There seems to be this misconception out there that those that voted for Trump and, subsequently nationalism, are nothing but xenophobic racists and bigots. Perhaps the people who believe that should pick up a dictionary because nationalism does not equate to xenophobia.
Xenophobia is the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Sort of like how I feel about Miley Cyrus. It – xenophobia, not Miley Cyrus – can manifest itself in many ways including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of an outside group’s activities, aggression, and a desire to eliminate an outside group’s presence. Xenophobia is a political term used to describe those that are opposed to foreign cultures.
I am not, in any way, opposed to foreign cultures. The United States is a beautiful melting pot filled with a variety of different people and cultures. That’s as American as apple pie. What I do have a problem with is people who think America should not be defined by apple pie, but rather, multiple desserts. Have I lost you in the dessert metaphor? Basically, I have an issue with foreigners emigrating to this country and trying to change our country to their country. In my opinion, those people can get back on their Mayflower and head right back out to sea.
I am not a xenophobe. I am a nationalist. What does that mean? Nationalism means having a national identity, loyalty and devotion to a nation, advocacy of political independence for a particular country, the desire for national advancement, the policy or doctrine of asserting the interests of one’s own nation viewed as separate from the interests of other nations or the common interests of all nations.
As a nationalist I believe that any true nation must have clearly delineated and protected borders, otherwise it isn’t really a nation. I want my nation – the United States of America – to be powerful, with plenty of military reach, but mostly to protect American national interests. My focus is on me and mine – the lives and livelihoods of American citizens. I care about my national heritage, which includes the Constitution filled with the wisdom and lessons learned by the Founding Fathers so that history – a bloated and self-serving government – would not repeat itself.
I’m very clear about who I am and what I stand for. Can the globalists say the same? Do they actually understand that globalism isn’t some kumbaya hippie love-fest? What so many people did not understand about the 2016 Presidential Election was that it wasn’t Trump vs. Hillary. It was Nationalists vs. Globalists.
Let’s take a look at what the globalism really is. Globalists don’t care about borders and believe the nation-state is obsolete. They favor a world with information, money, goods and people traversing the globe based on the theory that this will foster ever greater global commerce, to the benefit of all peoples of all nations. I hate to break it to these folks, but all the countries that joined the European Union (EU) put this theory to the test. It didn’t work. Hence, Brexit and the public’s cry for referendums in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Finland, and Hungary so that, they too, can get the hell outta dodge. Clearly more and more people are standing up and declaring the globalist trend a false utopia. Do the globalists really know that the EU is ruled almost entirely by unelected individuals? Who are these people and who gave them the right to make decisions for everyone else? And do the globalist hippies understand that, in their perfect universe, “the man” will control every aspect of their lives through a one-world government?
A one-world government is a terrible idea! Ever heard of the saying, “different strokes for different folks”? Do we really want a world government whose motto is “same strokes for all folks”? Bye, bye originality. Nationalists understand that a decentralized government is better and that people everywhere are best served at the local level where those making the decisions have some idea of what the “strokes” for those folks actually are.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ll take my nationalism and individuality over globalism any day. I’m an American – not a xenophobe – and I will say it loud and proud and never apologize for it. And this last election is proof that I am not alone.