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    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Born Again?

    To add to my previous post, this website pisses me right off. This is a perfect example of how for some people, love of country is contingent upon something else, in this case the election of Barack Obama. Sounds more like "Fair-weather Americans". Now, admittedly, this site does not express itself as a supporter of Barack Obama, nor does it claim to be Democratic. Yet, the verbage and timber makes it clear, to me, that it is so aligned.

    Why should one only love their country when their party is in power? As a Republican I'm very much out of power...but I love my country nonetheless. Where were these people over the past 8 years? Did they not consider themselves American? Where will they be in 4, 8, or 12 years? Will they still consider themselves American if and when Republicans take control?


    Blogger Bryan said...

    And when Obama doesn't close Gitmo today? Or when he actually sends more troops to Afganistan? Or when that "free" healthcare comes with a loss of their job because its too expensive for their employer to pay the taxes for that free stuff?

    Well, then the rubber hits the road.

    12:16 PM  
    Blogger Ben A. Johnson said...

    part of the problem is that over the last 7 years at least, the discourse has been that if you don't support the president you aren't an american. to claim that people are only fairweather americans is a bit of misnomer when they've been systematically disenfranchised from being able to claim that label by white house discourse and rhetoric.

    2:20 PM  
    Blogger Antonio Ortega Jr said...

    I have to disagree with Mr. Johnson. Having opposing views with the White House has never made anyone not an American. The right to do so is very American. But the term "Born Again" implies that before this event you were not whatever you were just born into again. In this case being American. What exactly anyone was just that before, I don't know. I am sure many of these people were born American. At some point, perhaps because of "being systematically disenfranchised" they decided they were no longer, until Obama brought them back. I don't agree with some of our Presidents views. But no amount of rhetoric will stop me from being an American. To claim to leave and only return when my party is in power would be the very definition of a Fair Weather American.

    12:23 AM  

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