Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
When attacking President Trump, his opponents love to say that words have meaning. Well, it seems that their superhero, President Emmanuel Macron, doesn't either, or worse yet, is shameless in his use of them.
Last week signaled the run-up to Armistice Day, the date marking that fateful day 100 years ago when World War I came to a halt. It was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month of 1918 when the guns went silent in Europe. By the time all was said and done, 20 million people died in the war to end all war.
The United States, as a result of its entry into the war in defense of France, lost over 116,000 men. And let's not forget, World War I did not end all wars, as an even worse evil arose a mere 20 years later against which the world, once again, was engaged in mortal battle. During that epic war, France once again was overrun, and once again, the United States came to her defense. This time, 419,000 Americans died, amongst which were 29,000 in Normandy and 19,000 more in the Battle of the Bulge. Unquestionably, French soil is saturated with American blood.
The run-up to the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day was a time for somber reflection for many world leaders, and Macron was no exception. Unfortunately, though, his insights were telling of his selfishness and of his disregard for the gratitude his country should display towards its ally from across the pond. During one interview, Macron noted the continued threat to European stability that is Russia and used that as his foundation to call for the creation of a European army. Among other reasons, Macron said such an army was necessary because Europe needs to be able to defend itself against Russia, China, and the United States.
The thought that a French leader would entertain the mere possibility of defending his or her nation against the United States, which has been, until this day, the primary defender of France is amazingly arrogant and inherently offensive to the United States. Adding to the slight is that it was delivered mere days prior to the 100 years anniversary of Armistice Day signaling, in part, the colossal sacrifice the United States undertook in the name of France.
To add injury to the insult, Macron then went on the offensive during his remarks at the commemoration of that most solemn day. Instead of maintaining a conciliatory tone laced with gratitude and humility, he instead chose to go on the attack against the American President by saying that Trump's nationalistic philosophy is an evil that led to the deaths of millions in Europe. Macron said, “In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,' you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.”
His comments shine in disingenuousness. No one who objectively observes President Trump can rightfully conclude that Trump's call for nationalism includes a disregard for others to the point of assuring their destruction.
Trump's nationalism is a call for pride in one's country. It is an acknowledgment that if each country fights for its own interests and promotes its uniqueness and diversity in its negotiations and in its interactions with others, then the outcome of those interactions will be a benefit to all. To claim otherwise is to cast Trump's words in a false light and to give them a meaning they were never meant to have.
Macron then promulgates his lack of candor by transitioning from disingenuousness to outright falsehood when he said, "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism."
Here, Macron defies reality since patriotism can only proceed from a sense of nationalism. Clearly, there would never be a single act of patriotism if it weren't for an underlying sense of nationalism.
Let's be perfectly clear. Macron is a socialistic, collectivist globalist who despises and envies the United States. Moreover, in his anti-nationalistic views, he has declared that even the very existence of his native France is of little concern to him, which may explain why he is polling so poorly there.
Even more tragically, in his disregard for his allies and for the qualities of French nationalism, he has made a mockery of a most solemn occasion that could have been marked by unbridled unity amongst the different member nations of a fighting force that ultimately accomplished an incredible good for humanity. In doing so, he disrespected not only the first ally he will run to should he ever be attacked in the future, but the memory of all those who defended France so he could utter his offensiveness in his native French.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.