Patriot, Sarah Silverman

Star/executive producer Sarah Silverman participates in the "I Love You, America" panel during the Hulu Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Sarah Silverman has a show on Hulu called, I Love You America. Whether she really does or not is unknown. I have not been blessed with the gift to peer into the souls of people and discover their true feelings.

But I have no doubt, Silverman is a patriot. The problem is, I’m not sure what country she feels patriotic about.


The December 7 episode revolves around the theme of nationalism and mostly about how creepy people who love America can be. Silverman literally opens her monologue recalling a time when she “felt very weird” and “scared” when her then-boyfriend was raising an American flag outside his house. If that’s a concern she has, it’s no wonder she works in the safe space of the entertainment industry. She can’t possibly survive in the real world.

Silverman: I had a boyfriend many years ago, he was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard. And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt this feeling of like, um, I felt scared – yeah, I felt scared. So I was like, ‘Uh, what are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Raising the flag,’ and I was like, ‘Why?’ and he’s like, ‘Um, because I love America?’ and I was like, ‘Right, right, of course.’ But inside I was shaken.

And then I calmly walked to my car and I got inside and I called my sister Susie to tell her what happened. Now, maybe you’re thinking, ‘What do you mean what happened? Nothing happened, your boyfriend put an American flag up at his own house.’ No, you’re totally right, I had no idea why I was freaking out. I just – I had this very visceral reaction and my sister, who knows shit because she’s a rabbi in Israel, explained to me, she was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance? These things tend to ring a bell for us.’ Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense.

That makes her entire monologue on nationalism fall flat on its face. If someone can’t handle seeing an American flag outside a loved one’s house in America, I’m certainly not going to trust what they deem to be patriotic. Silverman says patriotism is loving your country, while nationalism is saying, “We’re number one!” Apparently believing in American exceptionalism and that we are the last, best hope for mankind is one step away from Nazi Germany.

I know exactly how Silverman feels. I get the same reaction whenever I see the hammer and sickle.

Liberals try to equate patriotism with the virulent nationalism of Nazi Germany all the time. The simple, heartfelt love of country felt by the vast majority of Americans is demonized as being a step away from fascism. It’s despicable and they should be called out for it every time.