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    •  The US was already a form of civic nationalism. (3+ / 0-)
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      Just giving citizenship to someone, does not make them a full citizen of a nation in this line of thought.  A shared-sense of history is also necessary:

      In practice, however, this civic model of nationalism cannot succeed without more substantial elements of the above principles. Citizenship for example is more than just a legal identity and a matter of common rights and codes within a society. It is about allegiance, participation and residence within the territory, and a feeling of solidarity and affiliation towards the community. As Smith points out, the will to participate in this community could only be found among those who were themselves residents and, just as importantly, whose parents were residents also.14 This is an important point, as nationalism in this form – where the emphasis is on an historical community based not only on an individual’s residence but their own ancestry, and hence their own genealogy - moves beyond the structure of civic nationalism in its pure form and towards that of the principles and characteristics carried by the theory of ethnic nationalism.
      This is why there is a line of thought in Political Science today that the Nationalism so prevalent in our culture now is also the largest threat to our democracy.  This shared sense of history and allegiance is why so many Americans, yes even Democrats, believe that we should not grant citizenship to immigrants.

      Have you gone to a baseball game lately?  What did they sang at the 7th inning stretch?  

      How many countries play their national anthem at the beginning of almost every sports event?

      The current form of nationalism is the biggest threat to our society today.  And one argument for that is that civic nationalism grows into ethnic nationalism.  An argument for which the US is the prime example.

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