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Trump’s Patriotism Vs. The New Anti-Americanism

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Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

Despite all the grousing and griping about his “politicizing” of the Fourth of July and “militarizing” America’s birthday, President Donald Trump turned the tables on his antagonists, and pulled it off.

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As master of ceremonies and keynote speaker at his “Salute to America” Independence Day event, Trump was a manifest success.

A president acting as president is almost always a more effective campaigner than a president acting as campaigner. And Trump, in what he said and did not say, played the president Thursday night.

The crowd on the Mall was huge and friendly, extending from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. The TV coverage was excellent. Friday, virtually every major newspaper had front-page stories and photos.

Earlier, former Vice President Joe Biden had snidely asked, “What, I wonder, will Donald Trump say this evening when he speaks to the nation at an event designed more to stroke his ego than celebrate American ideals?”

Thursday evening, Joe got his answer.

Despite predictions he would use “Salute to America” for a rally speech, the president shelved partisan politics to recite and celebrate the good things Americans of all colors and creeds are doing, and the great things Americans have done since 1776.

“Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told — the story of America,” said Trump. “It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true.”

It was not a celebration of Trump but of America.

“What a great country!” declared the president. “(F)or Americans nothing is impossible.” Ours is “the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”

The second half of Trump’s speech was given over to tributes to the five branches of the armed forces — Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army — with each tribute ending in a display of air power.

The flexing of America’s military muscle had evoked early howls of protest. But the flyovers of F-22s and F-35s, the B-2 stealth bomber and the Ospreys, and the culmination of the aerobatics with the Navy’s Blue Angels, as the Marine Corps band played and all sang the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was exhilarating, even moving.

It was positive, uplifting, patriotic. And one imagines that not only Trump’s “deplorables” standing on the Mall loved it.

Still, one wonders: Where is all this negativity, this constant griping and grousing by the left, going to lead? Do these people think America will turn with hope to a party that reflexively recoils at patriotic displays?

Everywhere it seems the left is attacking America’s history and her flawed heroes. Monday, the Charlottesville City Council voted 4-1 to remove April 13, the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, as a paid holiday.

Why? Because our third president was a slave owner. The council’s public comment period featured demonstrators accusing the author of America’s Declaration of Independence with having been a racist and a rapist.

Last week, too, ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged his sponsor, Nike, to pull off the market its new Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July sneakers featuring Betsy’s Ross’s first American flag on the heel. Says Nike, Kaepernick told the company he finds the colonial flag offensive, as it was flown when slavery was still legal.

Just how far and fast the Democratic Party is moving left became clear last week with some startling findings of a new poll.

According to Gallup, while 76 percent of Republicans say they are “extremely proud” to be an American, only 22 percent of Democrats say the same, a sharp drop from last year. In 2013, the beginning of Obama’s second term, 56% of Democrats said they were “extremely proud” to be Americans.

Another jolting note: While huge majorities of Americans — 9 in 10 — are extremely proud of the U.S. military and America’s scientific achievements, more than two-thirds of all Americans now say that our political system no longer makes them proud.

This is especially true of Democrats. Only 25 percent, 1 in 4 Democrats, professes to be proud of our political system, our democracy.

A specter of anti-Americanism appears to be rising on the left.

Listening to the Democratic debates, and the depiction of the nation and its economy by the candidates, one would think we were living in the Paris of “Les Miserables” or the London of Charles Dickens.

Demography undeniably favors a millennial-dominant Democratic Party over the middle-aged and seniors party that is the GOP.

Yet how does a party, 3 of 4 of whose adherents profess no pride in its political system, persuade the nation to put it in charge of that system? How does a party, not one-fourth of whom are “extremely proud” to be an American, persuade a majority of Americans to entrust it with the leadership of their nation?

From liberals and progressives, we constantly hear griping, grousing and grievances. When do we hear the gratitude — for America?

via zerohedge

10 COMMENTS

  1. I am proud to be an American, and a patriot who served in the United States Air Force. I am proud that I installed the Red Phone for the President of the United States of America. We are the greatest nation in the world and I am ashamed of those who run it down. I am ashamed of those who run down our President, and the office of the President. These are the people like John Wilkes Booth who are trying to murder the President with words, and deeds. It is disgusting.

    • After eight years of lies, cover ups, obstruction of justice in criminal scans, you upset with this president? Today they discovered he had decided that the lawyers involved in destroying emails would be indicted, or investigated in 2016. You lost faith, I been praying for years that sneaky lying Global Socialist Obama would be exposed. We have the proof, only a corrupt government and morons like you stand in the way of sharing it. We lost our country the day that lying sneaky rat took over and destroyed it in less than eight years. You lost faith in Trump, after eight years of a lying subversive sneaky rat that came prior ?

      • You got that right!
        Trouble is, that no one in authority to prosecute any member of the Obama Clinton Cabal has the courage to do it. Oh, they talk a good game, but nothing ever happens and nothing will happen to a Cabal member.
        Yet, the coup continues with all the legitimacy and dignity that all of Washington DC gives it.
        Sad.

    • NO AMERICA HAS NOT LOOST THE RESPECT FOR THE WHITE AND TRUMP THAT IS RUNNING IT . IT IS THE CHECKIN SHIT MEDIA THAT HAS LOST ALL OF ITS RESPECT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE . THEY OUT THE SIDE THAT PAYS THEM MOST . THERE HEART BEAT IS THE DOLLAR . TRUMP HAS DONE 10 TIMES MORE THAN THERE PUTTING OUT THERE . YOU SEE THE MEDIA KNOWS ONE IMPORTENT THING . AMERICAN’S ARE EASY TO LEAD AND EVEN EASYER TO MISLEAD . AND THAT IS WHAT THERE DOING .(WHY) BIG MONEY PAYED THEM TO DO JEST THAT .AND THIS ACT MAKES ALL OF US LOOSERS . LOOK BACK AT ALL OBAMA DID .HE SHOLUD BE IN PRISON FOR SALEING U.S. OUT BACK DOOR . WHY NOT THE MEDIA WAS PAYED OFF . TO HOLD OFF ON OBAMA ,CLINTONS, AND THE REST OF THE TRASH . IT IS THEM THAT HAS MADE EVER AMERICAN A LOOSER . NOT TRUMP

  2. Its time to bring back the draft and make these punks serve. And if they can’t handle it maybe they will perish. The Democratic Party is a disgrace and should be ended

  3. I have been around a long time. First voted for kennedy. Never voted for a democrat sense.
    I am disgusted and applaud at the so called left in this country.
    My answer to any and all who run down our nation, should be to just up and leave. Go some where else. No one will stop them!

    So why don’t they? Because they are a traitor to our country and to them selves as well. They are like a cancer to the body of the U.S.A. .
    Best cut it out and be done with it.

  4. DON’t LIKE OUR ELECTED PRESIDENT!! LEAVE GO SOME WHERE YOU DO LIKE THE PRESIDENT. TRY CUBA. mexico, irac, south america any where but our u.s.a. commies belong in their own third world country’s.

  5. I think it is funny (or sad) that so many are running down our country but they will go no where else. Just like the big mouths in Hollywood who said they would leave if Trump won. They are still here because they know that there are no countries that would let them say and do whatever they please without repercussions! GOD BLESS AMERICA! TRUMP 2020!

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