Saturday, July 07, 2007

Year Round Patriotism

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Independence Day. It would have been nice to have more time off from work to celebrate, but I have to take what I can get... So Happy 231st Birthday America!!!

Patriotism in the U.S.A.

A burning hatred for the Republican Party is a common theme that unites all of the many varieties of leftwing radicalism. Since the Republican Party emphasizes patriotism as one of its most coveted ideals, patriotism is quite often derided by the Left as “blind obedience”.

So when the Fourth of July comes around it is always time for some doublespeak about how patriotic the Left claims to be. In some cases they don’t even bother with such false pretenses and they openly find it distasteful to have to endure the popular expression of patriotism.

Such animosity leads to some wildly inaccurate evaluations of what American patriotism means. Take the Million Workers Rally speech by Dahlia Wasfi. She asserts that patriotism is “a thin veil for racism”. Only an outdated ideology of ignorance could say such a thing in the 21st Century. Ms. Wasfi even admits how uninformed her circle of close associates are by stating that, “Prior to August 2, 1990, when Saddam Hussein moved forces into Kuwait, few of my friends had ever even heard of the country Iraq.”

Fans of Where’s Waldo were disappointed with the release of “Where’s Waldo, the Million Workers Rally Edition”.

The salt on the wound is how these people pretend to support our troops. Wasfi goes on to say, “So should we support the troops? Yes, in the only way we can. Bring them home. Stop them from blowing up children. Stop them from shooting fleeing families. Stop them from murdering demonstrators practicing their freedom to assemble. Stop them from giving up their own lives in the name of Israel, oil, and powerbroker profit.”

Now if U.S. troops really practiced this scale of genocide why would anyone want to support them? Wasfi leaves no question that she believes these accusations so she is clearly lying when she says that she supports the troops. This style of Orwellian propaganda is not unique to isolated extremists like her. Rosie O’Donnell, the popular television host, recently became engaged in a controversy regarding a statement in which she argued that the U.S. is a state sponsor of terrorism.

“I’m saying if you were in Iraq, and the other country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?”

To defend herself from the fallout that resulted Rosie claimed to “support our troops”, but at the same time she continued to accuse them of committing those 655,000 murders and insisted that our “enemy are innocent civilians”.

Rosie didn’t just pull that number out of the air, she got it from the Lancet Study. This report has the dubious distinction of being released the October before every major national election since 2004. It is the Left’s favorite reference source because its numbers are drastically exaggerated more than any other organization that compiles casualty statistics of Iraqi civilians. That includes, the Iraqi Body Count (IBC), the United Nations and the Iraqi Ministry of Health (the Brookings Institution relies on statistics from IBC and the UN). One thing that all of these organizations have in common is that their statistics compile the number of deaths from suicide bombings, criminal activity and sectarian violence from militias. So in other words, these are the statistics of murders committed by America’s enemies in Iraq. They get away with blaming these deaths on America because as an occupying power we are responsible for the welfare of the Iraqi people, much like our government is responsible for the welfare of its own citizens.

It’s a rather shaky justification; but to say that every Iraqi civilian who lost their life in a car bombing by Al Qaeda, every Iraqi civilian victimized in a murder of passion and every Iraqi civilian executed by a sectarian militia … were all killed by the U.S. is 100% wrong. That’s like saying that the U.S. killed every American that lost their lives on September 11th.

…And here the circle is complete because Rosie also claims that explosives were used to bring down WTC 7. She consistently blames the U.S. for terrorism and excuses the terrorists who commit those acts, a required character flaw for all leftwing activists. In her own words she said, “Don’t fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers.” What could inspire such illogical ramblings? President Bush, V.P. Cheney and many of our troops in Iraq are parents too. Why doesn’t she make excuses for them?

Just because Rosie insists that she supports the troops and gets offended when her friends don’t believe her doesn’t mean that she really supports them. Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels once stated, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it will be accepted as truth”. Rosie is familiar with the techniques of executing this theory.

Last year a small group of self-righteous Leftists gathered together for the 2nd Annual Old Time American Flag Burn in Santa Cruz. I don’t know if they’ve held one this year because I haven’t heard a peep about it. I did a quick Google check to no avail.

So this group got together in order to “share” their personal beliefs about flag burning and oh yeah… burn some flags. I wonder about the emotional maturity of those that relish such activities. It is just a spiteful act with no real substance behind it, BUT “I Still Support the Resistance” (that’s for all you Rosie fans out there!).

Seriously, I am 100% against any legislation to ban the burning of American flags. As a matter of fact when I was a young punker in the eighties I burned some flags to protest because back then it was actually illegal. We won the battle, but some day you have to grow up. There’s nothing more pathetic than a former 60s radical that still goes around burning flags while claiming that his or her rights are being taken away. Especially when the best he or she can say is that President Bush is maneuvering to steal those rights and hasn’t actually taken any away yet. So basically it’s a game of fortune telling what could happen, but hasn’t despite six and a half years of alarmist predictions.

If you want to burn a flag go ahead, its no skin off my back. However, there are people that are offended by it and I think many leftwing activists are committing such acts just to hurt those who view the flag as a sacred object. That means that flag burning can be an act of hatred. It certainly is for Islamists in the Middle East who condone acts of terrorism in the name of their religion. I wouldn’t want to replicate the actions of people like that. Yet protestors have that freedom.

In this day and age the only acts of treason that the state finds worthy of suppressing are those in which dissidents attempt to take up arms against our country, directly assist those who commit violence or commit acts of vandalism. During WWI things were different. Anarchist activist Emma Goldman spent two years in jail just for giving public speeches against the draft. After she was released she was deported back to her native Russia. Jump to 2003 and a much-changed United States is the host to massive protest rallies against the liberation of Iraq. Meanwhile Saddam’s regime tolerates no dissent, but imports Western protestors to serve as human shields.

And guess what? I say this is good. We have a healthy democracy in the middle of a war. So how can protestors bellyache about their lack of freedom? If they want to know what real oppression is like they should take a look at Germany during WWII. The White Rose, a student protest group, peacefully opposed the Nazi regime’s war effort and six of their members were beheaded in 1943 for their activism. The crime which they were executed for was the distribution of leaflets.

That is real oppression, not the fantasies of a protest movement that thinks the opposition to Islamist and Baathist fascism is unjust. If you name all of the countries of the world that have tolerated massive protest movements and activism from prominent citizens during wartime you will only be able to compile a list of Western democratic countries. Looking back since WWI the United States has only become more liberal. Even if you don’t go back that far and look back to more recent events like the Vietnam War you will still find that our country has liberally progressed by great strides.

This Fourth of July we had good reason to celebrate the greatness of our country. We must remember that it is up to us, the citizens of this noble nation, to counter the lies of our political opponents. Communists and Anarchists have the freedom to speak out and even get rich from their activism. We actually pay them to insult us with their accusations of an oppressive government. Osama Bin Laden may take this as a sign of weakness, but he is wrong. He underestimates the strength of a democratic government that is not afraid of its own citizens. The supporters of our country may have had difficulty countering the message of our totalitarian opponents, but we should not be counted out yet.

We know that our soldiers fight not just with guns. They oppose the brutality of our enemy with humanitarian aid projects. Our country is not the bloodthirsty bogeyman that our enemies are. Time and the truth will show us to be right.

Our political opponents have no faith in our country. They harbor totalitarian attitudes that make them think that if their will is not fully embraced by the entire country then something is wrong with it. I leave you with the parting words of Cindy Sheehan, an activist that never appreciated our values and gave comfort to totalitarian regimes by visiting Cuba and Venezuela. From there she denounced our country’s human rights, but never spoke out against the massive attacks on civil liberties by her host countries.

“Good-bye America…you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.”

I love this country, but I am not so arrogant that I demand that the will of the majority must match my beliefs 100%, nor do I demand that our country must do exactly as I say before I give it my love. I believe in the greatness of our people and because of that I feel in my heart that we will prevail in this current conflict. Iraq will be free!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The bottom line is that it is easier to destroy than it is to create...


Incognito said...

Beautifully put!

I hope you are right about prevailing. We will, as long as we are allowed to.

Freedomnow said...

After watching the video on your blog I feel further encouragement as to what our troops are doing in Iraq.

The character of our troops cannot be judged from what a very small minority does, it can only be judged by what they do every day. The evidence lies in rarely publicized humanitarian projects and outreach to the community. The media is not doing its job to cover the whole story.

As citizens it is our responsibility to correct them.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Bravo my friend...If you name all of the countries of the world that have tolerated massive protest movements and activism from prominent citizens during wartime you will only be able to compile a list of Western democratic countries. .............I posted on something related but have a different view than u do ..with ALL due respect..............:)

Rogue said...

Right on, brother. We are still the silent majority who stand against the regressive ideology of the immature.

Freedomnow said...

...And so the more accurate term, "Regressives" is born.

Angel, I went to your blog and gave you my perspective. With the respect that is due to a good young lassy like yerself!

WomanHonorThyself said...

ah thankeez freedom!...always the gentleman eh? when u gunna agree with me huh huh huh..LOL

Anonymous said...

Is it legal to burn a cross?

Anonymous said...

In Virginia v. Black (2003), the United States Supreme Court ruled that burning a cross at a Klan rally is protected by the First Amendment, but also held that a statute could constitutionally proscribe cross burning carried out with the intent to intimidate the target of the speech.

I think they're trying to intimidate patriots.

Karen said...

Great post. Here via Incognito.

Debbie said...

What a great post, timely, and the images reinforce what you have said. It really is a shame that these folks can't hate the REAL enemy as much as they hate Bush, et al.

Freedomnow said...

Thanks for the comments folks!!!


I agree that we disagree so at least we agree on something! ;-)

Rogue said...

You have been memed...HA ha.

Freedomnow said...

As I said on your blog... Well you got Angel to cave in, but I dont do chain letters. However, since it is an honor to be in your top or bottom eight I will answer in your comments...

1. I pick my nose in the morning
2. I am stubborn
3. I am really stubborn
4. When driving I try to glide to stop as much as possible
5. I am cranky in the morning (yup I’m a serious night person)
6. I am addicted to tango dancin’
7. I love reading the Watchtower, but I’m an atheist
8. I don’t watch TV

I meme El Cid, Joan of Arc, George Patton, Gandhi, Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, Adolph Hitler and Pol Pot.

WomanHonorThyself said...

LMBO!...your meme was more evasive and worse than mine Freedom!..LOL
and for the record doll, I never was a b girl..just a bit of hip hop thrown into my jazz dancin..along with tap and African and ball room and country and and and...haha!

Rogue said...

Watch out, Free...
LEB might come huntin' ya'.

nanc said...

you are pure brilliance!

of course rosie believes all this and has also convinced her girlfriend she conceived all those children with her help. they didn't even blame it on stephen stills. 'magine that!

love your answers to the meme - we have almost all things in common except i try to maintain my crankiness to a 24/7 level and only read the watchtower when my husband's relatives do a drive-by drop! oh, but i'm almost never stubborn...

Freedomnow said...

I was kinda kidding around about the breakdancin' thing Angel. It strikes me as amusing to think of you bdancin'. Dont you think that it would be a bit unusual to walk into a dance studio and check out some ballroom types bustin' some windmills after hittin' a bottle of thunderbird? Hee heeeeee


Thanks for the dramatic soap opera pitch Rogue. Perhaps youve been watching "The Sands of Passion"...


Yes Nanc we all know that you are not stubborn, nooooo not you!

I dont get your reference to Stephen Stills but maybe you can explain it to me one day when I am older.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Dang I think I will post a dance vid of me.........think I'll lose my entire audience in one go Freedom?..LOL :)

Freedomnow said...

I think you will keep your current fans and win a whole new generation of dance fans in the process.

On the other hand, if you dont post the video there may be serious consequences. Think carefully before dismissing this warning.

I dont want to see you served with a boatload of subpenas and negative press.

We have ways of making you dance.

nanc said...

oops! my terrible - it was david crosby who fathered the children of melissa ethridge and her girlfriend! not stills!

Freedomnow said...

I must have grown up fast!!!!!!

Thanks for telling me about the Birds and the Bees...

Anonymous said...

I would have thought you'd have learned all about them during your first tango...

WomanHonorThyself said...

We have ways of making you dance. .lol..Hmmm..Splain Lucy!

Donald Douglas said...

Wow, what a post! I don't love flag burning, but you're right the antiwar types enjoy the right to do it.

Have a great weekend!

Freedomnow said...

Ahhh... a new customer. Welcome to my world Mr. Douglas.

I hope you enjoyed your stay!

Mike's America said...

Poor Douglas... A conservative poli sci prof in California.

What fun he must have in the faculty meetings.

Now, about those folks who claim to "support the troops."

How is it that they support the troops when nearly all of them oppose every military appropriation for training and weapons?

Reminds me of the Zell Miller line which I paraphrase: Do they support the troops by sending them into battle armed with spitballs?

Richard said...

Imprisoned for making speeches against the military draft.

Ah for the good old days!

Freedomnow said...

Yup, in 1917 Congress passed the Espionage Act. It authorized stiff fines and prison terms of up to 20 years for anyone who obstructed the military draft or encouraged disloyalty against the U.S. government.

These days in her home country of Russia Putin just makes up false charges or forces his critics into exile where he sometimes kills them (Lithuania was a part of Russia back then).

Here in the States "antiwar" types get rich from writing books and other profitable pursuits, while campaigning to enact the draft.

It sure isn’t the same USA as back in 1917. Our freedoms have increased drastically.