‘Mexico First’ Is a Real Thing [OPINION]
Something happened recently that set me back on my heels and really made me think. Not all Mexicans are lined up at the southern border looking for a chance to cross illegally into the U.S., as some might believe.
Think about it: the vast majority of Mexicans are content where they are and actually love their country. What more evidence do we need than the recent pushback from residents of the border city of Tijuana when thousands of Honduran migrants filed into the city demanding they be cared for until they could gain access to America?
These folks in Tijuana, led by their mayor, are truly upset by the invasion and have been heard chanting such things as "Mexico first" and "Trump was right."
Isn't that nationalism? In Mexico? Who'd have thought it?
National pride is not something confined to the flyover states where white folks cling to their bibles and their guns in fear of losing their dominance, as some have suggested. Nationalism lives in most Americans, and in fact, in most people of the civilized world. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Nationalism is on the move around the globe and it has globalists in a panic. The thought that the people of the world might put the interests of their homelands ahead of the new world order is frightening to the no-borders socialist crowd.
Nationalism is taking hold in places such as Poland, Brazil, Mexico and England, where the military may be deployed to keep order, should the government not implement Brexit as demanded by the people.
Prior to 2016, the thought that a wave of nationalism might actually sweep the world might have seemed far-fetched to some, but it has always been right there just below the surface, waiting for someone to unleash it. That person was U.S. President Donald Trump.
Nationalism does not mean isolationism or world exclusion. It means stronger nations working together to make a better world. It also means that in order to be world leaders, the nations of the world must have a strong foundation at home. And that begins with putting the homeland first.
When the history books are written about Trump's presidency, he will best remembered for leading the charge to end the move towards globalization and the restoration of national pride throughout the world.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.