The Critical Difference Between Nationalism and Patriotism

Why is nationalism bad? Because it means something very specific. Perhaps Charles de Gualle said it best:

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

--- Charles de Gaulle

"We don't need nationalism. We need common sense. We need the idea that sovereignty does matter. That borders do matter. That's not nationalism," Glenn said Monday on radio.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Let's go quickly to Christian in Ohio. Hello, Christian. You're on the Glenn Beck Program.

CALLER: Hi, Mr. Beck. Thank you so much for having me on. My question is, real quickly, I know nationalism was the cause of World War I and World War II, but don't we need nationalism now in Europe to save Europe, save the Western society from Islamic terrorism?

GLENN: No, we need common sense.

STU: I feel like the beginning of that little throwaway disclaimer, that it started World War I and World War II is worth focusing on for a moment.

GLENN: Yeah, we don't need nationalism. We need common sense. We need the idea that sovereignty does matter. That borders do matter. That's not nationalism. That's not nationalism.

CALLER: Isn't that part of nationalism though? Don't we need someone big enough to get -- to hold people together to bring it together?

GLENN: See, this is again -- again, you can't take a term that is well-defined and just make it -- Milquetoast it out and make it what you want it to be. So I understand what you're saying, that you want to believe in your strong country, you want to believe that -- in the borders and everything else. And I'm saying to you, yes, that is a return to common sense, but nationalism is something very, very different. Nationalism -- as de Gaulle said, nationalism -- patriotism is a love for the people of your country and your country. Nationalism is a hatred of everything else.

And that's what's happening in Europe. Le Pen is focusing on much more on, we hate these things. We got to get rid of these things, instead of saying, we are -- France, we're strong France. And we need a return to common sense. We've made a lot of mistakes.

And it may sound very, very similar, but it depends on the background of the person who is saying it. That's why it's so easy for countries to slip into nationalism. Hitler was the best at doing it. He used the right language, and everybody was like, "Oh, well, he's a Christian just like me. He just wants a strong Germany." No. No, he didn't. Be careful. Nationalism means something very specific.

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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