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August 18, 2019

8/13/2019 10:36:00 AM
'America First' is better than the alternative


Last week following the shootings in Dayton and El Paso the media were screaming about "white nationalism."  For those not knowing what that is, it's the identification with one's own nation and support for its interests to the exclusion of other nations.  Essentially it means "America First." 

     Of course most of the focus is on the president and his inability to say anything some don't find objectionable.  Don't get me wrong; there is a lot he says and tweets about that makes me cringe when I hear it.  I truly wish he could control what he says or at least think about it a little longer before he hits the send button or whatever it is that sends out a tweet.

    What troubles me more, however, is the unwillingness to look at what the opposition may be doing that contributes not only to white nationalism, but to a nationalistic attitude of America as a whole.  Not a day goes by when someone running for president on the opposing side doesn't push issues that makes every American question where they want to take us, how they want to do it, and whether some of this nationalistic furor may be coming from them also.   

     Take for instance the demand for open borders, decriminalizing illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, blocking ICE from deporting criminals and those the courts have ordered out of the U.S., free health care for illegal immigrants, reparations, calling everyone (even in their own party) racist or sexist, paying $1,000 to every American monthly, taking away honest citizens' firearms, and these are just the ones I've seen in the last two days that pop to mind. 

     America is certainly not a perfect nation and we do have our faults, both past and present.  I'm proud to be an American, however, and believe in taking care of America first.  The U.S. does many good works around the world both in bringing stability and charitable giving.  If America is not first in the world, the major influence would come from China and Russia and that certainly would not be good for this world. 

     If being on the side of America and putting Americans first makes me a nationalist, this I guess I'll accept the title and be proud of my country.  I think there are a lot of Americans - white, black, red, yellow and brown - who probably feel the same pride I do, but since I'm white I'll probably get tagged as being a "white nationalist" though pride in America shouldn't come with a color code, in my opinion.


Phil Montgomery


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