flavor of the week, so to speak, is that those
who consider themselves liberals/Democrats, are
planning on voting for John Kerry, do not approve
of President Bush, are against the war on Iraq,
or thought that Fahrenheit 9/11 was a good documentary
are un-American, unpatriotic, and "hate"
the United States. This idea is thrown around
on political television and radio shows, and books
have even been written about it, such as Daniel
Flynn's Why the Left Hates America (2002). The
entire premise is preposterous, and the origins
of the idea are hard to pin down, but maybe we
can take steps towards determining how it began.
In the end, logic will tell us that the entire
argument, however, is flawed.
are several misconceptions which caused this inaccurate
perception to propagate itself across the country.
I have been told liberals are not angry about
the 9/11 attacks because they don't believe that
Iraq was responsible for/involved in the 9/11
attacks. We now know that in fact Iraq was NOT
involved in the attacks. Liberals are mad about
the attacks, but they are mad at those who perpetuated
the crimes, not Iraq. In the most fundamental
realm of thought possible, you do not punish those
who did not commit the crime.
next misconception is that "liberals opposed
the war, so they liked Saddam Hussein." Again,
this could not be further from the truth. No one
will deny Saddam Hussein was a vile dictator,
and no one is upset that has been captured. Without
getting into the arguments regarding the premises
under which we entered the war, the bottom line
is, no logically-thinking person would say that
Saddam being captured is a bad thing and that
he should be free.
we come to one of the most bizarre, unreasonable,
and illogical arguments I have heard regarding
this matter. This is the idea that those who do
not support the President in his views and decisions
are unpatriotic, particularly in times of war.
Is it being suggested that everyone should agree
with whatever the President says, believes, and
does? This seems to go against the very foundation
upon which our system is built. We have a multi-party
system; a multi-belief system; a multi-candidate
system. The belief that everyone should be behind
one candidate can be likened to a dictatorship,
where it is not alright to have opinions and ideals
against those in charge. Our country is the way
it is today because people have disagreed in the
past. If the same lack of blind faith being misconstrued
into un-American sentiment had not shown itself
in the past, this country may never have gained
reasons for not supporting this war on Iraq aren't
un-American. In fact, they could not be more patriotic.
Is wanting to maintain the United States as a
flagship for right thinking, logical leadership,
and respect unpatriotic? Is the desire to keep
our troops out of harm's way unless it is absolutely,
unconditionally, and imminently necessary the
sentiment of someone who hates America? Are the
requests to go after those who have actually committed
crimes against the United States, its people,
and its land, and to capture and bring to trial
those behind these actions un-American?
the argument is flawed in a blindingly flagrant
way. Those who want President Bush out of office,
want to remove him from power because they do
not feel he is good for the country. The contention
that someone who believes one candidate would
be better for the country than another hates America
is shameful and shocking. Personally, if I hated
this country, I could not care less who is President,
I would certainly not be voting, and I would not
be in the least bit concerned with who we attack,
why we attack them, or how many of our soldiers
are killed securing Fallujah, or in a firefight
in Tikrit. Does this make liberals un-American?
If so, the future is not looking promising.
Posted: August 14, 2004