Vail Daily column: Breaking news: I agree with Trump!
Yes, Kathy Griffin is a B-level comedian who “took it too far.”
Her feeble attempt at comedy was funny to none and offensive to most, but of course I defend her right to be an idiot.
Yet those spouting self-righteous indignation are the exact same who laughed when Florida pastor Terry Jones hung a noose on an effigy of President Barack Obama outside his church in June 2012 and the Alabama man who placed a sign on his Obama effigy which read “Pray 4 Assassin.”
Ha-ha-ha — funny stuff.
Same for those who spent eight years posting “gorilla-themed” memes with pictures of Michelle Obama and praised Ted Nugent for his now “metaphorical” death threats against Obama.
I also agree with President Donald Trump’s scolding of NATO members for not paying their fair share. Sure, the man who has gone bankrupt four times, leaving thousands of creditors in the financial dust, and then lecturing others for not paying their bills is a tad hypocritical, but the point remains that it’s not America’s job to pay for everyone else’s security.
Should we leave NATO altogether and tell Europe to defend themselves and stop depending on us for support?
Of course not, only a complete imbecile with no long-term strategy would think it’s in America’s best interest to ignore the rest of the world.
Which brings me to our withdrawal from the Paris agreement, which has nothing directly to do with Paris but everything to do with the ambiguous future of the world.
Although considered “an international partnership to solve humanity’s most dangerous long-term problem,” the nonbinding agreement allows any country to alter its commitments whenever and however it deems fit, with zero repercussions.
Translation: Nobody has to actually do anything.
The United States staying with the agreement was more about symbolism than any real action, so as the saying goes: Words are cheap, only actions cause change.
Look at it this way, health care has gone nowhere, tax reform has gone nowhere, The Wall has gone nowhere, and ISIS is still everywhere.
Even Trump should understand isolationism breeds wars, but he had to do something to appease his dwindling supporters. For example, radical Islamic terrorists murdered more innocents last weekend, and a few weeks ago he sold more than $110 billion worth of weapons to a country run by radical Islamic terrorists.
See, actions trump words any day.
Anyway, Michael Bloomberg has pledged $15 million to cover the American share of the United Nation’s Convention on Climate Change, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s commitment — “every new data center we build will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy” — and even our own Rob Katz claimed, “Vail Resorts will redouble our efforts to find significant ways to minimize our carbon footprint …”
All of this without a single American tax dollar.
While I truly believe Trump is an insecure narcissistic man-child in way over his head as a leader of anything outside a TV studio boardroom, his refusal to commit our tax dollars as symbolic gestures to the rest of the world might — just might — have a positive affect by spurring American corporations and individuals to “do the right thing” without government involvement.
That’s what we all want, right?
Oh, but please, Mr. Trump, stop all the “covfefe” about bringing back the “clean” coal industry. That’s another joke that has gone too far.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.