I guess I’m un-American. I disagree with many of Obama's policies and some of the plans he’s put forth. I don’t completely disagree with what he wants, but strongly disagree with how he wants to do them. Apparently, that makes me un-American. I'm okay with that really... I know where I stand and what I believe in and if others want to brand me as "un-American" for questioning authority... great. I guess I'm un-American.
I’ll admit that from 2001 to 2008 a few Republican politicians and pundits accused Democrats of being un-American because they disagreed with Bush policies. To label someone as un-American for doing so isn’t really proper and I wasn’t overly happy about it then and I’m not happy about it now. It should be our duty to question the government and their motives, especially given the past eight years. It’s right to do it now, and it was right to do it then.
It seems that the recent loss of the Olympic bid has created a stir among both primary political parties. A handful of Republican officials were taped cheering at the news that Chicago lost the bid. Obviously, it really agitated Democrats. But, it was only a handful of people on the video and not representative of all Republicans.
[EDIT: Apparently it was more widespread of an action than I had initially seen... I'll correct myself in that there were several groups of people who cheered and expressed pleasure in the bid loss]
Cheering when America comes in last is hating America, no matter how you try to dress it up.
That’s a comment I read a couple of days ago, and it uses faulty logic. The comment that followed showed exactly what that faulty logic was.
Right On! Either you are For the U.S. or you are against it. If you are against anything that would benefit the U.S. then you are against the U.S. No matter who is in office.. Right On!
It was okay for the Repubs to say that the people against GWB were Anti-American, Un-Patriotic, and Nazi like.. that's okay huh? How is it having the shoe on the other foot for a change?
The problem with this logic is that cheering when America completely fails is hating America. Cheering when a task fails is hating the task, not the country. Also, ‘turnabout is fair play’ on a partisan level is divisive and helps nothing. The fact is, that losing the Olympic bid is a task failure, not a total failure of the country and its beliefs.
In reality though, the quoted logic fails and here’s how:
Solid logic is true when turned on its head and the logic there fails that test. Essentially, this logic would indicate that when some Republican politicians called anti-war protestors un-American - they were right. If “you are against anything that would benefit the U.S. then you are against the U.S. No matter who is in office”. Aside from the fact that ‘benefit the US’ is purely subjective do the predispositions of what people think the country needs, anti-war protestors who protested the invasion of Iraq during Bush’s terms were (according to this logic), against the US. It would also mean that members of Congress who later opposed the war and worked to stop Bush from sending more troops were also against the US. Yet, at the time the people claiming the ‘black and white’ frame of logic argued that dissent and questioning were one of the most American things to be done. Suddenly, that changed now that they’re being questioned. So if we’re going with the idea that ‘turnabout is fair play’ there shouldn’t be an issue when questioned but there apparently is.
You (a group of citizens) and another person (Obama) driving are in a car (America) on the way to an airport on one of several possible routes. During your travels, you express to the driver that perhaps taking a different route would be better because there would be less traffic or that perhaps a different airport might be cheaper to depart from. You end up in a heated debate as to which route has less traffic and which airport is cheaper. The driver doesn’t listen to you, goes their own way and gets stuck in traffic making you miss the flight. Secretly though, you’re happy that the flight was missed because it shows that the driver was wrong.
Do you hate the car? No. You’re guilty of being an immature asshole, but not guilty of hating the car.
Still, people persist that if one opposes or questions the current administration, then the person questioning it is against America. The current administration is just that – an administration. They represent the people of America and serve to administer the policies of America but they are not America. We, the citizens are America.
I can’t speak for all Republicans, I can only speak for myself but this nonsense going on where partisan groups are throwing actions of the past as justification for actions in the present is moronic. This logic that ‘you’re with us or against us’ is immature and far removed from anything productive that I can’t help but wonder if both sides of the political fence want Obama to fail. There Republicans trying to hurt Democrats and Democrats trying to hurt Republicans and with both parties trying to, at the same time, express that what he need is unity, I fail to see it in some of the actions of either. We’re not individually bound to agree or support everything an administration does nor are we bound to lock-step in with any political affiliation for the sake of partisan unity. We are however bound to be united as a people and work towards viable solutions to problems. It won’t always be easy and not every idea will be good – it’s possible for all presented ideas to be bad, but everyone has the right and ability to say how they feel about the things presented in a respectable fashion. So while people try and justify their divisive actions by claiming they’re simply dishing out what they were given, each side continues to construct a wall that in time will be twice hard and take twice as long to tear down because instead of one wall there are two – and that is un-American.