French President Macron, a globalist and socialist, denounced nationalism during an Armistice Day observance in Paris. Macron declared, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason.”
A synonym for Nationalism is Patriotism. President Macron is wrong. Macron adds, “If we think our interests may only come first and we don’t care for others, it is a treason of our values. “
Let’s define treason. It is the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign; it is a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state; it is the betrayal of a trust or confidence, and it is a breach of faith. In light of this definition, Macron’s statement is not only is wrong it simply defies logic.
Macron also stated that the moral values of France helped them fight for the future of their country. Was it France’s moral values that allowed the Germans to invade and conquer France in World War I and World War Two?
If Macron thinks our interests coming first, indicating we care for others less, how does he explain the 116,516 American soldiers who died in World War I rescuing France? How does he explain the 135,576 Americans who died in in Europe saving France? Macron, how do you explain such selfishness?
It is not Nationalism that is a danger; it is Socialism and Communism and Fascism! Socialism and Communism are international dangers. Fascism was simply national socialism. They are opposite sides of the same coin. France’s creeping Socialism is far more dangerous than Trump’s patriotism. In fact, Trump’s successes in reducing unemployment, reducing burdensome regulations, reducing taxes, and creating an economy that promotes job creation is what France needs but lacks the political courage to do.
Macron goes on to say, “In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: its moral values.” Who said “whatever happens to the others?” Trump never said anything close. Macron is making this up.
Nicholas Tenzer, an analyst who teaches at Sciences Po, one of France’s top academic institutions, concluded that, “it’s pretty clear that he’s [Macron] pretty isolated, because he represents the idea of a world that’s open . . . multilateralism, defending liberal society.” Macron needs to reaffirm these principles.
Analysts see a causal relationship between the increasing disaffection of French citizens with Macron and his isolation in the world. Macron’s youthful appeal is waning as he pushed several reforms that have not yielded economic improvement for those people being left behind. Macron is now seen as a divisive figure for many in France who fear an increasing gap between the haves and have-nots. Maybe a shot of Trump nationalism could help Macron.