Supporters of President Donald Trump and his global doctrine got together this past Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for a symposium entitled “Sovereignty or Submission.”
It could have been called, “Trump and His International Enemies, as Discussed by His Friends.”
The event — sponsored by American Greatness and The New Criterion — brought together writers and scholars to discuss modern challenges to national sovereignty by such institutions as the United Nations and the European Union.
The speaker who most intrigued me among those who shared their ideas was James Piereson, a scholar of national rank and a former professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s not an optimist about America’s long-term national future, at least as the country is currently organized.
He thinks, in fact, that unless a radical restructuring is done, a day of reckoning will probably be upon us.
Given the popularity in some circles of a push to deploy anti-trust suits against Big Tech, Piereson went one step further. Why not go anti-trust on the biggest monopoly of them all?
And what would that be?
Why, the U.S. federal government, of course.
He did not advocate burning down the house — but relocating it. That could be done, he suggested in so many words, by moving the Interior Department to Boise, Idaho; Transportation to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Treasury to Laramie, Wyoming; and the like.
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This would severely restrict the ability of the Establishment (aka the Deep State) to plot in cabals to do injury to their preferred targets, such as President Donald Trump.
These days they walk a couple of blocks — and plan their skullduggery over a pricey lunch.
The suggested “break up” would also bring the government closer to those who are governed — and make the concept of “flyover country” obsolete to federal leaders. It would get the affected careerists out of the D.C. snake race and its attendant ethos of unlimited unelected influence and mercenary entitlement.
Yes, it would cost a bit.
But it would also be an economic boon to the new locales in employment and general business.
D.C. would indeed suffer — and folks there might have to endure only three chic French bistros per block.
However, Piereson didn’t stop at that idea. He also proposed another spiritually gratifying relocation.
His idea: Move the U.N. out of New York City and make it abide in a city in one of six continents, rotating every five or 10 years. (We could mercifully give them a waiver on Antarctica.) U.N. foreign diplomats who love autumn in New York — and are usually either spies or the youngest wastrel sons of dictators — should adore the summers in Lagos or Trondheim when the snow falls. Bet the parking situations aren’t as challenging there as well.
I spoke to Piereson, an engaging and erudite man, about his ideas after his Metropolitan Club presentation. We both agreed that the governmental logistics options are, sadly, not a top priority at the moment.
We also spoke a bit about today’s deep divide in the American political system and American culture. It is a hard division between Trump supporters and other loyalists to the traditional U.S. idea of a nation — and those such as Antifa and the Democratic squad who would destroy all it has taken us centuries to build.
To me, these chasms are not reconcilable.
Something decisive must be done to avoid the dire consequences of that division.
What that will be and whether it would work could be decided by the 2020 presidential election.
As for anti-trust action against the feds — that will probably have to wait a bit longer.
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