To be quite frank, yes.
Without delving into any particular hysterics or atrocities we’ve seen perpetuated by the left wing over the years (cough, cough, Vietnam, flag burning, Bill Ayers, cough, cough), I don’t think there’s any horrid rationale in living by the motto that a great deal of the left wing is un-American at best, [fill in the blank] at worst, the most obvious evidence being the president’s actions and the people that influence them.
Candy Crowley made an attempt on her Sunday talk show this past weekend to pin Senator John McCain into agreeing with another Senator’s position on Obama’s decision regarding the Afghanistan withdrawal, meaning she wanted him to agree that his decision was entirely political, considering he chose “none of the above” when the generals made their recommendations. McCain’s reply? “I’m not going to question the President’s patriotism.”
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
If the trump line of Republicans is that the withdrawal strategy is an “unnecessary risk,” then why else would Obama make a major wartime decision that flies in the face of the American interest?
You know what really gets me, though? The reality that such a decision would even have any political benefit to begin with. The fact of the matter is that there’s enough sentiment in his voting base to support any irresponsible decision he might make as Commander-in-Chief to influence his decisions about keeping our military capped at the knees.
We’re not talking about a voter block that will be swayed by the notion that “the best antidote to low public sentiment regarding a conflict is victory.” We’re talking about a political type that sifts through the waves of American triumphs over the years and sees nothing but “war crimes” and “atrocities” rather than victories and successes. In their eyes we are no better than Hitler, Stalin, or Mussolini. Actually, they probably have more respect for those men considering their socialist and communist foundations.
Am I supposed to believe that a president who would rather see the unnecessary deaths of our uniformed men and women by making a bad strategy call because he has supporters that hate the country he is responsible for leading is . . . a patriot?
Well, if you ask a liberal, they’ll explain to you that they are patriotic because they believe in our potential and that we should always be “progressing” to better ourselves. “Progressives,” get it? Over at Politico, columnist Jennifer Palmieri penned an opinion piece about the musical culture wars with an overall attempt to explain the foundational differences between so-called “progressives” and conservatives. Judging by the comments and giving credit to the common sense of any reader rubbing a few brain cells together, she’s not fooling anyone. However, her attempt to justify the liberal absurdity of the most hypocritical of those leading the movement, the celebrities, gives me a good basis for explaining why it’s perfectly okay to question the patriotism of the left.
Palmieri’s piece argued that there are fundamental differences between the way “progressives” and conservatives view America, and she used the overly-simplified straw man argument that conservatives think the country is “perfect the way it is, and any one who doesn’t agree is un-American,” to make her case.
Essentially, she took the culmination of reaction to liberal attacks on the greatness of our nation as a weapon to try and prove . . . something. Something along the lines of, ‘since conservatives don’t like our America-bashing, they must think that America is perfect the way it is.” In other words, progressives only bash America to inspire it to be better. This coming from the same movement that says spanking your kids should land you in jail. I’m . . . just not following the logic, are you?
Actually, the entire argument progressives make about what they stand for is an oxymoron in itself, and Palmieri spells it out nicely:
“This American sensibility is the fundamental concept that motivates progressives. We are always striving for America to improve, to progress. The founders set it up to be this way with the challenge for “we the people” to strive for “a more perfect union.”
In addition to missing the other crucial point about the founders – the values that the “more perfect union” was united around – she’s missing a very important point about America, while at the same time pretending to embrace it. America is a land of promise and opportunity, yes. But just being here doesn’t mean that only good things happen by default, and America isn’t bad because such a default doesn’t exist.
America is filled with fallible humans. The songs that Palmieri hails describe just that – the reality of living in a country where other people also live. You make your own choices, and you end up where those choices put you. Sure, some people will have an easier time in life, but that’s just a reality that comes with humanity.
The “American Girl” that Tom Petty croons about may disappointed and hopeful, but is it America in itself she’s upset with? Or the fact that life can require brass balls to work your way to the top? America gave her the ability to hope to begin with. America is not what generated her disappointments. To reiterate one of the points stated in the comments under the article regarding “Born in the USA” being about Vietnam vets, the abandonment felt by our warriors returning home came directly from these so-called “progressives” who wanted us out of that war. How could she possibly claim that such hatred was a simple display of wanting America to “do better”?
The purpose and foundation of this nation is exceptional. There are opportunities afforded you here that you can find nowhere else, but they are opportunities, not entitlements or guarantees. And most importantly, there is a value system that is built into our national fabric.
Yes, it’s about freedom, liberty, and the American dream. But on the right we believe that there are prerequisite values and morals that must exist for those ideals to prosper. Without them, we are denying others their rights to them so that we can have ours. The left doesn’t see it that way. Their actions demonstrate that they would rather the nation suffer than have a community–if individuals suffer–because they do not value American ideals for everyone.
They would rather destroy the capitalist system that has brought our economic prosperity, rather than allow a Gucci collector go bankrupt over credit card debt.
They would rather deny others their right to express their belief in God, because someone who doesn’t believe in God might not want to hear about Him.
They would rather undercut the men and women putting their lives on the line for their freedom, because they would rather surrender and spend money on more entitlements at home.
They would rather destroy the characters of our Founding Fathers in the eyes of our children than admit that their values and ideals for this country have been successful . . . and stand in stark opposition to their own desires.
And this . . . is why we question their patriotism.