In Defense of Americanism

The Left has never understood what made “Make America Great Again” resonate with so many people. We heard their mystification at the notion loud and clear from Democrat front runner for 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who actually said, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”

This kind of thinking isn’t new to the Trump era. Rather, it is the ultimate expression of an idea that has been an undercurrent that has bubbled to the surface on the Left for decades. Michelle Obama made similar remarks in 2008. “For the first time in my adult life,” the future first lady said, “I am really proud of my country.” That was just after the Wisconsin primary, when the political fortunes of her husband began to improve.

And it’s a longstanding attitude across the country on college campuses. This is the kind of thing the Ward Churchills of the world safely have been spewing, all while hiding behind tenure. It’s the kind of faux-knowledge that has infected our public education system through the pseudo-histories of Howard Zinn and others. And so we can see the effects of this rot today in our public discourse.

Rather than cherish the lessons learned from the history of our imperfect nation, elements of the radical left and their allies in the media ravage our history, throwing out traditions, tearing down memorials, and questioning the fundamental nature of the American Project. It’s a shameful enterprise that not only spits in the face of the eternal truths undergirding our nation, but also at all we have accomplished as a people.


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