America’s Caught Between Russia, China Externally and the Left Internally

America is caught between two threats: an external and internal one.

The external is an economically aggressive, America-hating China, and a nuclear-equipped and America-hating Russia. The internal is a nonnuclear, America hateful left. (As I always note, “left” is not the same as “liberal”; in fact, leftism poses a mortal threat to liberalism. The greatest current tragedy in American society is that most liberals refuse this recognition and continue to vote for leftist parties.

To use one of the left’s favorite terms, the left poses “an existential threat” to America. Russia is not a threat unless it begins a nuclear conflict. I should also add that I don’t discount the possibility of a nuclear war.

I was a high school freshman during the Cuban missile crisis, but I do not remember anyone my age or among my parents’ peers who thought the Cuban crisis would lead to nuclear war. I’m less certain today. Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, seems less rational than Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev also had not nearly as much passion about Cuba as Putin does about Ukraine.

Although the left may be hostile to Putin, their hatred of America is what unites them. Liberals, on the other hand, love America more than most.

Take the example of Superman to illustrate this point. It was liberals, in 1938, who created Superman, an America-loving, American values-affirming (“Truth, Justice, and the American Way”) superhero. Leftists decimated Superman as an American hero. In 2011, they ended his American identity: Standing in front of the United Nations, Superman announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a “citizen of the world.”

“I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy,” he announced. Ten years later, DC comics announced that Superman’s motto would no longer be “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” but “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”

Every left-wing movement in the world despises America—and for good reason. America has stood up for everything the left opposes. It is the largest major democracy, with the highest capitalist, religious, and nationalistic values. America’s unique success has been the greatest possible rebuke to left-wing ideology. America must be destroyed.

Specifically, it must abandon its capitalist economy, its Judeo-Christian values and its nationalism (as expressed, for example, in Americans’ celebration of the flag and national anthem; in Americans’ celebration of national holidays such as the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving; in Americans’ opposition to anything hinting of world government; and in Americans’ belief that their country is “the greatest country in the world”).

America is now being attacked by three anti-American forces: China and Putin externally, and the American left internally. The American left is the most dangerous threat to America, even if there isn’t a nuclear war with Russia. It has successfully de-Americanized and ruined every major institution it has touched: nearly all educational institutions from elementary schools through universities; virtually all major mainstream news media; the intelligence agencies (51 heads of intelligence agencies declared revelations of Biden family corruption emanating from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop “Russian disinformation”); the economy (the worst inflation rate in nearly half a century is the result of the cavalier spending of trillions of dollars and the left’s energy policies which, within a few months, transformed America from energy-exporting to energy-importing); and even medicine (the American Medical Association and more and more medical schools are fully “woke”).

The only way to save America is for liberals understand that the threat they face to their core values stems from the left, and not the right. Just to cite two examples, it is not the right that opposes liberalism’s commitment to free speech; it is the left that cancels people for saying anything the left differs with—including stating obvious scientific and moral truths, such as that it is unfair to women to allow biological males to compete in women’s sports.

And it’s not the right that opposes liberalism’s commitment to racial integration; it is the left (holding the same position as the Ku Klux Klan) that calls for all-black dormitories on college campuses and all-black graduations.

Without the support of other nations, America cannot defeat Russia or China. America cannot defeat the left without liberals. To put it in political terms, if America’s liberals voted their values, the Democratic Party would not win another major election—and it would either become irrelevant or decide to return to its liberal roots.

Only America’s liberals, working in common cause with conservatives, can save America. Then America can deal with any threat—internal or external.


The Daily Signal is open to all perspectives. This article is not meant to represent the views of The Heritage Foundation.

Do you have a comment about this article? Send an email to let us know your opinion. [email protected] and we’ll consider publishing your edited remarks in our regular “We Hear You” feature. Be sure to include the article’s URL, headline, and your name.