Monday, July 01, 2019

Western Liberalism

I don't really like the new kind of journalism where a "reporter" simply transcribes a TV interview or repeats some tweets, but the bit below tells the story of today's federal government as efficiently as it can be told.

Here is a text-copy of a Twitter thread posted by CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.
@jaketapper

ICYMI: Putin told FT that Western liberal had run its course, that "the so-called liberal idea...has outlived its purpose...Our Western partners have admitted that some elements of the liberal idea, such as multiculturalism, are no longer tenable."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/28/europe/g20-putin-end-of-liberalism-intl/index.html ... [NOTE: bad link fixed - read summary in The Post]

2/ FT ed board disagreed: "Liberal, market-based democracy remains the organising principle in most non-petrostate countries with the highest living standards — and vital to the dynamism that generated their prosperity."

3/ EC president Tusk said "strongly disagree with President Putin that liberalism is obsolete. What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs."

Retweet of Donald Tusk/ Verified account / @eucopresident
I strongly disagree with President Putin that liberalism is obsolete. What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs.
My press statement at #G20OsakaSummit: https://europa.eu/!Gp89kF

@jaketapper
4/ @peterbakernyt asked President Trump about Putin's "comments to the Financial Times right before arriving here was that Western-style liberalism is obsolete...."

5/ Trump: "Well, I mean he may feel that way. He’s sees what’s going on,... if you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles, where it’s so sad to look, and what’s happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities, which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people.

6/"... I don’t know what they’re thinking, but he does see things that are happening in the United States that would probably preclude him from saying how wonderful it is....

7/'...I’m very embarrassed by what I see in some of our cities, where the politicians are either afraid to do something about it, or they think it’s votes or I don’t know what. Peter, I don’t know what they’re thinking...

8/"... But when you look at Los Angeles, when you look at San Francisco, when you look at some of the other cities — and not a lot, not a lot — but you don’t want it to spread. And at a certain point,...

9/"... I think the federal government maybe has to get involved. We can’t let that continue to happen to our cities."

The president seemed to think "Western-style liberalism" was the same as "liberal Democrats." It isn't.
Our enemy states that the fundamental principle of American democracy is obsolete, and our President is unaware of his opponent's intention, and of the principle itself. He literally thinks Putin is talking about California Democrats. The world's leaders are talking over his head. How can we defend ourselves under this kind of leadership?