Sophisticated Hatred: Democrats and America
"Hate" is a strong word, but it's the right word to use when others -- such as "dislike," "disdain," or "despise" -- aren't strong enough. And it's the perfect word to use when describing the way Democrats feel about this country: they hate America, even though they profit from being Americans.
This hatred, directed at the America our Founders envisioned, comes in different shapes and sizes. Among some Democrats it shows itself in the conviction that we shouldn't be stronger than others nations; in others it shows itself in asserting that we shouldn't be freer than other nations or wealthier than other nations. But in all of its various forms it is part of an ideological war against the ideals, documents, and traditions that remind us of the liberties that are ours by birthright.
Sometimes the hatred looks fat and bloated, as when former Democrat Vice President Al Gore was "anti-American" enough to secure the Nobel Peace Prize. Other times it looks like a bug-eyed peanut farmer from Georgia, as when former Democrat President Jimmy Carter approached nirvana by supporting terrorism and trying to convince European allies to cut ties with the United States in early 2008. This was on the same trip where Carter "placed a wreath at the Ramallah grave of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."
At yet other times the hatred looks like Democrat Congressman Jack Murtha, an angry, slobbering, blame-America-first politician who spent the months leading up to election 2008 swearing his constituents would never vote for Barack Obama because they were "rednecks" with an aversion to blacks and other minorities. (Yes, this is the same Murtha who "refused to back down from his smears of the exonerated Marines who served in Haditha, Iraq," Marines he described "as 'cold-blooded' murderers.")
Of course, there are times when this hatred even looks sophisticated, if looking French can be considered sophisticated, as when Democrat Senator John Kerry's contempt of America's military became evident during his 2004 presidential campaign. During the campaign, testimony the cowardly Kerry had given to the House Foreign Relations Committee regarding his Vietnam War service was uncovered. In the testimony, from April 22, 1971, he claimed to have witnessed U.S. military personnel as they "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."
That Kerry's entire story was false didn't matter to his leftist comrades in the media in 2004; all that mattered was that he was bashing America like a good Democrat. And to prove that his antics in 1971 weren't a fluke, on December 4, 2005, Kerry accused America's soldiers of "going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children ... [and] women."
To be fair, Kerry's "concept of America-as-criminal-nation," as Adam Wolfson described it, was perfected by the hayseed-turned-hayseed-hating Democrat President Bill Clinton. Not only did Clinton stand on foreign soil and protest America's involvement in the Vietnam War, a war he was personally able to circumvent, but he also blamed the 9/11 attacks on slavery and America's treatment of Native Americans. Clinton said America was "'paying a price' for its past sins of slavery and for looking 'the other way when a significant number of native Americans were dispossessed and killed.'"
More recently, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has used her position to model hatred of America on the national stage. In early March 2009, she gave a speech to illegal immigrants in San Francisco wherein she criticized law enforcement personnel but praised the bravery and "patriotism" of illegal immigrants. While crediting the illegal immigrants with taking "responsibility for our country's future," Pelosi complained about raids being carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents trying to capture and deport illegal immigrants. Said Pelosi: "Who in this country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families? ... We have to have a change in policy and practice and again, I can't say enough, the raids must end. The raids must end."
So when our troops are risking their lives going door to door in a foreign war, as in Iraq or Vietnam, Kerry and Murtha are there to criticize them. And when ICE agents are risking their lives going door to door in El Paso, Texas, or Southern California, Pelosi is there to criticize them as well. There's no way to win with these people. If we stand against Hamas, the great Democrat icon Carter defends the terrorists, but if we drop our guard and let the terrorists strike we then have to listen to Bill Clinton assert that the attack was a payback for our past.
This Democrat-based hatred for America is dizzying, and we haven't considered Michelle Obama's inability to be proud of her country, Hillary Clinton's blame-America-first approach to diplomacy, or President Obama's recent world apology/Muslim appeasement tour. In their minds, the good guys are the bad guys and Democrats are part of a privileged class which is above the limitations imposed on others by things like the Constitution, the rule of law, or common decency.