I don't know much about the America First Committee, an anti-war group that campaigned in the late 1930s and early '40s to keep the United States out of World War II. For awhile, the committee allied itself with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who also opposed U.S. entry into the war, and who put an anti-Semitic spin on his position:

"Instead of agitating for war the Jewish groups in this country should be opposing it in every possible way, for they will be among the first to feel its consequences. Tolerance is a virtue that depends upon peace and strength. History shows that it cannot survive war and devastation. A few farsighted Jewish people realize this and stand opposed to intervention. But the majority still do not. Their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government."

That's Lindbergh in 1941, before Pearl Harbor.

But given the current feeling about World War II, the U.S. involvement and the national glorification of the soldiers who participated, it's amazing to me that any mainstream politician, much less the U.S. president, would appropriate the name of the anti-interventionist America First Committee as the keystone for his approach to governing.

But there you have it -- "America First, America First" Trump bellowed. It remains to be seen how he will act on that sentiment, and whether, like the America First Committee, he will be forced by circumstances to retreat.

Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at will@poststar.com and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at

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