Liberal Nationalism


Two-hundred and forty years ago America spoke itself into existence as a nation with a Declaration that proclaimed the inalienable rights of individuals and the just foundation of government. That foundation, Lincoln told us, was a government of, by, and for the people. And what he meant was a government of, by and for the American people.

Lincoln always put America first. So too did John Adams. When he presented his credentials as the first American ambassador to Great Britain, George III observed that Adams was not thought to be especially fond of France. “I must avow to your Majesty,” replied Adams, “I have no Attachments but to my own Country.” To which the King answered, “An honest Man will never have any other.”

And that was what Donald Trump pledged, in his Inauguration Address. “From this day forward,’ he announced, “a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it's going to be America First.”