The American Ideology
Steve Bannon’s quotes sum up the current conflict between Nationalism and Globalism (see 6:20),
“We are not an economy in a global marketplace with open borders,”
“We are a nation with an economy,”
“We are a nation with a culture and a reason for being.”
“That’s what unites us.”
When we undertake trade, immigration or new legislation, it must be in the best interest of our nation and people, prioritizing America above all else. Otherwise, we may as well dismantle our national and state governments, asking the UN to take over. Considering the past generation, regarding American middle-class prosperity, that would be a bad idea. In short, that is our fight!
American ideology is unique, rooted in the Puritan work ethic. Unlike Europe, people in America gain their identity through hard work and gain cultural recognition through achievement. American cultural identity is rooted in actions and spirit, celebrating success and overcoming insurmountable odds. That is how Europe differs from America:
- Tradition without assimilation: In many countries, they have national and other celebratory days where indigenous people put on costumes, sing, songs, and dance in the streets. However, they find it difficult to assimilate people. In American, anyone living in the country seven years and taking the oath is an American. We really don’t care what people wear on the 4th of July and Thanksgiving as long as they are comfortable. Instead of superficial traditions, we assimilate and most who come never look back.
- Culture without national pride: Especially in Western Europe, there is much culture: specific foods, mannerisms, and rituals. There are even rules on what you can and can’t say at parties. In Norway, it is off limits to talk about Whaling and Quisling, the Norwegian Third Reich franchise holder. Despite most European countries achieving a high level of civilization and industrialization, there is a social stigma associated with national pride, calling it racism. Everyone talks about the difficulty Europe has with integrating immigrants. However, how is that possible when they cannot integrate themselves.
- Flags but confused identity: Every European nation has an interesting flag, but it seems that the people suffer from an identity crisis. Are they Swedish, Dutch, Spanish or European? If they give up local identities, they will also have to give up languages and local laws to conform to a normalized Europe. America converged on English and a common American identity long ago, based on pragmatic needs that working together with as few as possible encumbrances achieves more than having to deal with language and cultural barriers.
- History but no ideology: Europe has an extensive history with a lot of great stories. However, they do not seem to have an ideology, enabling critical thinking to cope with change. European institutions and companies are steeped in process and procedure where Americans “wing it” when needed. Even in companies, they follow parliamentary procedures to the point to a fault, unable to meet deadlines and get things done. The most notable difference in approaches to government is that the US Constitution, 230 years old, is only four pages and 4,400 words (shorter than this article in total) whereas the European Constitution, drafted in 2004, is over 400 pages! The US Constitution, the shortest one in the world, is a guiding document, outlining principles, whereas the EU one is a rule book for everything. It even defines sugar policy. At the core of American culture are the frontier and pragmatism, allowing people to make quick decisions in the face of an approaching storm. The European culture is really about control and insecurity, afraid to let people make decisions.
- Knowledge but no spirit: Europeans definitely score higher on tests and know national capitals and the names of cities better than we do. However, knowledge, in of itself, without the spirit, drive and determination to use it is just a commodity. We often see Americans low on formal education, making millions, leveraging those smarter than them. The six principles of character (Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship) once the bedrock of American education, do more for success and happiness than having specific knowledge. Conversely, especially in the Nordics, drive and determination counter the Janteloven: the cultural norm. Such people are seen as eccentrics and braggarts.
American culture is harder to see, like a verb versus a noun. It is not a type of person, what one wears, or even a place. Rather it is something in motion, defined by a state of mind and living in the heart. That may explain why many newcomers and visitors get confused, stating that we do not have a culture. On the contrary, we have the most advanced one in the history of mankind. One that changes with the times and keeps evolving while keeping the core values intact. Therefore, it is something must safeguard. Our culture has been tested three times before and now we are in the midst of the fourth one:
The “Four Turning Points in American History,” defines the seriousness of the departure from a nation first agenda to a Globalist one:
- The American Revolution: the birth of our nation, establishing our ideology.
- The Civil War: Putting an end to slavery and solidifying the single American identity. Even more significant, in the Civil War, was that European powers were trying to help one side against the other, hoping to break up our country. However, but we settled our dispute internally.
- WWII & The Great Depression: America makes the definitive move from isolationist to a global player both strategically and economically, defining our role on the global stage.
- Globalism: This key turning point is where we must decide if we are a nation or just an organizational entity in the Global economy. The real issue is that government’s, becoming more centralized, become further removed from the very people paying for them. Fewer elected officials represent greater numbers of people while the physical distance between a citizen and their government increases, leading to an erosion of sovereignty.
The Beast is Real
Mixed with political correctness, corporatism, and debt slavery, initiated by central banks, the systematic takedown of the family is underway. It is especially visible in Western Europe and parts of America. Instead of tanks and missiles attacking our cities, it is mass media attacking our ideology and lobbyists sabotaging our education system, attempting to cripple our spirit. This war is about who we are as people and what we believe. Do we yield that to the EU and UN in exchange for (fill in the blank because I am not sure)? The costs of education and medical care continue to rise while collective debt accelerates, threatening our future. We must understand the tradeoffs between security and freedom and the price for the latter. It is not cheap, but it is what makes us human.
Poverty in America: Globalism does not have to happen unless we want it (The official number is 43.1 million, but many live on its’ cusp).
Globalism is no accident, nor is it an inevitability. It is a deliberate policy, hiding behind a smokescreen of political correctness, decided by a select few. The purpose is to put a solid buffer between them and us, making sure we never “revolt” again. The only country that can stop it is America. We are now the keepers of the Anglo-Saxon culture (USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). These are the principle based nations, built on the foundations of the Magna Carta (the first document, signed in 1216, holding leaders accountable to their subjects and the basis for western democracy. It was also the inspiration to our Founding Fathers), that best integrate people, emphasizing merit. Everyone should vigorously read American history. One realizes that our nation was hard and fought for. It becomes self-evident that our nation and culture originated from the Protestant Reformation and Gutenberg’s printing press.
Although tragedy and injustice live on the American timeline, we reconciled and moved forward as one. We should acknowledge our historical shortcoming but not incessantly apologize since we were not there ourselves. Germany and Northern Europe’s “White Guilt” complex is not only useless (feeling bad about the past does not change it), it is self-destructive, leading to instability. When migrants enter a nation where people appear to hate themselves and cannot openly talk about their problems or pride, it creates much confusion. The newcomers, not able to get a new identity and the esteem that goes with it, start to lash out. Some even try to change the country to something more familiar – the place they were running from.
When my parents came to America, they saw it as something great and immovable. Their best friends were Czechs and Swedes who also just arrived. Everyone worked together to build up their communities and converged on local norms. My parents were especially vocal that they never wanted to see American become like India (except for a few restaurants and specialty supermarkets). We heard the same from other groups. Blacks in America are far better off than those in Liberia, a nation founded by escaped slaves (slavery still exists in that part of Africa). Our friends from South America did not want to see the inflation or ruthless dictators like back in Argentina. For my parents and my generation, who went back and forth to the old country to visit relatives, we are especially grateful and will vigorously defend this land.
Immigration must be regulated so that we can grow our numbers (as needed and in our best interests) without getting toppled from within by a sudden mass, lacking understanding of our ideology. Our economy is our greatest weapon, empowering everything else (the military, post office, interstate freeway system, etc.). We must defend it from Globalization, attempting to suck out 241 years of accumulated wealth in a single generation. America from a position of strength must press the royal families in the middle east to reform their ideology. They are the ultimate keepers of their faith and therefore fully capable of reforming it so that we can all get along.
Steven Bannon, mostly influenced by Thomas Jefferson, while growing up in Virginia is not a white nationalist or racist. If it were true, he would never have thrived in the US Navy or been a top student at Harvard. In fact, he was considered a leader among his peers. Therefore, the mainstream assertions just do not add up. Steven Bannon quite simply raised a question: What are we (America): a nation or just an economy in the global marketplace. The establishment realizes that only a third of the people, with passion driven by ideology, can overcome the third supporting the current apparatus and the other third who are apathetic. Much of what is wrong in America today is that people lack purpose and principle. Without foundation, depression, despair and anxiety take hold. We should be grateful that Steve Bannon, a billionaire who could have retired, loves America and willing to do something about the current state of affairs.
If anything, we need to get Bannon into the White House in 2024, carrying on the Jeffersonian tradition.