So what is a “Nationalist?”
Damn glad you asked.
Definition: “person who strongly identifies with their own nation and vigorously supports its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.” (Wikipedia)
OK, so do we have a Nationalist Party in America, and if so, who and what is it?
As far as I know, we do not have an official Nationalist Party in America. we have groups that may claim to be, such as the “White Nationalists”, “Black Nationalists” and I think even some First People might refer to themselves as Nationalists; Lakota, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Ojibwa, Menominee, Navajo, and, whoa, wait, aren’t those “Indian tribes?” Nope, those are First People’s Nations aka Native Americans (Indians come from India) who are members of their own nations most of which have sovereign reservations where the Nation is headquarters.
So how does this fit in with what President Trump said about being a Nationalist? Umm, not a lot, but it’s a great bit of information to help understand the principle of Nationalism.
Ok, I get it now, but what is Nationalism?
“Nationalism is a political, social, and economic system characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation, especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining sovereignty over the homeland. The political ideology of nationalism holds that a nation should govern itself, free from outside interference and is linked to the concept of self-determination. Nationalism is further oriented towards developing and maintaining a national identity based on shared, social characteristics, such as culture and language, religion and politics, and a belief in a common ancestry. Nationalism, therefore, seeks to preserve a nation’s culture, by way of pride in national achievements, and is closely linked to patriotism, which, in some cases, includes the belief that the nation should control the country’s government and the means of production.” (Wikipedia,*)
Yep, despite claims by the anti-Trumps, this perfectly describes President Trump and his agenda for America.
Here’s your assignment for the day: Can you pick out three concepts in the definition of Nationalism that directly relates to what the anti-Trumper’s are fighting him on? When you do, as yourselves this: who’s right for the America you want?