We have good conservative pundits crying out that nationalism is a bad thing! That it IS the idea of deserved national superiority at the expense of everyone else.
As defined in the online free dictionary: nationalism, political or social philosophy in which the welfare of the nation-state as an entity is considered paramount. Nationalism is basically a collective state of mind or consciousness in which people believe their primary duty and loyalty is to the nation-state. Often nationalism implies national superiority and glorifies various national virtues. Thus love of nation may be overemphasized; concern with national self-interest to the exclusion of the rights of other nations may lead to international conflict.
As defined in Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary it is: nationalism, loyalty and devotion to a nation; esp: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.
I must confess right now that I am a nationalist. I consider the UN (a supranational group) to have proven time and again to be anti-American and globalist in its philosophy and ideology. I am NOT a nationalist by the online dictionary definition with its caveats, but because:
I believe that the USA as envisioned and created by the Founders is the greatest form of government that man has been blessed to live under.
I believe that the USA as envisioned and created by the Founders was not meant to force itself or its ideology on anyone else. Indeed given the isolationist bent of our country until the opening of the twentieth century, I am certain of it.
So AMERICAN nationalism was never meant to crush other nations or force our will on others.
AMERICAN nationalism recognizes the right of sovereignty that every nation has.
AMERICAN nationalism lauds the freedom of the individual to pursue their dreams unfettered as long as those dreams do not infringe the rights of others to do the same.
AMERICAN nationalism is about defending the inalienable rights of the individual to do and be all they can to IMPROVE the human condition or NOT, as long as they do not harm others.
I could go on but the MEDIA both conservative AND liberal do us all a great disservice when they fail to understand and SHOW the difference between AMERICAN nationalism and the results of virtually every other form of nationalist ideology extant!
AMERICAN nationalism does not seek power over others. AMERICAN nationalism exalts the freedom of the American Citizen to live in freedom and prosperity always willing to help the less fortunate.
The ideology of AMERICAN nationalism is being buried in the distortion of the redefinition and the dumbing down of our citizens and our children makes it ever easier to manipulate us into a crass nationalism that has forgotten the responsibility to our fellow man that our Judaeo-Christian foundation requires of us individually and collectively.
The Founders passed on to us the responsibility to EDUCATE ourselves so that we WOULD NOT fall victim to such tactics.
Am I the only one left to speak up?