I remember growing up being told that America is the jewel of the world, a democracy which the world envied, and a free society which defeated communism on ideology alone. That democracy I grew up in feels like it’s crumbling before my very own eyes, and now it appears as if the rest of the planet agrees.
While President Trump seems to embrace the ideologies of Russia and Vladimir Putin, while pushing our century old alliances to the side, our allies of the past seem to be shocked, fearful, and confused. Following this weekend’s G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, one particular news report out of Australia has summed things up in a spectacular fashion, and I think this report thoroughly summarizes how most of our allies feel at this point in time.
— Haizam Amirah Fdez. (@HaizamAmirah) July 9, 2017
The scathing report from from an outside news source should show American’s just how those on the outside view this administration. ABC Australia’s political editor Chris Uhlmann certainly did not pull any punches while analyzing what America has become under a President Trump.
“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering,” Uhlmann stated.
Uhlmann then went on to say that Trump had “no desire and no capacity to lead the world.” The reporter’s words only got more urgent, yet sincere from there.
“Donald Trump’s a man that craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters and there is no value placed on the meaning of words, so what’s said one day can be discarded the next. So what did we learn? We learn that Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America – he will cede that power to China and Russia. Two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century. Some will cheer the decline of America. But I think we’ll miss it when it’s gone. And that’s the biggest threat to the values of the West which he claims to hold so dear,” Uhlmann continued.
Those on the right can continue to claim that it’s the media here in the US who are tainting the waters, over exaggerating Trump’s pitfalls and making something out of nothing, but this report out of Australia shows that it’s the world, not just American liberals who see things as they really are. Meanwhile America declines before our very eyes.