Friday, March 9, 2012
Nationalist America: Old Habits Die Hard
What is ironic about that is that these same people who mention the concept of "Rule of Law," were the people that were okay with bin Laden being executed without trial. They are also the same people that are still okay with detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay without trial. They're the same people that were okay with waterboarding.
At Western Hero, Silverfiddle wrote an article about the hypocrisy of Liberals who decried Rush Limbaugh's distasteful words towards that Fluke girl, while cheering even more distasteful words used by their heroes like Bill Maher. Damien Charles, a frequenter here at CFGM, made a remark about American conservatives, and he was immediately shot down. Someone remarked that he doesn't understand our internal workings because he doesn't live here.
What struck me about this is that these same people have offered countless critiques on European society, from her social issues to her economic issues. And whenever they talk about how screwed up Europe is, they speak as though they live there and truly understand everything that is going on in each individual coutnry.
So what is the explanation for these attitudes? If it were ignorance it wouldn't be so sad. It'd be great--somewhat comforting actually--if I could just sit back and say "well they just don't know." Unfortunately, it's much worse than ignorance: it is willful denial of contradictory truths, probably for the purpose of maintaining the pleasantry of feeling as though they have a grip on reality.
In short, it's Nationalism.
"But Jack, this isn't the 19th Century anymore. We're not Nationalists! Nationalism is for Nazis! It's for imperialist, socialist Europeans, not enlightened egalitarian Americans such as we!" Let's take a look at this Jeff Foxworthy-style.
If you believe that it's okay to waterboard a foreign national, but it's not okay to waterboard an American citizen, then you might be a Nationalist.
If you believe that it's okay to hold a foreign national in custody without trial, but it's not okay to do that to an American citizen, then you might be a Nationalist.
If you believe that the rights which our government is guaranteed to protect, as spelled out in the Constitution of the United States of America, are only rights that are guaranteed to American citizens, then you might be a Nationalist.
If you believe that America knows best and that you are in a position to somehow understand the world, but the world is not able to understand America, then you might be a Nationalist.
If you believe that America is just plain better than every other country in the world, whether you think it's because we're blessed by God or because of values, you might be a Nationalist.
If you shun another person at the mere mention of America's historical and current faults, calling that person a traitor and questioning his/her patriotism, then you might be a nationalist.