Musings, Thoughts & Commentaries
As President Trump meets President Duterte this week for the first time, it has me thinking. Trump and Duterte agree! Although the President of the United States and the President of the Philippines have both been attacked by Leftist minorities in their countries, they agree that is it good to protect their nations, indeed it is their solemn duty and the essence of their office.
Opposing them “On the Left” are factions that accuse their presidents of Nationalism and Protectionism. But that is what the people want: a leader who will protect their Nation!
What is “The Left”? In the old traditions of democracies, Houses of Representatives were defined from the left, pure Communist, then Socialist, Social Democrats, Centrists, Republicans and finally Capitalists on the far right.
The far left believes all citizens should have the same income, whether they add value to society or not. As Karl Marx said, “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.”
The Right believes that investments are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods determined by competition in a free market.
What are the implications of what Trump and Duterte agree upon? They agree that global partnerships are important but must be fair. Trade agreements are important but must be followed by all countries who have agreed.
Tom Anthony is a West Point Graduate and combat veteran who spent his professional civilian career in global business all over the world. He has lived and worked in Austria, Italy, Spain, England, Iraq, Israel, and throughout Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Anthony also lived in Mindanao for seven years.
Copyright 2017 Tom Anthony.