America has been a frontier. It's been a colony. It's been an empire. What it has never been is a "nation-state," in the way that Sweden, Poland, and Finland have been and are.
I say this because so much of middle-class politics—whether it be quasi-socialist "liberalism" or "America First!" civic nationalism—is based on nostalgia for something that has never been.
America has never "looked out for its own people" or "stayed out of foreign conflicts." It's been a platform for territorial and economic expansion; it's been a refuge for the world's malcontents and religious fanatics; it's been a economic and military global hegemon.
To demand that America give up its overseas dominions and financial domination so that we can take care of everyday Americans is a thoroughly decent sentiment, but a naïve one.
The American middle class as it's currently constituted is dependent on America's imperial footprint; it is employed, in effect, in the administration of the empire's bureaucracy.
Becoming a regular nation-state, as the liberals and America First-ers like to demand, would be all but unprecedented and would create a power vacuum and result in chaos. Such a unilateral abandonment of power would also entail the destruction of the middle-class lifestyle.

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The right *is* willing to be hardass, though. I see some of that desperate ruthlessness on display in their defending Trump right now and accusing the Deep State of a “color revolution,” etc.
The point is that it’s a “war to nowhere.” Even if the Right openly suspended the Constitution to keep Trump in office, what would they do with all that power?
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This gem of a video is a full expression of the *backwards* way of thinking that infects all philosophy derived from Plato, including "rational Christians" (like William Lane Craig), who give life to the maxim that Christianity is "Plato for the people."

No, don't worry, I'm not going to engage in one of those "atheist" debates, in which I "own Christians with facts and logic." Those debates amount to two liberals arguing with each other over who's more liberal. To the contrary, it is logic that needs to be owned!
According to Craig, we should be in awe of the fact that "pure mathematics"—which, apparently, originated and exists in the netherworld of forms—just so happens to align with the real world. This must be God's work!
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More important, both the central and local governments are allowing the chaos to occur, for their own reasons. Both entities could snuff out Antifa, the Proud Boys, OathKeepers, et al. at a moment's notice, if they wanted to. But again, they clearly do not.
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It's worth pointing out that Fox rarely claimed Hillary would be a "frontwoman" for radicals. This has something to do with Biden's mental challenges, but mostly to do with the fact that everyone already hated Hillary. There was no need to associate her with anything else.
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He's likely "guilty" of the non-crime of being an aggressive, but naive teenage boy—someone who wanted to throw himself into harm's way but thought it'd all be like a video game.
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