By now there can be no denying the success of the Trump Administration in righting the ship of America’s international trade position that foundered under previous administrations.
Trump, who has been banging on about the matter since the 1980s, has not only begun to rectify the nation’s relationship with cheater China, but recently sent Ambassador John Bolton to Britain to finalize the agreement over a new, post-Brexit U.K.-U.S. trading relationship.
These are massive, historical achievements on par with the president’s record on the appointment of federal judges.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), however, want to go into the 2020 election cycle tackling Trump on something about which the country broadly agrees with him. That’s smart.
The Pew Research Center reports a sharp turn in the president’s favor when it comes to his approach to dealing with China: “. . . unfavorable opinions of China have reached a 14-year high. Today, 60% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of China, up from 47% in 2018 and at the highest level since Pew Research Center began asking the question.”
Reprising her hapless, Selina Meyer role, presidential candidate Harris recently lashed out at Trump’s “so-called trade policy.” It’s like a scene from “Veep,” wherein would-be President Meyer signals to China she would return a previously freed Tibet to Beijing’s control in exchange for assistance in her election.
As Curtis Ellis puts it: “Shorter version of Kamala: China, if you are listening, I will lift the tariffs when I’m president.”
Maybe Harris believes her weakness towards the Middle Kingdom will draw China into an election which no doubt will be mired in allegations of “foreign collusion and interference” anyway. The fog of war will be so thick no one will even notice. And if you’re a Democrat you just fall back on the tried and tested tactic of projection, anyway.
But it’s not just the blundering Harris camp wading, ill-equipped, into the territory of trade and diplomacy.
Pelosi, barely holding her own Democratic Party together, has waded into the Brexit debate, demanding: “Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.”
You would think the Good Friday Agreement, being a British-Irish document, would best be left to, oh, I don’t know, the British and the Irish to hash out the details. Alas, not.
You’d also think, given current trading arrangements between the two countries are worth a whopping $300 billion, that politicians might want to support such a thing for the growing number of exports.
Pelosi, however, hot on the heels of the European Union, is leveraging the peace accord from 1999 to undermine Britain’s attempt to leave the EU.
In reality, of course, the whole Irish border-“Good Friday” debacle is confected by anti-Brexit forces. There won’t be a “hard” border, and there are already customs checks for excise (alcohol, tobacco, etc).
For Pelosi, this ain’t about the Good Friday Agreement, nor is it even really about opposing Brexit (though it is, to some extent). This is about getting in the way of another U.S. trade position that would enrich her own nation as well as the United Kingdom, and forge a renewed Anglospheric alliance.
Word on the (British) street is that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to deliver by October 31, we’ll see a general election in Britain that may make Nigel Farage leader of the largest party in the country. If he can cobble a coalition together, we’ll have Prime Minister Farage.
Word on the (Vatican) street is that a more Anglo-friendly pope such as Cardinal Burke may be next up to the Papal plate following the disastrous, social justice-obsessed Jesuit known as Pope Francis.
If that happens, the pope, the president, and the prime minister would once again emerge as a powerful triumvirate, or what Pelosi must surely regard as an unstoppable nationalist Medusa.
This is why the Democrats are so keen for China to be victor, and for Britain and America to keep their distance from one another.
A resurgent, assertive Anglosphere post-2020 is now in the cards. For the Democrats, there could be nothing worse.