I just really dislike you. The you, in this case, being the ignorant and divisive people who continue to put on this notion that Liberal’s hate America. People described here:
The comments came at a McCain rally in Concord, North Carolina Saturday before the Arizona senator or members of his staff had arrived at the event. As first reported by the New York Observer, Hayes said, “Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.”
Hayes’ comments echo those of other Republicans in recent days that have drawn fire from Democratic circles. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said late last week she’s concerned Barack Obama “may have anti-American views,” and suggested other liberal members of Congress also may be anti-American.
“The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look,” she said. “I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?”
Look, Hayes, Bachmann and McCain have the same rights of free speech as everyone else. I just wish they would actually think about what they were saying before they said it. Two of the three individuals flat out say that the left doesn’t care about America. This is news to me. As a student of history, I can readily point out a number of instances where Liberals did something GOOD for the country: 40-hour work week, Child Labor Laws, Miranda Protections, The New Deal, Juvenile Justice Courts, the FDA and Food Saftey inspections. Can we please move on from the idea that Liberals, or Democrats, hate America?
One does not need to believe in God to do good things for the country. One does not need to vote for McCain to be County Firs. Hell Kennedy said it better, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” McCain’s statement is not just a less-poetic version of Kennedy’s vision, it is a completely different statement.
McCain, and by extension, the Republican Party, are saying that they have always put their Country First. The implication is that “those other guys” haven’t. So, when Obama turned down Wall Street to work on the South Side, and Joe Biden kept his senate seat AFTER the tragic loss of his wife, they were putting themselves first? Please. This type of rhetoric only serves to divide. Then again, it’s the only rhetoric McCain and his cronies have left. If they stick to the issues–the economy, education, defense, health care–they lose. So to ensure their victory, they put their ambitions first and the state of the Country second. They use divisive, cynical rhetoric and then say that Liberals “hate America.”
I am not blindly loyal to this country, but I do not hate it. I love my country: And I am, by far, more Liberal than Obama. I am disgusted to see our leaders throw everything we stood for, and strived for, away. I would hate to see my country vote against itself this year, based on the wrong-headed idea that people like me hate our country.