Day 95 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Because she is a globalist, not a nationalist.
I love this country dearly, but we cannot hope to stand alone. Not only are we personally and culturally enriched by globalization, but we need it for our very survival. We depend on the rest of the world for far too many of the goods, services and resources we use to maintain our lives to ever consider a universe in which we wrap ourselves in our Americanness and try to insulate ourselves from all of the “others” who comprise the rest of the world.
Talk of building walls around our borders, reneging on our alliances, and trashing treaties speaks toward an isolation that is unsupportable in today’s world. To borrow from a friend (I think I owe you this heads up, Kari Lavalli) and use one tiny example: we need bauxite. It’s how we make aluminum affordably.
What with one thing and another (cars, buildings, packaging, power lines, transistors and paint, to name just a few), aluminum is the most used metal alloy in the world and growing. We (the US) used to produce a fair amount of the bauxite needed to make it. Now, we produce less than 1% of the world supply. You want to see our manufacturing jobs disappear? Become so isolationist that we jeopardize our relationships with our trading partners’ products and cut off our ability to produce aluminum or use it in other products. And that’s just bauxite. It’s a big world out there.
We need the rest of this universe (and I want them). We need someone who recognizes the importance of the world, knows how to navigate different cultures and political structures and believes in the value of these efforts. Globalization helped reduce the number of people who live in extreme poverty by half over the past two decades, according to the World Bank.
Hillary Clinton spent eight years traveling abroad as first lady and visited more countries than any Secretary of State to that point (I believe Kerry has now passed her). As SoS, her diplomatic skills, in part, contributed to the international sanctions that coaxed Iran to the negotiating table, the deal itself in which Iran gave up their nuclear aspirations, the normalization of relations with Cuba, the START Treaty with Russia, ceasefire in the Middle East, and the climate change agreement in Copenhagen.
Globalization cannot be a proposition of winners and losers. We share this planet and need to find the way to work with others to achieve our ultimate goals – world peace, right? Negotiation is tricky. Compromise is how we’ll “win.” Unfortunately, “negotiation” and “compromise” don’t make compelling rallying cries. The subtleties of world trade don’t fit into a 30-second commercial or even a 90-minute debate when there are a dozen topics to cover.
But it does come down to a question of approach and intent. Do we understand and appreciate the need for globalization to foster and sustain “the American way?” Brexit is not the answer. I want to be led by the person who sees ALL of us as passengers on one ship and knows how to steer it.