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The Reclamation of Our Identity; Why You Ought To Vote For Trump

Picture Credit: Gage Skidmore

This election has been the most polarizing in recent history, and even as a political junkie, I am glad it is almost done and over with.  In reflecting on the mistakes of Trump supporters, I think that some of us got so caught up in this polarization that we began making the wrong arguments for our guy.  We let Hillary’s countless scandals get in the way and distract us from making the most important argument, the one that could have changed hearts and minds;

Our national identity. I would like to take a moment to reassert why a national identity is important, and why only a Trump victory will represent a reclamation of this identity. Over these last few years, and this election, I have seen even some of my more sensible liberal friends and family members fall victim to the reckless, destructive, and naive idea that American exceptionalism is a myth, and that there is really nothing that makes us superior to other ideologies, cultures, and identities. There was a time just a couple short decades ago where liberals and conservatives seemed to agree on one thing, that America is great, and that we should do what is best for our nation, this allowed even those of us who disagreed to form around some sort of common identity.

It seems as if the past few years, even this basic fabric that held us together has been ripped apart by people who undermine, deny, and attack the American or even the western identity. Certain forces have succeeded in their goal of creating a pessimism among Americans that make us believe we are not great, and that our identity is no better than others. The results of this are on display in Germany, Greece, and Sweden, as examples. People there at one point decided to give in to the idea that their identity was not worth preserving, the “false song of globalism”, as Trump calls it, and are slowly watching the ideas they fought for evaporate in front of them. Watching as riots break out on a weekly basis in the streets of Athens or Stockholm, because they have even given up on law and order.

So let’s reaffirm our national identity, let’s realize that defending the ideas that have formed the common bond we have experienced over the last 250 years is not racist, xenophobic, imperialist, or anything else that the people who want to deny us this identity would like to call it. It is defending ideas, the basic precepts of the enlightenment that took us out of the dark ages. That is why our identity is important, while also realizing a large portion of the world doesn’t share this identity or want it. And reaffirming our own identity is not attempting to negate or attack different ideas or cultures, in fact, it is allowing them to exist in peace whether than forcing a cosmopolitan experiment upon them that they don’t want either (i.e east Asians, Arabs, Indians, Russians, etc.)

Hillary Clinton, for as much mud-slinging has went on in this election, is probably not even a terrible person. I think she is a deeply flawed person who I disagree with on many things, most important among them stemming from this issue of identity. While she will occasionally virtue signal, saying things like “America is already great”, it does not convince me. Nor should it convince you. Hillary’s own words and her ideology negates national identity. Whether its her own advocacy for open borders released by WikiLeaks, her policies that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants before securing the border, paying lip service to radical left-wing sentiments that openly reject the American identity (The radical wing of BLM, for example), etc. She either flatly rejects the American identity or is willing to pander to those who do to gain favor with them. Either way, this is not someone you ought to vote for, solely on that basis.

Trump, while he is certainly not without his flaws, some very troubling, represents the American identity, and openly embraces it. He has reaffirmed the idea that has become so foreign to us as Americans, which is that we are entitled to strive for our own interests above other nations or people’s interests. That we should dare to vote for politicians that make our country great, whether than enriching the people of other nations. That you shouldn’t feel selfish or immoral for wanting to further your own countries interests, and not to harm them in a misguided attempt to help other nations. Let me reemphasize that some have dared to call this very basic idea racist or divisive. It is not.

Those who attempt to call it this are either being dishonest or do not understand. Voting for Trump at this point is not about voting for him as a person, it is about voting for what he reaffirms, which is our own identity. In voting for Trump, you say what Hillary will not say, and will not advocate for. You say that our nation exists, our identity exists, and we have a right to defend it, just as all people of all nations have a right to defend theirs. Nationalism is to some degree exceptionalism, it is celebrating your identity, it is not attacking anyone else. We cannot even begin to attempt to fix the many problems of our country in a meaningful and sincere way unless we all agree on the fact that a. it exists and b. we have a right to order our policies in such a way that puts our nation first. A trump presidency won’t be perfect, it won’t even necessarily be “great”, but if it reaffirms this very basic and necessary idea, I support it.

Let me reemphasize that some have dared to call this very basic idea racist or divisive. It is not. Those who attempt to call it this are either being dishonest or do not understand. Voting for Trump at this point is not about voting for him as a person, it is about voting for what he reaffirms, which is our own identity. In voting for Trump, you say what Hillary will not say, and will not advocate for. You say that our nation exists, our identity exists, and we have a right to defend it, just as all people of all nations have a right to defend theirs. Nationalism is to some degree exceptionalism, it is celebrating your identity, it is not attacking anyone else. We cannot even begin to attempt to fix the many problems of our country in a meaningful and sincere way unless we all agree on the fact that a. it exists and b. we have a right to order our policies in such a way that puts our nation first. A trump presidency won’t be perfect, it won’t even necessarily be “great”, but if it reaffirms this very basic and necessary idea, I support it.

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About Adam Wilson (5 Articles)
As a devoted Conservative, Adam Wilson has been the odd man out in many spaces traditionally dominated by the left. With 3 years of experience on his high school debate team, he is no stranger to liberal arguments, making him well equipped to dissect and refute them. He plans to attend Bowling Green State University in the Fall and continue his work as an advocate.

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