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This was hell week in New York City. Traffic was paralyzed from one end of the narrow island to the other as bigwigs and their entourages flocked to the city for the fall opening of the United Nations.

Making matters worse, President Donald Trump chose the occasion to lambaste nations he does not like in a crude display of boorishness not seen since Soviet boss Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe on his desk at the General Assembly back in 1960.

Trump reserved special venom for his pet bêtes noirs, Iran and China. His jeremiad against Iran was reportedly written by senior aide Stephen Miller, a rabidly anti-Muslim extremist who speaks with the voice of Israel’s expansionist far right.

Trump reiterated his doctrine of American ultra-nationalism. Political and economic nationalism are his credo. The president claimed he had indeed made America great again, whatever that means.

The president’s speech was greeted by derisive laughter from the General Assembly, a first in UN history.

I was reminded of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s famous bon mot, ‘patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.’ Indeed it is.

And of the words of the late British professor, A.P. Thornton: ‘Patriotism is the first platform of fools.’

Patriotism is poison. Dictators, despots, lunatics – and too many democratic politicians – use it to inflame popular passions to enhance their power. There is nothing wrong with loving and respecting one’s homeland. Canadians offer a fine example of quiet national pride without obnoxious flag-waving and bullying.

But everything is wrong with unleashing toxic nationalist emotions to promote empire-building or eradicating whole peoples. Look at the current horrors in Burma and the recent mass crimes in Bosnia.

As a former soldier and war correspondent, I cringe when I see all the faux patriotism of sports events, chants of ‘USA, ‘USA,’ and pro-war propaganda on TV. Having walked many of the battlefields of World War I, on which millions died, I detest the kind of patriotic cant that ended the civilized glories of pre-war, 19th Century Europe. The idiotic cries in 1914 of ‘on to Berlin’ and ‘on to Paris’ haunt us. Their modern version was ‘Get Saddam’ and ‘bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.’

Trump, who sees himself as more an emperor than democratic president, continues to press for war with Iran, egged on by the cabal of pro-Israel advisors that surround him. Billionaire gambling king Sheldon Adelson pulls the strings from just backstage.

Now, in a new eruption of paranoia, President Trump just claimed that China was trying to rig this fall’s elections. How? By placing tariffs on US agricultural exports to China to punish Trump’s many supporters in the farm belt.

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Add Trump’s economic war against Turkey which had locked up an American evangelical pastor accused of involvement in the attempted 2016 coup against the elected government. This contrived furor was clearly aimed at pleasing Trump’s core evangelical supporters. No matter that America was spitting in the face of old ally Turkey whose soldiers had saved many American GI’s during the 1950-53 Korean War and allows the US to keep nuclear weapons at its Incirlik air base.

Unfortunately, many Americans who have never known war at home since 1865 are all too eager to follow a path to war provided it’s far away and a turkey shoot. But now, having bombed all the usual Muslims and ravaged the Mideast, our national security state has to face the ominous reality that the US may have to confront real, big-time enemies, Russia and China. This clearly invokes the nightmare threat of a nuclear confrontation.

President Trump, who thundered at North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, ‘my nuclear button is bigger than yours,’ is not the best pilot to guide his nation through dangerous waters. While Trump has some solid advisors – generals Mattis and Kelly – he is also surrounded by a coterie of political fanatics, many plucked from the political gutter. Trump’s unnecessary trade wars and embargoes could easily lead to shooting wars.

We don’t need nationalism, we need wise, cautious leadership.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Alistair says:

    I agree, America desperately needs a new leadership; though, the US Constitution had wisely divided the American Government into three equal branches; i.e. the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary, but pity politics and short sightedness have been leading the USA to presidential dictatorship.

    As such, the Legislative branch of the US government, the US Congress and the judiciary branch, the US Supreme Court; they have effectively surrendered their duly constitutional power to the executive branch of the US government, the head of which is president Donald J. Trump and his incompetent cronies who are ideologically motivated.

    We have to be reminded that the US has “Three Equal Branches of the Government”; the emphasis must be on the word “EQUAL” which seems forgotten in the current narrative. As Senator John McCain once said it on the floor of the US Senate before the vote on health-care reform: “We Are The President’s Equal, Not his Subordinates” (Senator John McCain) – see the attached YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHjJW1AGv8E

    The US Congress and the US Supreme Court need to do their jobs; balancing the presidential power as opposed to surrendering to the novice President Donald J. Trump who is effectively leading the USA to a kind of presidential dictatorship.

    • Replies: @didi
  2. Patriotism good, imperialism bad.
    We elected Trump to put America first and stop messing around in the business of the rest of the world. Ironically, that’s what many voters thought Obama and Bush Jr. stood for as well – a humble foreign policy and withdrawal from foreign wars.
    Instead, they’ve all done the bidding of the globalists, which is to use America as the enforcer for multinational corporations. Patriotism has nothing to do with it.

  3. You have to genuflect before the altar of Patriotism and maybe even Exceptionalism if you want to get elected.

    That said, Trump’s fetish for military parades is disturbing.

  4. everything is wrong with unleashing toxic nationalist emotions to promote empire-building or eradicating whole peoples

    The West, having made great strides in taming its own toxic nationalism, now finds itself ‘enriched’ by the divinely authorized toxic nationalism of Islam and Judaism. Islam you will know about but, in case you missed it, here is Mr Unz’ considered opinion of Judaism: ‘And while religious Judaism has a decidedly negative view towards all non-Jews, Christianity in particular is regarded as a total abomination, which must be wiped from the face of the earth.’

  5. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:

    Canadians offer a fine example of quiet national pride without obnoxious flag-waving and bullying.

    Canada that totally supports Zionist imperialism in West Bank and supported Obama’s wars in the Middle East?

    • Replies: @anon
  6. Anon[298] • Disclaimer says:

    Patriotism is poison, said the PEDO whose name is in Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book. Molesters usually do not like fatherspatrios is Greek for “of one’s father”—protecting their young.

    “Eric Margolis”

    Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book

    https://pedopolis.com/2015/01/24/livre-noir-de-jeffrey-epstein-liste-de-noms/

  7. pappagone says:

    we are in front of a plethora of fools that are ruling the whole world even have nothing to do with being statists. they are 10/12 families of jew zionists that own almost the 90% of the wealth. they own fed in many countries and a lot of international corporations, they own entire nations by controlling fools as Trump or Clinton (their past is a warranty of how easy can be the entire annihilation of human beings), and their steps have become too long for their legs . . . . .
    When was in charge Obama (a very dark man with a very dark past, as Trump…) things were very bad, now situation worsened, but Russia, China and many of former allies are leaving america at his destiny (Philippine, Turkey, perhaps SouthKorea and Japan in near future, and many other in Europe are going out friendship with an America too many crazy and too many servant of Israel and zionists to remain in charge of an empire that in last years are falling under his weight.
    The dollar has the years counted as a terminally ill, time of power is at his end for the absolutesy stupid and idiot behavior of governments, illegal, criminal actions are too many and too many evil to hope to mantain a semblance of authority, the one that someone believes is authoritative is only arrogance and violence in the pure state, which will can not be punished in an exemplary manner (as it was, even undeservedly, in many cases that of Nuremberg), in this case all the actions and behavior of Israel and Usa in first stance, and Uk and France after, will be punished in the way they deserves.
    Millions of dead and damages at the whole world will be paid, in a manner of another. . . . . .
    Russia and China, and the other nations that are in front of that behavior will finish their patience, so after what will happens?

  8. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Or allow their country to be flooded with totally alien third world foreigners?

  9. Canadians offer a fine example of quiet national pride without obnoxious flag-waving and bullying.

    Yes, specially for Old Stock and Pure laine INVADERS.
    Rules are somewhat different for those born with “wrong” names or even worshiping unapproved religious sect.
    Google Brenda Martin and Omar Khadr, Residential Schools where they kidnapped indigenous kids to award them to higher races for servitude and perverted pleasures.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  10. @Proud_Srbin

    Canadians, like all virtue signalers, don’t get any respect; just more demands for appeasement and transfer payments.

  11. Margolis’ endless praise for furious Mohammedans and passive-aggressive Canadians is tiresome.

    The facts are that Mohammedans are savages (admittedly best left alone) and Canada is a fake and gay country in desperate need of liberation.

    • Replies: @Moi
    , @anon
  12. didi says:
    @Alistair

    Quote: “but pity politics and short sightedness have been leading the USA to presidential dictatorship”.
    Yes, these have contributed but by far the greatest contributors to the growth of the power of the executive and the presidency proper have been wars and monetary/economic depressions. In modern times these were WW1, WW2, the Indochinese war (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), the “wars on terror”, the war on Iraq, the war on Syria, the Great Depression and the recent 2008/09 depression.
    A somewhat different increase of presidential power has been due to the threat of a nuclear attack on the USA which allows the president to act even before an enemy has launched a nuclear-tipped missile. That almost happened during the Cuban crisis.
    The most hidden increase of power has been that of the Federal Reserve Bank. That began after WW1 when Mr. Norman was the director of the New York branch. He frequently took actions without consulting with the Board in Washington and the Treasurer. His pathetic holding on to the gold standard cause the recession that began in 1929 to become the Great Depression of more than one decade.
    Of our post WW1 presidents, Harding and Coolidge did not yet gain much extra power and Hoover was a tragic figure because he could not bring himself to act decisively when the Great Depression loomed. Roosevelt did act but he and his administration often governed by fiat. After Hiroshima every president has obtained unlimited nuclear war powers. JFK almost used them. Nixon arrogated on himself the authority to attack a country, Cambodia, which had neither declared war on us nor attacked us. That was “necessary” because of the Vietnam situation. Congress capitulated twice to Bush II who used the newly gained power to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama used it to attack Libya. Trump has used it for war against ISIL in Iraq, Syria, and Somalia.

  13. PJ London says:

    In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.
    Alexis de Tocqueville

    It was Joseph de Maistre who wrote in 1811 “Every nation gets the government it deserves.”

    To an outsider, Trump embodies everything American. Loud, arrogant,greedy, materialistic, boastful, crass, lewd and ignorant.

    He deliberately, (he cannot be so stupid as to do it unknowingly) insults everyone not American.

    The fault belongs to John Wayne.
    Since 1940 every American wants to be ‘The Duke’. “Do what we tell you or we will beat you up. Howdy little Missy. Goddamn, I’m the stuff men are made of! Out here, due process is a bullet. Never apologise and never explain, it’s a sign of weakness.” and of course “Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!”

    The USA ‘Deserves’ Trump

  14. I would take a ww2 type 1940 -1961 nationalism over today’s sit down and shut your mouth type puppet socialism we have today.

  15. Moi says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    You feeling okay? Lot of venom there–also bigotry and ignorance.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
  16. Isabella says:

    Mr. Margolis needs to tighten up his use of English – and his understanding.
    Patriot, which comes simply from “love of the Father [country] ” is good. What does he think it is in Russians which motivates to them to fight to the last breath, to lose around 27 million in WWII, simply in order to keep their country and protect their vulnerable compatriots?
    That is patriotism.
    What Mr. Margolis so rightly despises is Nationalism. Nationalism is what motivated the Germans of the 1930′s to invade other, sovereign lands, and kill any of it’s people who annoyed them.
    it’s what motivates America to do the same,, invade, destroy, ruin, despoil, deal out death – that’s Nationalism,. America and her Allies “Uber alles”.
    No Patriot says “We are Uber Alles”. They say “Go away and leave us alone”.
    You have to be distinct in these things, or your thinking and thus your understanding gets muddled.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  17. @Moi

    Bigotry? Absolutely.

    Ignorance? You’ll need to demonstrate that.

  18. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    As a Canadian I must agree with you. Canada is NOT a serious nation or country.

    • Replies: @Saxon
  19. Alistair says:
    @Isabella

    Just a quick remark; you realize that all your references to patriotism are from 1930’s and 40’s, i.e., prior WWII era when patriotism was the fervor of the time, then patriotism was heavily exploited as a mobilizing instrument for the masses in support of German wars of expansion and domination in Europe.

    Though I do understand your point, but in case of the United States, today, the notion of patriotism is quite convoluted, especially, in the years following the end of the WWII, then “Special and Foreign Interest Cabals” had deeply infiltrated the American Power Institutions – influencing and shaping the US’s foreign policies for their own tribal interests; one good example of such influence is AIPAC which had resulted to the US’s blanket support for Israel, or the Israeli- Zionist influence over the US government institutions today which had led to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, or the US interference in the Syrian war – Another good example could be the influence of “Military Industrial complex” that led to the Vietnam war in 1960’s and 70’s, and countless other example of US’s wars overseas where American patriotism fervor had been heavily exploited only to advance the Special and Foreign Tribal Interests at the expense of American blood and tax payers money.

  20. Saxon says:
    @anon

    It’s absolutely is fake and gay. You have this idiot son of a communist and traitor who ruined the country who has now declared it a “post-national state” (what does this even mean?) ruling over it and tripping over himself to give the country away to foreign hordes.

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