At the end of each year, millions of people across the world draft up a list of resolutions for the coming year. Who is to say that this is only meant to pertain to diets and exercise? Although a young conservative’s policy dreams are about as likely to fail as all of the heat-of-the-moment resolutions out there, it’s not for lack of hope. With one of the more publicly dreaded elections in recent history in the rear-view window, many are looking to move forward. With 2017 just on the horizon, a fresh start awaits. Here are some of the resolutions that you can expect for a conservative.
Build That Wall
Barring the small chance that you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’re sure to have heard of President-Elect Trump’s plan to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. If Trump practices what he preaches, there will be some sort of immediate action on his first day in office. In 2013, estimates placed the cost of illegal immigration in the U.S. at around $113 billion. A Heritage Foundation study found a drastic gap between the amount of taxes that illegal immigrant households pay and the benefits that they receive, favoring the latter by more than half.
Assuming Trump has not merely paid lip service to an unsettled electorate, a conservative will hope for the issue of illegal immigration to be tackled early on in the New Year. If the U.S. expects to see any decline in the number of illegal immigrants entering the country, Trump will have to build that wall.
Subdue North Korea
Although it is easy to look at the Middle East and label it as the most prominent threat to the United States, a nuclear North Korea is flying under the radar. A recent CNN report details a defector’s claims that North Korea is rapidly progressing on their nuclear plan. The defector, Thae Yong-ho, serving as a diplomat to the United Kingdom, said, “Due to domestic political procedures, North Korea calculates that South Korea and the US will not be able to take physical or military actions to deter North Korea's nuclear development.”
Nuclear tests conducted by North Korea should be very disconcerting for the western world. Kim Jong-un, the “supreme leader” of North Korea, is world-renowned for all the wrong reasons. One troubling account describes all of the people that have been executed by Jong-un, including public execution by way of an anti-aircraft gun. Kim Jong-un might be the most dangerous leader in the world. Because of North Korea’s increasing prominence in global affairs, it would be wise for Trump and U.N. leaders to up the pressure on North Korea before their nuclear capabilities exceed what can be contained.
Force Russia’s Hand
Ever since the Cold War, Russia’s role as a world superpower has been foggy at best. With the recent election scandal and an interesting relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the United States has an increasing interest in Russia. The recent ceasefire in Syria, assisted by Russia’s foreign ministry, will simultaneously provide Putin with a good looking track record with resolving the Syrian conflict and put Russia in good graces with the Assad regime.
Provided the increase in Russia’s global influence, it will be very important for the U.S. to stay in stride with Putin. Trump and Putin’s relationship could spell success or disaster for the U.S. depending on how circumstances play out. The best move for Trump would be to pursue an aggressive stance on the Middle East, regardless of whether that be taking the form of isolationism or interventionism, and watch to see what Russia does. With globalism prevailing as such a dominant force today, it is hard to directly intervene without first evaluating your opponents.
Conclusion: A New Year
With a fresh start coming in 2017, there are tremendous opportunities coming for the United States. A new presidency and fresh cabinet will provide many routes to evaluate in regard to foreign policies. With resolutions ranging from a subdued North Korea, to a wall built along the United States-Mexico border, to engaging in a chess match with Russia, conservatives have a lot of possibilities to look forward to.