By Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
On Oct. 5, 2018, the Norwegian Nobel Committee will be announcing this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. If there is any remaining intellectual honesty in the Committee, the next Nobel Peace Prize Laureate should be President Donald J. Trump.
To be sure, he would be an unconventional choice, but President Trump is an unconventional man, and we are living in an historical pinnacle of unconventionality.
So, why does President Trump merit the Nobel prize?
First, he has consistently delivered a vision for the world’s future centered upon the concepts of individual freedoms, democracy, patriotism, and the supremacy of the nation state. He has told the community of nations that unlike the message delivered by his predecessors, it’s okay for each nation to represent its own interests, while accepting that the United States will be acting with the same premise. But even as he delivers this message, he cautions about the necessity of adherence to the Thomistic presumption that a nation’s leader, indeed the nation itself, exists for the purposes of promoting the rights of its citizens and loses its right to remain in power if it abandons the rights of the people they represent.
Consequently, President Trump called out Venezuela for its socialistic policies that he says have bankrupted that state and oppressed its people. He also called out Iran and its tyrannical actions, not only with regard to its citizens, but also as they relate to its regional neighbors. As such, he has withdrawn the United States from the Iran deal that only served to enrich Iran and strengthen its support of rogue regimes and terrorist organizations.
Additionally, Trump has unequivocally identified the absolute unacceptability of allowing Iran, a regime that routinely chants death to Americans and calls for the annihilation of Israel, to possess a nuclear weapon and has mobilized nations to pressure the regime into abandoning the program.
Within the United Nations, he has insisted that the United Nations Commission on Human Rights be reformed and has called for ending the practice of allowing nations that do not respect the fundamental rights of man from being allowed access to world trade.
Except for those celebrating magniloquence and rhetoric, no award should be given without the actions to merit them. So, let’s look at what President Trump has accomplished.
President Trump’s first visit abroad included Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, Brussels, and Sicily on the same trip, sending a symbol of unification and leadership unmatched since Kissinger’s visit to China and Reagan’s visit to Berlin.
On the humanitarian front, on July 7, 2017, during a working session of the G20 summit of world leaders, President Trump promised $639 million in humanitarian aid for Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen (yes, Yemen).
In the Middle East, he procured the commitment from the region’s nations, so that they, for the first time, worked seriously with the United States to end terrorism. Their concerted efforts at ridding the world of this cancer was instrumental to defeating ISIS, a feat not possible except for the motivational and leadership efforts of one Donald J. Trump. These same countries have now pledged to provide $2 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen.
In Iran, the President has stopped the flow of billions of dollars to the regime and is working with the international community to increase the pressure with the aim of changing Iran’s hostile and destructive behaviors.
But perhaps North Korea is where the President’s influence has been most effective. For the first time, denuclearization is a real, albeit still difficult, possibility. The world took note when the President met with Kim Jong-Un and, amazingly, offered him the chance to have a look at the inside of the Presidential limousine. Who can forget Kim Jong-Un’s joyful reaction to that spontaneous and unscripted moment? As a result, Rocket Man stopped shooting rockets, American remains are being returned, and hostages have been released (this time in better conditions than being on the brink of death).
The only American leader to have the courage to move the American embassy to Jerusalem in compliance with Israel’s desires is Donald J Trump. He did it as promised, and he did it despite the protestations from countless others. In the end, despite the unrelenting pressure against him, the mission was accomplished and the threatened apocalypse never happened.
Yes, President Trump’s style is confrontational, and he continuously deploys hard-hitting rhetoric laced with unapologetic stances. Almost incomprehensibly, he has been willing to take the world to the brink of war with the aim of achieving of a lasting peace; and as he likes to say, he has won and continues to win in so doing.
Although the left is busy criticizing him, maligning him, and even laughing at him, President Trump’s many accomplishments at making the world a safer place in a mere two years has really been nothing short of remarkable. So, we are left with one question for the Norwegian Nobel Committee: what person has accomplished more than Donald J. Trump to improve man’s situation and foster peace on earth in the recent past?
As difficult as it may be for some to admit. The answer is no one.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.