Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"America first" is racist signalling? I reject that thinking!

Let's go on and have this debate.  The talking point from the left is that "America first" is racist...that its signalling to the KKK and other white supremacists groups.

I reject that.

Note that this line of argument first appeared (at least this is the first place I heard it) on MSNBC on the night of the election and has been shouted from the rooftops on the Rachel Maddow show.

The initial argument was historically accurate.  Certain anti-semitic, anti-war and isolationist groups back during the late 1930's used the slogan America first to fight calls for us to enter the upcoming war.

But the meaning of words and phrases changes over time and I might be naive but I believe that this slogan doesn't have any racist, isolationist or even anti-war meaning to it.

It means what it means.  Start putting America first.  It's a call from the citizenry for the govt to start acting in the interests of the people and not other nations or corporations.  Its not anti-trade, but instead a call for free AND fair trade.  It's not isolationist but it is a call to avoid foreign entanglements.  It does mean that we will fight wars for national survival and win unconditionally.

That's my take.  What's yours?

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