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Whose Freedom?

31 Aug

Officer Wesley Cheeks of the Fairfax County Police Department has a run in with a Tea Bagger at the recent Town Hall Meeting in Reston, Virginia hosted by Representative Jim Moran.

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This one is one of the latest attempts by the right to characterize opposition to their efforts to disrupt Town Hall meetings as “Freedom of Speech”.

Now, to be honest, I know the Officer involved. I’ve met him several times in social situations. He’s been with the Fairfax Police 18 or 20 years, and has been an exemplary officer to my knowledge.

I’m not going to get into the legal basis of who is right or wrong here – but I am going to get into something else – Patriotism.

During the Vietnam protest era, one of the favorite bumper stickers of the right was “My Country, right or wrong”, a second was “America – Love it or leave it”.  Indeed, one of the most bitter and cutting criticisms of the actions of some of the War protesters is how they derided, and disrespected American institutions, members of the Armed Forces, and our government.

Starting with the Raygun ascendancy, Republicans turned that bitterness into political hay, making Vietnam Vets who were bitter about their mistreatment by the “left” into a functional arm of the Republican Party. The Republican Party would claim the Patriotism high ground for the next 20 years when George W. Bush’s attempts at jingoism, and plastic patriotism in to hide the fact he had lied the country into the Iraq Invasion became painfully apparent to even the most red, white, and blue soul.

Under the American core belief structure of Freedom, Fair Play, and honsesty – what the Bushits did wasn’t anything a Patriot could be proud of – perhaps leading to Michelle Obama’s much maligned comment about her pride being restored in the country.

The point being, patriotism has moved fully to the other side of the political coin. As such, some folks – particularly minority folks aren’t going to be too thrilled about seeing their President defamed…

Did I mention “Love it or leave it”?

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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2 responses to “Whose Freedom?

  1. Tafaraji

    September 1, 2009 at 3:49 AM

    The point being, patriotism has moved fully to the other side of the political coin. As such, some folks – particularly minority folks aren’t going to be too thrilled about seeing their President defamed

    Dig it, and God bless America! I posted an article, where the writers point of contention was with these crazy right winger slogans that sounded exclusive: I feel You Bro!

    To all those mouthing this ridiculously coded crap, I offer an alternative view: America’s racial and ethnic diversity is what has made this country rich, incandescent, and beautiful. Yes, there are different perspectives, different views, and different prescriptions for alleviating America’s problems. Yes, many people, but one country. Not just my country, but our country.

    Did I mention “Love it or leave it”?

    Damn right, they invited us to leave for the entire 8 that GWB was ransacking this country. Also, I use to fear the fringe starting a war with America, but I let that isht go. All they can do is a few sniper, lone wolf renegade stunts. There is no way, however they can usurp the Government military forces. It just ain’t going to happen.

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    • btx3

      September 1, 2009 at 10:43 AM

      It won’t happen as long as the rational folks continue to stand up to them.

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