One of the snottiest demands from high-profile Leftists, is that we on the Right may not question or challenge their Patriotism. Frankly, any reasonable look at some of the statements and behavior on the part of Leftist leaders, demands just such a criticism.
I have to start with a recent, and fairly stupid, example: Senator Barack Obama. The new reported a little while back that Obama was not wearing a flag pin of the United States. Frankly, in itself that’s a pretty dinky deal, hardly the stuff of great debate. But Obama, never one to defuse a ticking time bomb when he can play with it, turned it into a serious issue by saying,
” as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.”
Nice double-shot. Parents who wear a flag pin to keep their kids in mind who are serving are “substitute” patriots, while arrogant cynics who attack the troops’ mission for their own political gain are the “real ” patriots.
I defy that, and am frankly appalled that anyone who wants the job to direct where and when troops are deployed could make such a statement. Of course, this is a man who doesn’t put his hand over his heart when the National Anthem is played; he holds his hands over his crotch.
But Obama is an easy target, an inexperienced con man who has not yet learned to hide his true allegiance in double-talk.
A stronger case for Democrats’ deliberate disloyalty comes from Senate Majority Leader Harry “Land Deal” Reid. Reid, you may call, decided to show his ‘support’ for the troops by declaring “this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything“.
Well, let’s see. Casualties in Iraq are down, way down, and not just soldiers. Iraqi civilians are also doing much better, and Al-Qaida is getting downright desperate. In fact, one of our milbloggers blogging while he serves over there doesn’t say we’re winning in Iraq, he flat-out says we have won the war there.
You may note that ‘Happy News‘ Harry has not retracted his dour claim, nor apologized to General Petraeus for the shabby treatment his report received from the DonkeyKong party.
Need I go down the list, to mention John “Stuck in Iraq” Kerry’s slap at serving soldiers, or Pete Stark’s wide smear against both the President and the troops for claiming “amusement” at their casualties, or that the soldiers’ support for the mission is wrong? Do I need to mention Mister Durbin, who compared our troops to Nazis, or Charlie Rangel’s insistence that the troops don’t want to fight, but are in there because they are not “smart” or “bright” enough to get a job anywhere else? Perhaps I need to recall Chuck Schumer’s claim that “the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al Qaeda said to these tribes we have to fight al Qaeda ourselves. It wasn’t that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here.”
How anyone can read or hear that and conclude that Schumer is an American, let alone a patriot, defies Rationality itself.
I do not claim the Democrats are traitors. But they are certainly none of them patriots.