Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Anti - Americanism of the Right


“We the People of the United States…”

Those are the first seven words of the Constitution of the United States.

From its very birth the United States was a collective enterprise.

It was not an exercise that celebrated the individual. It was an affirmation that free people who shared ideals and dreams of a common future could work together for their realization. 

The greatest triumphs in American history were not individual efforts. Whether in wars ranging from the American Revolution to World War II or in peaceful accomplishments like the Hoover Dam, the interstate highway system or putting the first men on the moon they were all ultimately the result of numerous Americans who subordinated their individuality to their being part of “we the people”.

On the other hand, throughout our history, those who would subvert the human miracle that is the United States have attempted to elevate their self-serving interests as individuals over the welfare of “we the people”. This pattern ranges from the early partisans of the Whiskey Rebellion to the robber barons who were tamed by Teddy Roosevelt.

This fundamental anti-Americanism has again reared its ugly head in our own time. It maintains that individual “freedom” should be enshrined over the welfare of all Americans. It seeks to label the collective efforts of Americans to continually strive for a better and more just society is some foreign transplant labeled socialism or communism.

The reality is that America invented the idea of “we the people” long before these ideologies ever emerged.

On this day of celebration of American independence these might be thoughts to dwell upon.

21 comments:

  1. This all has its origin in America’s obsession with the cult of celebrity.
    All media, left, right or center, spends hours obsessing over TomKat, the Kardashians, the Bieb, etc.
    This has taught our kids that you can make it by being a celebrity. It has nothing to do with school. It has everything to do with being rich and being arrogant.
    In reality, how many of these “celebrities” have made any of our lives truly better?

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    1. So true. We're becoming a nation of "I got mine, you get your own, whatever it takes."

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  2. Somebody should send this to the Obama campaign.

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  3. Yes. We pioneered outsourcing. But it wasn't jobs or money - it was the idea that all people are created equal and deserve a say in their future.
    Damn those who say otherwise.

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  4. If we had Rush Limbaugh and Fox News in 1776 the elite would still be having 4pm tea time and we'd all be singing God save the queen.

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  5. Recommended View: "1776 - The Signing (1972)"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJmNnEPZHW8

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  6. You would made a great Borg. Three cheers for the collective comrade. Resistance is futile!

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    1. Tell it to Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, etc., etc.

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    2. As much as Anonymous 11:11 would like to believe it, John Wayne wasn't a founding father. He was an actor.
      Even cowboys had to work together to get the herd to to market.

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  7. “We the People of the United States…”

    That doesn't include those that come here illegally.
    Then of course vote democrat for all their free goodies.
    Isn't America Grand.

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    1. Strip away all the pretty rhetoric and it ultimately comes down to hate doesn't it?

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    2. “We the People of the United States…”


      Those are the first seven words of the Constitution of the United States.

      ... Only you would consider the first seven words of the Constitution hate speech. People of the United State = Citizen of the United States. You either are or you aren't a citizen /People of the United States.

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    3. Now you're being just plain stupid, and I emphasize that word stupid.
      You have no logical basis for your hatred of immigrants just like those who visited it upon the Italians, the Germans, the Irish and so many others.
      You raise an entirely unrelated matter to my original article in an effort to deflect attention from your intellectual, moral and factual bankruptcy.

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    4. And there you have it folks - The ANTI AMERICANISM of the LEFT!

      "On the other hand,(Illegal Immigrants -not the Itallians,Germans, or Irish who came here legally) throughout our history, those (Illegals)who would subvert the human miracle that is the United States have attempted to elevate their self-serving interests as individuals over the welfare of “we the people”. "

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    5. Yes, the Americanism of the left, or as we have it inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:

      Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
      Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

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    6. And as far as undocumented aliens go, this President has done more to enforce the existing laws than any of his predecessors.

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    7. In case you've forgotten, the last President to enact an amnesty for "illegals" was Ronald Reagan.

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    8. That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. ~John Burroughs, Journal

      Today you sir are playing both the parts of an orator and an artilleryman in shooting blanks - you got nothing!

      June 2012 It was OBAMA who was the last president to go easy on illegals.

      In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

      Obama is clearly the last president to make a shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy and mainly because of it being an election year.

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    9. As I pointed out earlier, all you have other than rhetoric is hate.
      Stop wasting my time.

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  8. Ken said - "tell it to Washington, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, etc."

    When Washington died he was the wealthiest man in America.

    Ben Franklin actively and successfully parlayed his business interests with everything else he did, and died an exceedingly wealthy man.

    Adams, the farmer, even though he was hardly ever home for over 20 years of his prime, still, after his presidency, retired comfortably to his large farm in Mass.

    Jefferson is spiritually unable to deny himself anything. He also works for a government that pays hardly anything for his services. He also is dumping all the money he makes farming into Monticello, his home, which in addition to European furniture must also contain vast amounts of European wine in the wine cellar. Later on, after his presidency, the country steps in and raises money to bail him out of debt, so that he doesn't have to sell relics to survive.

    So you have three penny pinchers and a drunken sailor in your example.

    I don't think the first three if they were alive today would be commies. They all liked to make money, and were as such capitalists.

    I don't think the last one (Jefferson) would be a commie either, more likely a liberal, but if he were alive today he could go on a speaking tour and make oodles of money, and not only get himself out of debt but also be able to buy all the trinkets he wanted for Monticello.

    Anyway, I don't see your contention that any of those four guys would be a commie sympathizer, or even would be as tolerant as we are in today's America. They would have seen right through all that collective bullcrap, and they would have done something about it if it violated their interests.

    It goes without saying that all four are examples of great and vital Americans, the first generation as it were, without whom the country would never even have gotten started. I don't understand how you compare their legacy with communism. Maybe I am reading it wrong, help me out.

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