Nationalism has become the longest four-letter word uttered in the media, particularly by news organizations rooted left of center.
They routinely stain the term with shades of Nazism, xenophobia, thisaphobia, thataphobia, and when those don’t sufficiently sully the idea of nationalism, they throw in whateveraphobia. The great irony of their hatred for the construct of nationalism is that, without nationalism, our modern world would likely be devoid of all great human endeavor and advancement.
Without the social, financial, and collaborative framework made possible by the existence of nations and the allegiance of people to them, the building blocks of science, mathematics, and art would have remained unassembled and formless. Imagine a world without Einstein’s magical year of 1905, a Menlo park absent the creations of Edison, and the unlikelihood of Sir Isaak Newton referencing the edifice of collective human knowledge when he uttered, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
Definitions of nationalism are as varied as the countries that express it, such as: Ethnic, romantic, civic, expansionist, cultural, revolutionary, liberal, conservative just to name a few. Regardless of the brand, nationalism emphasizes the self-determination of the group. So, when the media decry people who possess nationalistic pride as nothing more than Nazis animated by the crooked cross, are they exhibiting a form of myopia borne out of willful ignorance, plain old ignorance, or political disdain? I suspect it’s a blend with political disdain being the central driver, given the vitriolic tone of their accusations towards those who dare publicly value the notion of country.
There’s no mystery why Donald Trump was attacked by the media within seconds of vocalizing “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) during the 2016 campaign. Yet other presidents and politicians who used the phrase in the past did so without protest. Former President Clinton used the “Make America Great Again” line often during his 1992 campaign and again in 2008 for Hillary Clinton. See video here:
However, Bill Clinton insinuated in 2016 that Donald Trump was a racist for use of the MAGA line when he declared, “That message – I’ll give you America great again. If you’re a white southerner, you know exactly what it means, don’t you? It means I’ll give you the economy you had 50 years ago, and I’ll move you back up the social totem pole and other people down.”
When democrats say silly things that prove to be monumentally fallacious, where is the media? Is there viral amnesia that infects the collective mind of so-called journalists? Shouldn’t there be a story citing president Trump’s incredible success in making the economy accessible to people of all races? Apparently, the media missed, or decided to ignore the fact that African Americans and Hispanics are experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in the history of the country, and overall rate that is the lowest since 1969.
“Make America Great Again” undoubtedly inspires feelings of nationalism, but sadly we have left-leaning activists pretending to be journalists deciding it’s bad only when said by people with whom they disagree. These are the same voices that disregard the contribution of nationalism in bringing forth the modern world, in building the matrix upon which political, scientific and social ideas flourished and evolved. Those who deride nationalism say, “nationalism created Hitler,” but fail to glean from history that overwhelming nationalism converged to eradicate Hitler from the face of the earth.