Louis and I began our quest for a new church yesterday. The reasons for our being in this position are complicated and have been explained to the interested parties, so I’ll skip them. Anyway, we attended my dad’s church yesterday morning (at 8:30, no less!). The music pastor was preaching, and in the middle of extolling the virtues of Israeli youth and their mandatory military time, he contrasted their education of Israeli history with, “Our kids who go to college and learn to hate America.”
Wait. That sounds a bit hateful toward America to me.
It bothers me to constantly have “my” side berated for our hatred toward our country while the “other” side is allowed to criticize at will without the same accusation. Sure, I don’t think America is infallible, and there were terrible choices made in its establishment. But I criticize because I care. I am very grateful for the opportunities provided by living here, and I would like to learn from those mistakes and do better next time. Yet, that I am willing to say that Americans have been wrong before translates to many of a certain group as hating the entire establishment. Wanting to nationalize health care in the same way that the majority of westernized countries have done groups me in those same persons’ minds with Hitler, Mao, and Stalin. I hate America and want it to fail because my views are contrary to their own. Because they love America and want to NOT nationalize health care, my disagreement in one area obviously means that I also disagree in the area of love for country.
So, when Rush Limbaugh says he hopes Obama fails he’s a patriot. When I criticize actions made by former and current presidents and leaders, I’m a traitor. I went to college and apparently learned to hate America. They talk about seceding from the United States (you’d think I’m exaggerating–you’d be wrong), and it’s because they just love America so much.