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Pat Buchanan: Macron Trash Talks “America First”

Authored by Pat Buchanan via The American Conservative:

In a rebuke that bordered on a national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron sniped at Donald Trump’s calling himself a nationalist.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” Macron said.

As for Trump’s policy of “America first,” Macron trashed such atavistic thinking in this new age: “By saying we put ourselves first and the others don’t matter, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.”

Though he is being hailed as Europe’s new anti-Trump leader who will stand up for transnationalism and globalism, Macron revealed his ignorance of America.

Trump’s ideas are not ideological but rooted in our country’s history.

America was born between the end of the French and Indian War, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. Both the general who led us in the Revolution and the author of that declaration became president. Both put America first. And both counseled their countrymen to avoid “entangling” or “permanent” alliances with any other nation, as we did for 160 years.

Were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson lacking in patriotism?

When Woodrow Wilson, after being re-elected in 1916 on the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War,” took us into World War I, he did so as an “associate,” not as an Allied power. American troops fought under American command.

After that war, the U.S. Senate rejected an alliance with France. Under Franklin Roosevelt, Congress formally voted for neutrality in any future European war.

The U.S. emerged from World War II as the least bloodied and least damaged nation because we stayed out for more than two years after it had begun.

We did not invade France until four years after it was occupied, the British had been thrown off the Continent, and Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union had been fighting and dying for three years.

The leaders who kept us out of the two world wars as long as they did—did they not serve our nation well, given that America’s total losses were just over 500,000 dead, compared with the millions that other nations lost?

At the Armistice Day ceremony, Macron declared, “By saying we put ourselves first and the others don’t matter, we erase what a nation holds dearest…its moral values.”

But Trump did not say that other countries don’t matter. He only said we should put our own country first.

What country does Emmanuel Macron put first?

Does the president of France see himself as a citizen of the world with responsibility for all of Europe and all of mankind?

Charles de Gaulle was perhaps the greatest French patriot of the 20th century. Yet he spoke of a Europe of nation-states, built a national nuclear arsenal, ordered NATO out of France in 1966, and, in Montreal in 1967, declared, “Long live a free Quebec”—inciting French Canadians to rise up against “les Anglo-Saxons” and create their own nation.

Was de Gaulle lacking in patriotism?

By declaring American nationalists anti-patriotic, Macron has asserted a claim to the soon-to-be-vacant chair of Angela Merkel.

But is Macron really addressing the realities of the new Europe and world in which we now live? Or is he simply assuming a heroic liberal posture to win the applause of Western corporate and media elites?

The realities: in Britain, Scots are seeking secession, and the English have voted to get out of the European Union. Many Basques and Catalans wish to secede from Spain. Czechs and Slovaks have split the blanket and parted ways.

Anti-EU sentiment is rampant in populist-dominated Italy.

A nationalism their peoples regard as deeply patriotic has triumphed in Poland and Hungary and is making gains even in Germany.

The leaders of the world’s three greatest military powers—Trump in the U.S., Vladimir Putin in Russia, and Xi Jinping in China—are all nationalists.

Turkish nationalist Recep Tayyip Erdogan rules in Ankara; Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi is head of India. Jair Bolsonaro, a Trumpian nationalist, is the incoming president of Brazil. Is not Benjamin Netanyahu an Israeli nationalist?

In France, a poll of voters last week showed that Marine Le Pen’s renamed party, Rassemblement National, has moved ahead of Macron’s party for the May 2019 European Parliament elections.

If there is a valid criticism of Trump’s foreign policy, it is not that he has failed to recognize the new realities of the 21st century. It’s that he has not moved expeditiously to dissolve old alliances that put America at risk of war in faraway lands where no vital U.S. interests exist.

Why are we still committed to fight for a South Korea far richer and more populous than the nuclear-armed North? Why are U.S. planes and ships still bumping into Russian planes and ships in the Baltic and Black seas?

Why are we still involved in the half-dozen wars into which Bush II and Barack Obama got us in the Middle East?

Why do we not have the “America first” foreign policy we voted for?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at

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November 13, 2018

I’m surprised Pat Buchanan wastes his time commenting on Macron’s inanities. De Gaulle must be spinning in his grave at the state his country is in. Nationalism was an idea that gave us the nation as a family sharing not just a common heritage but a shared responsibility. All the great European social reforms of the nineteenth century came out of this. Nationalism is not aggressive per se, in fact it is never in a people’s interests to go to war unless their national existence is at stake. As for patriotism, it is merely love of one’s homeland. Macron is… Read more »

Reply to  ManintheMoon
November 13, 2018

Well said.

john vieira
Reply to  ManintheMoon
November 13, 2018

Pray hard…for well over two years the reclaimed Orthodox Russian Federation, atheist China and Hindu India may well be our deliverance as the globalist reduce us to servitude under the barbarism of sharia law as they destroy Christianity, Patriotism AND Nationality…

John Nolan
John Nolan
Reply to  john vieira
November 14, 2018

Not much hope in praying, as what is now taking place, globally, is prophisied and will surely come to pass. GOD has had enough of mess we have made of HIS earth, and is allowing the satanists who control our governments, our financial systems, especially our, what are called ‘churches’, have betrayed every promise they have made, in the name of their god, money. Scripture declares that the generation that witnesses Israel again become a nation, after two thousand years in the wilderness, will see the fulfillment of all things, which includes the termination of this failed state, the world.… Read more »

November 13, 2018

The MAGA statement is a continuation of the speech by Obama stating that Americans are exceptional people , and that ,I believe ,is what drives people the most about the so-called American values. It is driven into their heads that they are the greatest nation on earth.NOT.

Flying Gabriel
Flying Gabriel
November 13, 2018

It was a nationalist France that sunk a ship in our harbor in 1985 French intelligence (if there’s such a thing) code-named “Operation Satanique” This cowardly terrorist act was perpetrated on a nation who’s young men had twice helped to save their miserable asses. We won’t get fooled again. The French are despicable, ungrateful, untrustworthy and treacherous in our experience. The French care not one iota for anyone but themselves. Macron can go to hell along with NATO.

Flying Gabriel
Flying Gabriel
Reply to  Flying Gabriel
November 13, 2018

Rather than explain themselves or apologise for their treachery – they will probably just anonymously down-vote this factual comment – proving their cowardice.

Olivia Kroth
November 14, 2018

General Charles de Gaulle was the last great leader of France. He loved Russia and took his distance to the USA.

November 16, 2018

I have no time for Macron at all, I”d like to make that clear – but in this ““Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” Macron said.” In this he is absolutely correct. Patriotism derived from the Latin for Father, is love of one’s homeland, the desire to do good by it, to serve and defend it and help to make it grow. It carries no “my country uber alles”, no “we are the exceptional people:, nor any “right to protect” lie to try and cover invasion of sovereign states for ones own gain.… Read more »

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