With Allies Like These

Our relationship with the United Nations is, to put it mildly, complicated (to use the Facebook term). We go from being their whipping boy to being the ones to bail them out of situations they get into. In short, they’re our little brothers.

For years, people from across the right side of the aisle (including your humble correspondent) have asked why we’re still in the UN. The Left, of course, disagrees, saying our involvement in the UN is necessary for world peace. (Actual results may vary.) Frankly, I think the Left wants us to stay in the UN because their approach to American diplomacy is always having to say we’re sorry.

Enter President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. It started with President Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. You would think he put a puppy through a chipper shredder the way the Left reacted. The UN, being the masters of leading from behind, then had its Security Council vote on a resolution reversing the President’s decision.

Okay, take a moment to let that sink in. The United Nations, an international group with only the power we allow it to have and with zero power in our government, thought it could pass a resolution and reverse a US President’s decision, one that has been previously supported by our legislative body as late as last year. Yeah, that’s not how it works. Pass all the resolutions you want. You may convince the Leftist muttonheads, but you’ll turn off those of us who bother to pay attention.

Trump and Haley doubled down on their decision, stating they would be taking names of those who came out against us on this issue. As you might expect, there are already countries lining up to be first on the list because they think we’re being disrespectful. Then, there was the recent vote by the UN General Assembly approving a resolution declaring President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol. It wasn’t even close. The vote in favor of the resolution was 128 in favor, 9 against, and 35 abstentions. And the Left and the majority of the world cheered in victory, having put America and Donald Trump in their places (at least in their minds).

Yeah, you might want to rethink that vote.

First of all, we pay 22% of the UN’s budget through our dues and 28% of the UN budget to keep the peace around the world, as of 2015. And as we see in the Middle East, the UN is doing a bang-up job of peacekeeping. If we withdraw from the UN, that money goes away, and the other UN countries will have to make up the difference. That means you have to decide between having hurt fee-fees and having less in your government coffers. Let’s just say the prospect of losing a significant chunk of money might just buy these countries a thicker skin.

Along with the financial burden that will face the UN if we leave, there will also be a military burden. After all, we supply a lot of military personnel and hardware so the UN can fail worse than the Cleveland Browns. If the US leaves the UN, that would leave the peacekeeping efforts to the military power that is France.

I’ll give you the next hour or so to stop laughing before you continue reading.

Perhaps the best reason for the US to leave the UN is the fact one of these parties has a lousy track record with human rights, sexual assault, hatred and racism, and rampant corruption. And the other is the United States. Granted, we can do better, but the UN is the platinum standard of cruddiness, and they have no intention of getting better. The Left says our world reputation will be ruined if we leave the UN, but I would argue it would be worse if we stay.

Trump and Haley’s position may not be the most popular with some Americans, but it is ultimately the right decision. We need to get out of the UN because they don’t appreciate what we bring to the table. In this case, our absence will make the UN’s heart grow fonder.

America the Awesome

Independence Day came…and the Left decided to make it a great day to run down the United States. They took to Twitter and started a hashtag to talk about how America wasn’t all that great. They aired so many grievances I was wondering if I’d missed Festivus this year.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the equation, Donald Trump has been running with a slogan “Make America Great Again.” This slogan resonates with a lot of people because it hearkens back to a time when we could walk the walk that comes with being the most powerful country in the world. If only we could find a way to get back to those days when men were men and women were men and everybody was really confused, America would be…great again.

So, where am I in this dichotomy? If the title doesn’t give it away, let me tell you. I feel America is awesome for a lot of reasons. But before I run down a few of them, let me take a slight detour.

The #AmericaWasNeverGreat crowd misses the point. America is a nation of men and women, and as such, it will never be perfect. But to focus on the laundry list of ways we aren’t perfect is like being mad at Baskin Robbins for having only 30 of its 31 flavors when you visit. Even if your favorite flavor is out, there are plenty of other options that are just as tasty. To ignore the great things America has done and continues to do is to cut off your nose to spite your hashtag.

The #MakeAmericaGreatAgain crowd is closer to the truth, but still isn’t quite there. They recognize America did some great stuff, but they see our best days as long past and long for a day (and a leader) who can tap into the way we used to be. If that were what we needed, we could just clone Ronald Reagan. (You know, that’s not a bad idea, really…) The problem I have with this approach is similar to the problem I have with the hashtag hosers referenced above: they don’t necessarily see the great things America is doing today.

And that’s where my option comes in. I don’t deny America hasn’t always been the best in the world, but on the whole, we do pretty well. And it’s going on all around us.

Forget the oft-cited World Health Organization report where America’s health care system was ranked 37th in the world. America is the home of one of the best medical facilities in the world, the Mayo Clinic. Not to mention, America is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And who often leads the world in AIDS research and funding?

That’s right. We do.

And where do some of the world’s best and brightest go to school? MIT, Cal Tech, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Stanford…all American.

If your academic pursuits are limited to a multi-year study on the strength of red Solo cups, America is your place, too!

It can’t be a coincidence so many foreigners want to come here for reasons other than academics or partying, either. America still represents a beacon for people from all over to come here, learn from us, and make us stronger as a result. And, failing that, not to suck too badly while they’re here. You see people lining up to go to Cuba? Nope, and they have “free” health care!

And here’s a quick little tip for you Leftists supporting the #AmericaWasNeverGreat hashtag. Social media pretty much began in America. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tinder, all based in the U. S. of A, kids. And if you’re using an iPhone, guess what? Apple started here, too!

Now, before you say, “Well, I’ll just switch to an Android device,” think again. Android started…here.

From pop music to science, America is awesome at just about everything it does. Even at the stuff we don’t want to lead in, such as childhood obesity rates, we totally kick ass! But if you’re still not convinced, here’s one more example.

If a no-talent exhibitionist and her equally no-talent “rap artist” husband can make millions merely for being famous while displaying their lack of talent, anyone can make it here in America.

Game, set, and match, bitches.