Could I have loved someone like the one I see in you I remember the good times baby now, and the bad times too These last few weeks of holdin’ on The days are dull, the nights are long Guess I better say Goodbye to you-
It was the 1980’s when Scandal was singing this song and America was leading the world. With our military might, technological achievement and democratic ideology, the US became the gold standard for international prosperity. Since taking office, almost exactly 2 years ago, President Trump has been busy saying good bye to many organizations that The United States used to lead. We have exited the Iran Nuclear Deal, The Paris Climate Accord, Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Human Rights Council and now will we leave the United Nations? It may appear simple to say good bye when we don’t get our way, but it’s not a long-term solution.
In world affairs, relationships can’t exist when one person is determined to ALWAYS get their way. There must be a give and take. Because whether we believe it or not, we need the world and the world needs us. In each of these organizations we were the leaders. We helped to raise expectations and results. We showed the world how democracy can benefit its people and how enterprise allows them to prosper. The world will look dramatically different if we choose to take a back seat and allow others to be in charge. The entire purpose of The United Nations is to maintain worldwide peace and security. By collaborating with other countries, we can help solve humanitarian, economic and political crisis through out the globe.
Putting America first and isolating ourselves from the immediate global problems sounds good in the short term, but long run, it is not in our own best interests. When America leads the world, we benefit the most. And the reality is, that in 2019 it is not realistic to turn back the clock on the Pandora’s box that is globalization.