The Ugly Face Of ‘Nationalism’

I could have been quite content to never hear the name “Marjorie Taylor Greene” again for as long as I live.  However, yesterday she flew face-first onto my radar and aroused such disgust that I truly wished for the opportunity for my fist to meet her face.  She and two others, Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas (both of whom have crossed my radar before) have started a new House caucus that they are calling the “America First Caucus”.  Just the name itself raised my hackles … you’ll remember the former guy using that terminology many times, and I find it to be an arrogant, bigoted term.

So, to start with, just what is a ‘caucus’?  Congressional caucuses are voluntary groups made up of lawmakers seeking to advance certain policy agendas. While the groups operate outside of the formal congressional legislative structure, many, such as the ignoble House Freedom Caucus, have found success influencing debate and amplifying their voices.  There are at least a hundred caucuses in the House, most consisting of only 2-3 members, some only having a single member, and typically promoting a single idea, such as the “Arts Caucus” or the “House Specialty Crops Caucus” … yes, I’m serious!  But some, like the aforementioned House Freedom Caucus, have a hundred or more members and a broad agenda.

The 7-page document outlining the “America First Caucus” policy agenda begins …

“The America First Caucus (AFC) exists to promote Congressional policies that are to the long-term benefit of the American nation. The North Star of any policy proposal will be that which serves the American people, and any consequential analysis of policy platforms must be based on this first principle.

As this implies a degree of ideological flexibility, a certain intellectual boldness is needed amongst members of the AFC to follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”

There is racist, bigoted language throughout the document.  In a section on immigration, the document describes the United States as a place with “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and argues that “societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”

The document calls to suspend all immigration, saying such pauses are “absolutely essential in assimilating the new arrivals and weeding out those who could not or refused to abandon their old loyalties and plunge head-first into mainstream American society.”

On infrastructure, the caucus calls for the construction of roads, bridges and buildings that reflect “the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture, whereby public infrastructure must be utilitarian as well as stunningly, classically beautiful, befitting a world power and source of freedom.” 

I strongly urge you to read the document, for it is filled with racist, bigoted rhetoric.  Interestingly, a few other congressional Republicans weren’t too happy with it, either.  Even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose ideology is typically far to the right of center, said …

“America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion. The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles.”

GOP conference chairperson Liz Cheney, the third highest ranking House Republican, responded with …

“Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.”

Democratic Representative Ted Lieu’s response was spot on …

“As an immigrant, I served on active duty in the US military to defend your right to say stupid stuff. What makes America great is that we don’t judge you based on bloodline, we look at your character.”

Last February, the House voted to remove Ms. Greene from her committee assignments based on her promotion of QAnon conspiracy theories, so she has had virtually nothing to do (yet We the People pay her $174,000 per year), and this caucus is presumably the result.  Trouble is that what Ms. Greene fails to understand is first that this is a nation of immigrants … immigrants from all over the world, not just “Anglo-Saxon” countries.  Second, she needs to understand that this is the 21st century, not the 18th.  We are all in this world together … air travel, the Internet, and other technologies have shrunken the globe and what one nation does can easily affect every other nation on the planet.  In the sections on the environment and energy, the document reads …

“The America First Caucus supports conservation of the environment and our national lands for the benefit of our nation. Having said that, we should not cripple our country’s manufacturing sector through agreements such as the Paris Climate Accords. We oppose the globalist, vague, and irrelevant policies being pushed under the guise of combating climate change.

While it is vital to preserve our environment, we should not use it as an impetus to destroy the energy industry that hires millions of hard-working Americans. Our elected officials should stand proudly with America’s struggling coal country against job-killing regulations, and welcome the ongoing shift towards clean coal. In addition, the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines will promote North American energy independence …”

Ms. Greene literally has zero qualifications to be in Congress, and even fewer qualifications to opine on things of which she has no knowledge.  Her ‘caucus’ is based solely on emotions, personal opinions, and uneducated views.  I had hoped that the people of her district in Georgia would vote her out next year and rid us of this terrible disease, but reportedly, she is raking in the campaign donations, so perhaps that dream is dead.

Ms. Greene’s ideology, such as it is, would close us off from the rest of the world, make this nation isolated and shielded from new ideas, cultural sharing, and protection of neighbors and allies.  And it would disenfranchise nearly half of the people in this nation.  There is no place in this country for the type of hateful ‘nationalism’ (another word I deplore) that Ms. Greene and her cohorts are proposing.  NONE!

27 thoughts on “The Ugly Face Of ‘Nationalism’

  1. This trend is extremely worrisome, and bodes badly for the future of our country, and the world. Sowing deeper division among the ppl will only accelerate the collapse. I weep for the Republican Party, another reason we need to encourage 3rd party participation, the GOP has become too fat and irrelevant, now a real threat to democracy.

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    • I hadn’t seen this article … thanks, Maddie! The Republican Party has changed drastically and in my book, they no longer have any values, but rather are the party of greed, the party of racism, the party of wealth. We the People have value only for the taxes we pay to support them and for our votes once every two years … beyond that, we are not important to them at all. Sigh.

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  2. ““Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    … as long as they’re white, and rich. Yeah. So much for ‘the American Dream’.

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  3. okay, gloves off and not at all ashamed to say, when the FUCK did we allow NAZIS to get into our congressional halls and why are they still there?

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  4. Jill, apparently the reaction (even from Republicans) has not been great, so Greene says she is pulling the plug on this, at least for now. Her argument is she did not read the mission statement fully. Stay tuned. Keith

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    • I saw that early today! Apparently she received so much pushback from both sides that she had to put her plans on hold, and her excuse that she didn’t read it is b.s., as you and I both know. She is a white supremacist through and through. Sad thing is she has 3 children. People like her should not be allowed to reproduce!

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    • I just checked out your post and left a comment. This ‘person’ deserves to live among the snakes in a pit in Outer Mongolia. Worst thing is, a) she has reproduced, creating 3 children; b) over half the people in her district LOVE her; c) she is only one of many such deplorable creatures. This, my friend, is what the U.S. is turning into …

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  5. Classic Ugly. Like a replay of the Balkans in the late 19th Century and often in the 20th Century Nazis of Germany, I could go on.
    The lady needs to be shown photos of Germany in 1945, and testimony from doctors who tended German women fleeing from the East then ask her how well that sort of policy played out for them?
    A nations plays this card and it will pay the price.

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    • Indeed, many have made the connection to Germany in the 1930s – 1940s. The atmosphere among republicans today, fueled by such brainless twits as Greene, and Tucker Carlson of Fox “News” is that Caucasians are in danger of being “replaced” by those who might have African, Middle-Eastern, Hispanic or Asian heritage. So???? Who gives a royal f*ck? I don’t care what colour the skin, what the ethnicity … I only care that their heart is in the right place! However, I am told by those who lap up Tuckers spew, that Caucasians (aka whites) are somehow superior in intellect. SERIOUSLY???? Prove it! Yes, Hitler instilled the fear of Jews into the German people, just as the former guy attempted to instill the fear of first Muslims, then Hispanics into the people of this nation. Sadly, we have enough ignorant people to buy into that.

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      • Hey Tucker Carson, there are ranks of white Caucasians in Europe who happen to think that your kind of White Caucasian are the problem.
        You want to get a taste of racism from the other side, come over here and find out that are far as a lot of folk are concerned White Americans are the issue…… Which is damn unfair of the majority, but they’ve got tainted by your evil.

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        • Yep, all sorts of them but … ever since the election of President Obama, those laws have been largely neglected. Much of the reason Trump’s campaign was so successful was his racist views, his promises to put an end to “foreigners” coming into the nation. He spoke to the bigots and told them it was okay to be a racist, that white people were somehow superior. He had the support of numerous white supremacist groups. All of which was a pushback from having had a Black president for 8 years. The law often either isn’t enforced, or if it is, the Courts turn a blind eye.

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    • Interestingly, there was so much immediate backlash from both Democrats AND Republicans, that she has dropped the plan to form this caucus! Sometimes our voices to count! But to your point, yes, I’d love to send her and about 30 others to the land of dinosaur remains!
      Cwtch

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