Here We Go Again

Democrats on the march.

We’re racists again.

End of the American dream? The dark history of ‘America first’

Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. It seemed an astonishing thing for a candidate to say; people campaigning for president usually glorify the nation they hope to lead, flattering voters into choosing them. But this reversal was just a taste of what was to come, as he revealed an unnerving skill at twisting what would be negative for anyone else into a positive for himself.

By the time he won the election, Trump had flipped much of what many people thought they knew about the US on its head. In his acceptance speech he again pronounced the American dream dead, but promised to revive it. We were told that this dream of prosperity was under threat, so much so that a platform of “economic nationalism” carried the presidency.

Reading last rites over the American dream was disquieting enough. But throughout the campaign, Trump also promised to put America first, a pledge renewed – twice – in his inaugural address. It was a disturbing phrase; think pieces on the slogan’s history began to sprout up, explaining that it stretches back to efforts to keep the US out of the second world war.

In fact, “America first” has a much longer and darker history than that, one deeply entangled with the country’s brutal legacy of slavery and white nationalism, its conflicted relationship to immigration, nativism and xenophobia. Gradually, the complex and often terrible tale this slogan represents was lost to mainstream history – but kept alive by underground fascist movements. “America first” is, to put it plainly, a dog whistle. The expression’s backstory seems at first to uncannily anticipate Trump and (at least some of) his supporters, but the truth is that eruptions of American conservative populism are nothing new – and “America first” has been associated with them for well over a century. This is merely the latest iteration of a powerful strain of populist demagoguery in American history, from president Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) to Louisiana senator Huey Long a century later – one that now extends to Trump.

This America-hating Brit author goes on to bash America and Trump for about 20-30 more paragraphs. It’s very scholarly.

Here’s the funny thing – the author never explains why “America First” is a bad policy, she just uses the logical fallacy of guilt by association – she associates the phrase with racism, but she never explains how it is racist.

Nor does she offer up any defense of globalism. They never do, other than to talk about some future socialist/globalist utopia where everybody is rich and nobody has to work.

It’s a load of crap.

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91 Responses to Here We Go Again

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Globalism is socialism.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    My response to that drivel ……

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’d like to counter sue too! 😉

  4. DeniseVB says:

    WoW, in response to Candace Owens dressing down BLM when they protested at her speech….

    ……that moment…..

  5. mothy2017 says:

    I no longer pay any attention to any race baiters. I don’t care. Not even a little bit.

  6. swanspirit says:

    The American hating Brit was born here, near Chicago. Probably has one of those dual citizenships. Her “expertise” is in drivel, I mean fiction.

  7. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Read this thread.

    • Cisco says:

      Well worth reading.
      Great sandwiches by the way.

    • elliesmom says:

      I am close friends with a married lesbian couple. They won’t step foot in a Chik-Fil-A. It’s not a problem for me until one of them wants me to go to JoAnn Fabrics with her. It’s a long ride by Rhode Island standards, and when I make the trek, which isn’t often, I always get a bite at the Chik-Fil-A in the same strip mall. Ellie likes to come because they have an outdoor cafe, and she can eat there with me. As long as it’s not too hot to leave her in the car while I run into JoAnn, I bring her. They always pop a nugget or two in the bag for her. I get so sick of always having to “respect” my friens’ views, I’ve drawn a line in the sand on this one. No stop at Chik-Fil-A, no trip to JoAnn. It’s not like they’re going to spit on her chicken if she tells them she’s a lesbian.

      • lyn says:

        Aren’t people silly?

      • DeniseVB says:

        If Chik-fil-A refused to serve gays, that would be a problem for me too. But they don’t, they provide a good product and service. I remember a story the the media didn’t cover when Atlanta was paralyzed by an ice storm, Chik’s provided free meals and crawled over embankments to those stuck on the highways. Also, the Pulse nightclub massacre, they even opened on a Sunday to provide first responders and blood donors free meals. That never made Rachel Maddow’s headlines?

      • mothy2017 says:

        I love CFA. At least 2x a month. One near my gym.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan – waiting for the Barbara Bush service to begin. Got a glimpse of the Clintons and Obamas sitting together behaving like they’re at a cocktail party. Melania is sitting on Barack’s right and being ignored, or she’s just classy, and ignoring them. Checked the other channels, all covering it and won’t shut up, how annoying. Cspan is just playing organ music.

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  10. Dora says:

    Oh no! What did he say that for? Very bad timing.


    Trump pal Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘vindictive drunk,’ loses GOP speaking gig

  11. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I guess we need to outlaw refugees.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    • taw46 says:

      And Obama did not attend Betty Ford’s funeral. And Bill Clinton did not attend Jackie’s funeral. There is a long list of them.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Wading through the vile on the twitter feed, nobody was missing the Carters. I think both are in their 90’s now, so that’s understandable.

        • taw46 says:

          Yes, I noticed no one has mentioned them.

          • lateblum says:

            I believe I had recently heard that Roslyn has been very ill and that Jimmy was or has been at her side. Last week, I received a photo of the Carters included in a fundraiser letter from the Jimmy Carter Center. In it Roslyn looked very tired and ill. So perhaps that is the reason for their absence. The photo of them saddened me.

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  17. Dora says:

    But it’s illegal!

  18. Myiq2xu™ says:

    My car was dirty so I decided to wash it. The place closest to my house is only $6 but it has long lines on the weekend. The next closest place charges $11 but there is no line. I decided it would be quicker and cheaper to go to a self-service car wash.

    It started well. This place has free vacuums and there was no line. After cleaning the inside I moved over to the stalls for exterior washes. All four stalls were full, but the one on the end the girl was drying her car and the others were still busy washing so I pulled up at her stall to wait.

    Car wash etiquette states that the stalls are for washing only. When you are done washing you’re supposed to pull out and move to the drying area.

    But I’m trying to be nice so I just sat and waited as she very carefully dried every inch of her cars exterior. Meanwhile, the other three stalls are still occupied by people who are WASHING their vehicles. I didn’t start to lose it until she put her drying shammie away and started cleaning the inside of her car.

    It was about then that the guy in the next stall finished washing his car and started drying it IN THE STALL.

    Long story short, the cop said I can’t ever go back there again.

    • dm says:

      Some people are just completely oblivious to anyone or anything but whatever is going on in their own little head/world…idiots.

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    That look on mama’s face says “I don’t care if you have fed and nurtured me since I was a kitten. If you touch my baby I will cut you.”

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