countries. As does almost every other country on earth. Perhaps America is big enough and prosperous enough to get its way and follow its own path. The only thing America cannot control is the response of other countries.

 

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