Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Has America Exhausted into Nationalism?

by Kim D.

Last year I wouldn't have thought so. Last year I believed that, for the most part, those more right-minded embraced the Constitution, not the amended one but that which our Founding Fathers created as a blueprint for success. This has been the mantra of the Cruz Crew.

The success of Donald Trump has proven me wrong. Even family and friends who have hopped onto the Trump train balk when you mention the Constitution, ignorantly asking "What has it done for me lately?" That lazy thinking is shocking but the sad trap into which America has fallen. We look for a savior instead of rolling up our sleeves. When one savior doesn't make things better, we then look to another, and when one claims he and only he alone can make this country great again, we fall to our knees praising the powers that be.

Holger Stark has asked a similar question in his latest essay: "An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism." While Stark speculates that Trump is not a fascist, he sees certain warning signs in the method through which Donald's campaign and most fervent supporters secured the presumptive Republican nomination. Stark explains it like this:

Yes the elites have ignored the silent majority. They have asked only for votes and then proceeded to do what was in the Establishment's best interest, retain power at all costs. Stark continues by discussing the depressed state of America:
According to the New York Times, the number of people who still believe in the American Dream has fallen to the lowest level in 20 years. More than half of all Americans under 25 no longer believe that capitalism is the best of all economic systems. The strive for wealth and social advancement, forces that Alexis de Tocqueville once described as the country's binding elements, are no longer strong enough to hold its society together. The problem is further complicated by the competition between the shrinking white majority and the growing black and Hispanic minorities for jobs and wealth. 
This is the reality all Conservatives must face. There are more of them, meaning those who have given up on Capitalism, than there are of us. Stark then analyzes America's political climate further noting that we are a pessimistic bunch. We are angrier and less hopeful, much like what happened in Europe during the 1930s:
History has a nasty habit of repeating itself. We look to the mistakes of Europe and vow never to go there; yet we have a Nationalist Populist GOP nominee and a struggling Democratic Socialist who cannot seem to capture a party that has rigged its system to give Hillary Clinton her moment in the spotlight. So what is the solution to our this exhausted state? Stark believes . . . 
Cue Austin Petersen

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