Written by Ben Johnson
As the Olympics head to Rio, unemployment edges toward ten percent, and Tehran barrels toward a nuclear weapon, the Left continues its "Question the Patriotism of Conservatives" tour '09. In one of the more unlikely scenarios of recent television history, MSNBC's "The Ed Show" compared President Obama's perpetual criticism of his country favorably against Rush Limbaugh. The episode was outstanding for its audacity and the light it shed on where the Left really pledges its allegiance.
Shortly after slamming conservatives' "lack of patriotism" and insisting opposition to Obama's myopic focus on the Chicago Olympics "rivals Jane Fonda sitting on a gun in North Vietnam," Ed Schultz decided to talk patrotism with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, who enjoys a cozy relationship with the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America...
Schultz played a clip of Rush ascribing part of the Olympic Committee's rejection of Chicago's bid to the fact that the president has "been running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks." Schakowsky replied, "How dare Rush Limbaugh - how dare he say that this president goes around talking about how bad our country is? [Obama] has finally been able to establish us as real participants in the world community."
Blithely unaware what she said is itself an anti-American slur (America was not a "participant" in the world community B.B.O. - Before Barack Obama? America is only good if it is held in check by UN regulations?), she not only ignored the president's harsh rhetoric; she confirmed it.
Only the most tin-eared leftist could fail to have heard the president bash the character of our nation. After all, in his UN address alone, Barack Obama nodded to the international community's "belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally"; he said "America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy"; he claimed he prohibited "the use of torture by the United States of America," tacitly asserting the United States was a monstrous human rights violator before his advent; and he declared the dark "days when America dragged its feet on [climate change] are over" - a less caustic version of his remark at the Climate Change Summit that, under a certain unnamed predecessor, America suffered "too many years of inaction and denial."
Such stridency seems to be his typical attitude toward the country he has deigned to rule - so much so that while campaigning for the presidency, he could not restrain himself. "There's no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we've got some very sad and difficult things to account for," he said. "I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged."
Nor should we discount the fact that another member of the failed American Olympic delegation, Michelle Obama, called this country "just downright mean." Indeed, the focus on America's moral failures (mostly imagined) is a constant refrain of the Left.
Schakowsky and Obama do not hear their criticism of the United States as negative, because they have a higher allegiance than this country, or any country; they pay their devotion is to the leftist Utopian ideal. Criticizing the "reactionary" elements of the United States - e.g., bitter people who cling to their guns and religion - is an act of deepest loyalty to collectivism and "humanity." Modern leftists's fidelity can be encapsulated by a poem that appeared in a 1916 issue of Solidarity, a publication of the Industrial Workers of the World:
I have a country
I love my country
I love it with a love that is lasting
And that must be returned.
If love of one's country
Makes a patriot
Then I am a good patriot.
My country is boundless
It has no limit
No king, no potentate-
Only a race of human beings.
There need be no hunger, nor cold,
No want in my country.
There is room for all the
Children of the world there;
And they can dwell in peace,
And plenty, and happiness,
And joy forever
In my country.
I do not dwell in my country,
But I can live in the hopes it holds
For the future,
When many shall sojourn therein.
I can be a patriotic subject
Of my country
Without robbing or slaying
One of my brothers.
I need not wrest from others
Land, or riches of any sort,
That I may pour them into the coffers
Of a group, or of an individual.
I can be a true patriot
And love all the people of the earth
As I love my own family.
My country demands of her patriots
That they be charitable to all mankind.
I can work and fight
For my country,
And die, if need be,
But I cannot dwell there alone.
Humanity is the population
Of my country.
Is my country.
Unfortunately, to build that country, they must destroy this one.