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Patriotism Trumps Globalism

In this photo provided by the United Nations, members of the United Nations Security council vote at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in favor of condemning Israel for its practice of establishing settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. In a striking rupture with past practice, the U.S. allowed the vote, not exercising its veto. (Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP)

In his article this morning, Dan Spencer made an important point: Libertarians are loyal to a philosophy. Trump is loyal to people. While I don’t consider myself a populist nor would I fully embrace populism, loyalty to people must be a cornerstone of conservative ideology and politics. Conservatism is a set of principles employed in preserving liberty and prosperity for real people, the American people.

You can see the same thing in Trump’s foreign policy, as evidenced in his speech at the UN this week. Even though effete globalist conservatives like Jonah Goldberg sniff in disdain, Trump was right. Patriotism is better than globalism.

Bible-believing Christians have traditionally been skeptical of international organizations based on prophetic warnings concerning global government and global religious bureaucracy.  Their skepticism shouldn’t be dismissed as superstitious.  Lovers of freedom affirm Lord Acton’s adage, “All power tends to corrupt. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  And our Founding Fathers had a healthy aversion to power concentrated in the hands of the few far away from those over whom it was exercised.

History demonstrates that nation-states with clearly limited power are the greatest vehicles for human liberty and prosperity.  The United States should never cede an ounce of its sovereignty to global governing bodies like the UN or the ICC.  And we should be equally vigilant against multilateral supranational arrangements.

The president understands on a gut level that loyalty to our country and people must always trump academic philosophies or quixotic urges to bring about world peace through supranational organizations.