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Four “Takes”–Election 2020

November 6, 2020

Roll Over and Play Dead, Pt. 4

Internationalism vs Nationalism

The one distinctive feature of the Trump Administration was its “nationalism.”

Again there is little evidence that President Trump had thought through what he meant by “Make America Great,” nor how similar American nationalism was to assertion of national identity of former nations in eastern Europe subjugated by the Soviet Union with the complicity of the Soviet Union’s partner ally the United States of America.

The “Iron Curtain” that Winston Churchill described in his Fulton Missouri Speech defined the conflict between totalitarian ideology and democratic idealism first fashioned by President Woodrow Wilson. Wilsonian idealism, carried into execution after the Second World War, was based on faith in international cooperation highlighted by fatuous bureaucrats assigned as Delegates to a United Nations headquartered in New York City.

The Trump Administration rejected the legacy of six Republican Presidents: Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. Make America Great was Trump’s mantra; not Make the World Great. Spreading the growth of Democracy was now passée.

For President Trump, however, America will become great by the imposition of tariffs on foreign imports, favoring domestic manufacturing even if that is inefficient or more costly than foreign manufacture and by increasing the frequency of Tweets and the volume of Trump‘s bluster.

For President Trump, “Make America Great” is understood as a better program than “Make the World Democratic” by foreign wars. Trump’s nationalism was not “War Nationalism” and for that reason his legacy may be that he kept the United States out of war for four whole years.

Still, Trump’s opponents shouted, “Roll Over and Play Dead.”

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