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How Global Influence and Realignment Affects the US Citizen at Home

Foreign Nations are purchasing the muscle of American Think Tanks according to an article published yesterday by The New York Times. Those of us who watch the global carousel of power and influence peddling were not surprised, but the article serves to shine a light upon the fragility of our freedom and sovereignty.

More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found. […]

Most of the money comes from countries in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia, particularly the oil-producing nations of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Norway, and takes many forms. The United Arab Emirates, a major supporter of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, quietly provided a donation of more than $1 million to help build the center’s gleaming new glass and steel headquarters not far from the White House. Qatar, the small but wealthy Middle East nation, agreed last year to make a $14.8 million, four-year donation to Brookings, which has helped fund a Brookings affiliate in Qatar and a project on United States relations with the Islamic world.

It is crucial to understand the danger of European and Islamist influence over American fiscal and foreign policy. Elhanan Miller, writing for The Times of Israel, points to Qatar as a critical financier of Hamas Terrorism against Israel, pouring money into the Hamas tunnel operations from which countless attacks were unleashed against Israel from within. Tom Blinkhorn, writing for Valley News, published an article this morning detailing Europe’s dissatisfaction with the strength of the US Dollar and provides an outstanding example of just how intertwined US and European economies have become.

These global powers have successfully taken an interest in US Think Tanks, which provide hundreds of policy proposals to US politicians every year. The effect of this influence serves to water down the vivacity of our own national interests and the integrity of our own gardens from which future policies are grown. Democrats are right to complain about the growing power and influence oil-rich nations have over our White House and over our legislators in Congress. As you can see, however, it isn’t simply oil-rich nations that have usurped influence in our Capital.

Last week, the foremost expert on the inner workings of global power, Henry Kissinger, wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal, detailing a disturbing shift in the perceived global order under which we’ve operated for the last fifty or sixty years.

The clash between the international economy and the political institutions that ostensibly govern it also weakens the sense of common purpose necessary for world order. The economic system has become global, while the political structure of the world remains based on the nation-state. Economic globalization, in its essence, ignores national frontiers. Foreign policy affirms them, even as it seeks to reconcile conflicting national aims or ideals of world order.

This dynamic has produced decades of sustained economic growth punctuated by periodic financial crises of seemingly escalating intensity: in Latin America in the 1980s; in Asia in 1997; in Russia in 1998; in the U.S. in 2001 and again starting in 2007; in Europe after 2010. The winners have few reservations about the system. But the losers—such as those stuck in structural misdesigns, as has been the case with the European Union’s southern tier—seek their remedies by solutions that negate, or at least obstruct, the functioning of the global economic system.

At this point, the world seems simultaneously active and indecisive in its pursuit of either a fundamental brake down and realignment of the global economy and of the global map itself, and a search for a re-commitment toward furthering the centralization of power amongst the most powerful global States, which could only end in the further erosion of the freedom and sovereignty of the individual, which has served for generations as the true mark of political liberty in action.

The solution to all these threats of either global chaos or reordering, foreign influence over Washington DC, and Washington DC’s influence over the rest of the world, is a rethinking and reforming of the United States itself. So long as this seemingly universal power exists within the grip of our federal government, foreign and domestic interests, who do not represent the life, liberty, or happiness of American Citizens, will continue to pursue their share of this global power emanating from Washington DC. Therefore, our only chance at liberty rests on our ability to essentially diminish the power of our politicians within our federal government, returning America to a truly Constitutional Republic reliant upon honest principles of limited governments and free markets.

I care not whether we achieve this through the election of new politicians or through the more immediate and certain tactic of Article V of the Constitution. We must, however, be certain that time is of the essence. The world is quickly crowding into the halls of power as we speak and there is little room left for the representation of “the individual“.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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