Trump made sense at United Nations

Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations was perfectly in line with what people have come to expect from him, of the image he has fostered, and of the rhetoric he uses.

In many important ways, it is a different kind of speech to the organization than other U. S. presidents have given. Some commentators seemed surprised and complained that it wasn’t a performance expected of an international diplomat to a world organization. I tend to agree, but I would say that it’s about time. The United Nations is the emblem of what is wrong with the world and needs to be shaken up. It is time to get away from U.N. politics as usual. It is time to recognize the U.N. for what it is.

That nations should work together to build peace and prosperity is very good. If that is what the U.N. did, they would likely be fairly innocuous and maybe have some positive results. The reality is that the organization is an active promoter of the progressive, socialist agenda that fosters division, and all of its programs have the collectivist mentality built into them. Many of its precepts fly in the face of the success of the American experiment. It is redistributionist both on national and international levels, meaning that the wealth of the prosperous, both individuals and countries, should be redistributed to those who aren’t, as though the success of one comes only from the failure of another. It is the fixed-pie mentality that ignores all of the progress that made growth and prosperity of the last few centuries possible.

America is not perfect by any means. The government, its agencies, its secret security forces, and its politicians have done damage to people around the world, but the people, the institutions of personal liberty and responsibility, and markets and the innovation that stems from them, have done immense good. People want to come to the United States from all around the world because there is something here they can’t get in their home countries: opportunity.

I have never liked Donald Trump’s style. I often find it grating, but I do recognize that results matter. He has a way of putting his detractors on the defensive and has a thick skin that allows him to deflect the constant assaults on his personality and his policies. I get the feeling of a positive change in the American psyche as people start to recover a certain amount of confidence in the future of America, confidence that has been battered by years of progressive nonsense that few politicians from either major party were willing to call out and take to task. People are starting to call a spade a spade, and that is good.

Trump didn’t give a feel-good speech to pander to feelings. He didn’t make a speech to appease or please everybody. He made a bold speech in a bold manner and said many things that needed to be said on the international stage. Some pundits are proclaiming the speech a disaster, but they are the same eternal progressive opposition that has been losing the confidence of main street Americans for some time now, and will keep doing so unless they get real.

It is nearly certain that there will be strife, internal and external, for the United States, but that is just par for the course. This country has weathered many storms over the last couple of centuries. It will weather these also, given a unified American citizenry that is confident in being Americans, confident that we have something that people all over the world clamor for, relative freedom, individual rights, and opportunity.

Dan McLaughlin, a Randolph resident, is the author of “Compassion and Truth-Why Good Intentions Don’t Equal Good Results.” Follow him at