I have two ideas to explain why progressives in high places rarely deliver what they promise. The cynic in me likes to think they are out for themselves. They back liberal causes because they believe they are the path to fame and fortune. The other, slightly less negative cynic is convinced that some do-gooders really plan to help their sacred cows. They don’t know how to go about it, though, because their preconceptions are false. On the domestic front telling people they can’t help themselves doesn’t work any better than basing foreign policy on the hope that other nations will be more like us just because we wish it.
Does it matter which one of these progressive profiles fits Barack Obama? Not as much as it matters that his legacy will include turning Americans against the objects of his affection. Nationalists should thank him for this. They have their best chance in years to bring on a resurgence of Americanism.
Woe be it to these progressive favorites
Two years from now Obama will be pulling down big money for showy speaking engagements, reflecting on his legacy without admitting the devastation left behind. Unless Washington swings left in 2016, illegals, gay and sexually disoriented Americans, Muslims, the terminally jobless, unions, and minorities will all suffer from his efforts to publicize their unique needs and lend a helping hand. Why? Americans are tired of being told to make other peoples’ lives better while their own don’t improve. We’re tired of being told to bear the cost of pandering to groups convinced they are special whether that cost is monetary, moral, religious, or means ignoring the values this country was founded on.
Nationalists often get a bad rap, but the kind of nationalism Obama will cultivate has nothing to do with skinheads or fascism any more than his progressivism will help people. Nationalism has a whole lot to do with the conservative mantra of taking back the country, something Rand Paul says he wants to do but our president may help accomplish before we see anything from the Republican establishment. Anger is always a better motivator than political promises that inevitably ring hollow as campaign season drags on.
Nationalists can’t thank Iran and Mexico enough
Progressivism doesn’t stop at the border or the ocean. Nationalists should thank Iran and Mexico for big campaign issues dropped in their laps by abject failure in high places.
If approved, any nuclear agreement with Iran will be proof of another idealistic Obama sell-out that leaves worries over Muslim nukes on the table. If the deal fails we will be right back where we started. Either way, the administration can chalk up another massive foreign policy failure and nationalists have an opportunity to push an agenda that will make sure Iran never gets the bomb (see: What Are the Worst Words Obama Can Use?).
Mexico? We may not be getting rid of illegals just yet but they have been stopped dead in their tracks. Thank Texas Judge Andrew Hanen for that. His stunning rebuke of the administration sets the stage for some serious pushback by taxpayers who know portions of their livelihoods are going to benefit people we are paying to keep out.
Both countries have presented Americans with no-win scenarios thanks to destructively flawed policy. Anti-American, anti-Israel Iranians and a southern neighbor determined to dump as much of its unwanted citizenry on our soil as possible will do wonders for conservative hopes if we can find a candidate capable of getting the right words out. Granted, getting a Republican to say the right thing is a long shot but the party can’t blame Obama for not setting the stage.
The time is ripe for nationalists to push back
Are you tired of paying for all the things we’re told we’re not spending enough on? There is no better time than tax time to remember what a train wreck came from Obama’s scattershot ideas on how to run a country and manage a world.
There are few things more cynical than thinking that money is all that matters, but that’s what Obama’s middle class economics is all about:
And we can pay for these investments without blowing up our deficits. We just need to reform our tax code so it helps middle-class families get ahead instead of letting folks who already got a lot get ahead.1
Who are the “folks who already got a lot?” If you are writing a check to the IRS, those folks include you. Other than taking away our guns, is there a better way to rouse America’s nationalist spirit than taking away our money? How about violating the Constitution, a statement of values present day nationalists can thank their predecessors for?
Like all successful political endeavors, the new federal Constitution—written just four years after the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution—has many “fathers” and many origins. None is more important than the economic/political unrest following the war and a band of ultra-nationalists led by Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and George Washington.2
We have proved more than once that backing America is a winner when people agree that something has to be done. When so many have gotten so little out of a man they trusted, this is the time to push a nationalist agenda. Can we find someone with the courage and the voice to harness that nationalist spirit and halt the damage Obama’s failure of progressivism has done?