Maybe if John Kerry had actually focused on helping out his own country before the rest of the world instead of the other way around, he might’ve been president. But he didn’t.
The former Secretary of State and failed 2004 Democratic presidential nominee was in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday to deliver the keynote address to the 2018 graduates of New York University at Abu Dhabi. Yeah, I didn’t know NYU had a campus in the Middle East either.
But — considering Kerry’s love of globalization — it’s not surprising that he would be the main speaker at a foreign university. It’d be interesting to note how much Kerry was paid for a speech that talked of globalization, denigrated the “one percent” and took a veiled shot at the Trump administration.
The last part seems to be a common theme among failed Democratic presidential nominees. We’re looking at you too, Hillary.
Kerry’s main theme revolved around globalization, and how the world — with all of its advances and interconnectivity — must strive to be a global community rather than focus on their own countries.
Here are some of the highlights of Kerry’s keynote address:
Now let’s break down what Kerry said, shall we?
Kerry noted how “leadership” is lacking on the world stage, and that those entering the real world have an obligation to correct the wrongs of said leadership.
“I can’t think of a time in the world’s history when leadership has been more wanting or more needed,” Kerry said. “And I know many you are going to set out on a journey that will help correct the excesses and negligences of the past years.”
If Kerry is referring to some European countries, war-torn nations in Africa or South American countries plagued by Socialism, then his assertion that the world needs leadership is warranted. But, is really talking about the “global community” — as Kerry so often likes to mention — or is Kerry referencing the leadership in his home country of the U.S.? It would surprise no one if Kerry was talking about the latter.
Kerry then talks about more globalization…blah, blah, blah.
“Increasingly, citizens of the world feel uneasy about the pace of change, alarmed by levels of corruption and angry that they personally are not sharing enough in the benefits of globalization,” Kerry told the graduates.
“Citizens of the world?” Do all of you have your global citizenship papers? The proper term — at least for myself — is United States citizen. This global citizen crap is just that — crap. If I go to another country, I can’t just walk in and say, ‘It’s okay. I’m a global citizen.’ No one would buy that garbage. I’d have to go through customs, get my passport stamped and declare why I’m there.
By the way, what benefits of globalization are we talking about here? The starvation of the Venezuelan people? The persecution of free speech in non-American countries, like the U.K. and Canada? The loss of any discernible German, Italian, French, Greek, Spanish or English identity?
The globalists fight for “diversity,” when in actuality they want all people to be the same. When everyone is the same, no one stands out. Well, besides the people in power — which would be people like Kerry and his friends.
Kerry went on to talk about the evils of the rich in America, and how they don’t share their wealth with people that didn’t work for it.
“In the United States of America today, 52 percent of the income earned by our nation goes to one percent of the people. I’ve said it over there at home, and I’ll say it here because I’ve said it at home, that is not sustainable.”
What Kerry doesn’t mention is that the top one percent also pays nearly half the taxes in the U.S. If you’re wealthy — if you make a decent living — my suggestion is to try and make more money. Make as much money as you can, because the government will try and take what you worked hard to earn away from you.
Kerry also doesn’t mention that his net worth — as of 2012 — is right around $200 million, according to the Christian Science Monitor. That would put Kerry well within the parameters of what is considered “the one percent.” I once heard something about a pot and a kettle. Any idea, John?
The former Secretary of State then made a veiled reference to Trump administration policies.
"So the reaction of some people, my friends, is to play to the lowest common denominator of common politics, close the doors, pull back from the world or pretend that we could solve problems by ourselves — for ourselves, too,” Kerry said. “I want to make it clear, we won’t win — any of us, ultimately — by retreating in our borders, by focusing on our own nations only and going it alone.”
Kerry was talking about Trump there, right? I mean, it’s not like he would dare talk about the leadership in countries like the UAE or Saudi Arabia’s leadership who hold women back and persecute members of the LGBT community, right?
Plus, solving our own problems is what makes America great (pun intended). The fact that the U.S. doesn’t need to consult the world every single time we have an internal issue. Strong borders only gives countries — U.S. or not — the ability to deal with issues that foreign influences can’t stick their noses into.
American business is American business, UAE business is UAE business and so on and so forth. Isn’t it enough that the U.S. aids more countries with more money than anyone else on the planet?
Kerry continued with this a few minutes later:
No matter how big or many the challenges, I want you to leave here today confident about our ability to win that future. I have no doubt that we can solve the problems that we face[…] Because every single problem we face is created by human choices. And to the best of my knowledge, those problems can also be solved by human choices[…]Not dealing with climate change, not investing enough in health care, not investing in education, not building first-rate infrastructure, all choices.
Kerry’s basically saying here that we should all live up to his example by investing in things that would give governments more control over people. We should do all of those things — except maybe pretending we’re Gods in the sense that we can control the weather — and we actually do all of those things. But, since we don’t or won’t do them by placing the power in the hands of some government bureaucracy, Kerry says we’re not doing enough.
This is why you lost, John. This is one of the reasons Hillary lost, too. People like Kerry and Clinton have made a career out of being a politician instead of focusing on being a civil servant to the people in the country that elected them.