Falling Behind on the World Stage

So what can we do about all this?

As an individual, you can actually do quite a lot. While not every country important in this discussion is a democracy, you can still form relationships with individuals such as yourselves who can have influence in their own countries. You can befriend people from Pakistan simply by talking to them online, or you can join a volunteer program or religious mission to many citizens in Pakistan. In doing so, you start building relationships with people who will eventually have influence in small ways but when each person makes a small decisions, that can start a big wave of change that could start with their small businesses and might eventually change the way their government thinks. You can do this in many countries. I’ve formed ties with many people in China while I lived there and still communicate with people through the social media sites that aren’t blocked there.

If you’re going to start a business or already run a business, please source your products from democracies. I don’t know why we initiated a major globalization project throughout the world and decided to give all our jobs to China. I’m in favor of international trade, but they’ve used it as a weapon. Work with India. They’re a democracy, and they are right next to China. They have ties with the United States, and most of them even speak English, if that would’ve been a sticking point for you.

Finally, we need to elect people who want greater ties with the international community. Nationalism will give us exactly that…a nation. It won’t give us any acceptance by the international community. Therefore, we need to elect people in 2018 and 2020 that understand that. We need to elect people who are in favor of international trade and who know how to use it in a way that benefits both the United States and the world. We need to elect people who will reach out to our allies and countries who are wondering whether to move East or West and show them that we care and show them that we understand their culture and want to work with them and let them be who they are without conforming to someone to American ultra-nationalist identity that only benefits us.

The most importantly you can do is show the world that you’re not Trump. When I lived abroad because the loved Obama. I was surrounded by people in 2012 on election night when Obama won, and I can’t tell you how I was that those people weren’t upset about the results. Now that Trump has won, my recent trip to China included people probing whether I agreed with Trump or not. While things don’t get out of hand, it’s clear that there’s an association between a country’s leaders and how other countries view its citizens. Anything you can do to reach out to even one citizen of another nation to tell them what you stand for will help.

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    1. You’re welcome, Noelle. I hope you enjoy your time here. If you have additional information about any of my posts, I’m happy to hear from you.

  1. Wow, and phew! Thank you for following my blog, very much indeed, and THANK YOU for doing what you’re doing. Knowledge may, or may not, be power but it is certainly preferable to ignorance!

    1. Thank you so much. I really enjoy what I’m doing. You’re so right. Knowledge may eventually become power, but for now, I just hope to educate as many people as I can.

      I hope that my viewers contribute additional information so that we can have productive discussions. I love to learn.

    1. Thank you! I appreciate that. If you have any additional information about this post or any of my other posts, I’m happy to have you here!

    1. You’re welcome, Rosaliene. Thank for visiting ReasonsToResist. If you have any additional information about any of my posts, I’d be happy to have your input. I hope you enjoy your time here.

  2. Great site! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights and collecting so much important information here. Really looking forward to reading your future posts, thanks for connecting.

    1. Thank you. I appreciate that. There is a lot to learn, and I’ve made it my goal to unravel all the complexity so that everyone can understand what’s going on here in D.C. I hope that I’ve done.

      If you have additional information about any of my posts, I’d be happy to hear from you!

  3. The sad thing is Trump doesn’t seem to care about the rest of the world . Look at who’s on his terrorist watch list. Countries that don’t do business with his companies . How is Saudi Arabia less of a threat than some of those other countries. Also he was quick to denounce what happened in Barcelona but didn’t say ANYTHING about Charlottesville for THREE DAYS ! Keep on giving us posts like this so we understand just how this president is making the world and his own people dislike him more and more.

    1. Thank you for your comment. When I think about what to write and how to write it, I must focus on the truth and then figure out the best way to communicate it so that everyone can understand.

      That’s why it’s so hard for me say that Trump was hesitant to condemn one group and had no problem immediately condemning another based on their religion, the color of their skin, and their national identity.

      Because that is the actual truth.

      This is NOT what we’re about. But I will continue to speak out and inform and explain everything that’s going on so that NO ONE can say they didn’t know or they were confused or they didn’t think it was that bad.

  4. An argument I always find myself involved with on the Net is this very topic.

    Those isolationists supporting the ultra-nationalist agenda of Trump simply don’t realize that the world moved far beyond nationalism decades ago. Geopolitical boundaries are disappearing in many realms, but mostly in economics and isolating ourselves in this arena is purely suicidal.

    We cannot support our own consumption habits, regardless of what Trump and his followers wish to believe. Trump’s own xenophobic tendencies towards Mexico alone has the potential of crashing the US economy.

    We import more than $300 million from Mexico, a full third of our agricultural products among that number. With Canada being second only to California in food production for the US, you can easily see what a fool’s direction this takes us.

    With Trump’s isolationist agenda, there’s simply no way for the U.S. to make up for the food imports from Mexico alone and if we allow him to attack Canada in the same manner, we will all find ourselves on starvation diets, like hot or not.

    Trump is attempting the age-old “horse before the cart” trick in trying to disrupt our economic ties long before he’s even attempted to build the manufacturing and agriculture infrastructure to support such a move. And, I’m not certain it would be possible to do so at all.

    Trump’s agenda is seriously short-sighted, both in terms of economics and in all the other realms you listed.

    Capitalism’s next logical evolutionary step is global economics, a direction the world, including the U.S. long ago embarked upon and to abruptly end this direction is nothing short of stepping off a high-speed train, mid journey, foolishly expecting to survive. It’s the only direction left for the capitalist market and until that direction is exhausted, we need to either choose evolution or extinction. That’s not a socio-political decision, it’s simply a matter of stark reality.

    You and most of the U.S. see the results of Trumps ignorance already taking place with nations beginning to shun the U.S., be it for economic security, or purely social perspectives.

    Unless the rest of the nation is blind and deaf, the only reason those who stubbornly continue to support Trump is nothing less than the typical human trait in which once we make a decision, it’s very painful to our ego to revisit that decision and admit to ourselves that it was a very bad decision.

    However; if we don’t admit the error of this past election and the fallaciousness of the direction in which Trump is trying to take us, the end results will be catastrophic for the United States, as the world leaves us behind. Then; we will, very quickly, learn exactly what it’s all about to be what so many Americans are fond of calling other less developed nations, “third world”.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I think the most dangerous outcome of these fear-based protectionist policies is that some countries might feel the need to form deeper ties with each other, ties that may exclude us even if we eventually decide to come back.

      The international community knows that most of the United States doesn’t stand behind our administration, but we need to constantly remind them that they haven’t been forgotten.

    1. Thank you. I appreciate that. Knowing how our actions affect the rest of the world is a crucial component of any policy, and I will continue studying this.

    1. Thank you, Michael. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time here. If you have any questions or additional information about any of my posts, I’m happy to hear from you.

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