Trump’s Nationalism Is Something To Be Proud Of
Published : November 16, 2018
At a Houston political rally on Tuesday, Oct. 23, President Trump declared:
"You know, they have a word – it sort of became old-fashioned – it’s called a ‘nationalist.’ And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK. I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Use that word.”The leftwing media immediately attacked President Trump as a Nazi, national socialist, and/or a white nationalist connected to the Ku Klux Klan.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, during an Armistice Day centennial observance in Paris, France, French President Emmanuel Macron pointed a warning at other leaders, including President Trump, stating that “ancient demons that caused World War I and millions of deaths are growing stronger. Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.”
In typical leftwing fashion, Macron and the media have distorted, perverted, and twisted the history of President Trump’s proper use of the term. Edward J. Larson, in George Washington: Nationalist, rightly points out that President Washington was the quintessential freedom-loving nationalist and American patriot, who was determined that the United States have a strong national or federal government dedicated to protecting the life and liberty of his nation’s citizens.
In A Patriot’s History of the United States, Dr. Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen explain how the nationalists were actually the federalists, and included the likes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and many more Founders who desired a strong national government to keep the American republic strong.
American nationalism, in its association with liberty and freedom, took on a special meaning that was different from other forms of national identity throughout the world. In many countries nationalist movements were hostile to democracy and individual rights and strongly associated with the authority of a dictatorial state. That is not American nationalism. In the United States of America, the idea of the “American nation” centered on we the people and their sovereign God-given rights of life and liberty.
Like the Founders of the United States, I am a U.S. patriot and a U.S. nationalist. I do not accept the bogus premise of the Left and others that President Trump’s nationalism equals tribal jingoism, Nazism, or white supremacy. When I sing the national anthem and express a love of my nation, that does not make me a xenophobic, racist, tribal jingoist, Nazi.
When I see the flag of my nation being raised at Iwo Jima or Normandy, France during World War II, or worn on our GI's uniforms, I am proud to express a pride and love for the sacrifice of those liberating-warriors from our nation versus the oppression of tyrannical nations. To love my nation is not a sin. Just as Gandhi loved India, William Wallace loved Scotland, Winston Churchill loved Great Britain, and Jose Marti loved Cuba, I unabashedly love America.
Remember Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan and Trump, and many more called for patriotic nationalism that fought for individual rights and national sovereignty that protected our God-given rights of liberty and equality versus the tyranny of many nations. To this day, millions of people from nations around the world still desire to come to this nation, the Unites States of America.
I will never apologize for being a proud American nationalist and American patriot. If it is good enough for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, then it is good enough for me.