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This thinking fails to appreciate that the world is so much interconnected today and that America needs the rest of the world as much as the rest of the world needs America. First, is the false supposition that hoping for prosperity under Trump translates into any assurance of real and concrete change for the future; hope is not achievement.
Third, the new American savior has invented an apocalyptic narrative of the world and America in order to justify any and all of his actions. All these you find in the language which President Trump uses to describe American life and present history—catastrophic, darkness, disaster, a mess, horrible, broken, stupid etc.
Behold the one and only savior of America! Every savior emerges to supposedly pull people from the irremediable path of perdition; to break the cycle of decay and reverse the cascading forces of history and interrupt the forces of evil. Is this not the kind of image that Trump paints of America? Everything is wrong in America; and everything about Trump is right about America. He alone can fix America as he boasted at the Republican Convention.
It must be rejected, and resisted early in his presidency to save America and the world. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Those who do not buy into this vision are hawkers of false news; and those who do not bow to this new American demagogue are branded as those who do not want to make America great again. This neuralgic reconstruction of the national narrative is troubling because it feeds into all forms of falsehood and polarizes the nation further along time-crusted camps.
But we have heard such ultra-nationalistic narratives before in many parts of the world. Autocrats who idolize the nation-state through an isolationist nativism often promise heaven on earth for their citizens, stir their passion for a very narrow vision of the future, only to end up leaving their nations with a little taste of hell.
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