from the American Spectator:
Progressive Nationalists… When Leftists Love Nationalism
The true nationalists and patriots were progressives — and environmentalists.” So declared an August 2015 article at the website of Think Progress, founded by the Center for American Progress, citadel of the progressive-liberal left.
Back then, nationalism was good to progressives. Now, with Donald Trump having bothered to weigh in, nationalism is bad to progressives. In fact, it’s downright detestable. It’s Hitlerian. It’s Trumpian-Hitlerian. By golly, it’s yet another Trump “dog whistle,” a not-so-veiled clarion call to fellow xenophobes in his neo-Gestapo movement to start constructing concentration camps for the caravan along the southern border.
The latest example of the left losing it are the histrionics and hysterics denouncing Trump’s newest malevolent ism. The list is ongoing: nationalism, patriotism, populism, sexism, chauvinism, lookism, ageism, white-maleism, vegetarianism. The Donald steadily stirs up a toxic witch’s brew — a dab of fascism, a sprinkle of Nazism, a smattering of racism. Whatever the left can sniff out for its agitprop du jour.
Remember, they called Ronald Reagan a fascist and a racist. Ditto for both Bushes. Ditto for any Republican they don’t like.
Hey, liberals — ever hear the fable about the boy who cried wolf? There really is something to that, you know.
The latest leftist demand is that Donald Trump, in mode of historian/political scientist, provide an acceptable definition of nationalism. Liberals, of course, will be judge and jury as to whether the definition passes muster.
“It means I love the country, it means I’m fighting for the country,” a defensive Trump avers. “I’m proud of this country and I call that ‘nationalism.’ I call it being a nationalist and I don’t see any other connotation than that.”
In the masterfully discerning mind of any Washington liberal, that’s a damned dog whistle. That’s Herr Donald slyly exhorting his alt-right minions to march in unison with right hands in air yelling, “Heil Trump!”
A funny thing about the left’s consuming hatred of Trump: Liberals seem torn over whether to caricature the man as a Machiavellian genius coyly prompting his base or a slack-jawed Neanderthal who couldn’t grunt or spell the word nationalist.