Who are the nationalists?

Who are the nationalists?
August 13 15:46 2017 Print This Article

During Saturday’s violent clash in Charlottesville, Va. between disparate groups protesting the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the leftist groups Antifa and Indivisible, all the media chatter was about “white nationalism”. Very few of the participants in this riot, which resulted in three deaths, could be accurately described as nationalists.

Merriam-Webster defines nationalism as “loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially, a sense of national consciousness.” In the videos of the rioting I have seen, nobody was seen waving an American flag. The white racist groups and the leftist activists all have collectivist mindsets and don’t revere what makes America the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Nationalists believe in the words in our pledge of allegiance that we are “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The white racists and leftists don’t believe those words. They believe in dividing America on the basis of skin color and ideology.

Another principle embraced by nationalists is obedience to the Constitution of the United States. The preamble to the Constitution begins with the words, “We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility …” Any groups which encourage rioting and violence are by definition not nationalists.

President Donald Trump appealed to nationalists of all ethnic backgrounds during his victorious campaign. He spoke out against corporations which close factories in America and relocate overseas. He objected to surrendering American sovereignty by entering into the United Nations Paris Climate Accord. When President Trump speaks with foreign leaders, he always tells them that it is his duty to put the needs of the American people first.