A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Back in 2005 I wrote an article entitled: “I’m a Nationalist.” Over the weekend, while doing a bit of light research, I came across the piece -- and read it again. Honestly, I can’t see that anything has changed my mind. If ANYTHING I am MORE of a nationalist today than I was 5 years ago. Why? One word: “OBAMA!”
The dictionary defines a nationalist as: One with “Devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation.” (Free on-line dictionary)
The dictionary defines a nationalism as: “1: loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.” (Free Merriam-Webster dictionary)
I have been a nationalist from my youth. In fact, until I became active in politics, I thought ALL Americans felt that way about their country. Then I had the epiphany! Liberals/Progressives do not! (Gasp!) I must tell you that was a difficult thing for me as a young activist to get my mental arms about.
Understand – I grew up in an America where “American Exceptionalism” was not only understood, even taught in our public schools, but was simply a way of life! We were unashamedly, unapologetically, AMERICANS!
Even today I do not consider myself a citizen of the world, as does our President. I am a citizen of the United States of America. I am a staunch opponent of “Global Governance” often referred to as a “One World Government.”
A nationalist government, in Washington, DC, would have, long ago, secured, and sealed the southern border of the United States, as well as the northern border. Nationalists believe that national boundaries and borders are important, and that they DO matter -- IF a nation is to maintain its identity. So don’t fool yourself. It will NEVER happen as long as we have the Liberal/Progressive/Socialist/Marxist government at the helm of this country.
Back in 2005, I wrote the following:
If you have ever run a business, especially a business that “sells” anything, then you know, to be successful, you must create a “Team Spirit” among your employees. That team spirit must include pride in the team, and a feeling that your team is the best, at what it does, and be ready, and able, to prove it to all comers.
If you have no team and everybody does “their thing,” at “their pace,” when they “feel like it”, then you have a mess on your hands. Any progress will be purely accidental. Plus your “people” will lag behind everyone else. In general, you will have a disorganized mess on your hands with lethargy as the ruler of the day.
Where am I going with all this rambling? Some of you figured it our before you finished the first paragraph.
I’m a Nationalist. Unapologetically. I cannot conceive of being an adherent to any other philosophy. Nothing else makes practical sense to me.
I am of Northern European stock. That may have something to do with it. I frankly, don’t know. And I care even less.
I was a Nationalist before 9-11. I will be a Nationalist when the dirt is shoveled into my face.
I have no love of “globalism.” None. I cannot conceive of a “one world government.” Even the phrase sends chills up my spine.
I see the US as THE Nation. It is MY nation; therefore it is the BEST nation of all the nations on the earth. Even when we screw-up, as we do often, we still lead the pack.
Regardless of what you may have been taught in school, we DO have a National Culture. There IS a single American Culture. I do not believe there is room within any single nation state for more than one culture. You can readily see that I do not adhere to the philosophy of multiculturalism. If you come to live among the people of my nation, then you will adhere to the culture of my nation. Else wise, you will never be a member of this nation. Legally, you may become a citizen, but you will never become a member of my society until you conform to the culture of my nation.
As a Nationalist, my allegiance is to the US. No other national, or international, entity will have my allegiance.
The United Nations, to me, is an abomination. I would like to see it disbanded and done away with… completely. It was an unworkable idea even before Woodrow Wilson dreamed up his “League of Nations.” The UN is, simply, another adversary to the United States.
Down deep, I believe most Americans feel this way, although it is not fashionable to say so out loud… or in public.
On a drive through the American Southeast you will see multiple flagpoles in the front yards of many homes flying Old Glory from high atop the pole. Granted, you may see a state flag, or even one, or more, of the Confederate national flags, or even the Confederate Battle flag flying BELOW Old Glory… on the same pole. To a Southerner that is not the least bit confusing. We are proud Americans, Southern Americans, to be sure, proud of our heritage, but our allegiance, first and foremost, is to the United States. And, as a Nationalist, that is where my/our allegiance stops.
So, do not attempt to sell me on “multiculturalism.” I ain’t buying. No need to bother yourself trying to sway me toward “globalism.” I want none of it. I’m not interested in embracing the remainder of the world. I’ll happily trade with other nations and lend a hand when they need it, but my nation, America, comes first. Period.
Yep, I guess that makes me a nationalist.
The weeping, and wailing and gnashing of teeth you are hearing is coming from the political left. They cannot abide the idea that a person, especially a citizen of the United States, could love their country, especially THIS country (The US). But there are millions of us abroad in America. You will see most of us at the polling places on November 2nd, 2010.
J. D. Longstreet, American