Have you heard? Democrats hate America.

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A few weeks ago, someone close to me, who is a Republican, posted on Facebook this message:

We hated Obama like you hate Trump.

Except we hated

Obama because he

hates America.

 

You hate Trump

Because YOU hate

America.

And I saw comments posted in response to articles in The Washington Post that Democrats hate America.  I wondered where this came from.  Why do Republicans think that Democrats hate America?  So I searched and found a Facebook page called “Democrats Hate America.”  This is their story, quoted from their Facebook page:

Every day, the modern Democrats take the side of criminals, illegal aliens, and foreigners over law-abiding U.S. citizens. Democrats despise free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Democrats despise Democracy, where free pe0ple [sic] can speak their minds and argue for change or not without being attacked and insulted. Democrats routinely act in bad faith and tell lies about their opponents. Democrats also despise the rule of law, and always seek political, extra-legal, and corrupt judicial pronouncements to circumvent the law the People want.

Yes, we were all Democrats once, until we did years of independent research, reviewing source documents, interviews, statements, statistics, etc. At some point, we had to be honest with ourselves. We had to admit that we believed in a Big Lie: the modern Democrat Party.

Please submit your examples of how Democrats Hate America. . . .

P.S. We reject the use of threats and violence, except in extreme cases where force is needed to defend oneself or others. If attacked by a Democrat Resistance member, try to run away. Use force only if there is no escape from Democrat violence. And use only that force necessary to stop the threat, and no more than that.

I had no idea that Democrats were such ignorant, hateful, violent, lying criminals who hate free speech.  I was shocked.  One post says that Democrats don’t want to secure the border because “Democrats benefit politically and financially from the work of Drug Cartels/Human Traffickers. Naturally, there will be no evidence of direct payments made to Democrats by Crimimals [sic].”  If they have no evidence, how can they make this statement?  I thought they conducted “independent research.”  Where is it?

Adding to this anti-Democrat fervor is a book called “Why the Left Hates America,” which, according to Publishers Weekly, criticizes those who criticize the United States government.

Then the Washington Times used Gallup poll data that only 32% of Democrats are “extremely proud” to be an American as evidence that Democrats hate America.[1]  And because 46% of Democrats answered this poll in the same way when President Obama was in office, the Washington Times concluded that “the left only likes America when a progressive-slash-socialist is at the helm — which, in constitutional terms, would mean the Dems only profess pride in America when America’s headed down a path it was never intended to tread. How quaint.”[2]

The same is being said of Republicans.  It turns out that they, too, hate America.[3]  But at least the sole article that makes this statement backs it up with facts.  In contrast, Republicans offer no facts at all.

Do all Americans hate America?

No American – Republican or Democrat – needs to be “extremely proud” of America to be patriotic.  Those who want to improve America – to “make it great again” – can be patriotic.  So criticizing the government by those on either side of the aisle does not make them unpatriotic.

Mark Twain said, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”  Patriotism is not unquestioning loyalty to a political party.  It is loyalty to a country.

But accusing others of being unpatriotic without facts is not patriotism.  It is hate.  When someone accuses another of being unpatriotic based only on speculation, those people look like they hate everyone but those in their own party.  That is a whole lot of hate.

 

[1] Cheryl Chumley, Democrats hate America – and here are the numbers to prove it, The Washington Times, July 3, 2018.

[2] Id.

[3] Carol Anderson, Why Do Republicans Hate America, Huffington Post, January 18, 2018.

 

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