As you have probably heard by now, the stakes in November’s presidential election could not be higher. Control of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. Ditto the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants. U.S. foreign policy could be in for its biggest shake-up since the Cold War.
I had lunch on Main Street recently with a friend from Greenville, and as we parted ways, she said, “Main Street Columbia really has it going on.” High praise coming from someone who lives in the city that everyone in South Carolina talks about — with envy — when it comes to downtown revitalization.
Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish.