Republicans refuse to understand that not all rising tides lift all boats. There are ways the rich can do well while most of the country does worse. The globalization of our economy means that the very rich get a much bigger share of a much smaller pie. When jobs are outsourced or given to illegal aliens, the employer is better off. Mexicans are better off — they’re making $3 an hour instead of $1 an hour. But most Americans are massively worse off.
The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias, and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family.
America is a country, not a spreadsheet. A country puts the needs of its own citizens first.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence … the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defence against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.