Fundamentally transforming patriotism: the last refuge of scoundrels
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2015 — The late leftist Howard Zinn once said, “One of the great mistakes made in discussing patriotism – a very common mistake – is to think that patriotism means support for your government. And that view of patriotism ignores the founding principles of the country expressed in the Declaration of Independence…. When governments become destructive of those ends, it is the right of the people, in the words of the Declaration, to alter or abolish the government.”
Today, the ultimate expression of zany Zinn’s loony leftism sits in the Oval Office. So when 47 rational senators dissented concerning President Obama’s plan to help further Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, patriotic dissent suddenly became “treason.”
And opposing Iran’s quest to abolish Israel, if not the “Great Satan” itself, is an act, in the words of the New York Daily News, that “risks war.”
The letter in question simply reminded Iran’s bearded gents that in the land of “e pluribus unum,” the law and not a wanna-be king in the White House is, well, king. And the law of the land gives the Senate final word on Obama and Iran’s nuclear plans.
In fact, patriotic voting dissenters elected those patriotic Republican senatorial dissenters upset with the direction the haters of America – Obama, the Democratic Party, and Iran’s mullahs – would like to take our country.
“There are two words to describe the people who… would actively try to blow up the president’s foreign policy,” said the Daily Kos, “One word is ‘Republicans.’ The other is ‘traitors.’”
So remember, the fundamentally transformed definition of patriotism requires one to join in solidarity with Iran’s chanting mobs crying, “Death to America!”