If there is one lesson from history that should be learned and adopted by all American presidents, it’s that America’s enemies abroad usually don’t respond to anything except a firm resolve to defeat them. Back in the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan was fighting the Soviet Union, he bluntly understood that the Cold War had to be won by adopting a hard line against communism and speaking out against it at every opportunity, especially when standing on the world stage.
During his recent successful trip to Asia, President Trump demonstrated a similar resolve and posture toward our modern-day enemy of North Korea. The NorKs are loud and obnoxious, but they can be defeated by repeatedly condemning them as an evil oppressive regime and forcing the the world to join to the side of freedom, or the side of tyranny.
Here is a clip of President Trump’s remarks about North Korea delivered in a speech during his time in South Korea just a few days ago:
His speech is a great example of the old President Roosevelt motto of “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” America has the most powerful military on the planet, but we use it only when needed. The President spoke decisively and openly in condemning the recklessness of North Korea, and admonished the rest of the free world to join the United States in defeating this evil that threatens peaceful nations.
What pride this brings to see our Commander-in-Chief speaking boldly for freedom and condemning the actions of an oppressive state. President Obama, on the other hand, spent his time apologizing for America, and spent eight years “leading from behind,” which is to say he never led anything at all or advanced America’s interests abroad.
I’m ready for our country to lead from the front as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to the world. Thank you, President Trump!