Two subjects front and center today are walls and nationalism. But lets look at them first from the Left’s “mainstream” perspective.
Nationalism is a dirty word to progressives and Democrats. You know why. It is now sufficient to state that as a fact. The left already does, they will tell you all the reasons they detest it. They’ve tried to rub it out or stigmatize it.
Well, except when the issue is about nationalism in a foreign country, then it turns to loftier, respectable terms. But for us it is a nasty concept.
The wall hardly needs any explanation now either. They hate it, and have no problems telling you that either. It’s a nasty thing that should be forbidden. It’s been called immoral. Yes, an object saddled with the symbolism of immorality. One prospective candidate said it kills people, and existing walls should come down. The stigma created is gigantic.
But before we put the two of them together, let’s look at the real view in the context of the US. Because, after all, we are talking about this country not some other place.
Nationalism is a pride in the country we live in. It is a sense of loyalty to this country –which I think one would get if one reads the oath of office. A love for the flag and simple pledge and anthem. Patriotism. Appreciation not apathy. Not supranationalism.
Walls are another welcome thing for a lot of reasons. They define boundaries and protect what is in them. The old saying was good fences make great neighbors. Walls haven’t always been bad. In fact, they are used for so many reasons that a wall-less world would seem pretty intimidating. And the walls we are talking about are not to keep people in, as has been suggested by critics. But then borders are another good thing too. Just saying.
Then we need to see it again from the same perspective what Leftists are doing with these two things – as much as they claim to hate them both.
Progressives are all about nationalizing everything. They want nationalized healthcare, nationalized programs and environmental policies on everything. They want nationalized policies that supercede state and local ones. And they want your obligatory pride in that.
They also want to nationalize us under the rubric of servants and serfs of the national government. It is hard to think of something the Left doesn’t want national government to control. All nationalized in one government. Finally, they want that national government controlled by progressives with the same ideological view. That includes the courts, where one court can intervene and control any national policy not satisfactory to the Left.
Basically, they believe in nationalizing everything from roads to healthcare, to diet, to mandates on ponds on your property And, as we saw with the Kelo decision, they want those property owners subservient to the national government authority for what it deems common use – even for more tax revenue.
The bill of rights should also be read only from the national government perspective, along with the notion that our rights are bestowed by the national government, which trumps everything. In fact, think about who is more the nationalist here. Just that they need to control it all. And, as we know, it really is all about control. Nationalized elections too.
But they want people then loyal to that government and more importantly under its nationalized thumb. They want a government, by government, for government. That is the nationalism they seek at all costs.
That wall they hate is a material, physical boundary. But they have plenty of walls that are not material, nevertheless they believe in these walls. These are walls to keep people in. They need walls around the Democrat party to keep people from leaving. They need walls to contain free speech zones, or walls behind which we can practice our faith – like prayer closets. And they want a thick wall of separation preventing people of faith from having any influence in that government. They want walls around Planned Parenthoods. Finally, they like real walls to protect them from other people and to preserve their private utopia, while they force others to live below standards set by their big-government dreams.
What a nationalist wants
Now I want walls to keep criminal elements and invaders out that we have no control over. I want the border to be real, not an imaginary thing. And not just some fictional boundary dishonored from both sides.
I want boundaries determined by geology not ideology. Not some borderless area of lawlessness. I also want laws that protect the nation’s borders, not open them up to meaningless interpretation defined by cartels, smugglers, invasions and radical groups.
I want a nationalism of individual people who are in control of their government, not vice versa. Not mobs that hijack government from everyone else, for their own agendas. I want a Republic not a Mobocracy. And I prefer to keep it as long as possible.
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