Who’s right – Barack Obama or Donald Trump?
On the eve of America’s 241st birthday – and my 63rd, by the way – it’s a good time to tackle the subject of nationalism, as both Obama and Trump have been doing this holiday weekend.
Obama suggests too much patriotism and nationalism can be a bad thing for Americans. Trump is waving the flag and talking about American exceptionalism.
Who’s right and who’s wrong? Or is the truth somewhere in the middle?
While Obama was in Indonesia this weekend mau-mauing about “extreme” nationalism, Trump was home in the USA boasting about America’s two great founding documents – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
As someone who has been around for one-quarter of this American experiment in liberty, let me tell you why I think Trump is not only 100 percent correct, but that it’s long past time for those of us who were purposely mis-educated to think there’s something dangerous about American nationalism and patriotism to get over it and grow up – and that includes Obama.
There are only a handful of choices we have as to how we human beings shall live.
- We can try to live with no government.
- We can try to live with limited government.
- We can try to live with unlimited government.
If I missed any choices, please let me know.
Our Founding Fathers recognized government, by nature and historical precedent, tends to overreach its proper authority. Left to its own devices, government tends to grow – to take on more and more responsibility and thus power.
They determined, and I believe quite properly, that government is a “necessary evil.” It was necessary to have some, but important to restrain its instincts to grow.
Ultimately, that’s what this unique experiment in self-governance is all about. And while we – our generation – have certainly forgotten all the lessons the founders learned about the sacred duty to limit the power of government, people like Obama are still eagerly trying to push the notion that, unless government is sticking its nose into an issue, nothing good, healthy and positive is being done about it.
We should be celebrating our independence – and we should be celebrating it hard, and with enthusiasm and alacrity. The alternative is dependence.
There are always choices – liberty or slavery, limited government or unlimited government, independence or dependence.
And, then there’s nationalism. Don’t like it? What’s the alternative?
I’ll tell you why Obama and George Soros and the Democratic Party and the United Nations don’t like nationalism. They are internationalists. They are globalists. The political influence they exert in the U.S. is not enough for them. The very much want to run the world.
I’m not joking. I’m not exaggerating. This utopian dream they share is at the far end of the political spectrum from America’s founders, who rightly recognized government closest to the people is usually more responsive to the will of the people.
While we have already drifted far from the founders’ vision to keep the American national government small, it would be a disaster if we stopped celebrating what they achieved through the inspiration of God, the examples He provides through Scripture, and their own unique genius. Shoot off the fireworks! Have a party. Celebrate without equivocation or reservation. Read the Declaration this week. Study the Constitution. Look at what it birthed – the greatest experiment in liberty the world has ever known.
Revel in the fact that you are free. It’s rare in the world today, and it’s been rare throughout the history of the world.
But here in the USA, it’s not an accident that you are free. It’s the result of a national creed adopted 241 years ago. If you don’t like it, there are many other nice countries you can choose for your homeland. You can go to Indonesia, if you like. You can go to North Korea, if you can figure out how to get in, which is almost as difficult as getting out. You can go anywhere they will take you. That’s diversity, isn’t it? What kind of diversity would we have if we all lived under global rule?
Live free. Choose nationalism. It’s better than the alternatives.
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