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What is “spurious nationalism?”

October 18, 2017

A Viet Nam vet who says he is a “generational contemporary” of Senator John McCain’s would like the senator to explain how he defines the concept of America First as  “Half-baked spurious nationalism.”

“Pete” was a draftee, a grunt who served at the same time as McCain. He declined to say what battles he fought in, saying “After this many years, it doesn’t matter, and he fought from the air so we didn’t experience the same things, either before or after he was captured.”

He isn’t attacking McCain.  He says he’s just confused.

You know, I know he’s ill. Even if he wasn’t I wouldn’t question his right to his opinion.

But I’ve got mine too.  What’s wrong with asking “what’s in it for us?” Maybe if we had asked that back in 1965, we wouldn’t have had 58,272 dead or MIA American names etched on black granite. And after all that loss, the damn place went Communist anyway.

Back then I kind of thought that’s why we were in Nam in the first place, so people could speak their mind without fear. You know, spreading democracy and all that stuff.

Instead, now we have half our own country afraid to say anything because someone might throw a rock or a Molotov cocktail at them. So I ask you, what did we gain?

I just don’t understand whether he thinks that being the world’s patsy is what we should be about now, or if he’s just saying that total isolationism isn’t productive. I get that he can’t stand Trump personally, but does that make the concept of America First wrong on its face?”

Pete says that in the end, he voted for Donald Trump, not because he thought he was the best person for the job, but because he was tired of candidates only standing up for people who were saying they hated America and Trump wound up being the only choice.

“As a vet and an American, I nearly puked when I heard Obama out there apologizing for everything we are and saw him bowing to another world leader. I first liked Herman Cain and Rubio, but what’s-her-name was just Obama in a different skin.”

Pete’s not the only one who is confused.

Senator McCain seemed to be weighing in on the side of globalists, people who believe that we can and should be just one big happy family and who reject any sort of national identity as somehow being immoral.

They also point out that because of liberal immigration policies, the U.S. population now has a lot of people who don’t share our traditional values and  who don’t even want to speak our language, with an unknown share of 20% of the population potentially falling into that category.

As Pete says, the Senator is entitled to his opinion, but his words have many people wondering if he equates patriotism and national pride to practicing “spurious nationalism.”  If so, they beg to differ.

From → op-ed

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