I am a keen supporter of foreign aid; indeed, I think it is a moral requirement for any wealthy nation. But there is all the difference in the world between providing basic medical care to children in Sudan and subsidizing Jean-Pierre’s third week catching sun on the Riviera while American women go without their Walmart paychecks to be with their babies.

Forgive me for being a xenophobic reactionary jerk, but watching some Burgundy-sniffing dork snootily explain that Americans are simultaneously morons who are too greedy to take care of one another and also omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent super-beings who exist solely for the purpose of ensuring that the Western world is safe from noted international meanie Vladimir Putin makes me see red — and white and blue.

Matthew Walther.