What is America First?
America First is also known as “fascism.”
America First means being a normal country with normal aspirations in the world. It means returning to our traditional foreign policy of non-intervention and peaceful commerce with Eurasia. This was the foreign policy the United States pursued until the Spanish-American War. President Andrew Jackson, for example, established good foreign relations with the Russian Empire in his time.
The opposite of America First is liberal hegemony. It means pursuing a foreign policy based on liberal ideology in which the United States attempts to dominate Eurasia and impose a liberal world order on the rest of the world. It means using force to remake foreign countries in the image of the United States. It means subverting foreign governments and launching regime change wars to slay evil doers abroad. It means abandoning our own traditions and interests and becoming the British Empire.
Liberal hegemony necessarily requires nurturing the following evils which throughout history have been known to consume and ultimately destroy republics:
- Regime change wars
- Subverting foreign governments
It is a recipe for losing our national identity, endless wars abroad, blowback in the form of terrorism, sacrificing the interests of American workers to our foreign policy needs and creating an all powerful surveillance state and military capable of putting down any peer competitor.
As we saw during the Trump presidency, it was foolish to believe that we could create such a behemoth that is in the business of toppling governments all over the world and believe that the people who do that sort of thing eventually wouldn’t subvert our own constitutional order. Anti-imperialists have spent decades warning that it was only a matter of time before the Deep State turned on its ostensible masters.
As for the American Founding and the Constitution, it was the Founders themselves who established the America First foreign policy tradition. We’re not trying to get rid of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights or the Electoral College or the Senate and so on. Instead, we want to get rid of the American Empire and its globalist institutions and demilitarize our country and gut the Deep State and abolish the “intelligence community.” Basically, we want to get rid of the legacy of the 20th century, which is liberal imperialism. This whole era from the Spanish-American War to the war in Ukraine was a giant mistake.
I also don’t really have any objection to the Founding. The Founders established a country which was White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant and liberal republican. They created a federal republic, not a liberal democracy. They rejected the model of the British Empire. There wasn’t any need for nationalism and populism in their time because 1.) the United States had yet to become the seat of a liberal global empire, 2.) the country’s identity was settled and 3.) vast realms of public policy like monetary policy, trade policy and foreign policy had yet to be professionalized and removed from democratic accountability.
Mark Levin is a neocon, an imperialist, a militarist, a globalist, a jingo, a warmonger and a liberal interventionist. I am none of those things and that is the substantial difference between us. He claims to be a “constitutionalist” and invokes the Constitution like a totem pole even though it is the alphabet soup of “intelligence” agencies, the military-industrial complex, the foreign policy establishment, the vast administrative bureaucracy and the incestuous relationship between the media, multinational corporations, academia, Big Tech and Wall Street which has corrupted the constitutional order.