- demonizing the word nationalism
No, putting it in historical perspective:
And using the full definition, even if some guy at wiki didn't.
What's funny is how the supposed professors and supposed lawyers here have such a poor grasp of the English language.... it's almost like it's not their first.
"The Difference Between 'Patriotism' and 'Nationalism'
Let's take a few minutes to go over the respective histories of these two words to see where and when they shared meaning and in what senses they have drifted apart.
Patriotism is the older of the two words, with published written evidence dating back to the middle of the 17th century.
We do not have any evidence of nationalism occurring until just before the 19th century, almost a hundred and fifty years after patriotism.
The two words may have shared a distinct sense in the 19th century, but they appear to have grown apart since. Or rather, it would be more accurate to say that only nationalism has grown apart, since the meaning of patriotism has remained largely unchanged.
There are still obvious areas of overlap: we define patriotism as "love for or devotion to one's country" and nationalism in part as "loyalty and devotion to a nation."
But the definition of nationalism also includes "exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups." This exclusionary aspect is not shared by patriotism."
excerpts, more at the link
Washington was a Colonial and an American patriot. What Britain was doing to the colonies is what we could now call the exclusionary aspect of nationalism, which wasn't even a word then, and Washington never practiced that as President.
What RoC and His Dullness have done here is to use half a definition of a word that didn't exist at the time... which was pointed out to them multiple times.
Just because other people use the term synonymously with patriotism in wiki or articles doesn't mean it is.
And the kind of nationalism we see from Trump and his base is the "white nationalism" that merriam-webster also mentions.
Of course, redefining words one doesn't like applied to them is quite Orwellian, and totally unsurprising.