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  • Let Freedom Ring

       June 23, 2004

    I think Americans are afraid to love their country. For every man, woman or child that proudly waves a flag or proclaims a love of country, it seems there's another man, woman or child sneering behind their back at what a simpleton they are or, worse yet, attacking them for being a jingoistic nazi.

    But lately, some Americans aren't afraid. Some, like John Hawkins today at Right Wing News are proud to shout out the virtues of this great nation:

    Before you rip America...

    -- Name a country that has freed more people from tyranny?
    -- Name another country that powers the world economy the way we do?
    -- Name another country that has had our level of military superiority over the rest of the world that hasn't used it for conquest?
    -- Remember which nation is standing between the Chinese and Taiwan?
    -- Remember which nation is standing between South & North Korea?
    -- Remember who's sticking with Israel against its genocidal neighbors?
    -- Ask yourself which nation is the heart and soul of NATO?
    -- Ask yourself which nation has done more to fight Communism or terrorism?
    -- Name a country that has done more for the world than the United States?

    The truth is that the United States has done more make this planet a better place to live than any other 10 nations combined.

    Damn straight. But when you say things like that today, you have to be prepared for the inevitable backlash:

    But, that doesn't faze the sort of people who seem to believe that freedom & democracy is something civilized people talk about over caviar with Kofi Annan, not something you're supposed to risk blood and treasure for. America doesn't look at it like that and that's why they call us "cowboys".
    Well let me tell ya something pard, not only are we cowboys, we're every character Clint Eastwood & John Wayne ever played all rolled into one. While "shopkeeper nations" talk the talk, but hide like rabbits when there's trouble, our country, and our "posse", nations like Britain, Australia, Italy, & Poland, are out walking the walk.

    These days, proclamations like this are few and far between, even in times of war. As Michelle Malkin points out:

    Once upon a time, there were people in Hollywood who loved America. And when America came under attack from enemies abroad, these actors, producers, screenwriters and directors put aside their partisan differences and created movies that -- unlike Michael Moore's new schlockumentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- made all moviegoers proud to be Americans.

    Too often, our citizens learn to hate America. Teachers are all too quick to point out the flaws and mistakes of America and are almost embarrassed to talk about the millions of good things we've done in our history. Our movies are afraid to show our enemies as evil and liberal democracy as good.

    Even our Olympians are warned against displaying patriotism. Hopefully, younger Americans, like Elizabeth Cochran, raised in the age of Reagan, will help turn the tide. We're proud to be Americans. We shouldn't be ashamed of our country and we shouldn't let our enemies (within and abroad) let us think we're somehow to blame for their barbarity.


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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Charles Giacometti at June 23, 2004 04:04 PM

    I feel sorry for you that you have such a frightened and narrow view of our country. One can criticize a policy or a politician and still love one's country. In fact, I would argue that the people who do speak up and criticize and demand change love their country deeply. They love it more deeply than someone who is frightened into believeing that dissent is a bad thing and that we must all walk lockstep with each other.

    I love America deeply, so much so that I know we deserve a president far better than George W. Bush.

    My advice to you is to learn how important dissent is in our country, and to embrace it.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: jkhat at June 23, 2004 09:04 PM

    i dont understand what in this post makes you think that it has anything to do with being "frightened" or having a "narrow view," charles.

    the topic of the post is "I think Americans are afraid to love their country." the point that kris is trying to make is also in the opening paragraph : "For every man, woman or child that proudly waves a flag or proclaims a love of country, it seems there's another man, woman or child sneering behind their back at what a simpleton they are or, worse yet, attacking them for being a jingoistic nazi."

    thanks for coming out of the woodwork to prove her point.

    you recommend that she "learn how important dissent is in our country, and to embrace it" in the same breath thatyou belittlingly proclaim "I feel sorry for you that you have such a frightened and narrow view of our country." so dissent is important, and people should embrace it, as long as it's your view, right? but if the view of the dissenter is opposite yours you "feel sorry" for the person that holds it? if that's not hypocrisy, i don't know what is.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Charles Giacometti at June 23, 2004 09:30 PM

    To jkhat:

    I reread your comment about five times, and for the life of me, I have no idea what your post has to do with what I wrote. Maybe I was thrown off by the misspellings and grammatical errors, but I really can not imagine how you think you were repying to what I said.

    I guess I will find other blogs where people can respond coherently. Wish me luck.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: jkhat at June 23, 2004 10:02 PM

    sorry, didn't mean to confuse you. next time i'll use smaller words.

    good luck, troll.
    :-P

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: what a riot! at June 28, 2004 03:47 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ! Oh man! Speaking of "misspellings and grammatical errors"... what does "repying" mean Charles... I can't find it in the dictionary! :)

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: what a riot! at June 28, 2004 03:49 PM

    geez! And isn't "can not" supposed to be "cannot?" My sides hurt from laughing! Oh stopit, Stop it! ROFLMAO

     
     

     

     


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