As much as I disliked George W. Bush, I never hated the man. Sure, I strongly disagreed with just about everything he did while he was in office, but I never really stooped to the level of blind hatred. In fact, as Americans we should always root for the success of whatever president we have. Because the truth is, to cheer for the failure of a president is essentially rooting for the failure of this country.
But when it comes to President Obama, the vast majority of conservatives absolutely detest him. It’s not partisan disagreement or just a general dislike, it’s blind, unfettered hatred. I truly believe that most of them would rather seen this country burn to the ground before they’d ever hope to see this president succeed.
Just look at the way in which Republicans and conservatives fall all over themselves trying to praise leaders of other countries, while absolutely bashing and lying about our own.
They consider President Obama an “un-American tyrant” who apparently doesn’t love this country. Meanwhile, I’ve seen Republicans heap gushing praise on the King of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The truth is, congressional Republicans show more respect toward Netanyahu than they do our own president.
Hell, I’ve seen Fox News even praise Vladimir Putin’s “strength” as a leader.
But what is it about this country that they love?
They loathe liberals, so there goes over half of our population. Conservative ideologies (especially those in the South) are almost always on the wrong side of history when it comes to the constitutionality of their beliefs. They detest homosexuals, treat women as second-class citizens and have almost no respect for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their brand of Christianity.
Even when it gets right down to our Constitution, they really don’t “love” it. Outside of the Second Amendment, and the Tenth (because they often claim “states’ rights” whenever they’re trying to violate another one of our amendments), what is it about our Constitution that they “love”? Oh, and the main reason why they adore the Second Amendment so much is because they think guns give them the right to overthrow the government – the government that was created by the Constitution.
Our First Amendment continually prevents them from turning this country into a theocracy. The First Amendment was what gave rise to the civil rights movement. You know, back when Southern conservatives were fighting to keep segregation legal, prevent interracial marriages and oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was the protection of our First Amendment that gave power to those who marched through the streets of Selma and all over this nation, demanding equal rights for those who had been denied them for far too long. This was all done against the resistance of those who clung to their ignorance and their Bible – just as conservatives continue to do today.
Conservatives are the people we often hear uttering the phrase “traditional American values,” which makes absolutely no sense. This nation has been a nation of progress since its inception – we have but one tradition, and that’s progress. But progress cannot be achieved clinging to yesterday, while resisting tomorrow.
I see conservatives kind of like the Blockbuster video of our society. Once upon a time, Blockbuster (a company that at one time dominated the video rental industry) had the opportunity to buy Netflix for around $50 million. It passed. Today, Netflix is worth nearly $30 billion, whereas Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy back in 2010 and is all but non-existent now. All because Blockbuster refused to adapt and embrace the future, instead choosing to cling to the past.
It’s conservatives who are the ones who often talk about secession and revolts whenever they don’t get their way. It’s never made a whole lot of sense to me for someone to claim they love their country, yet hate the very government the Constitution of this nation created.
But the truth is, conservatives hate this country. They hate its leader, its government, over half the people living here and basically anyone with whom they disagree.
The only thing they really “love” is an idea of what they wished the United States was, but has never been and will never be.
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