The Consequences of Putting America Last…

Only two months ago I wrote about how we need to start standing up for our country and its interests instead of constantly tearing it down. How we need to start taking a harder stance against unfair and biased criticism of America, the deconstruction of American values in society and the family, the divisions pitting one group against another, telling us to feel ashamed of our country’s history, as well as being pushovers on the world stage. The problem with this America-bashing attitude is that these so called popular opinions aren’t solely confined to the classroom, or the ivory towers, or some magazine’s latest opinion piece, but have real tangible consequences.

Just look at the latest popular opinion is that we deserve to be pushed around by other countries due to something we did in the past that was wrong, or others didn’t agree with. For example, the open borders policy. Now, anyone can just come here and demand all the benefits of a social safety net without even becoming a US citizen! You’re not allowed to say illegal, which they are according to their immigration status, but “undocumented” instead conferring some legitimacy to their draining resources that our citizens need. Heaven forbid you express any concerns with not giving background checks potentially letting criminals through! If you complain, you’re a racist and xenophobe, and are told America deserves this influx of illegal immigrants due to its policies with Mexico and other Latin American countries. Another example going abroad is how we’re supposedly expected to contribute more to other countries’ needs. Instead of pulling their fair share, other nations are getting away with profiting off deals we make with them then getting the blame if we don’t contribute what was more than enough. By labeling us as colonialist oppressors, apparently it means anyone can do anything to us and we can’t complain! Standing up for our values? Oppression! Having a strong military? Oppression! Having national pride? Oppression! and so on…

A disturbing trend is some even believe that we deserved to suffer the 9/11 attacks! That due to our policies over in the Middle East thousands of Americans, innocent people, deserved to die! Furthermore, that we shouldn’t have taken any action to stop terrorism over there so it wouldn’t come back here. We treat those who hate our values and the West with kid gloves; always afraid to speak up in fear of offending them and being called racist, intolerant, or xenophobic. It’s no longer okay to “see something, say something” in fear of being labeled a bigot. When terror attacks happen, we can no longer teach who did it and why, instead we are told to emphasize how wrong it is to hold any communities accountable. In essence, it’s no different than the victim blaming the Left loves to condemn when it suits them! We “asked for it” when we’re attacked, it’s never the fault of the terrorists or the community who turns a blind eye and even is complicit in their deeds.

The consequences of this line of thinking? Just look at the most recent insanity over in Afghanistan! Under Biden’s watch, if you could call it that, Afghanistan has fallen back into the hands of the Taliban! The world now sees us as weak again. Pushovers more eager to self flagellate over a microaggression and be concerned with how many genders there are than advocating for our own interests on the world stage. Our enemies and competition can smell our lack of national self esteem literally an ocean and several continents away! Unlike Trump, who was diplomatic yet assertive

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with nations like Russia, China, and even North Korea, and also spoke with the Taliban and signed a peace deal, Biden has caved into the Taliban’s every whim! He’s treating a terrorist group like they actually are the legitimate government over there instead of the petty stone age insurgents they are.

Most appalling of all, he abandoned AMERICANS in Afghanistan to the mercy of those tyrants! That’s right: US citizens who he should make his first duty as leader of this country to protect. If a nation can’t even fulfill its most basic duty, to protect its own people, how can it look itself in the mirror as a country? How can Biden for that matter? Plane after plane was filled up with Afghans fleeing to America, but no spots left for those with US passports! How are we so sure some aren’t Taliban members who want to take a firmer hold over here? In your communities! If you dare say anything about that, you’re told to shut up! To add to the horrors, the 13 who served and died in the bombing in Kabul never had to. It wasn’t just poor luck in an inherently hazardous job, the Pentagon knew about the attack beforehand yet did nothing to take out the bomber or evacuate. It gets better: the Taliban has been left with a whole arsenal of planes, helicopters, bombs, rockets, guns etc. of the finest quality since we left! I assume it won’t be collecting much dust… The Left’s excuse is that Biden was cleaning up Trump’s mess. Seriously? We heard nothing like this during Trump’s presidency, then in under a year of Biden being in office the Taliban has taken over and Americans are left at their mercy. How is this putting America first? More like utterly last!

By denying our country’s greatness, its values, and our rights to be the first to benefit from all its resources, this is the consequence. Terrorism gets free reign and Americans get literally left behind. Our enemies see us as weak pushovers. Our society which is encouraged to denounce traditional values and raise a generation of whining snowflakes who melt at microaggressions and bias incidents and emasculated young men has led to a weaker military less able to defend. Those 13 men and women stepped up and put their country first and did their duty until the end. They were braver than the so called leaders in the Pentagon and even our president. While young people their ages are in academia lapping up the Left’s propaganda wreaking the country, whining over microaggressions, those young men and women, just kids really, chose to be a defender and protector. It’s because of those like them our country can stay great. Because of their leaders’ incompetence, negligence and complacency they paid the ultimate price. The consequences in this case of putting America last aren’t just a tragedy, but an atrocity. When we stand up for America we also stand up for them. We can never bring them back, but we can make sure the country they gave their lives for is put first!

A.F. Branco for Aug 17, 2021 | The Grenada Star