May 9, 2016

Not News: Kerry Tells Grads We’re in a ‘Borderless’ World

Based on the content of John Kerry’s Friday commencement speech at Northeastern University, one might have expected that those in attendance threw away their passports after the event ended.

That’s because the Obama administration’s Secretary of State told those in attendance: “You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.” Kerry’s extraordinarily dense, naive and dangerous contention — the key soundbite of his speech — was ignored in coverage of his address at the Associated PressReuters, and almost everywhere else.

Kerry also described that school’s graduating class as “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.”

The video excerpt below shows how Kerry set up his “borderless” comment by claiming that the real lesson of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was that “There are no walls big enough” to prevent such atrocities, and then concocting another gratuitous dig at opponents like Trump, whom he described as “soundbite salesmen and carnival barkers” who would prefer “hiding behind walls” (HT Washington Examiner):

Transcript (full speech transcript is here; bolds are mine):

And many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11. There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousand miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others. Not in a clash of civilizations, but in an assault, a raw assault on civilization itself.

So I think that everything that we’ve lived and learned tells us that we will never come out on top if we accept advice from soundbite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on Earth can remain great by looking inward and hiding behind walls at a time that technology has made that impossible to do and unwise to even attempt. The future demands from us – (applause) – the future demands from us something more than a nostalgia for some rose-tinted version of a past that did not really exist in any case. And I think that everyone here, especially the class of 2016, understands that viscerally, internally, intellectually. You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.

The Secretary of State apparently believes that since we can’t “stop people” from committing terrorist massacres, we have to somehow accommodate them. How does one do that? Kerry’s answer, found later in his speech:

So our mission – your mission – is to create jobs not just in a few places but in many places. And that’s going to require the deep involvement jointly of the private sector, civil society, academic institutions, international organizations, and governments everywhere, and still there will be no guarantees. And let me make it clear: Doing this is not about charity. It’s not about giving something for nothing. It’s about building our own security and preventing the conflicts of the future that may inevitably see us having to become involved.

While there are compelling reasons why raising worldwide employment and living standards should be a high priority, preventing terrorism isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, “Poverty and Low Education Don’t Cause Terrorism.”

The stories at AP and Reuters both highlighted Kerry’s “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare” comment, a blatant example of opposition stereotyping. Kerry and the ace reporters involved either didn’t know or didn’t care to inform their audiences that the Trump Hotels Collection has hotel and resort plans which include Rio de Janeiro, Lido (Indonesia) and Bali, all of which would involve the very job creation the Secretary of State claims to want to see both as they are built and when they begin operations.

A Google News search on “Kerry Northeastern” (not in quotes; sorted by date, with duplicates) done shortly before midnight on Sunday returned roughly 350 items, including scores of listings of the AP and Reuters reports.

Adding the word “borderless” to that search reduced that number to 11 — and only two,’s posting of the entire speech transcript and a two-sentence squib at the center-right New York Post, were from national establishment press outlets.

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  1. In liberal utopia, John Lennon’s naively childish song, Imagine, is the agenda.

    Simplicity is not always truth but filled with false assumptions based on ignorance. The world is far more complicated because it is filled with people who are greedy, power hungry and psychotic.

    It is in fact a teachable moment given the gang rapes in Europe by young Muslim men. Not all Muslims will rape any more than all of them will saw off your head for not becoming a Muslim. It is easy to dismiss a stereotype, however, the fact that a certain segment of the population does fit that stereotype means a complication to the idea of ‘live and let live’ as open borders imply. Meaning that if you want to ‘live and let live’, you must screen out and keep out those who will NOT. That is why we have borders for countries and our personal property.

    In fact, let’s make this down right personal, in the women’s movement they have a saying called, “respect my boundaries”. My personal identity is based on me enforcing my boundaries. In the women’s movement, women are taught that the key to their personal identity is differentiation, that is an individual has a right to be different and make their own choices.

    You feeling sorry for the poverty of another person does not give the person in poverty the right to impose themselves on others. On the contrary, a person in poverty has the personal responsibility to learn how to become successful and practice it. Let’s take our neighbor Mexico for example since we are Americans. Is the solution simply to fling open the borders to allow millions of Mexicans to flood the labor markets of this country and thereby disadvantage and hinder Americans who are in process of working their way up the economic ladder of success? It is one thing to give someone a helping hand in a disaster but another to enable those with unsuccessful habits to not change. You might say that attitude is callous given individual Mexicans are lacking opportunity in their country. However, that response is precisely what is enabling a situation on a national scale that should never have existed given that on the North American continent there are more than two countries and that only two of those countries are first world economically while the rest are 3rd world economically.

    How is it that Canada is a first world country and Mexico is not? Canada is by far America’s biggest trading partner with only 10% of it’s population. We then entered into NAFTA to give Mexico the same playing field as Canada but Mexico continues to be a 3rd world country. Mexico has a third of our population and therefore if all things were equal they should have 3 times the trade of Canada and does not. Why? Because all things aren’t equal.

    The answer is laws, Canada and the US share as their cultural heritage, the English (UK) system of laws dating back hundreds of years. Every country south of the US border does not share those cultural values and that is why they are economically deprived and lacking in opportunity. IF you really care about poverty to solve it and not some easy virtue signaling to enable it, you must be a part of the solution. The solution is shaming the ruling elites of Mexico to change their laws to the principles of English Law. The greedy and power hungry can never be enlightened, they can only be shamed to do the right thing. After 100 years of continually falling behind the US, Mexico’s situation is stark to the point even the most obtuse Mexican recognizes the huge economic disparity between our countries, that is why 10% of them have left their country. The Mexican elites are greedy and power hungry being comfortable in their situation and could care less how desperate their underlings become.

    The Mexican elites are worried that Donald Trump will actually build that wall making average Mexicans angry that they are stuck in poverty with little means of escape. The absence of border enforcement has allowed the Mexican elites to continue impoverishing their country using the US as a safety valve to relieve poverty that the elites have created and perpetuated. Barack Obama and US corporations who want cheap labor have aided and abetted the impoverishment of every person south of the US border. This same dynamic is happening in the rest of Central and South America and we can not possibly absorb them all without negative consequences to our own people.

    Comment by dscott — May 10, 2016 @ 9:16 am

  2. “The Mexican elites are worried that Donald Trump will actually build that wall making average Mexicans angry that they are stuck in poverty with little means of escape. The absence of border enforcement has allowed the Mexican elites to continue impoverishing their country using the US as a safety valve to relieve poverty that the elites have created and perpetuated.”

    Absolutetly true.

    Comment by Tom — May 10, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

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