As I’ve recently written, I read Henry Kissinger’s fine book, “World Order.” It’s well-written and certainly worth careful reading and consideration. But I do have one major problem with it – a book called “World Order” with practically little mentioned about globalization, business, taxation, regulations – so much of which directly affects – for good or bad – prosperity. And prosperity is one of the key elements of a Heaven on Earth.
Kissinger says about President Reagan “rarely has America produced a President so suited to his time . . . ““. . . Reagan combined America’s latent, sometimes seemingly discordant strengths: its idealism, its resilience, its creativity, and its economic vitality.”
We need the courageous leadership of Governor Scott Walker to invoke those same superb qualities in our nation. He can. He will. It’s up to the American people to realize the opportunities of having a strong pro-business President like Scott Walker reviving our country, following President Obama and his fellow Democrats’ dismal performance.
I just finished reading two articles in The Economist about Hillary Clinton and her potential presidential campaign. I think she will have some serious issues being elected—problems that even her expected $1 billion campaign war chest won’t be able to overcome. The most serious is that she is not trustworthy and is unlawful in her actions, with the most egregious example being her illegal “private” email system used while she served as Secretary of State. And the worst part of that fatal flaw is that she deleted parts of it. Her actions remind me of President Richard Nixon, though even he didn’t destroy the papers which forced him to resign.
Republicans need to over and over and over again remind the American people of her deletion. This is certainly similar to when Arthur Anderson shredded its work papers. The public understood “shredding” and it destroyed Arthur Anderson. The same is true of Hillary Clinton’s emails – first, having a private email system at all, and even worse, her deleting of emails that should destroy her presidential ambitions.
Clinton’s health is also a concern, considering that she has already had a serious stroke–a blood clot in the brain for which she was hospitalized for a month—I’ve been told by a very reliable source. If she were in good health and a worthy candidate like President Reagan, her age (almost the same as Reagan during his first presidential campaign) would not be relevant. But the combination of her health questions and her less than Reagan-like leadership abilities make her a poor presidential choice.
Big ambitions and high intelligence, when the candidate lacks honesty and trust, can lead our nation further down the downward path that President Obama and his Democratic supporters have taken us. Big money must not allow Hillary Clinton to “buy” our America.
Governor Scott Walker could and would bring in a breath of fresh air and competency as an executive. His is trustworthy and the right formula for our government. Like President Reagan, Governor Scott Walker is courageous, a leader, innovative, and so much more capable, wise and honest than Hillary Clinton.
Over and over and over, Republicans should bring up this email question. The mainline press may ignore it, but people, along with honest (and often conservative) media must remind our citizens about that flagrant violation.
In my opinion, Secretary Hillary Clinton would be a disaster following a disaster, President Obama as the worst President in American history, followed by a person who certainly doesn’t know how to lead our nation. In fact, I predict that it wouldn’t be long before China, a non-Democratic nation, takes over our lead in the world.
Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and advised many other presidents on foreign policy. His book contains a wonderful assemblage of information and wise analysis, culled throughout his lifetime, about history and worldwide current events. He even explains modern technology, from nuclear weapons to cyberspace warfare. For me, it took ardent curiosity and a quest for wisdom to read and ponder this book.
One key event in the history of world order was the Peace of Westphalia, which was negotiated in two German towns after the Thirty Years’ War (1648). After that horrific period of war, “…the most cited diplomatic document in European history [even though]…no single treaty exists to embody its terms…The state, not the empire, dynasty, or religious confession, was affirmed as the building block of the European order.” Kissinger stated that “the universal relevance of the Westphalian system derived from its procedural—that is, value neutral—nature. Its rules were accessible to any country: noninterference in domestic affairs of other states; inviolability of borders, sovereignty of states; encouragements of international law.” Basic to this peace was a balance of power between sovereign nations and groups of nations.
When he writes of America’s actions abroad, Kissinger states that “…the American vision rested not on an embrace of the European balance-of-power system but on the achievement of peace through democratic principles.” It is well known that Wilson justified America’s intervention in World War I to “to make the world safe for democracy.” According to Kissinger, practically all of President Wilson’s predecessors would have agreed with Wilson. Only Wilson’s view was different in that he believed an international order could be possible within a single lifetime, even a single administration.
The one and only criticism I have of the book is that I believe globalization, corporations, businesses, spiritual entities, and all other forms of human entities outside of national governments, are the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of preventing wars and having a peaceful world order. Kissinger only briefly mentions trade and globalization, and thus largely ignores organizations which are practically all over our small world and generally are not at all threatening in terms of life and property, though he does include an interesting discussion about technology.
I look at China and the United States and firmly believe we would be military adversaries rather than peaceful trading partners without globalization and the opening of China to trade, tourism, sports and other nonbelligerent human interaction. Freedom across borders for all those entities could prevent military transgressions. If we can form relationships across borders for the various entities that I listed above, we can, in partnership with honest, capable, and wise leadership in governments, bring humanity the kind of world order that we want and need, including the necessary element of prosperity for all.
This is my brief summary of a book packed with interesting and worthwhile words of wisdom. I highly recommend it for a thorough refinement of one’s worldview. You can find this book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as your local bookstores.
The future is all we have ahead of us. We must prepare for it in so many ways, from exercise and nutrition to the cultivation of our mind and spirit. Leaving one’s future to chance or the lack of prudence and ambition is pure folly.
While none of us “knows” the future, observation of others’ failures and successes can teach us so much. That’s one reason that on vacations I like to read biographies, since they help me to grow. What are we here for? A whole life of service, joy and use of our God-given talents for wonderful ends. And I think that finding love is our unending goal.