Almost everyone in America now knows Donald Trump's campaign slogan, imprinted in white, mediocre, plain, block font on the front of a tricycle red baseball cap, "Make America Great Again." Trump represents nationalism. The left, either Hillary or Bernie, might contend, "When was America ever great? America isn't great." They represent globalism.
Trump says, "Someone's right and it is the United States." Hillary and Bernie say, "No one's wrong and everyone is right in his or her or his/her own way." Trump says, "Build the wall." Hillary and Bernie say, "Open the borders."
I don't think the election is only about nationalism versus globalism, but that contrast reduces it, I believe, to its most essential quality. More than anyone Trump touched that nerve with his message, one that resonates with many people. Many other Trump issues are a corollary to the nationalism. We should trade in a way that benefits our nation first and use our military in a way that benefits America first.
This election is way more basic than whether someone is a constitutional conservative, Ted Cruz's calling card. The United States was the United States before its constitution was written. I love our constitution, so don't get me wrong. I'm saying that there are issues more basic or fundamental than the constitution. You could take our constitution to many other countries, which has actually happened all over, and give it to them, and it won't make them a great nation. We have seen this again and again. We can take our system of government to other countries and they don't become great.
Here's how fundamental this election is. It's not about what will make America great. I understand that Trump thinks he knows. It is about whether America should be great. One side says, no. The other side says, yes.
Trump says, we're better than everyone else. The other side says, no culture could be greater than any other culture. America was never great. It said it was, and for a time thought that it was, but it wasn't. Trump may not understand greatness, but he does know that we had it and have about lost it.
Where there is no absolute truth, you can't be better. If no one is greater than anyone else, then borders don't matter. You have no culture to protect. It doesn't make any difference. The future won't be very bright for a country that doesn't see a reason for its own existence.
This election is about two stark differences in worldview. Only one is compatible with biblical Christianity and it isn't globalism. Some remind us that conservatism isn't the same as nationalism. That's true, but you can't be a conservative without being a nationalist. If you don't have a nation, then there's nothing left to conserve. If nothing can be better, than why conserve anything anyway?