At the U.N. this week, President Donald Trump mounted one of the most coherent and timely defenses of U.S. sovereignty ever given. Trump’s previous inspiring and unexpected remarks about sovereignty were made in the Rose Garden, when he announced we were withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. He was thus withdrawing from the globalist premise inherent in that accord. In June 2017, he said, “As president, I have one obligation, and that obligation is to the American people. The Paris Accord would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risks, and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.” How refreshing.
By inserting concerns about U.S. sovereignty, President Trump implied American exceptionalism, emphasized by Ronald Reagan in his famous election eve 1980 speech, where he quoted from John Winthrop’s reference to creating a “city on a hill” that would be a beacon of Godly living for the entire world. However, Trump has chosen to emphasize the term “sovereignty” because of its implications not mainly for culture or the providential founding of America by God, but for the institutional-constitutional-legal framework of our country.