Trump’s Policy Lacks a Unifying Principle, “America First” Is Inadequate

After the most venomous transition period in recent U.S. history, marked by unprecedented “fake” news and slanders, as well as continued attempts to launch a color revolution against the President-elect, Donald Trump was inaugurated President of the United States on Jan. 20. His swearing-in speech was a mixed bag of pledges and threats, under the overriding theme of “America First”, with little said of the rest of the world.

Lyndon LaRouche commented immediately afterward that his address was very confused on the surface, and lacking in any unifying principle. Therefore, he cautioned, we have to wait and see what is below the surface, and what policies the new Administration will effectively be able to carry out. Crucial issues will be how he intends to ensure economic growth and job-creation domestically and how his foreign policy will be shaped, in particular as concerns Russia and China. He at least seems determined to put an end to the “permanent war” policy of the Bushes and Obama.

Trump’s intention to reverse the industrial decline, pour massive investments in infrastructure, and bring back industry sounds promising. But both Lyndon and Helga LaRouche stressed that the key issue here is whether he will move to re-enact Glass-Steagall banking regulation to put an end to wild financial speculation, bailed out by the taxpayers, as he promised to do in the end-phase of the campaign. Here again, mixed signals have come out from him and his advisers.

The new President, Helga Zepp-LaRouche wrote in a Jan. 21 article for Neue Solidarität, is correct in wanting to fight the effects of globalization, the drug epidemic and criminality.

“But the problem with the slogan ‘America first’ is that history has long since evolved beyond the point where the defense of national interests, however legitimate they are, is adequate. The alternative to globalization of the Anglo-American stripe, i.e., a system favoring the international financial oligarchy to the detriment of the common good, is not to relapse into simple nationalism. The universal history of mankind has long reached the point at which only a completely new paradigm can open the pathway to the next step of evolution.

“This new paradigm must place the common interests of mankind before all else, where the idea of a single mankind having a common future becomes the notion overarching all legitimate national interests, which may, however, never be allowed to contradict the interests of mankind as a whole. This new paradigm must be as clearly distinguished from the axioms of globalization as the modern era is from the Middle Ages.”

A similar theme was taken up by Chinese President Xi on Jan. 18 in his speech at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. In fact, such cooperation with China is really the optimal way that Donald Trump could make good on his pledge to rebuild America’s industry and infrastructure. In the same way, Europeans should join the New Silk Road dynamic, freeing themselves from the EU.

The alternative to “America first”, Zepp-LaRouche concludes her article, lies in the international cooperation of all nations of the world to the advantage of all.