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Paul, Lee Only Senators to Vote Against U.S. Support of NATO

By Kenneth Casey | United States

At around 7:00 EST on Tuesday, the Senate voted on a motion that supports continuing U.S. support and funds to NATO by an overwhelming majority of 97-2, with the only two dissents being libertarian-leaning Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee. With all the buzz and craziness going on about Donald Trump’s recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the vote of the two Senators flew under the radar.

This vote comes about 6 hours after President Trump criticized fellow participating countries in NATO for not paying their expected expenses to the treaty whilst relying on the U.S. for expected funding and defense.

Trump’s rhetoric on NATO goes back to when he was running for president. He was often criticizing our involvement in NATO and was one of the only Republican candidates calling for decreased spending within the treaty.

Rand Paul, who as mentioned prior was one of two Senators to vote against the motion, seemed to agree with President Trump on the issue of America’s involvement in NATO. He tweeted out the following:

Paul’s opposition to the expansion of NATO is unsurprising, as the libertarian senator has long expressed disapproval for our involvement in the treaty. Back in March of 2017, Rand objected to the adding membership of Montenegro to the treaty, which promptly led to Senator John McCain of Arizona accusing Rand of “working for Vladimir Putin”. The Senate ended up confirming support of Montenegro’s addition to NATO, with only two Senators objecting: Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Mike Lee commented on the addition of Montenegro to NATO:

“Of course, treaties and alliances with other countries can be beneficial, but the founders of this country understood their seriousness as well as going to war. That is why both of these powers-the power to make and ratify treaties and the power to declare and execute a war- are shared by the legislative and executive branches, and treaty ratification must be achieved by a supermajority in the Senate.”

-Senator Mike Lee of Utah

Unfortunately for libertarians who want the United States’ involvement in NATO to decrease, for both the purpose of cutting foreign aid and being involved in fewer entanglements overseas, Rand Paul and Mike Lee alone don’t have a ton of power in the Senate. 98 other Senators sharing opposing views which favor U.S. alliances and involvement abroad, so the only way for this to change is by electing more libertarian-leaning Senators.

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France Will Benefit From a Full “Brexit” and Here’s Why

By Austin Cherkas and Jake Melkun | FRANCE

Young, charismatic, intelligent, and most of all passionate is what comes to mind when discussing French President Emmanuel Macron. The BBC has reported Jeremy Browne, British Politician, making an audacious claim that French authorities, “Are in favor of the hardest Brexit.” The report also explains that when Mr. Browne met with officials from the French Central Bank he is quoted saying, “The meeting with the French Central Bank was the worst I have had anywhere in the EU.” He noted that the French were taking tough negotiations or, “Bad cop” as described by Jeremy Browne.

France has shown a hard-line stance to the United Kingdom to not only show an example of political infidelity but to show France’s new role in the world. This role would greatly benefit the people of France. Now we must ask ourselves, how does France benefit from a full British exit from the European Union? France would enter a new Golden Age and can be seen in three different subject matter.

  1. France’s new power in the E.U.
  2. Large fluctuation of British immigration to France
  3. France being the new face of the E.U’s financial sector

Emmanuel Macron has made a special alliance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is explained in a France 24 article. The pair had led E.U post-Brexit talks at the Brussels Summit in June. This clearly shows that a new sheriff is in town and his name is Emmanuel Macron. There are substantial benefits for France in their new leading role in the E.U. It is expected due to President Macron’s audacious leadership the E.U will give France more influence than ever on European affairs. This translate to France being able to push for policy that betters France through all aspects of the E.U. This would enable France to do almost anything they want.

In the United States’ 2016 Presidential election there was a widespread joke of, “If candidate (blank) wins, I’m moving to Canada.” In fact, the United Kingdom had a less popular statement of, “If we leave the E.U, I’m moving to (Insert E.U country here).” Unlike the Americans, the British actually moved. The Independent reports that Britons applying for French citizenship is up 264%. The E.U gave all member countries free immigration to all other member countries. So the figure of 264% represents Britons who are already live in France but have British citizenship. If a full Brexit were to occur, British citizens occupying any E.U. country by 2019 would be considered illegal settlement. This means that British immigration to France could continue to rise for the next couple years.

The United Kingdom is one of the most wealthy countries in the world (the second largest gross domestic product in the E.U., fifth largest in the world). When the UK officially leaves the union, it is a real possibility that British businesses could move to France. President Macron and the French government has announced that they want to “loosen employment laws to try and lure big business away from London’s City”. The British bank HSBC’ boss has said that a move to France “ is beginning to look attractive”. If a hard Brexit happens, then that could make Paris the financial hub of Europe.

After the 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum, the future of Britain is unknown. After the election of Emmanuel Macron, the future is unknown for France as well. But, should Macron continue with how things are going, the future does look bright for Emmanuel Macron and France.

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