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Donald Trump's "America first" foreign policy speech

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Donald Trump gave his much advertised foreign policy speech to an audience of supporters and reporters at the Center for National Interest. I watched it out of curiosity to try understand the appeal of Trump to such a broad segment of the American public. The theme of his speech was "America first", which he repeated several times throughout the speech. That sound bite, of course, does have appeal to many and further endears him to his base.

    I didn't find much of substance in the speech. If it was meant to provide more details of his foreign policy, it failed. There was little in the speech that he hadn't said on the campaign trail before, but many observers noted that it was more subdued with much of the past harsh criticism for China and Russia removed. He certainly used the occasion to blast the "failed policies of the Obama/Clinton presidency" again and again.

    The speech was delivered from a teleprompter and was largely just read in a "low energy" unpassionate monotone. He certainly hasn't developed the art of using a teleprompter like Barack Obama. I actually got a bit bored listening to it, and my mind wandered at times as I lost focus.

    I listened to various pundits and politicians praise and blast the speech afterwards depending on whether you are pro Trump or anti-Trump. Likewise in reading articles this morning, the reviews are largely mixed, but overall negative for lacking details. If I were to grade it I would give it a D- because it fell way short of expectations. Overall it just anther version of his "stump speeches" full of platitudes and promises repackaged to sound presidential.

    For those interested, here is a transcript of the speech compliments of the Washington Examiner.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Donald Trump gave his much advertised foreign policy speech to an audience of supporters and reporters at the Center for National Interest. I watched it out of curiosity to try understand the appeal of Trump to such a broad segment of the American public. The theme of his speech was "America first" which he repeated several times throughout the speech. That sound bite, of course, does have appeal to many and further endears him to his base.

    I didn't find much of substance in the speech. If it was meant to provide more details of his foreign policy, it failed. There was little in the speech that he hadn't said on the campaign trail before, but many observers noted that it was more subdued with much of the past harsh criticism for China and Russia removed. He certainly used the occasion to blast the "failed policies of the Obama/Clinton presidency" again and again.

    The speech was delivered from a teleprompter and was largely just read in a monotone. He certainly hasn't developed the art of using a teleprompter like Barack Obama. I actually got a bit bored listening to it and my mind wandered at times as I lost focus.

    I listened to various pundits and politicians praise and blast the speech afterwards depending on whether you are pro Trump or anti-Trump. Likewise in reading articles this morning, the reviews are largely mixed, but overall negative for lacking details. If I were to grade it I would give it a D- because it fell way short of expectations. Overall it just anther version of his "stump speeches" full of platitudes and promises repackaged to sound presidential.

    For those interested, here is a transcript of the speech compliments of the Washington Examiner.

    Schmidt, I already mentioned how dangerous this guy is related to foreign policies; he has no clue about the rest of the world. Also he would invite immediately a new war by scrapping the agreement with Iran as well undo all the good things Obama did to get a bit more peace in this world. Also by expanding our military, we will likely irritate others and get an new "weapons" race all over, which does not benefit our country, except some billionaires. Plenty of people already said they will move to Canada if he becomes President.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Trump has a charismatc appeal. The biggest money makers this country has that relates to the population are beer, cigarettes, pro wrestling, football, new cars/trucks, NASCAR .... Trump is the poster boy for loud and flashy. I didn't get his ISIS oil connection but that doesn't matter. He said it and now his fans believe it. Who is his constituency ?? The country supports clean air but the cars they demand can generally exceed the legal speed limit by 50%. That makes for inefficiency. All bout health and eating right? The snack food aisle is dominated by SOS with a small area for "healthy" snacks. Trump's appeal for the presidency is fixed at charisma. Since he has weathered all the traditional candidate killers he just has to motivate more fans to vote. Dean's scream cost him his nomination. Trump has multiple gaffes far in excess of Dean's scream. Hillary has the monstrous job of explaining to the kids that their new best friend is bad news.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes Trump has a certain charismatic and "machismo" appeal, and he knows what buttons to push as well. His speech had numerous references to "America first", references to the "American worker and jobs", "American humiliation" and "American military strength" and rebuilding the military. These are all things consistent with "making America great again" and American exceptionalism. He doesn't have to provide details...he just appeals to certain demographics by "telling them what they want to hear". In a sense he offers, ironically, "hope and change" but not in the mode of President Obama.

    His entire platform is based on appealing to emotions with little intellectual insight as to the reality or future. It's all "feel good" stuff directed at the "low information voter". I will give him credit for this: he knows what buttons to push to appeal to the American voter. He knows what buttons to push to make them angry. He knows how to direct hate. He is the master of anger and hate rhetoric. And he knows how to sensationalize everything for maximum coverage by the media. The media love him. He is the gift that just keeps on giving.

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    His speech was, to put it bluntly, a pile of shit.

    he knows nothing, understands only machismo and the bright shiny object mentality of the American people.

    and the idiots that they are, they will elect this buffoon who will earn the scorn of our allies and the laughter of our enemies.

    all because the American people cannot phucquing think.

  • Independent
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    I saw a piece of him on MSNBC; it made me puke; he started his rant again about chopping off heads as well he would go beyond water boarding. This guy is absolutely not suited for any job. Let alone the White House.

    How can a country like this sink that low, is unbelievable.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    That is what happens when billionaires buy elections. The tax system needs to be used to direct wealth to the country. Saying people can do what they want with their money when their wealth is large enough to effect the country can be hazardous to your health. Trump is all the more reason for a high "Progressive" tax code. He keeps talks about bringing jobs back by keeping American wages low. Instead of taking livelihoods from other countries why doesn't he create new jobs here. It wouldn't be hard to do. A lot of the billionaires are worried about how to get rid of their billions. I got an idea, how about investing in USA jobs.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote:

    I saw a piece of him on MSNBC; it made me puke; he started his rant again about chopping off heads as well he would go beyond water boarding. This guy is absolutely not suited for any job. Let alone the White House.

    How can a country like this sink that low, is unbelievable.

    If you could control Sunday NASCAR and Football you could control the country.
  • Center Left
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    Donald, the terrorists are still being evil..... you need a bigger hammer. Then, more Americans and persons from other origins start to die. He seems to be about half crazy which is why having so many followers is a crazy thing. I honestly worry that so many of his rallies have blood shed. Violence isn't the solution to any problem. It seems to be an acceptable mind set though.

    No white people were injured in the Trump footage you are about to see.

  • Independent
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    Tony, my guess is that the "media" is the guilty one. Americans are in general gullible and swallow everything the "media" produces. This whole thing happening now is a pure reflection of the American public. As MSNBC said that about 200 million here have no passport or have ever been of this "island" then the conclusion is simple. You get what this country consist off, which is ignorance and indoctrination.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I have given a lot of thought to the fact the USA doesn't have a common heritage. All the other countries have more relatives with lineage providing support and history . Italy/Italians England/English. Spain/Spanish. All have more meaning than America/Americans. The other countries you visualize a characteristic. Heredity and lineage may provide influences on behavior. This may have more of a stabilizing effect. In the USA we are more a group of strangers not sharing a common heritage.

    BTW Everytime I propose this influence somebody provides data that other countries are just as if not more diverse than the USA.

  • Center Left
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    Our diversity is something that I cherish. It is something that we should all see as a treasure. I think there are many that are afraid and insecure. At that point it devolves into an exclusionary mindset. First and foremost..... all people everywhere should understand that violence serves nobody. It would be discouraged if the whites using it didn't expect that they'll walk without any form of punishment. That works because those receiving the violence and abuse are often different. To the ignorant, different is bad and scary. Unless you plan to move to Wyoming, Idaho, Montana or the Dakotas, there will always be persons who aren't a mirror image of yourself and persons who don't have sex mostly like you do. Get over it. Politically it's sadly a case of I'll vote for those who are: pretty damned much 80+ pct exactly the same as themselves. You're white enough, hetero enough, bland enough that I'll vote for you is the way the R's chug along. Thank god they lost the last 2 elections. Open arms bring others into the fold. It's what I hope helps us to win again and what I hope helps us bring others into the party.
  • Independent
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    Tony this has nothing at to do with diversity; it is the "island" mentality which gets pushed in the heads via the "media" and other things like the militarism as well the church. Sure I agree diversity is great, however it does not help much if generations passed and were continuously indoctrinated by our "greed" and "money" culture. There is plenty of diversity in other countries like western Europe but if you see the statistics, they are not living in a culture of militarism, nor are fanatic church goers. Also the media there does not push an "agenda". Like I said we are and remain an island in this big world and refuse to accept that other cultures don't like our attitude. Sorry but we are an arrogant country which wants to control and dictate the world. Ask Trump.
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    Looking at all the "news" it is obvious that Trump will become the nominee for the GOP. How in "hell" has this been possible? Are "half" the people here that ignorant and dumb? The rest of the world looks at amazement at all this total "circus" here. Do people here really think that Trump makes this a better country? Again as I said before, which only few people accept on this site: "our "island" mentality will kill us" Half of the people here are un-educated and absolutely have no clue on how the rest of the world thinks or lives. Certainly the "media" here is at fault; they've given Trump millions of dollars "free" airtime, that is what you get if certain "media" billionaires run the show here. Monopolies are ruining this world; like airlines ; ticket prices have doubled in a couple of years while they make fortunes on cheap fuel, just due to the monopolies. It is the same all over; the society under a Trump will make this even worse, because he will be in bed with all the billionaires.

    What is wrong with this country? I guess it is the lack of real education about the world and human behavior as well stop the indoctrination by our media which is run by GOP moguls, who aren't even real Americans like Rupert Murdoch.

    Shame on you America; stop waving your flags, instead use your brains.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The trouble lies in telling people they can be anything they want to be. The result is millions of disillusioned people that live the good life vicariously through the life styles of the rich and famous. They grab anything to identify with that rings their bell.