Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Who Hates America?

Once again the anti-Americans in this country are saying that everything that goes wrong is America’s fault. They continue to blame America for the ills that befall our country. Their invective and hatred boiling just below the surface like a broth of putrid puss.

Who are these people and why do they hate America? I am speaking about conservatives.

Seeing the misery caused by Hurricane Katrina some on the right said we deserved it because we are an unholy nation and God hates us. Pat Robertson noting that we have killed 40 million unborn babies, consulted Leviticus and asked, “But we have found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disasters? Could they be connected in someway? Pat, among others on the right you will recall, called 9-11 God’s punishment for us allowing abortion and homosexuality.

That noted Republican and ex-con, Chuck Colson, said, “God allowed Katrina to get our attention.” Hal Lindsay of the Trinity Broadcasting Network claimed that the breaking of the levees was final judgment for America. “It seems clear that the prophetic times I have been expecting for decades have finally arrived,” he said. “And even worse, it appears that the judgment of America has begun. I warn continually that the last days lineup of world powers does not include anything resembling the United States of America.”

For years, conservatives have been telling us that America is an immoral and depraved society and like the biblical Sodom will be washed away in a modern version of the Great Flood.

According to the conservatives, hatred for America is supposed to be the province of the left. Time after time we liberals have been accused of hating America or of at least offering aid and comfort to the enemy should we have the gall to criticize Bush or his policies. Oliver North said of John Kerry’s criticism of the Iraq war,” It’s not anti-war, it’s anti-American.” Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto said United State’s senators who criticize Bush’s handling or the Iraq war are engaging in ”anti-American propaganda.” And my favorite, Rush Limbaugh said, “Democrats, they hate this country.”

I think ilk like Robertson, Falwell and Limbaugh are the anti-Americans. We liberals only criticize the American government not the nation itself. I think it is very American and very patriotic to criticize the government. Conservatives direct most of their contempt at American society. Our values are debased, our behavior sinful and because of these behaviors God has the US in his wrathful sights. Who hates America- those who see terrorist attacks and natural disasters made worse by incompetent and self-centered officials, or the people who see those things and say we get what we deserve: God’s punishment?

We liberals should stop trying to defend ourselves from specious attacks on our patriotism by the right and go on the offensive by calling them what they in fact are: un-American and un-patriotic. It is un-patriotic to send our troops into combat with poor or no armor, it is anti-American to turn FEMA into a dumping ground for incompetent political hacks and risk the safety and security of our cities. We love this country and we criticize it only when we know we can do better, only to make our United States of America live up to the hopes and dreams of the millions who live here and the millions who would like to.

David Goldberg