Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Country First


Dedication on first page of 2008 Republican Platform:

This platform is respectfully dedicated to our

“...heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life.”

America the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates


Of course we should honor those who gave their lives for our country, but why is it that Republicans always place love of country over love of self? Why can’t they be equal? In fact, if you truly cared about your self, your education, health and well-being – your pursuit of happiness – then wouldn’t that naturally manifest in a lovely country? Republicans suffer from a delusion: that they are maverick cowboys, free from the constraints of big government. Yet this romantic vision of the free spirited American runs in direct contradiction to ditto-head Republicanism that rallies around a narrowly defined set of Christian values and "love of country." To veer from this set of values, flag pins and church picnics - to truly be a maverick or an independent thinker - is not what they really want. That is just their myth. I think they just like the guns and cowboy hats. It really has very little to do with sacrifice, freedom or democracy, and is much more about a nationalism that prizes aggression, conformity and low taxes above all else.

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