Another four years of Trump - another four years of asking "did he actually say that" and thinking that he can't sink any lower (and always manages to find a way), of the painful irony of seeing evangelicals hold up Trump as some kind of modern messiah ... it'll be more of the same.
But here's the thing: if I despised America, if I wanted to see America's reputation trodden into the ground, its reputation sullied, its values and qualities rendered meaningless, then which of the two candidates am I going to want to see in the White House? It's as simple as that. If I were a foreign power with the intelligence and technological muscle to try and make that happen, I would be doing everything in my power to make that a reality. It's worked so well for the past four years. Sure, there have been sanctions, but - playing the long, geopolitical gain, I would still want Trump as President, because no one can be relied upon to do a better job of stomping America's reputation and its standing into the ground as effectively as Trump.
You cannot expect a man with no personal values, morality or qualities to suddenly change and be that guardian of America's values and integrity, when he has no respect for them. Can people not see that he shows his level every day - the bully with the verbal skills of a ten year old. If I were America's enemy, he would be the man I'd like to see in charge. And I'd do everything I could to make that happen.
I am confused, can you confirm you thought highly of America before Trump? so you liked how America went into Vietnam? how it participated in the first Gulf war? then invading Afghanistan? Invading Iraq?
So your opinion of America was high, til Trump showed up is that it?
Or you always had your negative views of the reputation of America just that Trump is far worse than the previous bunch?
I thought the "world" did not like America to be the policemen of the world. Trump is ending wars others started, yet that's not enough for "America's reputation" to be high.
I am confused.
Why do you have world in quotes? I assure you the world is a real thing.
Perhaps you missed his point entirely - the US represents post-WWII values of institutional stability, while promoting transparency and responsibility. No we are not perfect, but generally our allies respect and uphold those values. 45 admires ‘strong’ leaders who don’t have to put up with annoyances like a critical media, opposition parties, and inspectors general. He has tried to emulate them to some extent with his expansions of executive power. Another term reinforces these ‘new’ American values, while our institutions are increasingly unstable. Who is that good for? Not our allies, for sure. It has certainly been great for China - unless you have not been keeping up on their massive expansions of capital investment in ME, Africa, and Latin America while 45 has been distracted by just about everything.
I am not questioning anything. I am just asking, when was the reputation of America high? Vietnam is an example of people laughing and pointing at the US as a nation that goes into stupid wars.
We like to virtue signal too much, and look into things as if there is perfection or there is a great 'ruler' better than the rest etc. GWB was accused of being a 'war criminal' for the war in Iraq. Obama got involved in wars much more than Trump, since Trump hasn't started any wars. I am pretty sure the poster who I asked for him to respond, did not have a very nice point of view about the US even before Trump.
Just that Trump allows for the narrative that the US 'reputation' is low, because Trump is how he is and it goes on to show how the US position in the world is low.
Look I lived in Europe, specifically when I was younger my parents sent me to some relatives in Spain every other summer, I traveled everywhere, Latin America, Europe you name it. In my life I have never seen positive opinion about the US, and I am even talking before GWB and the like.
So I won't be told now that because of Trump the image of the US is at its worse.
I am sorry if the "America first" speech was not liked by the globalists, but that meant no further involvement in stupid and nonsensical wars and conflicts. That meant that America will think to itself, something the vast majority of the countries in the world do. If you look at present, those who criticized the nationalism Trump espoused and made him win, are the nations who during this current pandemic have as you seen become more nationalist than ever. Yes I am talking about Germany, look at them how they became nationalist over night again. Yes, its not bad to actually look out for your fellow citizens. In times of crisis is when you see how real people are. Now we all are nationalists, now we all are closed borders... there you go no more arguments against Trump and his foreign policies since the rest of the world are doing it too.
And now, the MSM and the globalist are saying "Trump is an isolationist. Etc." Yes of course we are, we have paid with Trillions and thousands of American soldiers lives our involvements in the world. And for what? we are still hated.
No difference with or without Trump.
“It’s easy to confuse ‘what is’ with ‘what ought to be,’ especially when ‘what is’ has worked out in your favor.” Tyrion Lannister