By Chris Rossini
Donald Trump has announced that on his first day as the new president, he will sign an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
On the plus side, Trump is delivering an uppercut to the one-world globalists who cooked up the backroom trade deal in secret. However, too much celebration is not in order. The reason being that Donald Trump is not a believer in free trade, but an interventionist. Replacing one set of bad ideas with another gets us nowhere.
First, let's start with the positives of withdrawing from the TPP.
Getting rid of thousands of pages of government and corporate cronyism is a plus. As usual, this bureaucratic monstrosity was peddled as "free trade" even though it has nothing to do with free trade. The plotters tried to appeal to man's good sense, even though the truth is anything but good. It's no different than the Patriot Act having nothing to do with patriots or patriotism. Typical politicians.
Genuine free trade does not require mountains of regulations and sweetheart deals for those who have cuddled up to power. Real free trade requires the U.S. Congress to abolish tariffs and quotes. In other words, no more special favors for special interests. The free trade agreement (if one feels the need for one) would require maybe one page, not thousands. Of course, the U.S. Congress and their cronies have no interest in real free trade, but it's still good to see Trump withdraw the U.S. from the TPP.
Besides the elimination of a huge bureaucracy, the one-world globalists have been dealt a setback as well.
Gary North writes:
The TPP is the culmination of the agenda of the Trilateral Commission, founded in 1973. The Trilateral Commission was named for the three world trade zones: Western Europe, the Western hemisphere, and Asia. First, there was the European Union (1993). Second, there was NAFTA (1994). The TPP was to be the final link in the chain.
Breaking a link in the globalist chain is something to cheer for sure. The globalists are persistent though. They'll be back for sure with another angle to achieve their utopian goals.
But in the meantime, here's where the problem comes in, and it has to do with Trump himself.
Robert Wenzel says it best:
Trump is not against the central planning concept of global trade, which is what free market advocates object to, but just the type of central planning...Trump is not in favor of more freedom in trade. He is an advocate of more convoluted central planning of trade.
So from a perspective of freedom and prosperity, one problem is merely being replaced by another. It's a push (or maybe worse).
Think of it this way: What if someone told you that Fidel Castro was replaced by Kim Jong-un? No big deal, right? One may celebrate the fact that Castro is out of power, but he's been replaced by more of the same.
That's what we're facing with Trump scrapping the TPP. Sure there's a reason to celebrate, but we still have Trump who thinks he can shove a square peg into a triangular hole.
Government interference in the economy (which took root with so-called "progressivism" in the early 1900's) is now bearing fruit...and it's rotten to the core.
America was great because it was free.
Donald Trump (up to this moment) has not proposed more freedom. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to hear him even say the words "freedom" or "liberty". That's not what he's about. Trump wants manage the economy, which is a very stale idea.
America needs to re-ignite the ideas that were present prior to the largest creation of wealth in the history of the world. America needs real free (and voluntary) trade, sound money, rock-solid private property rights and a government that is hands-off!
We don't need a different "planner" or "plan".
We need our liberty back.