Most Americans think of their nation as fifty states, with familiar outlines on a map. They think of the Founding Fathers, the red, white and blue flag, and the capital building at Washington, DC.
Though the unique inception and development of the United States of America undoubtedly has made the population of the USA more varied than that of most nations, until the past few decades, the word "American" had a real meaning and brought to mind a type of character that was identifiable to people across the world, and with which most of the citizenry more or less identified. Over the past fifty years or so, due to mass immigration and intensive propaganda campaigns by the mainstream media, we are led to believe that "American" is a designation available to anyone who meets a low bar of criteria established by paid-for politicians and verified by disinterested bureaucrats. Ilan Omar, Rashida Talib, and truckloads of border-hoppers are as American as Thomas Jefferson. How dare you suggest otherwise?
We are seeing the beginnings of an awakening among Heritage Americans. (The fact that "Heritage Americans" even needs to be specified indicates the absurdity of the question of nationalism in the country today). We have considered people who dwelled within the borders of the USA to be American. We have considered people who dwelled within the borders of Texas to be Texan, and those who dwelled within the borders of Georgia to be Georgian.
The current election fiasco highlights the problem. Chuck Schumer and various Golden Swamp-dwelling Hollywood celebrities have been waging a campaign to "take Georgia" for the Senate. A similar effort to "Turn Texas Blue" has been raging for years now, and has been successful enough that in his last contest, Senator Ted Cruz barely hung on to his seat by the skin of his teeth. The fact that Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina get bluer with every passing year is not due to leftists' success in persuading the historic population of the merits of their policies. These states have been flooded with immigrants, from both foreign nations and other American states, that are hostile to the historic population. We must ask: In what way are the state borders meaningful today, if at all?
The headlines are full of disputes about disenfranchisement of voters in swing states caused by various election shenanigans. There are accusations of rampant fraud which will never be completely resolved, leading to uncertainty and the stink of illegitimacy for whoever is eventually sworn into the Presidency.
If you consider that Americans (and Georgians, Virginians, and Texans) are a culturally and historically distinct people, and you value the consent of the governed as fundamental to the legitimacy of government, all this wrangling about the legitimacy of the last election is beside the point. What if we accurately count the votes of a random group of people with no common sense of identity, or common anything, who happen to live within the lines on a map? Can a true representative government come from a hodge-podge of hostile groups, based upon a count of who successfully pulled more of their kindred into the pen by election day? Of course not. There are people groups who are not being represented, however the votes are counted. In our current situation, it is the historic, founding population that is being disenfranchised.
Currently there is a groundswell of Republican voters calling for mutiny against the GOP. There is more than enough reason to revolt. With the balance of the Senate at stake, Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee just successfully co-sponsored, with Kamala Harris, a measure that will allow big tech companies to bring in an unlimited number of H-1B green card workers. And Republicans are ignoring demands from the public to take seriously the mountains of evidence of voter fraud that may have cost Trump his re-election bid.
Michael Flynn Jr, son of recently pardoned General Flynn, tweeted "I'd rather be shot in the chest than stabbed in the back" with regards to a boycott on voting for the GOP in the upcoming Georgia run-off. In a profanity-laced lived stream entitled "That Georgia rally just cost the GOP the Senate," in which the gathering of thousands of citizens to protest election fraud was seemingly ignored by the party brass, Mike Cernovich, a social media influencer credited with helping move the dial to Trump in 2016, ranted, "They've done nothing for us. They give us no reason to vote for them other than the Chuck Schumer boogeyman. F*** the GOP." If one is to use social media as a gauge, cries of this sort are becoming deafening.
One definition of "nation" is "a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own."
A nation is a body of people conscious of it unity. Our political borders are increasingly irrelevant, and our elected lawmakers increasingly non-representative.
It is time to ask yourself a question, and answer with unvarnished realism.
Who are your people?
The Carolina Contrarian, Anne Wilson Smith, is the author of Charlottesville Untold: Inside Unite the Right and Robert E. Lee: A History Book for Kids. She is the creator of Reckonin' and has contributed to the Abbeville Institute website and Vdare. She is a soft-spoken Southern belle by day, opinionated writer by night. She loves Jesus, her family, and her hometown. She enjoys floral dresses and acoustic guitar music. You may contact Carolina Contrarian at CarolinaContrarian@protonmail.com.