Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Misuse of the Word "Patriot"
People, especially conservatives, love to throw the word patriot around. It's almost like there is an implicit accusation (or sometimes not so implicit) that anyone who is not a conservative is somehow either not a patriot or is unAmerican. This idea is utter and complete bullsh*t. Just because someone has different opinions on policy or, God forbid, different religious beliefs does not make them unpatriotic. The implications and inuendos that somehow those who think Obamacare was a good idea or those that think the rich should pay more in taxes or those who are Muslims are automatically unAmerican and unpatriotic is not only ignorant, but it is also laughable. The arrogance behind these implications and beliefs is staggering. Anyone who is foolish enough to think that only their political philosophy is the one with all of the good ideas and proper policies or that their religion is the only way to salvation is deluded and blind to reality.
I'm sorry for being so harsh, but I was scanning through the page's news feed and after being bombarded with ridiculously ignorant memes from one page, I saw a post from another one that used the word patriot next to conservative in its name and that was the straw that broke the camel's back. I disagreed with George W. Bush on a lot of things but I never called into question his love for this country. Why many conservatives can't do the same with Obama or couldn't do the same with Bill Clinton is beyond me. Same thing with all of the liberals who hated and spewed vial things about Bush. This kind of ignorance, arrogance, and immaturity has got to stop. Sadly one look at Facebook shows that it probably never will.