Saturday, July 05, 2008

Liberal Patriotism

The Rochester Post-Bulletin has seen it fit to "celebrate" the Fourth of July by reprinting Philadelphia Enquirer columnist Chris Satullo's dishonorable piece titled " We deserve no Fourth, for we have dishonored our flag." The first few sentences are enough to turn one's stomach.

Put the fireworks in storage. Cancel the parade. Tuck the soaring speeches in a drawer for another time.

This year, America doesn't deserve to celebrate its birthday. This Fourth of July should be a day of quiet and atonement.

For we have sinned.

We have failed to pay attention. We've settled for lame excuses. We've spit on the memory of those who did that brave, brave thing in Philadelphia 232 years ago.

The America those men founded should never torture a prisoner.

The America they founded should never imprison people for years without charge or hearing.

The America they founded should never ship prisoners to foreign lands, knowing their new jailers might torture them.

Such abuses once were committed by the arrogant crowns of Europe, spawning rebellion.

Today, our nation does such things in the name of our safety. Petrified, unwilling to take the risks that love of liberty demands, we close our eyes.

So, that’s how liberals celebrate Independence Day: by bashing America and mischaracterizing her history. What a surprise.

Liberalism has reached such depths that its twisted version of patriotism now includes NOT celebrating the Fourth of July.

Liberals would have us give “rights” to those whose version of "the pursuit of happiness" centers on the mass murder of American citizens.

It’s liberals like Mr. Satullo who do not deserve The Fourth of July.

Let liberals of Mr. Satullo's stripe not celebrate American's hard-fought independence. Ironically, they have the freedom to do so.

Liberals should be thankful they live in a country where they have the right to be ungrateful and spiteful of America, the Greatest Country in the History of the World.

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