The present president of the United States of America as created himself a “New America” which is not any more for others looking for a free world and a good place to live. Donald Trump who considers himself the best choice for America and the best president the United States ever had, claims nationalism for himself.
He is living in a state where there has been Confederate nationalism of the Civil War and the nationalism of the Union. For me, living in Europe his nationalism resembles more the nationalism Germany brought into the West European continent. In the first half of the 20th century europe also got its share of a bugaboo who was going to make Europe great and a nation only for the right people. At first that Austrian born (Jewish) man his a failed coup in Munich gave him time in prison to work out his political manifesto Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) and to go against his own people. But this new sort dictator in the U.S.A. did not need some time to work out such a manifesto. He is prepared to work at the spur of the moment. His anti-semitism is well hidden but his anti-communism he uses as his stick to beat all who has some social program. That is one of the main problems Bernie Sanders was facing in the previous run for presidency and what still could be a big problem for him getting further this time.
The present president of that huge nations seems to forget how the nationality in his habitat was created by explorers and immigrants and refugees, who, in streaming hitherward from other parts of the world, mingled their energies, instead of remaining separate from one another. From all across the European continent, people had enough of the pressure of their governments and churches. They were so fed up with the oppressing people in charge that they were willing to go for an unseen adventure, going to unknown pastures. And, in doing so, going to that “New World” they created the first truly cosmopolitan or universal culture, or, at least, the first since Roman times. It is a shame for what so many did to the Native Americans, going as far to start believing they are the native Americans.
Today, Donald Trump and with him many others, have forgotten the origin of their nation. They do not seem to understand that until Obama America’s nationality was a “nationality of nations,” as the Jacksonians liked to say.
Instead of seeing how they are blessed with a multicultural society, enjoying the richness of it, several Americans want to destroy that beautiful garden to return to the very old structures of Old Europe, from the time before their great ancestors.Or, as we moderns might say, it was a flower of the multicultural. And it spoke to the nations, as no other nationality could do.
Those who had learned from the French Revolution and did everything to get a nation where everybody could be free, are long ago buried and with them also that idea of freedom. Trump switched the button of the enlightened time to have darkness blinding those falling for his “great words”. With Twitter Donald Trump has his beloved gadget to sent messages very fast into the world wide ether. In any case his will to control everything finds satisfaction in all of us, wondering what he is going to do next to have our hearts pump harder and faster, bringing this world minute after minute in a new “red alert” phase.
In any case we may well believe Donald Trump was able to bring a revolution over the U.S.A., getting many in his mouse-trap. He managed to bring a cascade of unexpected events, changes in the norms and attitudes expressed in media and popular culture. We in Europe, in the Republican Party and the Democratic Party do not only see two but four to six parties, whose personalities even do not mind publicly fighting against each other.
To be honest, I am really curious for what Trump is going to show on the Parade of the 4th July. Yesterday, seeing some preparations and tanks (on the Flemish television) I got the impression Trump has learned from the Soviet Union and wants to bring a much bigger parade than the Soviets ever brought.
He is firmly convinced that he can transcend that old Soviet Union with power (and bluff poker).
Wait and see (I would think).