A recent post by Sean Gabb about the crossroads at which the UK now finds herself and his assessment of what will likely happen next got me thinking about the decision now confronting my own country and the likely results of that decision, whichever the choice we ultimately make. Below are my thoughts on this matter.
I don’t much care for Donald Trump. He’s loud. He has a strong tendency toward the bombastic in his speeches, especially the earlier ones, and has said and done many careless or ill-considered things in the past. He relies too much on hyperbole and insult for my taste. That said, my dislike for him is of the same sort as that, which I felt toward my little brother from time to time when we were growing up – he could get on my nerves (more often than not, that was his intention). On the other hand, I have a dislike for Hillary Clinton of the same variety that I generally reserve for murderers and serial rapists. I say generally because, though it may be injudicious of me, in a few instances the actions of some people, though less terrible, are so reprehensible in my eyes that my mind tends to lump them together with these harder criminals in a single – shall we say – basket of deplorables. This particular case, however, is not one of those instances.
My personal feelings toward these two individuals aside, I think this election will be an extremely important one. This is so because America is now at a crossroads and the direction she chooses to go will have serious implications both for the future of the United States and for that of the rest of the world. There are a great number of domestic issues I could refer to here to support this claim, and it would not be incorrect to bring them up in justifying what I’ve just asserted. However, domestic policy will not be the focus of this essay. Instead, it is American foreign policy that I wish to examine at present.