When in France last week with other leaders to commemorate a century since the close of World War I, President Trump was treated crudely by Emanuel Macron, The French president. Macron, in front of the entire assembly of leaders, derided President Trump’s policy of nationalism. The purpose, it seemed, was to castigate Mr. Trump before the world. Good manners would dictate not to embarrass a guest while he is in your house, especially when the guest cannot respond and must sit there and take it. Aside from the arrogant Frenchness of it all, Macron was able to be provocative because he knew that he had a globalist, left-wing cheering squad back in the United States who relished Macron’s put-down of President Trump and the concept of nationalism. Domestically, here in the U.S., there are hundreds of trans-nationalist elitists who are against placing America first, against a policy and president prioritizing the needs of American workers, our self-defense, and our military over other countries’.
Macron, Angela Merkel of Germany and other leaders in Western Europe are globalists and strong advocates for a European Union that erases the borders between European countries; so that when a jihadist enters one country, he is blithely free to enter another country. This is the open borders policy, the outlook that casts aside national sovereignty as something archaic and non-inclusive. The leaders of these countries willingly forfeit their economic autonomy to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. The result of all this, most often deliberate, is a severe diminution of those cultural and traditional values and rituals that determine a country’s identity and end up maligning and erasing her history.
President Trump, as most Americans, doesn’t want this for America. We are not trans-nationalists or Obama-like “citizens of the world,” rather nationalists who love our history and identity and are proud of who we were and who we are. However, here in America, the political left is not proud of our history and disdains our Judeo-Christian identity. As anti-nationalists, they are 24/7 campaigning to transform America and have us become another Belgium or Sweden. They, like their counterparts in Europe, are universalists.
This zealous push by world leaders and elitists toward globalism is dangerous, for it powerfully unites all of the leaders and bureaucracies in the world toward the goal of reducing the standing of the individual nation and mutes the voices of the people living within what were sovereign nations. It is against the concept of individual liberty. By reinforcing each other within a political fraternity of globalism, each globalist leader is strengthened while those who are nationalists are deliberately excluded and thereby weakened. Hopefully, Trump may be the exception who will override them.
The coalescing of leaders toward trans-nationalism and the nullification thereby of citizens within their own countries is as old as the story of the Tower of Babel. “And they said, come let us build us a city and a tower, with its top in heaven, and let us make us a name.” It was the first instance of consolidating all power within one governing force. It was a challenge against God, as well: pierce the heavens. Rights to men were no longer considered as proffered to human from God, but from the governing leaders.
Sameness was to be the new rule. Political and social hegemony was to be enforced. “They are one people and will have one language.” This was a declaration of war against distinctiveness and against the individual and, thus, liberty. Nations, the nation-state, are sovereign because they are distinctive; take away that distinctiveness, as the Tower of Babel globalists wanted, and the result is an abolition of the nation-state and individual freedom. “Let us not be scattered”: neither different nor autonomous. Citizenship to an individual country was replaced by being but a citizen of the world; individuals were rendered powerless, spiritually sterile, and purposeless.
This was a push by leaders for secularism, and therefore, God, the opposite, had to intervene to undo the war against Him. God and biblical religion are necessary ingredients if a nation and people are to remain distinctive and free. Not only because God provides them rights, but because the distinctiveness of a culture and ethos derives from its founding religion and notions of God, as well as His aspirations for human and man’s conduct. Consistently, those pushing for sameness, universalism, Marxism/socialism, globalism begin by attacking the biblical religion and religious freedom, for, like God, they stand in the way of government control over the people and the State’s demand for ultimate loyalty.
Jewish lore tells us of the oppression from leaders above toward the people below during the short Tower of Babel era. But “God confounded them and their single language.” No longer would they live by enforced sameness and platitudes in language, but as individuals, and in different lands and in reinstituted, distinct cultures. And the Lord scattered them across the earth.” No more hegemony and no more trans-nationalism and globalism. The tyranny of global/elitist leadership dissipated and men were no longer forced to live mostly under international laws and mores, but by the hands of their own local control.
The next historical episode in the Bible is: “And God called to Abraham.” Man once again finds God when once again living in a land that is separate and distinct. God speaks to an individual, a singular man named Abraham. And thus begins the biblical saga which eventually evolves into the Judeo-Christian ethos upon which America is built.
Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit and president of Caucus for America.