In the wake of a world-wide showdown between globalism and nationalism (sovereignty), President Trump is fighting globalism both at home and abroad.
France’s President Macron attacked President Trump’s nationalist stance and “America First” policies with this pointed rebuke. “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” “By pursuing our own interests first, with no regard to others’, we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values.”
Either President Macron needs a better speech writer or a better dictionary; let’s look at some of the problems here:
First, the opposite of nationalism isn’t patriotism; it’s internationalism or globalism. In truth, patriotism is more closely related to nationalism than it is to the socialistic globalism that President Macron, German Chancellor Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and others readily endorse.
Second, President Macron added the phrase “with no regard to others’.” President Trump frequently encourages every national leader to look out for their own country’s best interest, as each nation strives for international cooperation (which is different than globalism). This is the difference between maintaining our national individuality, the rights and liberties we hold dear, and our right to self-governance and limited government vs. ignoring our specific values, interests, and what is best for us as a nation—spiritually, politically, and morally.
Third, France’s leader condemns nationalism for giving up precious moral values. That really depends on where a nation comes from and where it desires to go. A patriotic nationalism which was birthed and rooted in the preponderance upon God’s sovereignty and the worship of Him, thereby fighting for family and freedom (the roots of American nationalism) will hold to a different set of moral values than a nationalism that was birthed and rooted in a bloody history of self-serving, tyrannical leaders (the roots of French nationalism). Although the American and French revolutions took place in the same era, their outcomes are starkly contrasted to one another and it provides for a very interesting study.
That is to say, nationalism would look vastly different from a French historical viewpoint than from an American historical point of view. America has held to her precious moral values in many ways. For example, as we helped to rebuild Japan after they had attacked us, and as we have offered help and asylum to the world’s “tired,” “poor,” and “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” As some of America’s recent Presidents have embraced globalism, it’s then we have given up our “precious moral values.”
President Macron would do well to pay attention to one of his countrymen from history, a man who was well acquainted with America’s nationalism/patriotism—Alexis de Tocqueville. “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” One raises the bar of human dignity while the other lowers it.
It’s no surprise that France and others socialist countries attack President Trump’s nationalism; after all, globalism could be called the most expansive form of socialism. America has been happy to give a hand up to others who have been less fortunate than ourselves; but recently many have come for a hand out and then bites the hand that feeds them. President Trump addressed this mindset well in late October when he said, “We’re giving all our wealth, all our money, to other countries and then they don’t treat us properly. For many years other countries that are allies of ours…they have not treated our country fairly. So in that sense, I am absolutely a nationalist and I’m proud of it.”
In this same setting—weeks before President Macron’s speech—President Trump also had stated: “I’m somebody that wants to help other countries of the world, but I also have to take — we have to take care of our country. We cannot continue to allow ourselves to be duped on military and also duped on trade, with the European Union, as an example.”
I’m grateful for the bold stand that President Trump willingly makes in the face of such widespread opposition and hatred; however, this article is not to defend President Trump. It’s meant as a defense of national sovereignty and as a means of opening other’s eyes to the dangers of globalism/socialism.
What are the consequences of globalism? What would happen if we succumbed to the internationalism that France would have us embrace? The short answer is—we would have the same troubles that these globalist nations have had.
We’ve seen the Islamic chaos in their streets, the increased reports of rape and other violent crimes, freedom of speech shackled, and in some places the police do their jobs without guns. Are these the precious “moral values” we should make sure we don’t give up?
Globalism grabs sovereignty; someone else dictates what we should do with our boarders and our laws. It grabs our safety as unrestrained refugees bring with them unrestrained illness, increased lawlessness, and a lack of protection for oneself or one’s private property. Internationalism grabs and lays waste to our financial stability as taxpayers are strained and burdened to provide for the needs of illegals, while our own nation’s needy, veterans, and children go unattended.
This globalism and National Socialism also allows an Islamic invasion of sorts while Christianity is further displaced and attacked. France, Germany, America, and others would do well to take heed to another of Tocqueville’s warnings: “I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”
As if globalism isn’t enough to fight against, our President fights socialism here at home too. As a growing segment of our populace embraces this devastating and unlimited form of government, without thinking of where its destination will lead us, President Trump faces further attacks and greater unrest. It’s his nationalistic pride and desire to “Make America Great Again” that keeps him going. Will we join him in protecting our country? Will we speak truth in an attempt to awaken a society from the socialistic slumber that has imprisoned their minds?
It’s as if Tocqueville had a telescope that transcended time to see and warn: “Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
Looking at the world’s stage and recognizing the encroaching dangers upon our lives and upon the freedom of our children, what can we do?
For one thing, liberty is directly tied to sovereignty; pray for President Trump as he stands.
When I was a child, I only knew of one kind of globalism and it was a good one. “He’s got the whole world in His hands!” Most importantly, regardless of what happens with the rest of this world or even our country, my goal must be to teach my children and others that God is in control and everything is working out to His divine purpose.
As trying times and persecution comes, keeping our mind set on Jesus will grow increasingly difficult; especially so, if we don’t daily press into His presence through devotions and prayer. Our own relationship with Jesus must grow deeper; and for the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must help them to know the difference between right and wrong, what is holy and not, and pray that the Holy Spirit will envelop them with His protecting presence, as we have done our best to lead them to our Lord.
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