Donald Trump ran his campaign on “America First.” I believe the real phrase should have been “Americans First.”
The problem in America is nobody wants to be Americans anymore. We’ve been wrongly conditioned to believe that we should meld into the world community.
Well the world community sucks. It may sound cocky to some, but to be American is to be great.
America sets the standard for what other countries want to be. Sure, there are newer countries, like Dubai for instance. Who cares? Only a small handful of Americans would trade American citizenship for that of Dubai. Though I’ve never been to Dubai, I would bet most people say, “It’s a great place to visit.” But they want to live in America.
The world isn’t beating a path to Dubai, and with good reason. In fact, the world isn’t beating a path to anywhere, except America.
Sure Britain and other areas of Europe will do for some of the displaced, but that’s only because they can’t get to America. A few hearty souls get to Canada and give up on the real dream; to get to America. But the longing never leaves.
This is because America remains the only place in the world that has its identity. However our identity has been steadily eroding, because of Liberals.
As Michael Barone wrote, other countries realize the failures of multiculturalism and have begun to assert their sovereignty.
Things look similar abroad. Britain’s Conservatives, returned to power in 2010, are in a commanding position over a left-lurching Labour Party. France’s Socialist president, with single-digit approval, declined to run for a second term. European social democratic parties have been hemorrhaging votes and got walloped in Sunday’s Italian referendum. In Latin America and Asia, the left is declining or on the defensive.
Overall, history is not bending toward happy acceptance of ever larger government at home, nor is it moving toward submersion of national powers and identities into large and inherently undemocratic international organizations. The nation-state remains the focus of most people’s loyalties, and in a time of economic and cultural diffusion, as Yuval Levin argues in his recent book “The Fractured Republic,” big-government policies designed for an age of centralization have become increasingly dysfunctional.
As Liberals in America continue the post-mortem of Hillary Clinton, they all but ignore the obvious.
We stopped Liberals just in time to put America first.