Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, July 17, 2019
Love it or leave it, says the president.
President Donald Trump accused “progressive” non-white Democrats “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” of “viciously” telling “the people of the United States” what our government should do. Instead, he said, they could go back: “These places need your help very badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”
Many then called him a white nationalist. He’s far from it.
On Monday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilham Omar held a press conference to condemn the president. A CBS news story started out like this: “Standing side by side, the four Democratic congresswomen of color who were targeted in a racist tirade by President Trump that elicited widespread condemnation mounted a vigorous defense of their progressive agendas and tried to downplay the commander-in-chief’s controversial comments, which they said were just the latest episode of a pattern of bigoted and divisive rhetoric.” The author is Camilo Montoya-Galvez, whose Twitter bio reads “Immigrante” and features the Colombian flag. Like the congresswomen, Mr. Montoya-Galvez clearly has a racial consciousness.
President Trump hadn’t named any of these women. Only Ilham Omar was born outside the United States—though Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s parents are from Porto Rico and Miss Tlaib’s are from Palestine. All have criticized America’s history and heritage. Their joint press conference confirmed the truth of the president’s charge: They don’t consider themselves part of the historic American nation.
“The first note [sic] that I want to tell children across the country is that no matter what the President says, this country belongs to you,” said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez at the press conference. “And it belongs to everyone.”
Of course, if it belongs to “everyone,” it belongs to no one, and won’t be a country at all. What’s more, in February, Miss Ocasio-Cortez argued immigration laws should be abolished because America is “native land” and “Latino people are descendants of native people.”
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley recently said blacks are “treated like second class citizens”—affirmative action counts for nothing. At the press conference, she said she would never use President Trump’s title; she calls him “the occupant of the White House.” Two weeks ago, she tweeted an article from Salon declaring the Declaration of Independence “sexist, racist, and prejudiced.” She argued that the “prejudices, biases, & contradictions codified by our founding fathers are still felt today.” This was “liked” by Rashida Tlaib.
Congresswoman Tlaib wore a thawb during her swearing-in to “celebrate my Palestinian roots.” “Like any immigrant parent,” she said of her mother, “she wants all of her children to succeed, but without giving up on our roots or culture.” She defends reparations, calling them a “reckoning of a crime against humanity.” She also called the president a “mother***er.”
Finally, there’s Ilhan Omar. In 2017, she argued the United States was founded via “genocide.” In April, she complained that Muslims were “second-class” citizens. She also said of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, “Some people did something.” She said to criticize her was “dangerous incitement,” and thinks presidential assistant like Stephen Miller is a “white nationalist.” “This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics [sic],” she said in May. “This is not going to be the country of white people.”
Whose country will it be? Everyone’s, of course. Congresswoman Omar says President Trump’s immigration policies are “the agenda of white nationalists” and therefore have to be stopped.
Permit a white nationalist to disagree. President Trump believes there should be border controls, but he has not delivered on his campaign promises on immigration. Furthermore, his criticism of “the squad” was ideological, not racial. “We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country,” he tweeted. “IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE!” He said Democrats encourage “hate of Israel.”
Many Beltway Right figures (including, of course, David French) are criticizing the President for his tweets. But the President and most of his conservative critics basically agree that American patriotism means certain “values,” including capitalism and love of Israel. President Trump’s initial complaint was that his foes didn’t appreciate America’s government compared to the “catastrophe” in other countries.
A nation is not its government. A nation is its people. A nation exists whether its government is free or tyrannical, good or bad. This is what Enoch Powell was trying to tell Margaret Thatcher when he said he would fight for England even under Communism. Defining a nation by ideology is building on sand, especially because the Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize most “values” American conservatives defend today.
Chief among these values is anti-racism. All the Founding Fathers assumed America was a white country, created “for ourselves and our posterity.” Modern conservatives defend our country because it offers a good life to non-whites. So it does. They say America is more egalitarian than most other countries. So it is. Is that why we are supposed to love America? People do not lay down their lives for such bloodless stuff. They lay down their lives for their people, and it is clear that for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Alexander Hamilton, the American people were white.
Modern progressives accuse America of being racist, imperialist, and xenophobic in the past. To the extent that they mean racially conscious, expansionist, and insular, they’re right too. Conservatives who deny this look foolish, as when they claim Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican in spirit. Many non-whites will always resent early American history and traditional American symbols such as the Betsy Ross flag and the national anthem.
The solution is not to condemn the Founders, but to destroy contemporary racial dogmas. Unless we dispose of these modern “values,” we must constantly justify our national existence to non-whites and immigrants. No self-respecting people does this.
Whatever President Trump’s intellectual shortcomings, he was fundamentally right that these non-white congresswomen, especially Ilhan Omar, hate our country. If you were in a relationship with someone who said she loved you but hated your appearance, beliefs, and character, you’d leave. Rep. Omar says she and her colleagues speak from “extreme love for every single person in this country.” Really? Does that include President Trump? His supporters? Those who respect the “genocidal” Founders? White nationalists?
Consider Congolese immigrant Therese Patricia Okoumou, who scaled the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to protest American immigration laws. She showed up in court with a shirt saying, “No human is illegal on stolen land.” This isn’t “love;” it’s naked hostility. It’s an open declaration that our country is illegitimate. If whites showed up in other countries demanding they change their customs, heroes, and traditions, the natives wouldn’t stand for it.
Ilhan Omar and her ilk are foreigners whatever their passports say. President Trump recognizes this in some vague way; so do many of his supporters. Yet he can’t really define the problem. He enthusiastically accuses Congresswoman Omar of being anti-Semitic, but lacks the courage to call her anti-white or say that she is not really American.
She and others don’t hate only our government or our economic system. They hate the founding population—white people. And they will replace us if they can. Our political leaders must stop the invasion. If they don’t, whites must replace them.