On Monday at 9:00 pm EST, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un met in Singapore for a summit regarding the possible denouement of hostilities between the two countries. After a few smiling photo-ops, the two proceeded to privately go over a joint-declaration that will hopefully form the foundation of a lasting peace. Signed emphatically by both leaders, the document detailed the commitment of North Korea to denuclearize, and the commitment of the United States to support the development of North Korea as a non-nuclear power. Though this summit was only the first step in a long, rocky road to thawed relations, the meeting was widely praised as a historic step towards peace.
The consequences of the summit will obviously be far-reaching, but the distance of North Korea, physically and emotionally, from the American People warrants a pragmatic examination of whether this victory is a victory worth celebrating.
All else equal, peace between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States is indeed very desirable. Even if an attempted Nuclear (or conventional) strike on South Korea or the Western Seaboard would not, in all likelihood, be a world-ending event, the promotion of peace between peoples who have no reason to fight would have spillover effects that the United States could profit from. Stipulations of a peace deal, with President Trump behind the pen, would necessitate the exchange of Kim’s nuclear arsenal for massive U.S. economic investment. A friendlier North Korea would also aid the United States in its mission to contain China and its military and economic expansion, as the Middle Kingdom has frequently used the Hermit Kingdom as a proxy for unpredictable and threatening behavior. All in all, a calming of the Korean War would provide the United States with a slightly higher geopolitical perch and a decent chunk of change.
There is another benefit that cannot go unstated: any diplomatic victory, especially in the long-standing, ever-confounding problem of North Korea, can only add to the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. But is ‘legitimacy’ the real disease currently plaguing the President? Once one acknowledges that the President’s political enemies are going to scream for his impeachment no matter what, the question of legitimacy (normally a very relevant concept) becomes, in Clown World, irrelevant. Are the likes of Chuck Schumer and John McCain going to vote for the border wall just because Trump has proven himself on the North Korea issue? Of course not. Anybody who tuned in, heaven forbid, to CNN on the night of the summit, heard the anchors speaking of the “historic moment” with admiring tones, but turn on CNN today and things are already back to the Trump-bashing, anti-White normal.
In other words, most Americans woke up in the exact same country they fell asleep in. Their rights are still being bled by a thousand cuts, and their communities are still being drowned by all colors of the muddied-rainbow. The wall (as faithfully confirmed by Ann Coulter) has not seen any progress, nor has ICE been given the power and resources it needs to clean the country up. The Trump cheerleading squad has used the summit to fill its signaling quota, even if the Trump Base will never see an ounce of benefit from the decision. If the circumstances feel familiar to you, it’s because they are; the Jerusalem embassy saw the same fanfare, and the exact same lack of meaningful positive consequences.
The constant stream of secondary victories could even be considered a soft form of gaslighting, directed at the entire normie voting base. Trump, so far a failure regarding his central promise of a massive border wall, has to find a way to convince voters that he is actually doing a great job. Pile North Korea on with the Jerusalem embassy, tax cuts, the removal of the Obamacare individual mandate, Justice Gorsuch’s nomination, and so on, and it becomes easier to find an excuse to not hold Trump accountable. For the Trump base, however, success in North Korea is a good rhetorical battering ram and nothing else.
Hannity, to make an example out of a boomer magapede, frequently scrolls a list of “Trump’s accomplishments” on his show; it goes on and on, to his delight, yet not a single item on that list will save Whites—and by extension, the United States—from destruction.
Trump has, optimistically, six more years of power to get things done; the time will pass quickly, and the electoral sands may shift against his favor even before then. It is more essential than ever to keep an eye on the ball, and not on the confetti. Celebrate the diplomatic victory if you enjoy having an excuse to celebrate, but stay grounded. The needle you should be watching hasn’t moved by any noticeable amount.