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September 8, 2020 · OPINION

Returning to leadership among our allies

By Kirsten King
Warrenton

Last week, the U.S. commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and honored those Americans and what their sacrifices and efforts meant to the world. Our actions in the war gave the U.S. its seat at the head of the international table, showing that it was an ally to be counted on when needed.

Today, given the current state of affairs, I can’t help but think how the world looks at America; the seat at the head of the table is no longer ours. Questioning the importance of NATO, pulling out of the Paris Climate accord, discontinuing funding and collaboration with the World Health Organization, withdrawing from the nuclear arms agreement with Iran, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, to name a few, have left our European and Asia-Pacific allies wondering what will happen next and what it means for the rest of the world.

The election of Vice President Joe Biden to the presidency will set the U.S. back on a path to return to the diplomatic status it has been known for in previous administrations since 1945. He will also reassure our allies that the U.S. is a partner they can depend on in matters like trade and defense pacts. Mr. Biden is a known quantity to U.S. allies, having served as vice president and, before that, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, itself a reassuring fact for those countries.

There’s not going to be a light switch turned where Mr. Biden is going to be able to come in and fundamentally improve ties overnight. In an op-ed for Foreign Affairs at the beginning of this year, Mr. Biden himself wrote he would “take immediate steps to renew U.S. democracy and alliances” if elected. “As president, I will do more than just restore our historic partnerships; I will lead the effort to reimagine them for the world we face today. Working cooperatively with other nations that share our values and goals does not make the United States a chump. It makes us more secure and more successful.”

This exemplifies Biden’s campaign slogan of “Build Back Better” and should be kept in mind of voters when they head to the polls on Nov. 3.
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martinkus · September 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm
If you wish to support a candidate who is arrogant, ignorant, incompetent, and dysfunctional; a candidate who is morally, ethically, and intellectually bankrupt; a candidate who is a relentless, unapologetic and unrepentant chronic liar; a candidate who is a con-artist and flim-flam man; a candidate who spreads fear, chaos, and division within the population, a candidate who is a malignant narcissist; and a candidate who may very well be Vladimir Putin's puppet, then Donald J. Trump is clearly your candidate, and perhaps your candidate for life!
Jeffersonian American · September 18, 2020 at 7:34 am
The HARRIS-BIDEN and BLACK LIVES MATTER-ANTIFA 2020 Election Ticket:

Two Revolutions At Once.

And some basic Elementary School English Composition clarifications for the ROVER 530 below. Whenever I post sourced writing, I cite or quote the source.

Which means my writing below are my own thoughts, not "...cut and pasted with editing to fit the local situation."

Since the 1950's I'd say the John Birch Society has been very correct in its warnings to all American Citizens of the Marxist-Communist Revolution that has taken place over the past century in our country. ROVER 530's postings below and those of his Fellow Travelers prove it.

Rover 530 · September 17, 2020 at 2:33 pm
More John Birch Society drivel. Most of it doesn't even make sense. Cut and pasted from JBS pamphlets and then cut and pasted with editing to fit into the local situation. Conspiracy theorists and fear mongers since the 1950's.
Jeffersonian American · September 14, 2020 at 6:01 am
I find it detestable that all the so-called America-loving Democrats posting here (and one truly awful, profane Marxist Democrat Wretch) all rabidly support a so-called national political party which advocates open borders- placing our U.S. Constitution and our lawful American citizens and their families in grave peril of losing our freedom and way of life to satisfy their insane vision of a Marxist Communist Utopia, shared misery and economic serfdom on a Massive Corrupt Government Plantation; citizenship for illegal aliens with unlimited welfare for half the population which currently pays zero taxes; voting for unvetted, non-U.S. Citizens for U.S. President (their recent elevation of Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro may yet prove fatal to our republic- just look what the Kenyan who promised "...to fundamentally transform the United States of America" has unleashed across our landscape including treason at the very highest levels of our Federal Government to obstruct and overturn the results of the 2016 national election); destruction of our American economy and jobs and the ability to work and earn a living for the productive, tax-paying half of our American society; voting to eliminate American energy independence from our world's most abundant resources and supply of clean burning technology oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power; voting for a radical party advocating for all kinds of legal depravities like recognizing multiple and even dozens of human genders- bathroom, marriage and adoption rights for LGBTQXYZ biological men who think they are women and vice versa and inside out and upside down; voting for a national party endorsed by the National Man-Boy Love Association and other Radical Left organizations and who seek the systematic eradication of traditional Judeo-Christian laws and values which have allowed our nation to provide the greatest standard of human advancement the world has ever seen; voting for a national candidate for U.S. President endorsed by the Communist Party USA, by Communist China, Russia, CAIR, and all kinds of lesser enemies of our American Way of Life; a national party actively engaged in the destruction or removal and erasure of our Virginia and American history they disagree with or are too ignorant and illiterate to learn through basic study, etc. And that's just the tip of their truly awful political iceberg outlined in their updated 1963 Communist Manifesto 2020 Democrat Party Platform. Democrats actually put it all in writing at: http://www.joebiden.com and the vile national media don't ever mention a word of it- they don't want you to know anything about what has been written down at http://www.joebiden.com Anyone who claims to love America by voting for a national party that embraces all of these radical Socialist, Marxist, Communist, Atheist and destructive ideals are either very stupid or very dangerous.

But "Those People" can't have it both ways- as our American founders warned us over two centuries ago, the price of our American freedom, liberty and the right to self-determination requires enlightenment, personal responsibility, sacrifice by each successive American generation and Eternal Vigilance. And personally, I prefer to proudly cast my lot with this half of our American population in times of peace and war.
Heather Johnson · September 14, 2020 at 5:48 am
The cream of the cream scream together. Poor boy Tony, BalancedFart and silly. Did you finally figure out the roundabout, silly?
And do not worry, the party of hate, racism and antisemitism - aka democrats - will lose in November and you will again burn cars, break shop windows, loot and riot because that's the only thing you are ever capable off. Lazy leaches on the society.
Silii · September 13, 2020 at 8:52 am
Trump still has his eyes on his prize in Moscow - a multi million dollar deal selling his brand to literally the tallest building in the world. He was working on the deal when he decided to run for prez. Top floor would be given to Putin as a thank you. Trump is only out for himself and making deals while he screws over everyone else, everyone. We see it every day with his failure to take any responsibility, blaming and nasty name calling, deriding people, manipulating, no emotion, no caring, nothing except his sexual prowess, stiffing others, lying, and making money. The Amerian public really, truly needs to wake up.
Rover 530 · September 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm
It's starting to get tiring reading all these re-hashed, irrelevant John Birch Society screeds. The election can't come soon enough so we can end this 4-year-long nightmare of lie, deny and defy. America needs to breathe free again.
Tony Bentley · September 12, 2020 at 4:09 pm
American Patriot - Trump is the PISSANT scraping and bowing to his "handler" Putin.

Not a word to Putin about bounties on American Soldiers, not a word to Putin about Russian Troops harassing American troops in Syria, not a word to Putin about Russian warplanes flying over Allied territories. Putin has Trump by the P**** and we all know it, except for his delusional supporters.
FairandBalanced · September 11, 2020 at 9:21 pm
Jefferson, the Constitution gets amended all the time! And, I am not a wretch. I love this country and I am trying to persuade opinion. I am not a wretch. No one, NO ONE, who expresses THEIR OPINION on this site should be 'detested'! That is NOT your place to ask people to detest me or my opinion or my love of this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gestapo tactics. It reminds me of Nazis attacking the ghetto tactics. back off, jefferson american. you are out of line!
FairandBalanced · September 11, 2020 at 9:13 pm
Heather. You are wrong.
FairandBalanced · September 11, 2020 at 7:39 pm
I love this country as much as any other person posting on this opinion website! If not more!
FairandBalanced · September 11, 2020 at 7:35 pm
thank you, lou. America has no place for the 'country loving' gestapo. no one, in this country, gets to rap on the door of a private residence at midnight, gain forced entry and falsely accuse another American of NOT loving their country! NO ONE!

martinkus · September 11, 2020 at 6:29 pm
Crush the Florida Orange! Trump, in my opinion, is simply Putin's whore and those who serve Trump are nothing more than boot-lickers. The sane, responsible, and intelligent folks left the White House long ago. Trump is a toxic combination of arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence; a con artist whi is very adept in creating chaos and uncertainty in the populace so he can maintain power. After all, it is truly all about The Donald, all of the time, no matter what..."I am the chosen One."
AmericanPatriot · September 11, 2020 at 12:47 pm
Returning to leadership - are you people clinically insane?

Reset, Ukraine, Russia, bowing to pissants - this was leadership?

Thats like saying Chicago is civilized.
Heather Johnson · September 11, 2020 at 6:42 am
Jim Goodwin: Well said, sir!
Heather Johnson · September 11, 2020 at 6:41 am
BalancedFart is a special kind of a brain limited personality, but he is amusing and always wrong.

As far as Biden goes, he is as useless as typical Democrat, have not done shit in 30+ years.
Jeffersonian American · September 11, 2020 at 4:39 am
My fellow American Citizens who love our constitutional republic of our American founders:

What more can I say to commend this UnfairandUnbalanced wretch to your detestation?
FairandBalanced · September 10, 2020 at 9:34 pm
goodwin. jefferson. i'm done with this conversation. i love this country. you wont tell me how. go f yourselves.
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jim goodwin · September 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm
F&B, Trump hasn't done one thing that has even hinted at upending our Democracy. If he had been the fascist you say, he would have mobilized troops to go into Portland and end those "mostly peaceful" protests. But he didn't. He waited for the states to request the help. In fact, the best way to get rid of a bunch of Leftists all at once would be to incite them to protest so they all gather in on place. But the biggest danger to the protesters was the protesters themselves.

Further more, if you love something, you don't fundamentally change it. The fundamentals of America created the greatest nation ever. But you don't respect those fundamentals which is why you will vote for people that only seek to destroy them so they can gain more and more power. So when you and other Democrats say you "love America", it is a blatant lie.

You must love government corruption because you want bigger government. And bigger government can ONLY lead to MORE corruption. Rooting for that makes you a fool. And, no, I don't support Trump allowing government to grow. But I know it would have been worse under a Democrat.

Lastly, as always, you accuse us of "hating those that are different from" us. That's projection. We don't hate the people. We hate the ideas. We know where they lead. We have historical examples from Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Maduro and nearly every city in this country that has been run by Democrats for the last several decades. And we have the promises all 20-odd presidential wannabes to confirm that they harbor the same foolish ideas.
FairandBalanced · September 10, 2020 at 9:20 am
now you are telling people what others may feel and do. true republican. see you at the concentration camp ja man.
Jeffersonian American · September 10, 2020 at 7:23 am
UNFAIRANDUNSTABLE, you only think you love America by voting Democrat- as you may be too stupid or too dangerous to know you are actually voting for an updated 2020 Democrat Party Platform that comes from the 1963 Communist Manifesto- read it at: http://www.joebiden.com

Translated from the 110 pages linked above, the horrifying results are itemized below:

https://www.independentsentinel.com/biden-sanders-plan-for-america-that-no-one-is-talking-about/

Destroying our U.S. Constitution; destroying our Bill of Rights; destroying our economy; destroying American jobs; destroying our American way of life; destroying the very culture and history which created the greatest standard of living, prosperity and individual freedom the world has ever known.

You claim, "...we love our country, the United States of America, as much as you do..."

No, you do not love America or our constitutional republic of the American founders. In fact, you are attempting to defend the indefensible.
FairandBalanced · September 9, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Yes, folks! Vote for the orange trash bag! We have never been so close to the threat of democracy, the breakdown of our valuable and comfortable and working democracy and its proven institutions! The knowledge and assurance of real, hard-fast facts, truth telling and honest information from which we can make critical decisions about our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Keep up the hate! Hate those that are different from you! Deviate from the rule of law with your guns and your scum sucking leaders, like Falwell and Graham and McConnell and Trump and his family of reefs and confidence men and cheaters and liars. It will end. And, you will get a boot to your neck if you dare try to ruin this country further with your ignorance, trump loving pathology and ringing fascism. Just like it has. Always in the past. You see, we Democrats, liberals, snowflakes, we love our country, the United States of America, as much as you do. The only difference is we put on our seat belts and drive the speed limit!
jim goodwin · September 9, 2020 at 5:22 pm
Ms. King, the devil is in the details. Biden has no real plan. Foreign nations need to respect the United States. Biden will return us to being a doormat. He'll hand us over to globalists and the new world order. He'll ship our wealth to other nations in never ending efforts to appease hatred borne from jealousy at the success of America; like handing over billions to Iran in the hope of buying their friendship.
The only jobs he'll create will government jobs. Most of those jobs will be employing half of the U.S. population to watch over the other half, ensuring compliance with the never ending stream of new regulations that will ensue.

Yes, vote for Biden, folks! We've never been so close to Socialism as we are right now. Might as well tip us over the edge! Then kiss your 401k and your hope for a comfortable retirement goodbye.
FairandBalanced · September 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm
those less populated states, mostly red, get more than enough representation in the Senate. and, they get more federal tax dollars than they give.

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jim goodwin · September 9, 2020 at 5:06 pm
Yeah, F&B, but we have an Electoral College for a reason. So Hillary DID lose. You should study up on that reason.

But I know you won't because you believe the Leftist dogma of majority (read mob) rule. You believe that the highly populated areas that are dominated by Democrats (read Leftists) should rule because they compose the majority of the population of this country. You believe that the will of less populated states should not be given equal voice in the national election (even though you profess to believe in equality). You don't care about the less populated states because they have actual, codified values; not the ever changing values of Leftism. Worse yet, they believe in Liberty.

Well, maybe Biden will win and you'll finally get your way. If that happens, I hope you're prepared for what's next because it's not going to be pretty. Your friends will continue to chip away at Liberty until there's nothing left. You think you'll be okay because you agree with them. But that's today. Eventually, they'll decide on something with which even YOU don't agree. You'll either comply or you will lose what remaining Liberty you have.
FairandBalanced · September 9, 2020 at 11:15 am
Hillary didn't lose. She won the popular vote by 2.9 MILLION ballots.

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AngryBob · September 9, 2020 at 11:07 am
Hillary lost. Get over it.

Senile Joe is going to lose too.
FairandBalanced · September 9, 2020 at 10:17 am
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Linda Ward · September 9, 2020 at 9:11 am
Heather Johnson - Educated at Crass U.
GreggR · September 9, 2020 at 8:37 am
... and what, pray, are your credentials, Ms. Johnson? Just curious how your educational background puts you above those you are denigrating.
Heather Johnson · September 9, 2020 at 6:19 am
Cripplethenes: AP has to keep it simple for liberals to understand. After all democrats are the least educated and dumbest social group in USA. Examples? You - haha, Silii who gets lost on a o roundabout, Jerry Griffin constantly talking out of his ass, poor uneducated boy Tony Bentley, clueless Balanced Fart, the list goes on and on.
Jeffersonian American · September 8, 2020 at 10:50 pm
I am continually dazed by the utter nonsense and lack of historical knowledge of some posters here. Vapid, Cheating, Lying, Corrupt Career Democrat Politician Joe Biden has no leadership credibility and has been wrong on every U.S. domestic and foreign policy issue since he gained national office in the early 1970s. Joe Bribin' could not have won World War II with his voluble adolescent mindset, much less save America from the Soviets while advocating for a Nuclear Freeze with Ted Kennedy as he did. In my mind, Biden was forever disqualified for the U.S. Presidency when first lectured America's most distinguished Jurist at the time, Judge Robert Bork, on matters of constitutional law- The Embecile shamelessly talking down to the accomplished Constitutional Scholar as he character-assassinated Judge Bork. Then Biden forever disqualified himself again when he supported the undocumented, unvetted, Kenyan-born, Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro in a gross undermining of our U.S. Constitution in 2008, agreeing to serve as Obama's Dupe Running Mate (instead of spitting in Obama's face as any self-respecting American would have turned down the Committed Marxist) and that was before he help ram the un-Constitutional Obamacare Bill down the throats of the American People as Obama's Vice President. In contrast, President Trump has led by his own unique, outsider style on the world stage, and has made efforts to reverse decades of disastrous U.S. Foreign policy- be it coddling the Chi-Coms to our vast detriment; or ending the free ride of our NATO allies who benefited economically from our over 8 decades of defense subsidies costing U.S. Taxpayers uncounted trillions of fiat U.S. currency, trade deficits and public debt that may yet prove fatal to America, while our so-called German European NATO ally made energy deals with Russia in the billions to our detriment, and laughed at us- until President Trump was elected and recalibrated these disastrous foreign policies which had previously placed our American taxpaying citizens last in the world behind every other nation receiving massive American foreign aid. At some point, the laws of economics are unforgiving, and the United States cannot sustain its very existence by being the World's Policeman and Welfare Agency, fighting in the Graveyard of Empires such as Afghanistan with ground troops for nearly 30 years and counting; and specifically bowing to those nations who largely hold us in contempt while taking our billions in foreign aid for decades while poking us repeatedly in the eye. President Trump understands this and has been quite effective in recalibrating our foreign policy, compared to the self-proclaimed "foreign policy expert" Joe Bribin' who remains in bed with the Chinese Communists to this very day- with his son's unaccounted for, unprecedented multi-billion dollar Chi-Com payoffs, graft and corruption while the elder Biden was Vice President. Surely with a Third Grade level of independent research, the author must know decades of Endless Foreign Wars where our U.S. national security was not at stake and could be handled more effectively through covert actions was the OPPOSITE foreign policy Joe Bribin' pursued in his nearly half-century in the Congress and White House. The old foreign policy vision of the 1940s has bankrupted America- and if allowed to continue- will turn our country into the insolvent phantom of tomorrow as President Eisenhower warned us in his 1961 Farewell Address. (CONTINUED NEXT POSTING)
Jeffersonian American · September 8, 2020 at 10:49 pm
(CONTINUED) President Trump has a great deal more urgent work to do to reverse the vast, corrupt Deep State which has a massive control over our every day lives that is not for the betterment of American citizens and their precious liberties and Bill of Rights. Also President Trump has very successfully kept American soldiers out of new, disastrous Endless Foreign Wars unlike his four immediate predecessors, and has managed to significantly scale back our occupation in foreign lands after unleashing our Armed Forces to win the peace- without Bribin' Joe's disastrous rules of engagement, which was responsible for the deaths of many American soldiers and Patriots in recent decades of Politically Correct, Culturally-Sensitive, Limited Endless Wars where our military often was sent by the Clinton-Obama-Biden Regimes as social workers instead of warriors destroying America's enemies with overwhelming force. Go tell the parents of the thousands of young U.S. Soldiers buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery exactly what their young sons (and daughters) gave their lives for- to slow the rate of Islamic nations from murdering each other as has been the case for millennia? To allegedly bury the 9-11 Terror Mastermind at sea (without photos of the dead corpse to show the American people who had every right to view the allegedly dead terrorist after years of hardship and suffering here at home) in a solemn show of Muslim sensitivity training under the Obama Regime? Clearly, President Trump has a lot in common with our last truly great U.S. President who kept U.S. ground troops out of fighting foreign wars for no good compelling reason for all eight years of his two administrations- Dwight D. Eisenhower. For these reasons alone, President Trump is deserving of a second term over The Embecile. To return to the Biden Mindset of the last failed half-century of American Foreign Policy would not only bankrupt America, it would be a world too horrible to contemplate abroad and more significantly, here at home on our own soil.
Demosthenes · September 8, 2020 at 7:36 pm
So thoughtfully said Americanpatriot. Your eloquence amazes us all.

This is actually the most recent of many well-written opinion pieces about why decent people who want to see the US succeed should be voting for Joe this November.
AmericanPatriot · September 8, 2020 at 7:09 pm
This is too stupid for any thinking American to contemplate.
nonewtaxes · September 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm
AN ally pulls their own weight.
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