Will Pandemic Lead to Vindication for Trumpian Nationalism?

Dr. Nicholas Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

By Nicholas Waddy

Even in the grip of virus-related panic, most liberals are demonstrating a remarkable ability to remain focused on what they regard as Job One: trashing Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, in some quarters on the Left, one can perceive glimmerings of uneasiness. In addition to ordinary human concern over the fate of themselves, their friends and family, and mankind as a whole (from which liberals, despite their neurotic fixation on Trump, are not immune), this uneasiness has two primary causes.

First, liberals are beginning to perceive the danger in Trump’s newfound status as, in effect, a wartime president. Trump is leading America’s — and, to a point, the world’s — response to an unprecedented crisis. These are circumstances in which a chief executive can bolster his image greatly, unless he fumbles the opportunity in legendary fashion.

Liberals and the “gentlemen of the press” are working diligently to create the impression that Trump is indeed floundering, but unfortunately for them the relative success of the United States, versus the Euro-socialists, in containing and managing the pandemic, makes these smears less than credible. There is compelling evidence that Trump is plowing right through the blizzard of misinformation and connecting with the American people in a positive and reassuring way. Once the “curve” really does get bent, and infections and deaths begin to decline, it’s very hard to imagine that President Trump will not be credited with helping to rescue the American people from a terrible threat.

Second, and less obvious in the heat of epidemiological battle, is the fact that, worldwide, the response to the crisis has not followed the pattern that leftists would prefer. While global and supranational coordination of the virus response has been important, the most critical decisions about how to respond are occurring at the national, state/provincial, and even local levels.

The Left has been laboring for decades to create a world that is seamlessly interconnected, that is borderless and multicultural, that is devoid of ethnic and nationalist prejudices, and that transcends as much as possible the concept of the nation-state and national sovereignty in favor of the construction of a new world order in which bureaucratic, corporate, and academic elites enact progressive change on a wide, regional basis, at a minimum (think: the E.U.), and on a global scale, if at all possible (think: the U.N.).

The coronavirus pandemic has scrambled these assumptions and aspirations, to say the very least.

While liberals would like for Americans, and others, to think of themselves as members of a “global village,” in the current climate of high anxiety, things have moved quickly in the opposite direction. President Trump was criticized, from a globalist perspective, for his early decisions to cut off airline travel with China, and then with the European Union.

Days later, the very Euro-socialists who had chided him were acceding to the implementation of identical policies in their own homelands. Everywhere we look, countries are closing their borders, denying entry to foreigners, forbidding the exportation of critical medical supplies, nationalizing vital industries and infrastructure, and raising the proverbial drawbridge of global oneness.

It would seem that, alarmed by the rapid, transnational spread of the virus, most people’s reaction has been, understandably, to focus first and foremost on “taking care of one’s own”. Even Germany, arguably the headquarters of internationalism, is rapidly reconstructing and securing its borders.

Not surprisingly, under these circumstances, some Europeans are beginning to ask the question: if the E.U. (not to mention the U.N.) is so powerless and useless in a moment of crisis, and if most people turn instead to their national leaders for guidance and protection, then what is the bloc’s future? And what is the point of pursuing internationalism even as an ideal, when interconnectedness itself exposes us to such serious risks? After all, the pandemic would have been far easier to manage if cross-border trade and travel were not so pervasive — if people, all along, had stuck closer to home. These are perfectly reasonable and natural questions to ask right now. They are also questions that the Left has done its level best either to ignore or to suppress for decades.

As always, the Left has attempted to achieve its long-term ideological goal — the obliteration of nationalism and the creation of an globalist mass consciousness — in a gradual, insidious manner. In many ways, their project has been crowned with remarkable success, at least if the widespread opposition to border protection, to the enforcement of immigration laws, and to the pursuit of trade fairness and reciprocity is any indication.

The headwinds of the coronavirus pandemic threaten to derail the Left’s anti-nationalist program in a serious, and perhaps in a permanent, way. As Nigel Farage declared recently, in the Age of Corona, “We are all nationalists now.”

If he’s right, President Trump’s reelection prospects will start to look much brighter — and the sneering know-it-alls who have shoved the E.U. and the U.N., and much else besides, down humanity’s collective throat for the last 60+ years may finally be forced into a strategic retreat.

 

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  • Hey doofus, Trump literally did jack shit and responded much too late resulting in massive spread of the virus in US.

    This whole site is infested with brainwash Trump supporters.

  • There will be boundless joy when everyone in America gathers together to celebrate the nations victory at Easter or very shortly after.

    They will know who is responsible for this historc victory and a demonstration of science-focused policy making at its best.

    Everything is going to be just fine.

    Better than fine, even.

  • Democratic Governor Cuomo is looking to copy Trump’s idea of restarting the economy.

    His plan IS NOT to just resume life as normal and let maximum infection spread.

    Nope. Don’t let the media fool you.

    Both Cuomo and Trump are proposing a plan with ‘social distancing’ still in place wherever practical —– while keeping elderly people protected and letting the least vulnerable people return to work and life, with modified social distancing rules still to be observed in the work place, just like South Korea is doing.

    Cuomo is actually quite brilliant for copying Trump here. LOL

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/gov-cuomo-says-he-has-group-working-on-restarting-state-economy/

    Actually, both Trump and Cuomo are simply copying South Korea’s successful plan.

    With more testing being done, it’ll soon be possible to test the same number of people per capita as South Korea.

    South Korea’s plan will be inevitable for every nation to follow eventually.

    Why?

    Cuz if the government could feed and house everybody in the nation for years at a time, there wouldn’t be any need for employment or an economy in the first place, lol.

    People are currently getting temporary aid for rent and food —- but it won’t last very long before very ‘real’ consequences begin happening when their employers either go bankrupt or stay open with lots of layoffs.

    Facts:

    1) People support families with a job.

    2) Businesses provide those jobs.

    3) If businesses go bankrupt (or must lay people off), people lose their jobs permanently.

    4) People who can’t get jobs and pay rent will be homeless.

    5) The ‘economy’ is more than just ‘corporate fat cats’.

    6) Corporate fat cats (millionaires) make up less than 10% of all people in America.

    7) Destroying the economy and hurting businesses hurts 90% of America, it doesn’t hurt millionaire fat cats who are already set for life.

    8) That’s why Cuomo and Trump have seen the light and are copying South Korea’s plan.

    …and once Cuomo begins doing it for NY (the sickest state) every other state will have huge pressure to do the same within a month or two, since people will begin to realize that their temporary layoffs will become permanent if their employers can’t open back up and resume business.

    Cuomo is therefore acting smartly.

    This is great news. 🙂

    …Between new vaccines coming out this summer and Cuomo’s plan for smartly restarting the economy, the doomsday-mongers will be left crying that the world isn’t gonna end. 🙂

    Missouri Joe and AnonyFaker are gonna be depressed as hell by the time summer arrives and there aren’t 90 million deaths with black helicopters swarming overhead. LOL.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

  • I honestly couldn’t care less about American politics or who wins the election; and am in no way a fan of Macron, but I thought I’d just drop this here for the fun of it, whilst simultaneously jumping into a foxhole.

    “I said we are engaged in a war against an invisible enemy, the Covid-19 virus. When you are engaged in a war, you are mobilised, united. I see in our country elements of division, doubt, those who want to split the country when we should have one objective and that is to be united to fight the virus.”

    French President Macron

  • The Democrats are having cows about Trump’s daily press conferences where President Trump displays that he is in command, and Trump shows that he is cool, calm and decisive.
    In short Trump looks Presidential and the Democrats look like the whiny cry babies that they are.

    From the UK’s Daily Mail:

    Rachel Maddow demands that networks STOP airing Trump’s press conferences about coronavirus crisis and blasts his ‘fairytale’ promises about malaria drug to combat the pandemic

    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow blasted Trump on her show Friday night
    Urged television networks not to air White House updates about coronavirus
    Excoriated Trump over his optimistic statements about potential drug therapy
    Malaria drug is being tested as possible therapy to treat severe infections

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8137747/US-coronavirus-Maddow-demands-networks-STOP-airing-Trumps-press-conferences.html

    From Breibart:

    Nolte: Increasingly Unstable Media Demand Blackout of Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings

    America’s increasingly unstable and dangerous establishment media are calling for a full blackout of President Trump’s daily coronavirus press conferences.

    In a time of national crisis, the left-wing fascists in the media want to use their corporate monopoly to put a stop to the president of the United States communicating directly with the American people who elected him.

    There are people out there, people taken seriously by the establishment as Thought Leaders, who, during an unprecedented crisis, want — this is not an exaggeration — to stop the president of the United States from communicating with the United States.

    Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post Tweets a demand that the media stop broadcasting
    Trump’s press conferences.

    Margaret Sullivan

    @Sulliview
    The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings

    And what she’s calling for is worse than a total blackout on Trump’s ability to communicate with us. She then wants a handful of these multinational media corporations to — again, this is not an exaggeration — pick and choose the information from the president that Americans will be allowed to hear.

    In other words, CORPORATIONS WILL DECIDE WHAT THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW, NOT THE PUBLIC’S ELECTED PRESIDENT!

    It is no accident this insidious and un-American idea arrived the day after a number of polls showed a clear majority of the public approving of Trump’s handling of the Wuhan virus.

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2020/03/22/nolte-increasingly-unstable-media-demand-blackout-of-trumps-coronavirus-briefings/

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