When Bill Clinton is worried about something, you can bet it’s probably a good thing.
On Friday, the former president confirmed that, indeed, nationalism is a good thing when he decried it in a speech at a Brookings Institution event to honor the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In his first public appearance since his wife lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Clinton claimed that resurgent nationalism across the globe was “taking us to the edge of destruction.”
“People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world,” Clinton said. “It’s like we’re all having an identity crisis at once — and it is an inevitable consequence of the economic and social changes that have occurred at an increasingly rapid pace.”
Calling Rabin “smart,” “careful,” and a man who “understood the insecurities which roil through every society at every time, and instead of being paralyzed by them or trying to take advantage of them, he tried to take account and bring them along,” Clinton compared the former Israeli peacemaker to current nationalist movements he considers the opposite of the values Rabin stood for.
Nationalism, Clinton said, is man’s natural tendency. “We are programmed biologically, instinctively, to prefer win-lose situations, us versus them.”
“This is a very old story,” Clinton continued. “It’s as old as the Holy Land, and much older. Ever since the first people stood up on the East African savanna, ever since the first families and clans, ever since people encountered the other. It is a very old story. And it always comes down to two things — are we going to live in an us-and-them world, or a world that we live in together?”
If we had Rabin’s approach as defined by Clinton, “in every age and time, the challenges we face can be resolved in a way to keep us going forward, instead of taking us to the edge of our destruction.”
Nice try, but no dice, Billy… In truth, nationalism is the antidote, the kryptonite to destructive, tyrannical, one-size-fits-all globalism that swallows individuals in favor of the elitist, totalitarian corporate state.
On The Five Friday, co-host Eric Bolling defended Trump from Clinton’s implied criticism. We’re not talking about Nazism here, which was another brand of tyranny, but rather economic nationalism. “We’re going to take care of this country first,” Bolling said.
Watch Bolling’s take below:
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