Bill Clinton is back.
The former President had largely stayed hidden since his wife’s stunning defeat in the presidential election.
But he delivered a speech in which he made an outrageous prediction about the future of America.
Donald Trump rode a nationalist wave to the presidency.
This same anti-globalist sentiment fueled the victory of the “leave” campaign where United Kingdom voters chose to leave the European Union.
The establishment was at first shocked.
Now they are furious.
And Bill Clinton expressed their outrage during a speech at the Brookings Institute.
He predicted that nationalism would lead to our “destruction.”
“Don’t buy what purports to be nationalism that’s engulfed politics in America and all over the world,” former President Bill Clinton said Thursday. What’s actually at play, he argued, is more insidious and interconnected than that.
“People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world,” Clinton said. “It’s like we’re all having an identity crisis at once — and it is an inevitable consequence of the economic and social changes that have occurred at an increasingly rapid pace.”
Making his first major public appearance since his wife lost last year’s presidential election, Clinton did not discuss President Donald Trump specifically, but warned repeatedly against “us versus them” thinking that he said has become such an active part of politics in America, in the Brexit vote, in the Philippines and throughout Europe.
The speech was the keynote at an event hosted by the Brookings Institute honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
“The whole history of humankind is basically the definition of who is us and who is them, and the question of whether we should all live under the same set of rules,” Clinton said. He added that often, people “have found more political success and met the deep psychic needs people have had to feel that their identity requires them to be juxtaposed against someone else.”
Globalists like Bill Clinton want to tear down the idea of a nation-state and national identity.
They promote open borders and international trade deals because they believe nations are just economies and economies don’t have borders, customs or culture.
The speech Bill Clinton gave is what voters in America – and around the world – have rebelled against over the last year.
And his remarks show the globalists have not learned their lesson.
Elites would rather scold and lecture citizens who are fed up with globalism than accept their defeat and try to work within their political reality.
It’s not surprising that those accustomed to power are loathe to give it up.
Since Bill Clinton’s presidency, it has been the dominant bipartisan philosophy.
But Donald Trump dashed all of that when he won by campaigning against open borders, multi-national trade deals and wars of nation building.