Steve King’s comments about “White Nationalism” and “White Supremacism” to the New York Times were, of course, politically unwise.

But the fact is, he’s getting at something true, particularly true for men of his age.
As a young man in the ‘50s and ‘60s, King was inundated with Cold War propaganda about the greatness of “Americanism.”
America was assumed to be a White country, with roots in Great Britain and Europe. But it expressed a universalistic value system that was the great hope of all mankind. King was told he was blessed to live in the greatest country ever.
Educational propaganda has dramatically shifted over the past 30 years. Today, America’s past and roots are vilified, including the mid-century America King was taught to love.
Today, “Americanism” no longer refers to the fair-minded, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing White guys fighting the Communists. It prophesizes a *new* country in which politicians like AOC will achieve a multi-racial, post-White democracy.
In other words, Steve King is controversial because he’s promoting the liberal propaganda of 50 years ago. Like most professional “conservatives,” he’s not so much a “traditionalist” or “white supremacist” as he’s “behind.”
Both the Alt-Right and New Left politicians (like AOC) are responding to the same historical phenomenon: the fragmentation and moral de-legitimization of the old White America (which Steve King still defends).
There are many things about the old White America that we should admire.

But at the end of the day, we can’t go back. We must face the reality of our situation and move forward.
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