The Left believes that focusing on the needs of natural-born Americans leaves no room for acknowledging immigrants and their value to the country. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking pride in the accomplishments of our citizens doesn’t mean we look down on immigrants who contribute positively. Individuals and families are more than welcome to cross our borders… when they do so legally and play by the rules.
- According to Leftists, basing policies from a foundation of national pride is exclusionary at best and xenophobic at worst. They throw this argument around to defend unchecked borders. What they’re really doing is using national pride as a false equivocation to extreme nationalism. It’s a slippery slope fallacy; don’t fall for it. Nationalism (when taken to its extreme) is a destructive force; we’re not even close to that point in America — and we’ll never get there. What we have is a strong and justified sense of pride in what our great country has done since its inception.
- Who wouldn’t take pride in a country founded by pilgrims risking their lives to fulfill their vision of the future? They believed a nation should hold personal liberty as their highest value. Those pilgrims immigrated to this continent with a reverence for individual freedom — look at their legacy. This social experiment has run for over 200 years; we’re still a major world power.
- Here’s the deal: we can work together with immigrants who share our values. We’re on the same side and we’ll accomplish great undertakings together. It’s the foreigners who don’t value personal liberty that can’t function in America. They seek to exploit our people and resources and siphon the profits outside of the states. Those immigrants take pride in their country of origin. That’s fine — that’s where they belong.
- Immigration only works when everyone’s on the same team. We can’t build a house if we can’t agree on the building materials. We can’t defend our country with a never-ending mutiny. Pride is essential for Americans to work in unison and continue leading the world. The Left doesn’t seem to get that.