On Tuesday President Trump gave his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Many on the Left want me to be upset at the speech. They think it was too provocative, too dangerous, too confrontational, and will bring us to nuclear war. They think a President should speak general platitudes on peace and internationalism while ignoring the hard truths. Well while they try to convince me to be mad at the speech, I am just NOT. It was actually a fantastic speech for the most part.
While there is an argument to be made that calling the leader of North Korea “Rocket Man” is a little childish for a President to do in a speech, outside of that the speech was exactly what the world needed to hear. I cannot understand why people are so upset at our commander in chief talking tough against our enemies, talking tough against the most brutal dictators in the world, talking tough against socialism, and praising American values. There was so much good in this speech I’m not sure where to begin.
The most controversial part of the speech is when Trump called out North Korea and its madman dictator Kim Jong Un.
“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.”
Those who think Trump went too far here are acting like he’s speaking out of a vacuum. They seem to suggest that North Korea was just minding its own business and then evil Trump came along and provoked them to action. This is absurd. North Korea has been threatening South Korea for years, has been launching missiles over Japan for years, has been building a nuclear weapons program for years, has been going against the requests of the international community for years, and has been threatening destruction of the U.S. for years. That doesn’t even include what the regime does to its own people. They send political dissidents to concentration camps, deny any kind of religious freedom, and build up their military while their people stave. It is not America’s fault that we’re in this situation. It’s about time someone stands up to them.
Trump also brought up one of the best example of North Korea’s ruthlessness against the U.S.
“We were all witness to the regime's deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later. We saw it in the assassination of the dictator's brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies.”
And yet I’m supposed to be upset at Trump standing up to them? Please.
Trump wasn’t done calling out brutal regimes in the world. Just look at what he said about Iran.
“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it -- believe me.
It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran's government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.”
Everything the President said here is exactly right. Through that terrible deal Iran has received billions of dollars. What are they doing with that money? No they are not using it to transform their country into a freedom loving capitalist democracy. They are strengthening their military, test launching more missiles, and funding terrorist groups that have killed Americans. I say once again, it’s about time someone stands up to them.
His standing up to our enemies was great, but it wasn’t even the best part of the speech. For once an American President spoke to the world and openly praised the U.S. Constitution.
“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution -- the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.
This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law.
The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are: “We the people.”
Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history. In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.”
When was the last time you heard a President speak like this at the UN? Answer, NEVER. He even remembered Constitution Day!
It was such a breath of fresh air to hear a President talk tough against the evil in the world while at the same time praising capitalism and American values. I am someone who has been very critical of President Trump at times, calling him out when he needs to be called out, but when it comes to his first speech to the UN all I can say is good job Mr. President.