CNN is reveling in a recent Gallup poll that shows only 47% of Americans are “extremely proud” to be American.
Honestly, I haven’t seen these guys this wildly excited since Obama won in 2008 promising to fundamentally transform America.
I think not.
What makes that number so low? Why are only 47% of Americans proud to be Americans?
Well, the Democrats are dragging the number down. You see, only 32% of Democrats are extremely proud to be Americans.
But that doesn’t surprise me.
If your love of the country depends on who is in the White House, you’re kind of an idiot.
Which explains why you vote Democrat.
America isn’t the Government.
America isn’t the President.
We the People are America.
For the eight years that Barack Obama was crapping all over our representative government and our Constitution, I never stopped being proud to be an American.
Because I know that America is more than the President – more than Washington DC.
And I love this country.
I love our history, our culture and heritage.
I love what we stand for and what we fight for.
And I love our Constitution – a document like no other in the history of the world.
We are nation founded on the ideal of limited government and individual sovereignty – where our unalienable rights are sacrosanct and our government’s power limited and derived from the consent of the governed.
What kind of small and pathetic world must you exist in to hate your country just because your Presidential candidate lost the election?
But then again, many of these same people are willing to shun friends and family who don’t share their political ideology.
And if you can’t even love your family because of politics, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you can’t love your country.
Honestly, I simply cannot conceive of being this miserable and bitter while living in the greatest nation on earth.
And what makes me particularly sad is American citizens are being taught to hate America.
In public schools, in colleges and universities, in culture and the media – they are being inculcated with this notion that America sucks.
Yet they maintain that hating America is somehow “patriotic.”
Yeah. Sure. Whatever you say.
Speaking of which, if you have the chance, go over to the Federalist and read Jesse Kelly’s excellent column If You Don’t Believe in Limited Self-Government, You’re Not An American Patriot.
I just love his subtle, understated titles.
The title alone is enough to make the ResistanceLOL shriek like cats getting a bath.
Here’s a taste:
America is not whatever you want it to be. America is not freedom from worry. It is not free stuff from the taxpayer. It is not a guarantee that you will be successful in life. It’s not even the flag or the troops or the fireworks. America isn’t “paying taxes.” It is not “never having to worry about your medical bills.” In short, America is not customizable to your fleeting whims or whatever you are “feeling” whenever the fireworks are sparkling in your eyes.
“Patriotism” is not difficult to define, as much as the Left would have you think it so. It is not a fluid thing. Torching the flag and crapping on the anthem is not patriotism. It may be a reflection of the freedom that makes America great, but it is not patriotism.
Patriotism in America means loving limited government. It is that simple. You love that America has a constitutionally limited government, or you do not love America. Saying you love America and do not want the government limited is like saying you love your car but hate the engine, seats, and interior.
Because America’s heart and soul is the Individual. It was designed that way.
Limited self-government means the individual is sovereign.
We are not ruled.
We are not subjects of our government.
Instead, We the People are sovereign and our government’s power comes only from our consent.
America is the only nation in the world founded on that principle.
That’s what makes us exceptional.
And that’s precisely why I am proud to be an American.
More from Kelly’s column:
You live the life of a king. Being born in America is the greatest win of life’s lottery in human history. Those things I listed above are not reserved for royalty. Our poorest people have those things. Despite all the endless whining and screeching, all people in America have it good. They have lives 99 percent of people in history would kill for.
And why do you have that life? You have it because the American government is limited. This life you live is not an accident. It did not fall from the sky. It was intentional, and others do not have the privilege of living it.
Definitely read the whole thing.
At the heart of it, this is precisely why only 32% of Democrats are extremely proud to be American.
They hate our system of government.
And for more than century, they’ve tried to undermine it.
Sadly, in many ways they have succeeded.
The reason now that they aren’t proud is because the damage they’ve done to our founding principles is beginning to get undone. We the People are fighting back against the destruction they’ve caused.
As Mark Levin always says, if you love America you don’t try to fundamentally transform it.
The Democrats’ and the Left (same thing) are not proud to be American because to them, America is only great if it stops being America as founded.
They despise the fact that our nation’s independence was rooted in the principle that government derives its power from the consent of the governed.
They don’t want consent; they want power.
And never forget; they have nothing but contempt for the American people — especially those who are patriotic, who love this country and believe in American exceptionalism.
But the truth is they always felt that way.
The only thing that’s changed is they’re no longer hiding it.
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