a reply to: TonyS
For an American to call oneself a patriot, while being incompetent to identify the root cause of the problems America faces, is laughable. Patriots do
not shut their eyes to the big, deeper picture. They are fundamentally connected to and aware of the real root problems in their country, of which
immigration and free trade agreements are not one. They are symptoms, and one does not treat symptoms, one treats disease, with the eventual result
that symptoms cease presenting. Immigration is a symptom, largely speaking, of the fact that western governments have spent decades destabilising the
middle east, just as America destabilised the nations south of the Mexican border, by assassination, and economic sabotage, which are a matter of
record by the way and not up for debate.
Western nations have toppled leaders in the middle east, hired new ones, and funded and equipped rebels and terror groups in the region, as proxies
against the Russians, FOR DECADES. Our governments have used those assets as bogeymen to justify expensive wars which have cost our nations trillions,
but which have made huge profits for companies fortunate enough to have been used to shore up the effort. Oddly, many of those companies are owned by
people our leaders are VERY good friends with, or better yet, are part owned by our leaders and their government cronies. This is not a coincidence in
So, when western folk elect these meddlers who keep spending vast amounts of taxes, on wars which serve only to line the pockets of their friends,
while fighting enemies we have been PAYING to create for years, where are the people meant to go? The people our bought and paid for intelligence
assets have been hunting, where do they run? The people whose homes we have destroyed, whose parents we have killed, whose entire nations have been
gutted by wars WE pay for, that our western tax money pays for, where do they go?
Where does the lad from Mexico go, when his nation is run by cartels because the CIA like having someone on their doorstep that they can go to when
they need to sell some coke for cash, or hide some weapons, or make a deal that should not be done, under the noses of people who trusted them, and
should not have? Where should someone from one of the many other South American nations go, when the dictators installed by the US run their countries
like dirt, and hold all the cards? It was not their doing that placed them in the unenviable position they are in, so why should they stay and suffer,
when they could come to the place from where the power comes, and remain under the umbrella that protects it for long enough for the PTSD to calm
Patriots in America know that the US government is the only real problem the people face, and they know that because they are prepared to see things
fairly and realistically, rather than looking outward for a cause. They know that the rot is within, and are prepared to meet that problem the hard
way, not by taking the easy way out and blaming the victims of deliberate foreign policy criminality, rather than the perpetrators of it. Furthermore,
a patriot would be proud to support an immigrant, because he knows that they would not be where they are, if it were not for the behaviour of his
government, would be happy for the chance to do right by someone, someone done very wrong in the name of his nation.
Nationalists do not feel any such need to be fair, understanding, compassionate or realistic. They prefer to blame things outside their nation for
its woes, rather than to seek out and combat the CAUSE of the symptoms, because they prefer to be blind rather than to see, because it is easier for
them, simpler, less taxing, and a hell of a lot less frustrating. Trump exemplifies that. His followers, his die hard fans exemplify it. Witless,
shallow, incapable of understanding or caring about the fact that the things they are so vocal about, are actually caused by wars the west began, that
putting up a few million more immigrants will not NEARLY correct the balance of justice in the favour of their much loved nation, that it is their
nation which is in the wrong, not the immigrant. Patriots love their nation well enough to see it for what it really is, nationalists simply sing the
anthem, thump the chest, and hate. There is a BIG difference.
edit on 5-10-2016 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical and editorial improvements.