America’s Emerging Nationalism Crisis: Progressives managed not to see the nose on their face

America’s Emerging Nationalism Crisis: Progressives managed not to see the nose on their face, by John Schindler.

Since the beginning of the century, liberals have been crowing about the “emerging Democratic majority” being delivered by changing demographics, heavily fueled by immigration (legal or not). President Obama’s reelection four years ago seemed to conclusively prove that the “new” America — morally superior to the old, white-dominated one — had arrived, and the Republicans were on life support, waiting for GOP voters to go the way of the dinosaur. …

Trump is no political genius. He made an appeal to working-class whites, who correctly felt that the Democrats viewed them with undisguised contempt and didn’t want their vote.

Under Obama, the Democrats decided they didn’t need working-class whites at all — big  mistake.

Running against working-class whites — at almost 40 percent of the electorate, the biggest voting bloc in America — is the definition of political insanity. Yet progressives somehow managed not to see the nose right on their face. Hence President Trump.

The Democrats opened the can of worms that is ethno-racial politics:

What commentators term “identity politics” has now become normative, thanks to the Democrats indulging in it, and Trump is now aping them. It would be more correct to term this what it actually is: nationalism.

Ethno-racial nationalism is an enormously potent political force; wise politicians know this and employ it cautiously. Nationalism arouses genuine passion and is a political motivator like no other, which it explains why a majority of white women voted for Trump, to the bitter consternation of outraged feminists. …

Moreover, once nationalism becomes the main political factor, there’s no putting that troublesome genie back in the bottle. Politics become tribal, ethnic conflicts waged at the ballot box rather than on the battlefield. …

Nationalism transforms politics from ideology to tribe. As Lee Kwan Yew, whose founding and prosperous running of multiethnic Singapore for three decades made him one of the most successful politicians of the 20th century, expressed it concisely, “In multiracial societies, you don’t vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion.”

“Good” nationalism versus “bad” nationalism. Who decides?

In recent decades, Washington has advocated that Black, Hispanic and Asian nationalisms are “good” (Americans of Middle Eastern descent may soon be added to the good list) while White Nationalism is “bad.”

However, average whites — meaning those not indoctrinated in critical race theory in college — will never see it that way. The problem with pushing identity politics among minorities as a political weapon is that the majority eventually realizes they have an identity too. As I explained back in early 2015, before Donald Trump entered the presidential race, “However verboten discussion of White Nationalism is at present among polite Americans, it is unavoidable that this will become an issue in the future, with potentially explosive consequences.” …