Progressive Democrats predictably criticized Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech of April 27. Some of the criticism may be partially justified, or at least be an honest difference of opinion, but what many missed was the massive progressive hypocrisy exposed by the one key detail of their opposition to Trump’s speech. In a Sunday interview on ABC former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates complained that Trump wants, “…to rip up all those burden-sharing agreements that we have had over the decades with them [our NATO allies] and make them go their own way if they don’t pay for everything.” First of all, that is not exactly what Trump said. What he did say was, “Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so.” Trump actually used the progressive phrase “fair share” to describe this when he said, “…our allies are not paying their fair share…” Now, isn’t that what progressives have constantly been demanding of the rich?
Don’t expect progressives to see the contradiction in their position anytime soon. After all, progressives see the execution of heinous murderers as wrong, but the abortions of late term fetuses, fetuses that would be viable outside the womb, as nothing more than medical procedures. The contradiction in progressive ideology is there to be seen by any objective observer. As Trump pointed out, many of our allies around the world really aren’t contributing their fair share of the cost of our mutual defense. NATO countries, for instance, have a targeted defense spending goal of 2% of their GDP. Rich countries have a higher GDP so they pay more over all. Very fair. But, in 2015 only four other NATO nations besides the U.S. actually spend 2% or more of their GDP on defense. In contrast, according to the Tax Foundation, the rich in this country are actually paying more than their fair share. The Foundation reported that, “Those making over $200,000 comprise just over 5 percent of the nation’s taxpayers, earn 32.3 percent of the income, but pay 46.7 percent of total federal taxes and 70 percent of federal income taxes,[while]… taxpayers making less than $50,000 a year represent about half of the country, earn 16.4 percent of the nation’s income, pay 5.6 percent of taxes and have a negative share of income taxes because they receive more back then they pay out (largely due to refundable tax credit programs.)”
Things like that is one of main the reasons so many Americans are fed up with the system. Trump gets this, progressives don’t. Many of those who are turned off by some of the things Donald Trump says or does can still see the logic and inherent fairness of his positions as opposed to the fundamental unfairness of the progressive ideology. Think of NATO as a massive cart that all the members must push to the best of their ability. Some member nations with a greater GDP can push harder than others, but all must push to move the cart along. If too many member nations decide to ride on the cart instead of pushing it, the cart won’t move.
In our increasingly progressive American society we have essentially the same problem. Our society is something like the NATO cart. Thanks to progressive policies more and more people are electing to ride instead of push. Anyone with a brain has to realize that eventually if too many people elect to act like grasshoppers instead of ants, our society, like the cart will no longer move forward. This is basically Trump’s message, both on foreign and domestic policy. Even though progressives can’t seem to grasp reality, free rides by some are basically unfair to everyone else. Any policy that rewards those who choose to ride rather than those who can push – can’t be fair.