A Trump Victory Would Make America Just Another Imperialist Country

First there was imperialist France and England, then Austria and Spain and a host of minor imperialists like the Dutch and Belgians. And then of course there was Germany, Japan and Russia empire building during the last century. And sure, too, there was America’s imperialist run with it wars of conquest and acquisition — the 1840’s war with Mexico giving us the western half of our country and the Spanish American War near the end of the nineteenth century whereby we took control of the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Yet throughout America’s period of aggression and its horrible transgressions like slavery, its Yankee leaders never abandoned its ideals of freedom and democracy. There was always in play that ever so thin thread of idealism that looked ahead to a better, fairer country.

Should Trump — from the dark side — take control of the White House that thin thread of idealism would have been broken. America at that point will have become just another nothing-special nation jockeying for advantage on the world stage.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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