The world’s verdict will be harsh

Jonathan Freedland: The world’s verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for | The Guardian

Perhaps Jonathan Freedland has not heard, but in 1776, the United States officially broke with the British government. And even then, there were many doubts, especially abroad, that the U.S. could possibly survive. Who were these upstart colonists to think they could run their own government? George III and others doubted it very much indeed.

Well, she did survive. And prosper. Yes, thanks France for your warships in the 1770s — we couldn’t have done it without you. Seriously. And thanks, The Netherlands, for your generous loan once we had won freedom. And thanks to all the other countries around the world who, due to their own poor governance over the last two hundred years, led many of their most driven and intelligent citizens to become Americans.

And now that we’re all grown up and have actually helped you out several times (and yes, according to our national interest. We’re generous, but we can only be generous if we have stuff to give away. Simple economics — don’t bother your pretty head about that), we have the temerity to think that we can make our own decisions?!

Yes. .. Yes We Can.

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