One would think Independence Day should be a joyous holiday for all Americans. Besides the fact that mattresses are on sale, it’s non-religious and celebrates that singular moment when our Founders declared independence from tyrannical rule and formed a new nation, the United States of America. Yay! Fireworks! And a chance for us all to feel proud to be living under the red, white and blue of Old Glory.
Well, except if you’re a liberal.
As the Daily Caller reports, Former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and current University of California Berkeley professor Robert Reich wants Americans to be vigilant this July 4 against “exclusive patriotism” that “asserts a unique and superior ‘Americanism.’”
“We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016, we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism. One is an inclusive patriotism that binds us together. The other is an exclusive patriotism that keeps others out,” Reich writes.
Reich claims that “we’re now hearing a strident, exclusive patriotism. It asserts a unique and superior ‘Americanism that’s determined to exclude others beyond our borders.”
You know where this is going, right?
“Donald Trump famously wants to ban all Muslims from coming to America, and to build a wall along the Mexican border to keep out Mexicans,” he says.“Exclusive patriotism tells us to fear foreign terrorists in our midst — even though almost every terrorist attack since 9/11 has been perpetrated by American citizens or holders of green cards living here for a decade or more.”
Sir, first of all, we fear criminal illegal immigrants in our midst who have, on more than one occasion, murdered Americans after being deported several times (ask Kate Steinle’s family).Yes, we DO fear foreign terrorists in our midst because our own Department of Homeland Security has warned it doesn’t have the ability to monitor all the “refugees” coming into our country and yes, there probably are some terrorists among them.
We also fear just plain ol’ home-grown terrorists in our midst, like Omar Mateen, who was twice on an FBI watch list and twice released. And living here for decades or on a green card doesn’t absolve anyone of anything, considering the Tsarnaev brothers and the San Bernardino killers were all here legally.
“Inclusive patriotism instructs us to join together for the common good,” he says. “Such patriotism requires taking on a fair share of the burdens of keeping America going — including a willingness to pay taxes.”
Wait, when did a willingness to pay taxes become a sign of patriotism? Can someone please call Al Sharpton and let him know he’s behind on his patriotism?
Perhaps, Mr. Reich, you might want to take a quick read-through of the Declaration of Independence, in particular where it says something about “imposing taxes on us without our consent.” We did NOT consent to Obamacare. It was imposed on us completely without our consent.
In any event, a “unique and superior Americanism” is precisely what we need to bind us together, Mr. Reich. The last time we really felt that as a nation was World War II. We felt it briefly after 9/11. We certainly feel that pride when our team wins at the Olympics, but it should not be reserved only for sporting events.
For crying out loud liberals, if you can’t feel unabashed, joyous pride to be an American on Independence Day, when can you??
(Sadly, I know how they’d answer that).
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]