The recent rise of nationalism among conservatives
There is here a long article in "the Economist" which offers a passable summary of the history of conservatism and goes on to note that a new mood of nationalism has recently emerged among conservatives in both America and Europe. And it sees that as a notable and alarming break from conservatism as it was.
And in the USA, Hungary, Italy and Poland the new nationalistic conservatism now rules. Donald Trump of course is the most notable exemplar of the new movement. With an approval rating among Republicans of around 90%, Trump IS the new conservatism. Conservative parties are often rather fractured internally but American conservatives are solidly behind Mr Trump. The small remnant of "never Trumpers" are just talking to themselves
The piece however offers no clear explanation for this sudden departure from the "good ol' days" of the past. It treats the new movement as something of a mystery. But it is no mystery. You just have to be following world events to see that the new assertion of national pride has one very clear and obvious source -- the invasion of Western countries by large numbers of problem people from the Third World.
For the USA it was an accumulation of an ongoing problem with Hispanics and in Hungary and Poland they saw the influx of Muslim parasites into neighboring Germany and Italy and closed their borders in time to escape most of it. In all cases however, it involved a reassertion of the value of the national culture as better than what the invaders brought with them
But it got all too much when a flood of illegal new arrivals came in and were pandered to rather than expelled. It would not have been so bad if the illegals had been expected to assimilate to the host country but the reverse was the case. The host nation was expected to make various adaptations to fit in with the illegals. A process of undermining the American culture that had served Americans so well got underway. "Dial one for English" was just a token of what was resented.
The most important elements of culture are not its singing and dancing but the attitudes and customs embodied in its people. And the very radical policies being promoted by the current rash of Democrat Presidential contenders makes it very clear that the attitudes and customs that made America great are far from secure. It is now conceivable that America could degenerate into a socialist hellhole. And most Hispanics would vote for such a hellhole. They already do South of the border.
And conservative Americans do not at all like that prospect. Because conservatives tend to be interested in the past, they could see it clearly when the inherited culture was being diluted. And the culture that the illegal arrivals brought with them was far from admirable. Everybody knows what a mess Mexico and most of Latin America is. Who would want to live amid the crime, corruption and poverty if they had some other option. Mexicans themselves certainly don't want to. That's why they come to the peaceful, orderly and prosperous USA. So there is no reasonable way one can deny that the inherited culture of the USA is superior in its results from the cultures of Latin America.
But the Left could keep the lid on the pressure cooker for only so long and in America the lid blew off with the election of Trump -- someone who WAS prepared to call America great and defend its values. The shackles of political correctness were largely and joyously thrown off.
So what has happened is that conservative Americans have reasserted their traditional values over the moronic Leftist insistence that all cultures are equal. American conservatives have always had pride in the unique phenomenon that is America and they now see that they need to speak up for reality.
And they want more than words. They want action to stop the deterioration of what they hold dear. And a wall is the action that they most want, a wall to keep the bearers of problem cultures out.
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