President Joe Biden spoke at the G-7 summit on Friday, the exact same day that the United States has officially reentered the Paris Agreement, telling leaders that the days of “America First” diplomacy are now over.
As The New York Post, which cited Biden’s intent to declare on Friday that the “America First” era was over, noted, “Biden has swiftly dismantled Trump’s foreign policy agenda, which saw the U.S. withdraw from the World Health Organization, the Paris Agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump believed were against the nation’s interests.”
Biden claimed, “America is back, the trans-Atlantic alliance is back … we are not looking backward.” He stated, “We have to prove that our model isn’t a relic of history. We must demonstrate that democracies can still deliver for our people in this changed world. That is our galvanizing mission. Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to defend it. Strengthen it. Renew it.”
Speaking at a virtual address Friday to the annual Munich Security Conference, Biden added, “We are in the midst of a fundamental debate about the future direction of our world,” adding that the debate is “between those who argue that – given all of the challenges we face, from the fourth industrial revolution to a global pandemic – autocracy is the best way forward and those who understand that democracy is essential to meeting those challenges,” as AP reported.
So if a man puts the needs of his own family first, above those of the needs of a stranger, does that make him a bad person? The same principle underlying that way of thinking is at play with this bashing of the “America first” policy that Trump had us under during his time in office.
Taking care of your own people first is not a bad plan. In fact, it’s the moral thing to do. If you can’t take care of your own, you have no business trying to help someone else.