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The ‘Global Citizen’ scheme: American supremacy made into an apology

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When you win first prize for something, you wouldn’t trade the trophy for a participation certificate, would you?

If you were to become an Olympic Gold Medalist, you wouldn’t trade the gold for the tin foil, would you?

Then why would you, as an American citizen, ever want to become a citizen of the world?

These are the subtle undercurrents beneath a recent week-long social-awareness-and-show-business-extravanganza called Global Citizen.

Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee at 2017 Global Citizen Fest: Watch | Billboard

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/festivals/7973873/stevie-wonder-takes-knee-2017-global-citizen-festivalHolding onto his son Kwame Wonder, the legendary Stevie Wonder took “both knees” Saturday night at the 6th annual Global Citizen Music Fest in New York City’s Central Park. “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” 67-year-old Wonder declared as he knelt down. “But not just one knee. Both knees. Both knees, in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen.”

Background

The most effective weapons for attacking America are not explicit. Often, they’re not even physical objects.

The weapons use the stealth of persuasion, confusion and obfuscation, employing code words and expropriating their benign meanings to suggest innocence, righteousness and wholesomeness.

The day-long Global Citizen concert this past Saturday was the culmination of a week of turning the city into a self-described “arena of advocacy” to eradicate “extreme poverty” by 2030 (that’s right around the corner) while standing “for freedom, for justice, for all.” Many of the smaller events in the preceding week were heavy on the buzzwords “sustainable development” and naturally, “global citizenship.”

The selection of New York for these events might be appropriate. New York CIty is very much an international city these days. Between the millions of tourists, recent immigrants and visa holders increasingly working in the white-collar professional jobs “no American will do,” it’s harder and harder — in a city with an official population of nearly nine million — to find a born-and-bred American citizen New Yorker who actually still lives and works in that city.

The Takeaway

America has been, and remains, the world’s gold standard when it comes to individual rights. Whether we’re talking about civil rights or property rights, the United States is the destination of choice for innovators, the rich, generally, strivers who want the best education, and political prisoners and refugees from oppression and persecution. It is known that your assets, your property, things you’ve created, are respected and protected nowhere else as strongly and consistently as in the United States. There’s the value in being an American citizen, or at least having access to American legal system protections.

While Americans sustain these conditions, they are exhorted to be “citizens of the world” — the event’s name “Global Citizen” is no accident.

But when you set the gold standard and then told “you didn’t build that” and you should become “citizens of the world,” understand one thing:

We don’t win in that exchange. The rest of the world does, but we don’t.

Because greatness is the enemy of the envious.

“Global” should be viewed as the code word for “Americans must apologize for greatness.”

When the legal protections, the rule of law and a unique veneration for individual rights are inferior everywhere else to America’s, “going global” is a step down. For Americans, it is always a step down. It means we are being asked, told, or shamed into weakening what makes our nation great.

Americans built a great nation upon a unique foundation respecting individual liberty and recognizing the dangers of both the collective (i.e., the mob) and aggregated government power. In short, America’s greatness rests on a recognition of the best and worst of human nature.

Don’t be fooled by the slick show-business events and star power. Global Citizen is just the latest scam to guilt-trip impressionable young Americans into allowing themselves to be used as a honey pot on the way in, and a chamber pot on the way out.

Conservative corporate lawyer, commentator, blockchain technology patent holder and entrepreneur. Headquartered in a red light district in the middle of a deep blue People's Republic.

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