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The 4th of July is a tough day for liberals

Let's go first to the blog that nobody reads:

The Editor of The Progressive explains why he doesn't celebrate July 4th:

It's July 4th, my least favorite holiday.

And I'm not referring to the bugs, or the crowds, or the traffic on the highways.

I'm talking about the mindless patriotic bubble bath we're all supposed to soak in all weekend long.

Well, not me.

My heart does not beat faster at the strains of the Star Spangled Banner, much less at the sight of F-16s flying overhead to kick off the show.

You see, I don't believe in patriotism.

You can call me unpatriotic if you'd like, but really I'm anti-patriotic.

I've been studying fascism lately, and there is one inescapable fact about it:

Nationalism is the egg that hatches fascism.

And patriotism is but the father of nationalism.

Patriotism is not something to play with. It's highly toxic. When ingested, it corrodes the rational faculties.

It gulls people into believing their leaders.

It masks those who benefit most from state policy.

And it destroys the ability of people to get together, within the United States and across boundaries, to take on those with the most power: the multinational corporation.

Plus, it's a war toy, wheeled out whenever a leader needs to improve his ratings by attacking some other country--often after invoking God's name, too.

It's been so since the Spanish-American War and World War I and right up through the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War.

American patriotism has also gotten in the way of solving global warming. Many in the United States, which consumes 25 percent of the world's resources but has just 4 percent of the world's population, believe we have the God-given right to use up all the resources we can. And there is an all-too-common attitude that we don't need to listen to any other countries, or the U.N., or obey any international agreements because we're Americans, and we're better than everybody else.

We've got to get over patriotism, and we've got to cure the American superiority complex.

So celebrate the 4th if you like.

But as for me, between God, country, and apple pie, I'll take the apple pie.

Next, let's go to Sonja at Calacirian:

Every year I wrestle with Independence Day.  I don't know why I can't just enjoy it ... the sights, sounds, camaraderie, bon hommie, brownies and, of course, fireworks.  No.  I must wrestle with ideas.  What is this day that we celebrate each year.  Are we free?  What does that mean?  How does our freedom here effect and affect others around the world?  What have we done and what are we doing?

...

It has been said that my freedom ends at your nose.  This implies that I am free to act as I will as long as it does not impinge upon your freedom.  Then we have a problem.  So if restraints are to be applied, they must be internal.  That is, I must apply them.
What if I do not?  What if I choose to bumble on my merry way getting my stuff because I am free ... what I thought was freedom is just greed.

And from a Desperate Preacher (of the leftist persuasion) just days before the 4th was to be celebrated, an ode from an obviously brain-washed 6th grader posted as something wonderful:

The American flag stands for the fact that cloth can be very important. You can tell just how important this cloth is because when you compare it to people, it gets much better treatment. Nobody cares if a homeless person touches the ground. A homeless person can lie all over the ground all night long without anyone picking him up, folding him neatly and sheltering him from the rain. School children have to pledge loyalty to this piece of cloth every morning.

No one has to pledge loyalty to justice and equality and human decency. No one has to promise that people will get a fair wage, or enough food to eat, or affordable medicine, or clean water, or air free of harmful chemicals. But we all have to promise to love a rectangle of red, white and blue cloth.

Betsy Ross would be quite surprised to see how successful her creation has become. But Thomas Jefferson would be disappointed to see how little of the flag's real meaning remains.

-- Charlotte Aldebron, from a 2002 essay she wrote for her sixth-grade English class at Cunningham Middle School in Presque Isle, Maine

So tough to be a liberal in the land of the free, the home of the brave, especially on the 4th.

Don't you feel for them?


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"What if I do not? What if... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"What if I do not? What if I choose to bumble on my merry way getting my stuff because I am free "

Sounds like you already chose to do so .

"No. I must wrestle with ideas. What is this day that we celebrate each year. "

Go down a street in Iran without your face covered and you may find the answer to which you seek.

What a bunch of idiots.

I just stay in because I di... (Below threshold)
James H:

I just stay in because I dislike the heat, the crowds, and the drunk drivers.

My answer to those who woul... (Below threshold)
Buckeye:

My answer to those who would change our heritage and culture to suit themselves is just leave. We don't need you or want you here. Go somewhere where your views and ambitions are welcome.
Kurschev said America would be brought down without firing a shot. (Not a direct quote) It is happening.

How dare I question my patr... (Below threshold)
Liberal:

How dare I question my patriotism.

At the Catholic Mass I atte... (Below threshold)
tomg51:

At the Catholic Mass I attended we sang "America the Beautiful" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (renamed "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"). And there was a video of a young girl playing Taps.

Mixing patriotism with religion - not a bad start to the day.

"It is vain, sir, to extenu... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! -- I know not what course others may take, but as for me, GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH." - Patrick Henry

"Those who do not remember history are destined to repeat it"

"Freedom isnt free"


BTWPatrick Henry wou... (Below threshold)
Retired military:

BTW
Patrick Henry wouldnt be allowed to give his speech today in a public building since he mentioned God.

Liberal"How dare I... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Liberal

"How dare I question my patriotism"


While the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration on parchment as we are most familiar with it.
William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers'
faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear." Stephan Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does not."

Even before the list of signatories was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and (look around you) the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.

Yep liberal with people like you there never would have been a USA. Of course you may have been happier that way.

How pathetic. I'll... (Below threshold)
Joe:

How pathetic.

I'll tell them something: if this country makes them feel the way they do, maybe they should volunteer to switch places with the woman in Iran who is about to be buried up to her chest and stoned to death.

Or trade places with the hard laborers in the rice fields of North Korea, China, etc.

Or with those in political prisons in countless other nations for daring to speak the kind of tripe we see above.

I guess in a way, yes I feel for them. I feel pity.

I commented the following o... (Below threshold)

I commented the following on Calarician. This is my response to those who conflate Liberty and License.

You do not understand the meaning of freedom. You are confusing Liberty and License. The fourth of July symbolizes the correct meaning of Liberty. That is the ability to act properly and morally in all circumstances and the ability of each person to have others act morally and responsibly.

Perhaps that is why the Bible speaks in terms of responsibilities with rights implied while the Declaration of Independence speaks in terms of rights with responsibility implied.

An example can be "do not steal". The Bible makes it each individual's responsibility not to steal, which will therebye allow every one else to have the right to his private property. The Declaration of Independence states that G0d has given each individual the right to his private property, which make it the responsibility of everyone else not to steal.

We have seen the results of this difference in our modern society, with people insisting on their own right and ignoring their responsibilities.

In any case, people should act morally and responsibly because of internal restraints. It is only the failure of people to act morally (such as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi) that forces society to impose external constraints. Ideally people should realize their responsibilities and then the rights of everyone will be guaranteed

RM,Hope you don't ... (Below threshold)
rich:

RM,

Hope you don't mind. I stole your comment and put it up on my FB page. I thought that was a great bit of background that most people have not seen.

Liberals are nationalists. ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Liberals are nationalists. Conservatives are patriots. Conservatives seek to preserve the Constitution while liberals seek to destroy it in nationalism's name.

Where to start..."... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Where to start...

"Patriotism gulls the people into believing their leaders"...but a cult of personality is OK. Blindly following a single messiah like obama is infinitely preferable to following an ideal that incorporates liberty and justice.

They talk about the fascists in the Spanish Civil war but they always seem to leave out the other side, the side that lost, the side that was equally culpable in the slaughter: The communists. Oh but that's OK because these lefties are communists too.

Of course the best line came from the unlettered 6th grader, "Nobody cares if a homeless person touches the ground." That's right. Let's hang them all. That would be caring.

Libs don't think about what they are saying and they are pathetic in their self ignorance. They presume to tell us that blindly following their leader and making him a dictator will bring us freedom and peace. That somehow there is some kind of moral superiority to following a false messiah and allowing themselves to be lead by a cult of personality.

Nationalism is not fascism, but a cult of personality leads inexorably to loss of freedom and death. From Hitler to Jim Jones people have followed such cults to the lasting harm of themselves and the world. Obama's cult is starting to fall apart before he gained such power. We should be thankful. The left is tellingly disappointed.

Perhaps that is wh... (Below threshold)
jim m:
Perhaps that is why the Bible speaks in terms of responsibilities with rights implied while the Declaration of Independence speaks in terms of rights with responsibility implied.

The problem is that the left wants rights without responsibility. They want government largess with someone else paying the taxes: the rich, big business etc. But what happens when there are no more rich and the government has taken over the economy? What will they say then I wonder? Is that why everyone except the political class is poor in communist countries?

The left defines freedom as freedom from something. Freedom from responsibility. Freedom from religion. Freedom from duty, honor, worry etc. They don't want to have to work, they should get paid for breathing. They don't want to have to perform their jobs well to get a raise they should get one for showing up and like the Boston Fire Dept (BFD is too appropriate an abbreviation) they should get a bonus for showing up sober and able to do their job.

Just like obama declared the Constitution as "seriously flawed" because the Bill of Rights is a series of negative rights dictating what the government cannot do to the people, but nowhere does it say what the government can do to the people against their will with no recourse.

None of those lefties will ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

None of those lefties will admit that they are "free" to ignore the day.

As a school teacher in CT, ... (Below threshold)
PHDinCT:

As a school teacher in CT, everyday I am so proud of my MS students for understanding what the word "Respect" means in their lives. They clearly understand that their nation is one where we RESPECT one another and each person's right to hold and voice an opinion. They also understand that the freedom to express that opinion, whether popular or not is PATRIOTISM. That the mere knowledge of freedom and liberty is a privilege fought for and protected by so many is a simple concept that Middle Schoolers understand...why those who resist or quarrel also can't understand what patriotism REALLY is - is beyond rational understanding.

What's truly scary is that ... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

What's truly scary is that people with this deranged mindset run the country.

Patriotism: love for or dev... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Patriotism: love for or devotion to one's country - Mirriam Webster's Dictionary

"They also understand that the freedom to express that opinion, whether popular or not is PATRIOTISM" - PHDinCT

Good grief! Dissent is not patriotism and freedom is not patriotism. Who gave you a PhD with such fractured understanding? I pray it is not in English.

It's a simple concept. Quit trying to dress it up in some politically correct cuteness in order to make it palatable to leftist sensibilities (Yes the last is an oxymoron).

It seems the left will only accept patriotism if we define it as something it is not. They do not love their country but they love themselves and the love the freedom this country gives them while they despise the government and the people who have sacrificed to establish that freedom. They love their ability to speak their dissent but hate those who would protect or provide that right and seek to deny it of others.

Start teaching that it's a love of the country and it's people and that it doesn't overlook the errors and flaws but forgives them and seeks to improve them. It seeks to celebrate the country's successes and build upon them. The left would have us believe that Patriotism is the freedom to criticize the country but it excludes loving the country or defending it.

I find it amazing that some... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I find it amazing that some lefty cranks would actually vote down a post which is little more than a quote from Patrick Henry.

Yet they are too cowardly to post what they really feel about this country that protects their freedoms which they abuse and spit upon.

Yes lefty's hate what Ameri... (Below threshold)
914:

Yes lefty's hate what America stands for. Thats why they voted for Ol mr. ears.

Even the dead voted in record numbers for the rubber faced buffoon.

RM it was sarcasm. Read #4... (Below threshold)
Eric:

RM it was sarcasm. Read #4 again.

RichYou have my bl... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Rich

You have my blessings.

Jim M

"I find it amazing that some lefty cranks would actually vote down a post which is little more than a quote from Patrick Henry."

Maybe they voted against it because it actually had the audacity to mention God and associate Him with the founding of our country.

Eric

"RM it was sarcasm. Read #4 again."

I dont put anything past anyone who labels themself a liberal. After all look at the President we now have.

I think one of the issues l... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

I think one of the issues liberal have is that they twist so many words around they have lost meanings.

History books will talk of the rise of Nationalism in the mid 1800 leading to WWI and the rise of German Nationalism leading to WWII.

They confuse Nationalsim with Patriotism.

The differences is love and devotions and blind devotion.
Patriotism is mature emotion. Just like the difference between love, lust and infatuation.

Nationalism

1 : loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national consciousness 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

Patriotism is love and devotion to one's country.

"Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (Corinthians 13:4-7)

Devotion

: the act of devoting b : the fact or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal 1

devoting

1. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.

You can love and be loyal to a country without tearing down other countries. Love allows most people to look at their relationship and see both good and bad things and work on correcting bad traits. A parent can love their child and see when they need correction. It bad parent who claims to love their child by tearing other children down.

I dont put anythin... (Below threshold)
Eric:
I dont put anything past anyone who labels themself a liberal. After all look at the President we now have.

RM, I have it on good authority that the comment was sarcasm. In fact, since I'm the one who wrote it. I can attest that it was sarcasm.

The point was, that for years the response by the Left to any criticism was, "How dare you question my patriotism!"

The whole post is about a bunch of people on the left happily calling them selves unpatriotic. So my comment was about the schizophrenic nature of liberals wrapping themselves in the Flag and proudly calling themselves UN-patriotic.

EricI halfway thou... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Eric

I halfway thought the comment was sarcastic when I responded to it.

The bottom line is that liberals are so F'ing stupid you cant always tell sarcasm from reality.

In addition, I dont care for it when folks use more than one handle on the net for stuff. Sarcams aside I just dont. So I take things that people write as just about what they mean (one of the reasons Bruce Henry and I occasionally clash is his "witty comments") unless what they say is so over the top (and liberals are setting new records for this every day it seems) that you know they are joking.

If I offended you I apologize. My remarks were directed at the remark which I hear versions of often enough from liberals. As I stated in other thread I am short on tolerance today for BS.

Thats some angry a$$ pissy ... (Below threshold)
rich K:

Thats some angry a$$ pissy folks over there at the leftzone of spew.Does anyone actually read that crap voluntarily?
Ooops, I guess We all did HUH! LOL

Hard to be patriotic when y... (Below threshold)
914:

Hard to be patriotic when you hate the country.




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