Those of you who were born in recent decades probably don’t know much about the shifting political culture of the United States. Over the years, unique visions of how our country should be run, from social programs to international relations, were set by influential leaders.
They created trends, not to mention laws, then set the tone for our country for many, many years. Often the problems and challenges we face today are the results of policies set into motion a long time ago.
You’ve may have heard of the buzz word “globalism” in recent days. It is the idea, generally speaking, that individual countries must ban together in a larger system in order to survive. It’s the policy of surrendering some (or all) of a nation’s sovereignty in exchange for better relations with other nations.
This idea became popular in 1989, during the post-Soviet era. It has since taken root in almost every developed country in the world.
Some consider globalism a natural and inevitable progression, but it has many problems. Each nation has its own identity and surrendering its values and traditions to support a global network is bound to fail.
We’ve seen it at work in Europe. The EU started as a small, sensible idea, where a few nations supported each other, nations that were relatively stable and economically strong. But over the years dozens of smaller, weaker nations joined, creating a massive financial burden they could not support.
From that perspective you can see how globalism is essentially international wealth fare, where the most prosperous nations suffer as they try to support weaker ones. Instead of encouraging a country to stand on its own and tackle their own problems, they demand help from other nations, creating new kinds of problems.
This has become an issue in the United States as well, as many politicians believe in order for our country to survive in the 21st Century, it needs to become more integrated with other nations. Yet all we’ve gained from globalist policies is the erosion of our industries, a dearth of jobs, and a massive influx of immigrants from hostile nations.
Clearly, this needs to change. Even liberal outlets are acknowledging Donald Trump’s anti-globalist stance as one of his greatest strengths as a candidate. Politico outlined some of what Trump intends to do to end the plague of globalism in American.
Trump, then, with his promise of a future in which the integrity of the state matters, and where citizens identify with the state because they have a stake in it rather than with identity-driven subgroups, proposes a satisfying alternative.
This is also why it would be a big mistake to underestimate Trump and the ideas he represents during this election. In the pages of the current issue of POLITICO Magazine, one author writes: “The Trump phenomenon is about cultural resentment, anger and most of all Trump. It’s primal-scream politics, a middle finger pointed at The Other, a nostalgia for a man-cave America where white dudes didn’t have to be so politically correct.”
Anger is right. Many Americans (not just the “white dudes” they so blithely insulted) are tired of liberal leaders telling us everything’s our fault. They open the door for outside forces like China, Mexico and the EU to benefit from our hard labor, while depriving American citizens from good paying jobs and our basic liberties.
This trend is not isolated to white male Americans. All over the world, citizens are feeling the brunt of out-of-control globalism, from Germany’s unregulated migration of refugees to the United Kingdom’s economic woes. The latter made their stance with Brexit.
Germany will soon face changes, as Angela Merkel is watching her popularity plummet.
Regardless of the outcome of this election, politics as we know them in America is over. Even if Hillary Clinton manages to bamboozle enough voters into electing her, she will not have the same complicit Washington as Obama did.
Our society has grown tired of business as usual. We cannot afford the same globalist agenda that has been destroying our way of life. Whoever becomes the next president will have to bow to the will of the people, and bring an end to international collusion and policies that enrich others at the detriment to the American citizen.