by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Trump created a quite a stir among the other Western leaders by refusing to sign the “communique” that capped the G7 summit. But he was right to do so.
This is once again being styled as the crude, unnuanced American president refusing to accommodate himself to the much wiser leaders of Europe.
In fact, he wisely refrained from signing what was an empty, far-left political document, which is typical of the G7 “consensus” that American presidents have gone along with for decades. …
… It held a panoply of meaningless leftist buzzwords that the U.S. was supposed to embrace, including “such phrases as ‘sustainable development,’ ‘gender equality and women’s empowerment,’ ‘fair’ and ‘progressive’ tax systems, a ‘level playing field,’ ‘affordable healthcare,’ a ‘healthy planet,’ and ‘quality work environments.’ “
None of those thing, by the way, have anything whatsoever to do with government. As a matter of fact, intervention of incompetent governments makes most of those things measurably worse.
All told, the communique contains 27 points made in five major sections. All of them enlighten citizens around the world about how to think about everything, from gender and jobs to peace and climate change.