In a recent article for the “Project Syndicate”, Joseph S. Nye says that some “see [Donald] Trump as a potential American Mussolini.” He puts this observation in the first paragraph of his article, then says the nation’s system of checks and balances, and an “impartial legal system (!), would “constrain even a reality-TV showman.” Such a shock jock start, followed by backpedaling, is not an uncommon approach among the liberal “elite” of Harvard. Truth be told, Trump has tapped into a large block of voters who care more about domestic American values than they do about global initiatives and fostering easier paths for Immigrants to join an already crowded labor force. They want to compete with other countries, but they are tired of getting the short end of the stick on trade deals, and giving up too many slices of the American pie to outsiders. Nye places too much significance on international assimilation saying that “Sovereignty is no longer as absolute as it once seemed”. He argues that a “purely cosmopolitan ideal is unrealistic.” However, Trump supporters are not urging our leaders to ignore foreign ideologies; they just do not want to be taken advantage of. It is not a matter of Trump delivering the wrong message; he is merely echoing the thoughts of a sizeable number of patriotic Americans. It also seems clear that even Trump will tone his rhetoric down once he captures the Republican nomination.
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