While I’m quite fond of the nationalist perspective, based upon my observations, the majority of Americans have come to believe, and erroneously so, that the only eventual outcome of the nationalist perspective is something akin to Germany’s Third Reich. That is, of course, nonsense. But, and as ridiculously contradictory as it sounds, we do live in an age wherein many Americans have been brainwashed into believing that patriotism is somehow anti-American. However, because the majority of Americans now believe this does not make it right, nor does being part of the majority on this matter serve as a reasonable defense for holding this self-injurious belief as truth. But this majority-perspective can be explained as it is just this sort of an absurdity that is the logical cost to a society for its toleration of a decades-long propaganda campaign spearheaded by corporate media and academia, and focused upon instilling in the populace unjustified feelings of guilt, an imaginary sense of division among one’s countrymen, and an irrational sense of fear instilled by incessant baseless alarms of potential attacks from hypothetical enemies both from within and outside the country.
This same misguided majority, having succumbed to the endless attacks upon their psyches, has somehow come to believe that being an American – and promoting the ideals that made America great – somehow requires the relinquishing of not only sacred individual rights and great American traditions, but altruism to the point of self-obliteration, and worst of all, the staggering cost, both in dollars and blood, of playing police officer and moral referee to the world.
But despite the untiring efforts of corporate media and academia, not all of us have bought into the bullshit.
Those of use who have chosen to continue to think for ourselves despite the media’s constant drumbeat of guilt, envy and fear are, by my observations, in the minority. And we continue to recognize that the ideas that were born in 1776 on the land that is now called America, are the same ideas that have elevated the whole world to the awareness of the concept of the right of the individual to, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and the primary purpose of government being to protect that right. Those of us in the political minority who believe that America’s ability to continue to influence the world as a positive role model hinges on America’s maintaining its sovereignty, identity and integrity, as well as its economic and military strength, are nationalists.
Personally, I define nationalism as: America first.
For me, ‘America first’ means We the People placing the good interests of our nation and our people above the interests of any other nation or people in the world – taking care of our own first, and then from our abundance – and without causing injury to ourselves – giving charity to foreign people as they both need and deserve, and leading them to lives of liberty, peace and prosperity through our setting an example – and not by playing world policeman or moral referee.
America first. I can say this phrase without any sense of guilt. I can say ‘America first’ without feeling as though it divides me from my countrymen, no matter their race, religion or economic class. I can say ‘America first’ without the fear of it leading me to being any more vulnerable to attack by enemies from within or outside my country.