Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

As Trump abandons globalism, governors take to world stage
The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Stewart Patrick

Posted on 07/19/2018 11:18:48 AM PDT by yesthatjallen

As Donald Trump abdicates U.S. leadership and dismantles the democratic international order, prospects for global cooperation look bleak. Fortunately, America is more than Washington and the United States is more than the federal government. Around the nation, governors are going global. In states both red and blue, they are engaging governments abroad, partnering with foreign provinces, and promoting cross-border trade and action on climate change. The White House may be in retreat, but statehouses are not about to turn their back on globalization.

At the forefront of this activism is the National Governors Association (NGA), which begins its annual summer meeting today in New Mexico. The organization is a venerable body, founded in 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt, then governor of New York. Until recently, it focused overwhelmingly on domestic matters. That has changed because the international has become the domestic.

Today, governors recognize that they cannot advance the interests of their constituents without a global perspective and global linkages. Beyond organizing trade and investment missions abroad and arranging visits from foreign delegations, they are lobbying the U.S. government and foreign governments to pursue policies to advance shared security, prosperity, and the well-being of the planet.

Beyond these “push” factors has been the “pull” from abroad in the wake of Trump’s election. Confronting a nationalist, nativist, populist, protectionist, and unilateral administration, foreign governments as well as foreign provinces and private corporations, have looked outside Washington for partners to do business with until America’s Trump fever breaks. At times, they have cultivated U.S. states as counterweights to the White House. A case in point is the tacit alliance that Canada and Mexico have crafted with U.S. border and exporting states to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Much of this state activism is bipartisan. Few governors support Trump’s trade war with Europe and China, for example, fearing a retaliatory spiral that hurts consumers, producers, and workers. On other issues, partisan fissures emerge. When Trump renounced the Paris Accord, Democratic governors Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington, and Andrew Cuomo of New York announced the formation of a Climate Alliance, pledging to stay “in” the pact. Several days later, Brown traveled to China to explore “bilateral” cooperation to mitigate global warming, receiving a welcome from President Xi Jinping that was fit for a head of state.

In response to the surging interest of governors in international affairs, along with growing demands from foreign partners, NGA executive director Scott Pattison created a new office whose mission is to provide “opportunities for governors to convene and collaborate with their counterparts across the globe, including heads of state, global thought leaders and foreign executives.” As the NGA explains, “The time for governors to take a leadership role in international engagement is now.” The agenda for the New Mexico meeting reflects this new priority, devoting a third of its sessions to international themes, including how governors can conduct diplomacy with the world from their own desks and advice on strengthening economic ties to China.

Given all this ferment, should we expect each state to have its own foreign policy? On one level, one should not get carried away. The Constitution, after all, gives the federal government pride of place in foreign, security, trade, and immigration policy, notwithstanding those powers that the Tenth Amendment reserves to the states. While states can approve statutes with international implications, the supremacy clause means that federal law typically trumps state law when the two conflict.

Nevertheless, global activism by U.S. states (as well as cities) is vast and growing. In the past decade alone, note David Engstrom and Jeremy Weinstein of Stanford University, U.S. states have signed more than 200 compacts with foreign governments, ignoring requirements for Senate approval. Some of the most significant are regional cap-and-trade agreements linking U.S. states to foreign governments and provinces. But U.S. state (as well as municipal) activism has also grown in areas of human rights, digital privacy, and immigration policy.

In a transnational world of webs and networks, we should not be surprised that U.S. international engagement increasingly comes from below the federal level. States have long been considered “laboratories of democracy,” in the famous phrase of Associate Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Today, they are emerging as engines of internationalism.

Diplomatic purists may bemoan this trend, running athwart as it does the ideal of a unitary state capable of speaking with “one voice” abroad. What becomes of the coherence and consistency of U.S. foreign policy when there are competing American strands of global engagement?

A more optimistic perspective welcomes this cacophony as a sign of vitality within America’s plural political system. The Constitution has been described as “an invitation to struggle.” This applies not only to the separation of powers among three coequal branches of government but to the pulling and hauling between national and state governments within the U.S. federal system. The doctrine of “states’ rights” has long been a rallying cry among conservatives. But in the age of Trump, we shouldn’t be surprised that progressives have also taken up the chant.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalism; governors; nwo; trump
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-31 next last
Stewart Patrick is the James Binger senior fellow in global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of “The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World.” He is on Twitter @StewartMPatrick.

The New World Orders isn't a conspiracy theory. It's a plan.

1 posted on 07/19/2018 11:18:49 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen
As Donald Trump abdicates U.S. leadership

Do I need to read past this biased beginning? Probably not.

2 posted on 07/19/2018 11:20:39 AM PDT by thesharkboy (Charter member of the Basket of Deplorables)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

I have very little tolerance when it comes to these traitors.

Now that word my not fit, but when it come to folks who support us handing over our unfettered sovereignty, I don’t happen to think there’s any other word that does.

They are simply traitors.


3 posted on 07/19/2018 11:21:33 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

“As Trump abandons globalism, governors take to world stage”

Let me remove the bias from that headline:

“As Trump focuses on America, governors take to world stage”

or for the sake of accuracy:

“As Trump Makes America Great Again, Governors Pretend they are World Leaders”


4 posted on 07/19/2018 11:21:43 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Apparently I'm still living in your head rent free. At least now it isn't empty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: thesharkboy

So is DJT a feckless moron or evil genius? It can’t be both!


5 posted on 07/19/2018 11:23:40 AM PDT by gr8eman (Since God has been banished from our classrooms, Satan has filled the void.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

So where’s the name of Kasich? Why isn’t he front and center?


6 posted on 07/19/2018 11:24:41 AM PDT by bkopto
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

Where’s the barf alert?


7 posted on 07/19/2018 11:27:13 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen
Your Assignment: Start with a false premise and write a thousand words condemning it.

8 posted on 07/19/2018 11:27:32 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

If you don’t behave in the New World Order they’ll send in the Muslims


9 posted on 07/19/2018 11:29:02 AM PDT by butlerweave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: thesharkboy

“Do I need to read past this biased beginning? Probably not.”

That’s as far as I got, too.


10 posted on 07/19/2018 11:29:15 AM PDT by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Donald Trump abdicates U.S. leadership and dismantles the democratic international order

Huh?

11 posted on 07/19/2018 11:30:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

> Today, governors recognize that they cannot advance the interests of their constituents without a global perspective and global linkages.

We can achieve that same end with a mass hanging of all members of the Council on Foreign Relations. Imagine the global linkages on pulling the levers on all of them at once. And the interests of constitutents part there is a no-brainer.


12 posted on 07/19/2018 11:31:27 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vladimir998

Last translation nails it.


13 posted on 07/19/2018 11:32:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

Is this guy nutz, or what???

He sounds like Madeline Albright -


14 posted on 07/19/2018 11:34:23 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said theoal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

The premise of the article is incorrect. The goal is not to establish global trade but rather to come to terms with each of our major trading pardners individually. Once the major nations are delt with, the secondary nations will fall into good order.

The goal is to make international trade more favorable for America.

That is, to be more effective as internationalists by effective dealing for better conditions where lousy conditions presently exist.

Globalst boogiemen are under too many beds and obfuscate the reality Of Americans operating all over the world.


15 posted on 07/19/2018 11:38:52 AM PDT by bert ((K. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... In our cities will be burning))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

Well I don’t know about all the Governors but a few like Cuomo, Moonbeam, and probably a few more far left kooks think they run the country or at least run their state like it’s a country.

Imagine a world without leftism. Now imagine paradise. Pardon me for repeating myself.


16 posted on 07/19/2018 11:39:28 AM PDT by Boomer (Leftism is the Mental/Moral Equivalent of End Stage Cancer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gr8eman

That was exactly the case with Reagan as well. He was either a complete dullard or an evil mastermind, depending on what the media needed him to be that day.


17 posted on 07/19/2018 11:43:33 AM PDT by JennysCool
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

Well since most of them are democrat governors from blue states with the most anti-business climates, from a trade standpoint it won’t do them much good.

The biggest win in recent history was in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.


18 posted on 07/19/2018 11:47:57 AM PDT by bigbob (Trust Sessions. Trust the Plan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen
Globalism, dissolving or lessening border control to undermine the nation-state and the will of the people in those nation-states. It is the opposite of nationalism.

Symptoms:

  1. Promiscuity with regards to the entry of goods and humans with no regard to the deleterious effect on the indigenous population.
  2. Purposely failing to retaliate to other nations mercantilism and protection of markets and no proper response through counter tariff of imported goods for the benefit of international corporate profit.
  3. Allowing illegal aliens free access and super citizen status.
  4. Flooding the USA with foreign immigration with the sole propose of pushing a left wing ideology and to reduce wages.
  5. Global Labor Arbitrage: Often, a prosperous nation (such as the United States) will remove its barriers to international trade, integrating its labor market with those of nations with a lower cost of labor (such as India, China, and Mexico), resulting in a shifting of jobs from the prosperous nation to the developing one. The end result is an increase in the supply of labor relative to the demand for labor, which means a decrease in costs and a decrease in wages.

19 posted on 07/19/2018 11:48:15 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yesthatjallen

A few hours ago the Hill published this: “Nunes used political donations for $15K in NBA tickets, winery tours, Vegas trips: report”

So is Soros financing this web site?


20 posted on 07/19/2018 11:49:20 AM PDT by antidemoncrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-31 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson