Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Friedman: Trump Not Always Wrong

As Steven Hayward of Power Line wise cracks, like a stopped clock, the New York Times' Tom Friedman is accurate occasionally, if only inadvertently. In Wednesday's column, Friedman notes four issues on which ... wait for it ... Trump is at least sorta correct!
• We can’t take in every immigrant who wants to come here; we need, metaphorically speaking, a high wall that assures Americans we can control our border with a big gate that lets as many people in legally as we can effectively absorb as citizens.

• The Muslim world does have a problem with pluralism — gender pluralism, religious pluralism and intellectual pluralism — and suggesting that terrorism has nothing to do with that fact is naïve; countering violent extremism means constructively engaging with Muslim leaders on this issue.

• Americans want a president focused on growing the economic pie, not just redistributing it. We do have a trade problem with China, which has reformed and closed instead of reformed and opened. We have an even bigger problem with automation wiping out middle-skilled work and we need to generate more blue-collar jobs to anchor communities.

• Political correctness on college campuses has run ridiculously riot. Americans want leaders to be comfortable expressing patriotism and love of country when globalization is erasing national identities. America is not perfect, but it is, more often than not, a force for good in the world.

Did Friedman actually write "America is not perfect, but it is, more often than not, a force for good in the world?" Progressives will throw him out of the club for such awful, unmitigated nationalism.