Thursday, April 10, 2008

Patriotism, Leftist Style

Often when someone on the left thinks their patriotism is being challenged they respond by saying that a true patriot is one who loves his country enough to criticize it, and that our leaders should be held accountable when they begin to steer America away from the ideals that make her the greatest source of individual human liberty the world has ever known.

(Confession - I made up the part about liberty. It goes without saying that individual liberty does not jibe with the leftist creed.)

Reasonable people can surely agree that criticism is a necessity when those who run our government and its various organs take the wrong course, even when those reasonable people don't agree on the course to be taken. The problem that many on the right have with the committed left, however, is that true leftists rarely, if ever, sprinkle their criticism of America with even a small dose of praise.

Pick any area of governmental reach, foreign or domestic, and the left will explain how it's just another example of American evil. They will say that the rest of the world hates us because of our "unilateral" approach to foreign policy and will cite as examples the war in Iraq, our rejection of the Kyoto global warming treaty, Israel, and so on. They will say we menace the less fortunate among us with hurricanes, poverty, and the lack of health care. The tiresome mantra goes on and on with nary a peep about the possibility that the United States as done at least some tiny bit of good in this rotten world.

So what does any of this have to do with the photo up there, you ask. Good question. I hope you're prepared for the answer.

The photo was taken several weeks ago at an anti-war rally in Portland, Oregon. It was just your typical anti-war rally where smelly, unemployed, semi-literate college age kids and a smattering of 1960s peacenik geezers expressed their patriotism by chanting witty slogans like, "Dissent IS Democracy!", "Fight Global Warming Not Iraqis!", and "I like peaches, and occasionally I like impeaches!"

Oh, I almost forgot. See the guy in the foreground, the one wearing the backpack? He's a young leftist who chose to express his love of country by burning the Flag, which, while it was still smoldering, and under the full gaze of women and children, he patriotically shat upon.


The Archduke of Arrogance said...

Yes, patriotism takes many forms. On the one hand we have the flag shitter who risked, well ok he didnt't really risk anything but he did shock people. On the other hand we have 25 year old Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, already a holder of the Silver Star for bravery in combat, recieving the Medal Of Honor(pothsumously) for covering a grenade with his body in order to save his fellow Seals. I have to admit that I can't see how it is the same thing, but the lefties keep saying it so it must be correct.

King Selfish said...

Yeah well, the lefties say lot of things. If you were to ask them, they would tell you that Petty Officer Monsoor deserved his tragic fate because he was engaged in a hegemonic war in which innocent people are purposefully targeted. Where on the other hand, Mr. public defecator is a real hero for bravely standing up (or squatting down) to Bush's fascistic regime.