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LA Times: Liberal Admits Not Loving America

Saturday, December 27, 2008 3 comments

I found this LA Times piece and could not believe that even one liberal was willing to admit this. Here is some of the article:

I don't love America. That's what conservatives are always telling liberals like me. Their love, they insist, is truer, deeper and more complete.

But I've come to believe conservatives are right. They do love America more. Sure, we liberals claim that our love is deeper because we seek to improve the United States by pointing out its flaws.

Fox News' Sean Hannity loves this country so much, he did an entire episode of "Hannity's America" titled "The Greatest Nation on Earth." In that one hour he said, several times, "the U.S. is the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the Earth." One of the surest signs of love is it makes you talk stupid.

Conservatives feel personally blessed to have been born in the only country worth living in. I, on the other hand, just feel lucky to have grown up in a wealthy democracy.

When a Democrat loses the presidential race, real lefties talk a lot about moving to Canada. When Republicans lose, they don't do that.

This doesn't mean I'm not fascinated by American history, impressed by our Constitution or don't appreciate our optimism and entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, I love everything Hannity listed on his TV special other than Madonna. But there are plenty of things I don't like about America: our foreign policy, our religious fundamentalism, our provincialism, our intellectual laziness, our acceptance of sweat suits in public.

I still think conservatives love America for the same tribalistic reasons people love whatever groups they belong to. These are the people who are sure Christianity is the only right religion, that America is the best country, that the Republicans have the only good candidates, that gays have cooties.

I'll never experience the joy of Hannity-level patriotism. I'm the type who always wonders if some other idea or place or system is better and I'm missing out. And, as I figured out shortly after meeting my wife, that is no way to love.


3 comments: to “ LA Times: Liberal Admits Not Loving America so far...

  • Layneh December 27, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    America has its flaws, Democrats know that, its what they run their campaigns on.

    Republicans know it too, but we believe in the people of America, that they can reach their dreams if they work hard.

    Democrats seem to believe in the government, over the people, which explains the large number of government programs. Instead of allowing people to build a dream, they offer a cookie cutter dream; where the cookie cutter is government, and if you dont conform to the requirements, not only do you not receive the "entitlements" but you are also un-American.

  • MikeT December 28, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    I think that a lot of liberals never grew out of childish views about fairness. Just look at Biden's definition of fairness from the debates. In his opinion, it's not fair that you don't have enough money and someone else has plenty because in America, everyone is supposed to have a chance to have a great life. That chance, however, becomes an expectation of that outcome. It also doesn't help things that we've been putting out so much propaganda about the American Dream as a material pursuit of a big house, 2-3 nice cars, a family, disposable income, etc. that a lot of people have come to believe that they are entitled to that and that not having that isn't fair.

  • steve martin December 29, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    I think the comments here are right on.

    If you are not for equality of 'outcomes', but rather equality of the rules, then you are a 'hater'.

    Some day, the 'left' will use this (hate speech), to lock up or dispose of conservatives.

    You hear talk like this from democrats all the time. And they routinely get away with it in the media.

    Scary times are a comin' for those of us who are not lemmings.

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