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Why we’re so divided


November 17, 2018 Letters to the Editor

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French President Emmanuel Macron recently stated, “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” suggesting that a European army must be amassed to protect Europe.

Although this statement appears absurd, further analysis reveals a growing resentment and fear toward world leaders who prioritize their citizens’ interests over those in other nations. President Trump has emphasized it’s imperative America comes first when negotiating policies.

Macron’s perception of the evils of nationalism goes to the crux of why we’re so divided. The relationship between globalism and leftist ideologies is demonstrated in their shared efforts to protect open borders, to legislate climate-change laws, and to mandate one-payer health care system, guaranteed incomes, free college education and guaranteed housing for every person no matter their goals in life.

The midterms should have demonstrated to the nation that our changing voter demographics, which now include millions of immigrants, social activists and young, leftist-inspired college graduates, are arriving in massive numbers at the voting booths. Socialists like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and super progressives throughout political spectrum like Stacey Abrams and Robert Gillum are offering social change accepted and used by much of the modern-day world. The success of these individuals should remind us of how democracy has the power to quickly implement change.

Ironically, not enough voters during the midterms were phased by Trump’s pro-growth America first policies that have fed the flames of unprecedented economic growth. It appears that American voters are signaling the world that they want to be prime time players of Macron’s anti-nationalist, pro-globalist movement.

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