As Trump revives ‘America First’, John McCain Denounces Blood and Soil Nationalism

In his remarks at the 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony, Senator John McCain defended a values-based foreign policy and commitment to American ideals at home, contrasting them with blood and soil nationalism:

To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.

We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.