USAToday published an opinion on 7/5/2019 by Gary Varvel, entitled “The real reason why the left was against Donald Trump’s July 4 speech“.
As you can imagine, this is a right-wing reaction to the agitation in the media regarding Trump’s decision to break a long-standing tradition by inserting himself into the ceremonies with a presidential speech, accompanied with a show of military might. The op-ed open with these two sentences, leaving no room for doubt.
Now we know why the Democrats were so upset about President Trump speaking on the Fourth of July. It was not because it was political or partisan. It was patriotic and that is what annoys the left the most.
I guess I don’t find this sentiment surprising. Mostly because I’ve already heard it (a million times) but I always figured it for rhetoric, something people don’t really believe in but they say it anyway as an insult or a joke. But lately I’ve become more convinced that people often do believe this shit. So let me just point something out here…
A lot of Americans are interested in making their beloved country even greater than it already is. That being said, it should be noted that this often requires we acknowledge faults or inefficiencies so that we know what to change. The problem arises when other people don’t want to change; and maybe they have good reason for that but it’s no excuse for casting these acknowledgements as insults or attacks on America. Anyone who has ever been coached in order to improve their personal performance knows that acknowledging “what you’re doing wrong” is a crucial part of that coaching. Imagine if every time a coach points out a fault, the athlete cries out “You HATE me!”. Sounds silly doesn’t it? And no, the coach doesn’t hate you or he wouldn’t be investing his time to help you.
Now imagine a small group of fans in the bleachers standing up and chanting the athletes name and screaming at the coach to leave him alone because he’s “already perfect”. Sadly, this is what some people call patriotism… an overt praise for something for which all faults are dismissed. As you can imagine, anyone who might be annoyed with the efforts to subvert improvement would be accused of hating patriotism. And that is exactly what Gary Varvel is doing.
At least it’s not as bad as it is in places like North Korea where patriotism is actually mandated. I wonder if Gary feels the same way about the North Koreans who defect, which isn’t very patriotic. At least here we have the option to challenge the status-quo… we just have to put up with the insults from loose rattle-heads like Gary Varvel and their stupid accusations of anti-patriotism.
So Gary… I have a suggestion for making America greater than ever… Let’s stop calling every effort to make America better an attack on patriotism because in reality, nothing can be further from the truth.