Normally I would have said yes! But we are living at a juncture in history that is existential! We need to remove our selves from creating climate catastrophes,perpetual wars and regime change tactics that further escalate into global conflict!!
Quite to the contrary of creating a China confrontational strategy, as the Trump administration is hell bent on doing, we should be creating a strategy of domestic reform to make our country more democratic for economic as well as political strength!!
As a foreign policy we should adopt a policy of development for our neighbors in helping Latin America acquire industrialization tools to stabilize and strengthen their societies as we prepare ourselves for a greater laborless society!!
Manufacturing will return to America if we make the right adjustments because robotics will be cheaper than human labor in the long run!
But the first step is defeating Trump if he does not resign first after impeachment!’
It is easy to listen to our oligarchic representatives who speak of a democracy we have never had. It is more difficult to accept the fact of an ever growing oligarchy of Fewer and fewer billionaires who hold our country hostage through Machiavellian schemes that exploit our political system for their benefit!
But welfare capitalism for the billionaire class is not new to the world !! It is the prevailing system in most parts of the world independent of their claims of civil rights adherence or autocratic rule!
A recent exception is The China we have seen in the last 30 years! China has taken the Chinese basics of a civilizational state and Confucianism which espouses meritocracy and virtue with the idea of a state for the benefit of all people, to usher China into modernity principally with Communist Party at the center!!
The effort has reduced extreme poverty in China and the world significantly!! JimK is correct when he sees our lack of consistency in pursuing a consistent policy for our development in the US ! But that is only true is you consider 99% of the American people! It is not true if you consider the benefits to billionaires that have accrued since World War II!! We are now a now a Republic for crony capitalists!
In order for TheUnited States to have a cohesive long term strategy for democracy here and win-win strategies in the world (that sees us as a bully and a terrorist power in the world, we need to:
1. Make voting a right and obligation like jury duty!!
2. We need to eliminate the electoral college!!
3. We need to ban private funding of national elections!!
4. Jurists must not be part of electoral politics!!
5. We must make the American people our only national interest, not creating wars for the benefit of the American Industrial Complex or other billionaires in petroleum or other industries that exploit natural resources in other countries!
It is impossible to plan long term in a system that benefits the 1% on the backs of the 99%!!