Today, Rudy Giuliani accused President Obama of not loving America. Giuliani was quoted as saying,
“I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
At the current moment, Obama’s approval rating is hovering at around 47%, but that didn’t stop quadrillions (totally not exaggerating) of people from flooding twitter in his defense (and just as many to condemn him) under the hashtag #ObamaLovesAmerica. Giuliani’s accusation is nothing new. I’ve noticed a lot lately that folks who express a certain position on particular issues are quickly condemned as being “Anti-American”. The strange thing is, I’m not talking about radical terrorists. I’m talking about every day Joes who may lean a little left. I don’t mean left of center either, I mean left of the far far reaches of the rightest right. Even conservatives are at risk of being labeled Anti-American if they sway too far over.
There was a trend a couple of years ago, where anyone with a Leftist opinion on anything was labeled a Socialist. I had to chuckle when I heard it because, as if overnight, socialism became a buzzword on the mouths of every Republican politician and most of the conservative media. It’s as though these guys all agreed that Socialism would be the next dirty word. Meanwhile, somewhere in a California, a young woman sat in front of her Buddha statue noshing on Non-GMO, organic kale chips thinking… Socialism, maybe that’s not such a bad idea. I’m convinced that there is some conservative PR group that is sending all these people a newsletter with specific rhetoric they should use. “Our data shows that people really hate ‘socialists,’ let’s use the fuck out of that word,” I imagine them saying.
We’ll I must not have been the only considering socialism as a brighter alternative because as quickly as it came, it went. Now, Communist is the new four-letter word, or more specifically, “dirty communist” or “Commie scum.” And of course, no matter the popular buzzword, “Anti-American” remains the crowd favorite among those who want to stigmatize liberal opinions.
What does Anti-American mean anyway?
America is complicated. Its history and people are diverse, not just in their heritage, but in their experiences. I consider myself, “Typically-American”. I lean right on some issues, and left on others. I believe we should invest in clean energy…because I have a 35 mile commute and a small SUV. (Sounds both left and right, don’t it?) I believe that hard work is the cornerstone of America and was born in a farm town in the Midwest…yet I believe in GMO labeling and think that Big Agriculture (Big-AG) has too much power in Washington. I support gun ownership and our Second Amendment rights, but I think gun restrictions are FAR too lax. I believe that we shouldn’t spend more than we have, but I also think we cannot let children go hungry or the sick go without care. I love God, but I know He doesn’t give a lick who marries whom. I am fortunate to earn in the top 3% of Americans, yet I worry the income divide is growing frighteningly wide.
I don’t believe America has to be defined by its roots in Capitalism. To love America is to love Americans. That is the first rule, not to love some economic system. After all, a country is made up of its people above all else. I stand for our National Anthem, the Socialist, Commie Scum that I am, put my hand over my chest and swallow hard when That star-spangled banner yet wave…
Personally, I thought it was disgraceful to accuse another American of not loving his country, especially one who has served as our Commander and Chief. How dare Rudolph Giuliani presume to know what is in another’s heart. Politics has gotten out of control. Nothing is sacred.
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