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Who Hates America?

October 17, 2001

I received an e-mail yesterday from a self-proclaimed Peace Activist in Boise who was outraged that he had been called anti-American for "claiming my right to dissent America's policies and war-mongering". He goes on to say,

"While you have not targeted me or my group personally, it is people like you with your flag-waving, jingoistic expression of nationalism that foster a hostile attitude toward peace loving people who happen to disagree with the idea of rallying around the flag or supporting the violence we abhor. Shame on you for using the advantage of your communication media to espouse your hateful philosophies to the masses."
(We're flattered, guess we didn't realize our audience was so "mass"-ive)

We make no apologies for posting commentary on our business site. We make no apologies for encouraging Americans to unite in SUPPORT of America. In ordinary times, our philosophy has been - to use an old cliché - "Live and let live." These ceased to be ordinary times on the eleventh of September.

I will however, attempt to clarify the difference between honest dissent and malevolent hatred. Perhaps Mr. X and his "group" will take it into consideration before their next little "Peace Vigil".

There are Liberals, there are hard-core Leftists and then there's the Hate America crowd. Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish among them and sometimes the rest of us don't exert the effort to make that distinction - even in ordinary times.

Most Liberals have the noblest of intentions. They love their country and genuinely believe their policies represent the best solutions to America's problems. Some become hardened Leftists, bent on proving the traditional American way to be corrupt. In their zeal, they sometimes become the worst corrupters of all, reinterpreting The Bill of Rights, attempting to rewrite the Constitution to suit their goals and trampling on the very values they claim to be protecting. Whether or not some of these people have crossed the line to anti-Americanism is debatable.

What is not debatable are despicable words and actions of those who seek to destroy the very institution that allows them to express their contempt.

Film maker Michael Moore regularly heaps disdain on conservatives like Ken Starr ("a forty-million-dollar pervert") and Ronald Reagan ("the beginning of the end of the political gene pool" whose legacy is that he "helped bring a crack epidemic into the United States"). His politics are not in question and he makes his position plain.

"Am I angry?" he asked on his web site. "You bet I am. I am an American citizen, and my leaders have taken my money to fund mass murder. And now my friends have paid the price with their lives... Keep crying, Mr. Bush. Keep running to Omaha or wherever it is you go while others die..." Moore is holding America responsible for the murder of more than 6,000 Americans. He is an America-hater.

Katha Pollitt is also a committed America-hater, as is a publication called "the Nation" for publishing her vicious attack on her country. "My daughter ... thinks we should fly an American flag out our window," Pollitt wrote in her Oct. 8 column.

"Definitely not, I say: The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war ...(The flag) has to bear a wide range of meanings, from simple, dignified sorrow to the violent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry that has already resulted in murder, vandalism and arson around the country."

How about Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson? On Sept. 12, with the Pentagon and the World Trade Center still burning, Jackson threw gasoline on the fire by placing America's values squarely on par with those of the terrorists:

"With all the condolence that can be offered, it is incongruent to think that the world's leading exporter of the tools of death and destruction would not someday be visited with an evil in return."

A week later Jackson wrote, "When stock traders sing 'God Bless America,' and (New York Stock Exchange CEO Dick) Grasso says, 'America is ready to go back to business,' it is unclear how much of America's business is worthy of God's blessing."

Antiwar demonstrators and peace activists seize on these hateful ideas and incorporate them into their mantras until they believe them and encourage others to believe them too. It's the same type of propaganda employed by Marxists and radicals to organize the Vietnam era antiwar sentiment.

Unless we confront it this time, it will have the same result.