Bush 43 speech: Decries ‘nativism’; says ‘we cannot wish globalism away’

Bush 43 speech: Decries ‘nativism’; says ‘we cannot wish globalism away’
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[Ed. – The import of “globalism” is all in how you define it.  We can’t wish away the necessity for global engagement.  We can, however, vigorously oppose ill-conceived — or ill-intentioned — policies that undermine the benefits to our people of national sovereignty.  Too often, the policies that undermine national sovereignty have been advanced under the guise of “engagement.”  Yet without sovereign nations, there is no liberty for people and no accountability for government.  Voters are right to insist on that point and insist on national sovereignty.]

Former President George W. Bush delivered a public repudiation of President Donald Trump’s political identity, suggesting many aspects of the current administration are fueling division in the United States and around the world.

The former president defended the ideas of globalism, free trade, and free markets as well as foreign interventionism around the world in a speech at the George W. Bush Institute.

“We cannot wish globalism away,” Bush said, noting that the United States must sustain “wise and sustained global engagement” for the future of the country. …

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“We’ve seen a return of isolationist sentiments forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places,” he warned.

Bush urged Americans to “recover our own identity,” citing a commitment to global engagement, free and international trade, and immigration.

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