Friday, June 15, 2018
Friends, it's "game on" with China, as President Trump has decided to pull the trigger on billions of dollars in tariffs. Make no mistake: the goal here is not to isolate us economically. It is instead to get the Chinese to wise up and start treating us fairly. Give and take -- that's what a healthy trading relationship should look like. Here's hoping these tariffs will achieve the desired result, and quickly too.
Read all about it in my latest article:
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Friends, today we celebrate, because the WaddyIsRight commentating empire has reached a special milestone: 10,000 page views!!! I (literally) couldn't have done it without you. Thanks to all of my fans, critics, and even those who stumbled across the page by accident, expecting to find waddling ducks or right-handed baseball gloves. Every little bit helps! In all seriousness, I've enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you, and our conversations are one of the best parts of my day. Please know that when I call you "friends," it's not an affectation. Onward and upward!
As a reward for your loyalty, please accept this link to my latest radio interview on the Newsmaker program of WLEA in Hornell. Brian O'Neil and I talk about North Korea, the G7 summit, George Soros, and more!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Friends, at the risk of causing a few of you to blow your tops, you might wish to read this article, remarkable for its sheer outrageousness. It argues that women are justified in despising men, and men better straighten up and fly right soon if they know what's good for them! They should also prostrate themselves before the rising tide of feminism and give up all positions of power. (Side note: all good progressives believe that gender is a social construct, not a fixed biological reality, but for some reason it still makes sense to denigrate "men"). Would such an article be published by the Washington Post if it were ruminating about the flaws and obnoxiousness of women, or gays, or black people? Silly question. Only the lowest of the low -- men, for instance -- get that kind of treatment... Make no mistake: this is bigotry, dressed up as social commentary.
Also, you might want to read this article, which concerns CNN's Jim Acosta and his latest deviation from professionalism. If we are EVER to get serious about holding the media to a higher standard, surely this man needs to lose his credentials, no?
Monday, June 11, 2018
Friends, having already pushed Russia out of their exclusive club (turning the G8 into the G7), now the global elite wants to give the U.S. the boot as well -- all because Trump has the unmitigated gall to stand up for the American worker and demand fairer trade terms. Well! I say Trump's attitude is a breath of fresh air, and my latest article explains why.
Trump is Right: The G7 Needs a Wake-Up Call on Trade
The recent meeting of the “G7” leaders in La Malbaie, Quebec ended dramatically, with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau harshly criticizing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and threatening to retaliate. President Trump then instructed U.S. negotiators not to sign the communique that was issued at the conclusion of the summit.
Predictably, global elitists have reacted with the usual horror, and with customary disdain for Trump. According to the New York Times, we are witnessing a “slow-rolling collapse” of our “fragile alliances”. Trump is frivolously up-ending the global order, we are told, and alienating countries that have traditionally been our closest friends and partners. The talking heads may have backed off on their threats of apocalyptic “trade wars” (perhaps because strong economic growth rates and the ongoing buoyancy of the stock market make their predictions of doom seem laughable), but they are still clutching at the idea that we are witnessing a “fundamental” shift in the prestige and influence of the United States, and a steady worsening of our relationships with almost all civilized countries. There is even talk that the G7 has become the “G6+1” as the U.S. goes it alone.
The problem with these arguments is that, first, they are entirely self-serving, insofar as the global elite always chafes at the effrontery of populists like President Trump, and it invariably seeks to defend its own privileges and prerogatives by labeling all criticism of the established international economic order “protectionist” or “isolationist”. In fact, seldom do the elitists even bother to address the substantive complaints made by Trump (and others like him) about the unfairness of existing trade deals – they simply wag their collective finger at anyone boorish enough to question the present regime of “free trade”.
Trading relationships ought to be susceptible to criticism and revision, however, and, when the people of a sovereign state vote to empower a new leader who embodies such criticism and reformist zeal, his election should have consequences. The elite talks as if the vicissitudes of something as shabby as democracy should not be allowed to affect our sacred trade agreements. Nonsense!
To add insult to injury, G7 members are actually targeting their retaliatory tariffs against the United States on industries and enterprises concentrated in states that voted for Donald Trump. In other words, they seek to manipulate democracy itself and foster political headaches for those who dare to question the world order. This is simply outrageous, and it ought to raise the hackles of any American patriot.
Second, the idea that President Trump is doing permanent damage to our relations with our traditional allies flies in the face of a mountain of evidence that Trump has formed productive, respectful working relationships with numerous world leaders, from President Macron of France to Prime Minister Abe of Japan. Moreover, we should keep in mind that our ties with other powerful, wealthy nations are always troubled by tensions and disagreements, and, in the post-WWII era as a whole, many of these differences of opinion have been far more serious and dangerous than the current spat over trade barriers. Lest we forget, Messieurs Trump and Trudeau are currently duking it out largely over the price of milk. It seems unlikely that U.S.-Canada relations will be permanently scarred by so trivial a dispute.
Lastly, the critique of Trump's performance at the G7 summit is misplaced because Trump is actually doing both the American people and the citizens of all the G7 nations a great service: he is drawing attention to the deficiencies of past trade agreements – deficiencies that have in many cases cost jobs, shuttered factories, and abetted many a populist backlash against elitist economic manipulation. Trump does so not because he wishes to curtail trade, but in order to build it up on a sounder basis. Trump has made it abundantly clear that he supports free trade, but not biased trade deals that require openness on the part of some and allow tariff and non-tariff barriers for others.
The truth is that the leaders of the international economic order have long lived a lie: they pantomime unfailing devotion to “free trade,” while at the same time overtly and covertly carving out exceptions for their preferred industries. The result is a half-hearted form of free trade that rewards sly negotiation and punishes naive idealism. As Trump suggests, all too often it is the United States that has been the most naive, accepting a trading regime that institutionalizes massive trade deficits and millions of lost jobs.
In 2014, the U.S. had a $142 billion trade deficit with the countries of the European Union, and a $35 billion deficit with Canada. Essentially no one believes that this is because American companies can't compete with their overseas rivals – it is instead manipulative, predatory trade practices that explain the imbalance. Why, then, should the U.S. not try to re-balance this equation in its own interests?
More broadly, though, will it not benefit all the nations concerned if we find a new formula for trade that limits job losses and de-industrialization, and that finds favor with voters anxious about their economic futures? To achieve such a trading rapprochement, the U.S. should even be willing to make concessions of its own. After all, we too are sometimes guilty of using subsidies and non-tariff barriers to insulate our industries from foreign competition. If G7 countries believe their own rhetoric about free trade, surely they will be willing to meet us halfway and cooperate in the elimination of surviving trade barriers...unless, that is, they prefer to thumb their noses at Donald Trump on principle.
In the end, for seeking the amelioration of a broken trading system, Trump should not be seen as an enemy of the established order, but rather as its would-be savior. His suggestion to his fellow leaders in Quebec that he would ideally like to see the elimination of all tariffs throughout the G7 economies is a testament to his dedication to the principle of free trade, and his belief in the transformative power of capitalist competition and development. The fact that Trump is clear-eyed about the pressing need for reform in our trading relationships makes him a realist, yes, but not the protectionist boogeyman that the mainstream media, and its international fellow-travelers, portray.
The truth is that the global economic elite faces a choice: take Trump (and the tens of millions of voters he represents) seriously, and repair and refit the damaged infrastructure of “free trade,” or mock and ignore him, insuring that the wave of economic resentment and protectionist sentiment that has seemingly been cresting for years now will build into a true tsunami.
In that case, the global bigwigs may someday look back and say, “Donald Trump? He was the least of our problems.”
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.
And here is the American Greatness version:
And here is the American Greatness version:
Friday, June 8, 2018
Friends, this article is an excellent summary of "how we got here" in the Trump-Russia collusion delusion. The mileage the Left has gotten out of this nonsense is extraordinary, but it's also a testament to how resourceful, inventive, and underhanded the Deep State and its liberal allies can be. The miracle is that their machinations didn't work!!! Why? Frankly, I think one reason is that their Trump-Russia narrative got swept aside in October 2016 by the sexual harassment-Access Hollywood narrative, which at the end of the day was a he-said-she-said affair that didn't do enough damage to Trump to prevent his election. Thank heavens!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Friends, this week I was privileged to be interviewed once again by Mr. Brian O'Neil on WLEA 1480's Newsmaker program. Since the interview happened to fall on the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during WWII, we talked a bit about the success of that operation as well as the failure of U.S. strategy in the conflict. What do I mean by that? We won the war, yes, but we did so in such a way that we handed half of Europe over to Stalin. Let's hope we never see another victory as costly as that again!
In addition to WWII, Brian and I talked about the assassination of RFK, Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky problem, the resurrection of the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, and much, much more! Don't miss it.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Friends, today you can think of me as Santa Claus, bringing the gift of good cheer to all the well-behaved little boys and girls out in Trumpland. My latest article is an expose of the "Trump surge", which has seen steady improvement in the polling numbers both for President Trump and Republicans in Congress since December 2017. To be sure, I never counsel complacency, but we now have a golden opportunity to WIN in 2018, and this would really put the lefties on their heels. Read on, and tell me your thoughts...
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Friends, you might want to read this article, which is an explanation by Dinesh D'Souza of how his recent pardon came about. If what he says is the straight skinny, it's a classic case of political prosecution -- nay, persecution. It's also a good reminder of how easy it is to pervert the justice system and turn it against one's political enemies. Granted, Dinesh broke the law, and he should have faced punishment, but the punishment must fit the crime, no? And the prosecution itself should not begin with a political agenda.
Bill Clinton spoke long ago of the "politics of personal destruction", but in truth what is happening now makes the dirty politics of the 90s seem like child's play. Make no mistake -- if you're a conservative, and you're outspoken, someone on the Left is gunning for you. Stay on your toes -- that's my advice, and keep out of trouble, because the slightest infraction, for someone with the "wrong" politics, could be devastating.
I read one of Dinesh D'Souza's books, a long, long time ago, and I enjoyed it very much. D'Souza is an intelligent, insightful conservative. No wonder liberals hate him. Of course, the fact that he's non-white only makes them hate him more...
Friends, as I travel through the beautiful land of Colombia, it strikes me that this country has made incredible progress since the bad-old-days of leftist rebellions and drug-related carnage in the 80s and 90s. Violence is way down, tourism is way up, and people are fleeing to Colombia rather than from it. These are all great indicators, but now all that progress is in jeopardy, because Colombia could elect a leftist leader on June 17th: Gustavo Petro. Colombians are rightly fearful that Petro could inflict Venezuela-style chaos on the nation, and that is the last thing they need. Duque, by contrast, is the candidate of the Centro Democratico -- the party that has led the nation away from violence and towards prosperity and progress. Colombia has been a reliable partner for the United States as well. In short, there is no need for Colombians to change course, and, even if they do want a fresh face and a candidate outside the corrupt establishment, Duque still represents a sounder choice. Colombians -- say no to Petro, and yes to Duque! A tough approach to crime and political violence, and an openness to capitalist development and international investment, have gotten you this far. Stay the course.
You can read more about the election on June 17th, and why Duque is likely to win it, here: