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The Trump Initiative That Could Help Biden on Ukraine

Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By – Ben Solis

With Russian troops poised to sweep into Ukraine at any moment, the Biden administration has insisted that this is a “crisis” moment for democracy. But as tension mounts, President Biden has failed to organize many of America’s allies and even a significant number of Americans around his effort to defend Ukraine. One reason for this might be the hangover from Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, and an unwillingness on the part of Americans and world leaders to become entangled in another foreign war. However, part of Biden’s trouble may also stem from his abandonment of the very principles which make democracy – and American democracy in particular – special, and have for centuries inspired people to defend freedom and the right to self-government around the world.

Biden’s new “reimagined” vision of democracy was on full display late last year as his State Department organized a so-called “Summit for Democracy” to “set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.” In reality, the Summit was little more than a paean to far-left social liberalism – hardly the sort of event that would unify democratic peoples and inspire a “renewal” of traditional democratic values.

Notably, a few leaders of democratic nations were pointedly not invited to the Summit. Among them were Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who quickly fell out of favor with the left for signing onto Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pro-life initiative, which affirms the sanctity of all human life and states that there is “no international right to an abortion.” Also left off the guest list was Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, whose socially conservative views have also rankled progressive-minded liberals.

Instead of focusing on traditional foundations of democracy like freedom, equality under the law, and individual liberty, Biden’s Summit for Democracy fixated on left-wing gripes with democratic systems – namely, that the left can’t just enforce its will on entire populations – and even attacked specific democratically-elected politicians.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks early on set the tone for the event. Harris asserted that democracy is “on decline” and has been for the past 15 years. Why, you might ask? According to Harris, democracy is in decline because democratic leaders have failed to address things like “the climate crisis” and “misinformation” (she failed to provide a working definition of either). Harris further said that “January 6 looms large in our collective conscience,” invoking the tired left-wing scare tactic that says every person who identifies as a Republican is an existential threat to democracy.

Harris also insisted that “protecting” democracy meant passing Democrats’ federal takeover of elections bills – an action which by all accounts would only further undermine basic principles of American democracy like federalism and separation of powers.

Other world leaders piled on, insisting that it was in fact liberal progressive values which are the basis of “true” democracy. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson asserted that democracy is endangered when “reproductive rights” are threatened – in other words, when governments don’t allow abortion-on-demand. Peru’s Prime Minister called for “pressuring” private sector companies to promote more women to “decision-making” positions. While more women in senior business roles may be a worthy goal, government intervention in the hiring decisions of private companies is more in line to authoritarian rather than democratic governance.

American leaders were also quick to label their conservative opponents, and particularly former President Donald Trump, as the face of the “threat” to democracy. NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill argued that Trump had plunged the country into a wave of racism and denial of equal justice, ultimately leading to a democratic crisis.

Even some Republicans fueled the flames of the anti-Trump hysteria. Among them were Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who used the occasion to again raise the specter of January 6, accusing Trump of trying to “undermine… the results of a free, fair, and legal election.”

Put aside for the moment how embarrassing it is for the leading nation in the free world to put on such a self-flagellating show in front of all its friends and allies.

Underpinning the entire Summit was the idea that “collectivism” is the solution to what ails democracy, rather than the cause of it. “This is not a struggle of any one facing it alone,” Biden stated in his closing remarks. “It’s all of us… so, we have to come together and get it done.”

Unsurprisingly, Biden’s Summit for Democracy has failed to inspire the world’s nations to “come together” as one global family in some sort of socialist utopian vision. Instead, internal divisions stoked by left-wing identity politics have persisted – perhaps revealing the true threat to democracy around the world.

What Biden misses is that collectivism, abortion rights, and a disdain for certain political leaders are not a viable basis around which to organize free peoples and give them the courage to stand up to authoritarianism and real threats to democracy.

Should Biden truly want to unite democracies under a common purpose, he might begin by returning to an initiative begun by his predecessor, which he unceremoniously canceled on his first day in office: Trump’s 1776 Commission.

The 1776 Commission was established not as a partisan endeavor, but to provide a road map for Americans to understand what it is that makes their country special – namely, the principles outlined in the United States’ founding documents. This foundation rests on a shared understanding of American history and culture, and rejects modern progressive sentiments that attempt to divide people based on race or gender and paint history as the inevitable struggle of one group of people against another.

Importantly, as the authors of the 1776 Commission Report stated, “America’s principles are named at the outset to be both universal – applying to everyone – and eternal: existing for all time.” In other words, America’s principles are not just for America – they are a shining light for the rest of the world.

That is the central truth Biden’s Summit failed to capture, and why he now fails to inspire the democracies of the world to follow American leadership, whether it be in Afghanistan, Ukraine, or anywhere else on the global stage. Only with a return to the principles – and pride – which first made America great can Biden, or any leader, inspire others to follow them into battle.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian and researcher.

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ray
ray
2 years ago

Why is Biden concerned with Ukraine democracy when he is trying to stifle the USA’s ?

Coach T
Coach T
2 years ago

So 46 doesn’t protect Americans at our Border, build the wall, or bother sending Troops there BUT But but will send American Troops to defend the border of Ukraine? Pleeeeeeease STOP this Godless dem???? cratic ignorance ????

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Yet another article stating that if Biden wants to rectify something, he should do a complete 180 and go back the Trump approach. While the solution is of course correct, there is no way Biden or any of his handlers will admit they have caused or worsened another problem and neither Biden nor his handlers would ever consider going back to anything initiated under the Trump administration.

The author is assuming that the Biden administration is concerned with achieving the same positive results that President Trump pursued. Unfortunately, that is NOT the case. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Biden and his people have NO INTEREST in leading the world in anything. We are pursuing the Obama agenda of leading from behind, which is a fancy way of saying we will just go with the flow.

It is kind of ridiculous to constantly float the idea that Biden or his people will ever consider adopting solutions that go in direct opposition to the agenda they are actively pursuing of making the United States less powerful and influential in the world. We are stuck with Biden and his handlers for at least another 3 years. Adapt as best you can to weather all the changes that are still coming down the road for us during this time period and hope that there is something still left of this country worth saving by the time 2024 rolls around. That is assuming the Democrats don’t manage to get their election reform legislation enacted. If that happens, then elections won’t matter anymore.

Rich C
Rich C
2 years ago

I’m shocked that an administration that wants nothing to do with any “war” would actually send our troops into harms way. It’s only because other nations have pledged to help. Biden could care less about the Ukraine but he knows it would be even worse for his supposed “leadership” in the world if he doesn’t do something. Really folks, 30 or 40,000 troops from all countries against 100,000 Russian troops that are essentially fighting from home? If Putin decides to give the green light, it won’t be much of a contest. Biden once again is too little too late. Maybe there’s a little Russian collusion here somewhere.

VikkiC
VikkiC
2 years ago

Biden has spent the first year of his term in office trying to cancel Donald Trump!! You really don’t expect him to admit that Donald Trump would be able to solve something the Biden Admin doesn’t have the first clue about…

VikkiC
VikkiC
2 years ago

The “crisis moment for democracy” was the moment Biden was sworn in as President. We just didn’t realize it at the time.

David
David
2 years ago

Biden, his family, and the Commiecrats are in trouble, so start a war to divert attention from their problems.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Every day I am sickened by the insanity and vileness of the Left, the Communist Party.
Communism has as it’s platform “divide and conquer”. Everything they do is to ruin America. Make no mistake….Communists are well aware taking down America gives them the world.
They must be destroyed. Permanently.
Communists NEVER give up.

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Hey Harris: First, the Reps did not have the climate in mind to tackle. Ya know why? Because there is no crisis. It is a natural process. Remember, 10,000 years ago there was an ICE AGE.
So, do something positive and let go of the so called crisis. IGNORANCE IS BLISS!

Phillip Ridenour
Phillip Ridenour
2 years ago

We conservatives need to lose the term “democracy,” Mr. Solis. This country is a republic: a vastly superior form of government and one much harder to preserve. Part of preserving this nation is recognizing that fact.

ray
ray
2 years ago

Why is Biden concerned with Ukraine democracy when he is trying to stifle the USA’s ?

Coach T
Coach T
2 years ago

So 46 doesn’t protect Americans at our Border, build the wall, or bother sending Troops there BUT But but will send American Troops to defend the border of Ukraine? Pleeeeeeease STOP this Godless dem???? cratic ignorance ????

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Yet another article stating that if Biden wants to rectify something, he should do a complete 180 and go back the Trump approach. While the solution is of course correct, there is no way Biden or any of his handlers will admit they have caused or worsened another problem and neither Biden nor his handlers would ever consider going back to anything initiated under the Trump administration.

The author is assuming that the Biden administration is concerned with achieving the same positive results that President Trump pursued. Unfortunately, that is NOT the case. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Biden and his people have NO INTEREST in leading the world in anything. We are pursuing the Obama agenda of leading from behind, which is a fancy way of saying we will just go with the flow.

It is kind of ridiculous to constantly float the idea that Biden or his people will ever consider adopting solutions that go in direct opposition to the agenda they are actively pursuing of making the United States less powerful and influential in the world. We are stuck with Biden and his handlers for at least another 3 years. Adapt as best you can to weather all the changes that are still coming down the road for us during this time period and hope that there is something still left of this country worth saving by the time 2024 rolls around. That is assuming the Democrats don’t manage to get their election reform legislation enacted. If that happens, then elections won’t matter anymore.

Rich C
Rich C
2 years ago

I’m shocked that an administration that wants nothing to do with any “war” would actually send our troops into harms way. It’s only because other nations have pledged to help. Biden could care less about the Ukraine but he knows it would be even worse for his supposed “leadership” in the world if he doesn’t do something. Really folks, 30 or 40,000 troops from all countries against 100,000 Russian troops that are essentially fighting from home? If Putin decides to give the green light, it won’t be much of a contest. Biden once again is too little too late. Maybe there’s a little Russian collusion here somewhere.

VikkiC
VikkiC
2 years ago

Biden has spent the first year of his term in office trying to cancel Donald Trump!! You really don’t expect him to admit that Donald Trump would be able to solve something the Biden Admin doesn’t have the first clue about…

VikkiC
VikkiC
2 years ago

The “crisis moment for democracy” was the moment Biden was sworn in as President. We just didn’t realize it at the time.

David
David
2 years ago

Biden, his family, and the Commiecrats are in trouble, so start a war to divert attention from their problems.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Every day I am sickened by the insanity and vileness of the Left, the Communist Party.
Communism has as it’s platform “divide and conquer”. Everything they do is to ruin America. Make no mistake….Communists are well aware taking down America gives them the world.
They must be destroyed. Permanently.
Communists NEVER give up.

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Hey Harris: First, the Reps did not have the climate in mind to tackle. Ya know why? Because there is no crisis. It is a natural process. Remember, 10,000 years ago there was an ICE AGE.
So, do something positive and let go of the so called crisis. IGNORANCE IS BLISS!

Phillip Ridenour
Phillip Ridenour
2 years ago

We conservatives need to lose the term “democracy,” Mr. Solis. This country is a republic: a vastly superior form of government and one much harder to preserve. Part of preserving this nation is recognizing that fact.

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