• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Taking Stock of the New President’s Foreign Policy Proposals

  1. Argumentum ad hominem is a logical falacy. Trump is this………Trump is that………..blah blah blah…………

    Trump is also the president and we will have wait and see how he governs.

    Until we have actuall data to look back on all these “predictions” are nothing more than opinions and we all know what opinions are often compared with.

    1. I’ve seen this type of argument before when it comes to critiques of Trump’s policy proposals, and I’m afraid I still don’t understand it. Such critiques don’t arise out of thin air: Trump has signaled his intentions both explicitly, in the form of public statements, and implicitly, when selecting advisors and cabinet members.

      This argument seems to depend on the proposition that none of Trump’s statements or behavior before Inauguration have any bearing on what his policy will be as President, and therefore that his policy cannot be predicted. If that’s the case, however, on what basis did (46% of) voters choose him? For that matter, on what basis are voters in future elections to choose if candidates’ policies are so unpredictable as not to be worth considering? If it is truly necessary for voters to “wait and see” how their future leaders govern until after they are already in power, then American democracy has much bigger problems.

  2. After WWI, the German republic was in a shambles. People were disillusioned with the government they blamed for losing the war and causing their depressed economy. From the ashes, a new political party with a charismatic leader rose to prominance on the promise of making Germany great again. He was a populist who distrusted foreigners and those within the country who were different. He spoke to the prejudices that people secretly held against those from different nationalities and races. He used those prejudices to rally the people with feelings of nationalism. Those of you know a little about history know how this story ended. Let’s hope history is not repeating itself. God bless America.

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