The Eclectic Quill

October 19, 2008

Whose America?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 8:11 pm

I recently had lunch with a friend who is a Republican. He complained about how hateful the people on the left were. Later that day I came home and a friend of my wife’s was there. She’s a Democrat married to one of those far-right Christian types. Apparently it is his desire that McCain get elected, then die, so that Palin can step into the role of President. I don’t know what the folks on the left were saying, but I don’t believe they are hoping for McCain’s death. Then this morning, in reading some articles I started coming across some comments that are shocking in their message.

Reading through the news I came across a couple of comments in an article. One person argues, “Why is it that blacks are the only American ethnic group that is so insecure about who they are. I would vote for JC Watts for President in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t vote for Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong or Vladimir Putin. No American that loves their country would. Why would they vote for Barack Obama. Do they think that all those people that immigrate to this country come here because our system needs “change”. Change to what?” Here’s another comment I read “I say that if the rest of the country wants a “commie” for Pres, The Governor of Texas should refuse to sing the treaty that makes Texas a state. Let Barack start his Presidency with a civil war.” One suggests that Obama is an immigrant who wants to change “America,” another suggests an Obama presidency is cause for another civil-war. On the campaign trail Palin has suggested that red states are “pro-America” while blue states are “anti-America”. Karl Rove, John McCain and other have argued for Palin’s credentials for her “ability to inspire America.” Once again the question is being raised, with new vehemence, whose America?

That’s not a typo, or a grammar error. I don’t mean who’s (who is) America, but whose (possessive) America? On the right there’s always been this notion America belongs to them and we on the left are something else, something undefined except as other than American. To them, America is not “our country” and we don’t belong here. When the right begin implementing their irresponsible deficit spending and plunged us into being the most indebted nation on earth, those who protested were told, if you don’t like it, leave. Move to Canada. When we’ve advocated for universal health care, the response has always been, move to Canada if you don’t like it. When we defended Clinton over eight years of unprecedented vitriol and slander we were told if we don’t love America, we should leave it. When the Supreme Court named Bush the first unelected President of the United States we were told to “get over it, it’s time for America to move on.” When a war was being manufactured under false pretenses and we tried to pronounce that we were told we hated America. When it became apparent we’d been right we were called Monday morning quarterbacks and told to support “our nation” in a time of war. Liberals have been accused of hating America while the flag wavers on the right have insisted that the only kind of patriotism is the blind support of whatever they believe.

I have news for them; America does not belong to them, and on November 4th that will become abundantly clear. Even now they are beginning to awaken to the impending reality, and it is why the anger, the sheer magnitude of their hatred is intensifying. It is difficult enough for them to accept that there is another voice as it is, but to have that voice in the majority is anathema to them. The question is though, whether they can find the wherewithal to dig past all their hate and rhetoric and find something nobler than their version of patriotism. Their patriotism has been partisanship and they’ve rarely seen the difference. Will they accept the outcome of the valid election the way they have asked of us with Bush and his appointment, or will they spend the next four years prattling on about ACORN?

The nation is at a precipice at the moment. Perhaps the most challenging times since the last first term Senator from Illinois was elected lie immediately before us, and it is crucial that we set aside the hate, the animosity, the rhetoric and the accusations. We need a unified America, and America is not an ideology. It is a nation of 300 million people, with many and varied opinions and religions. It is not just the nation of “Sam-the-not-quite-a-plumbers,” it is the nation of real plumbers, painters and carpenters, of small business owner, middle managers, and cubicle workers; it is composed of CEOs and university professors and greeters at Wal-Mart. It is a nation of people, not an ideology. America is not an ideology it is the people, all of them, in all their various beauties. To love America is to love her people.

To the right I would like to invite you to stay. In our America, my America, we have room for you, but not for hate. Please check that at the door. We have room for your faith, your ideas, your courage, your work ethic and your generosity. We don’t ask you to leave, we merely ask you to believe that there’s more to America than you’ve seen. We ask you to exchange resentment for hope and allow the changes that America is choosing to be implemented. We ask you to give these changes an opportunity. We ask you to truly embrace America, all of her. We ask you to acknowledge her failings and faults and recognize that she is not perfect, that there is room for improvement. We ask that you work to improve her and not try and sabotage her from within. We don’t believe we ask for too much. We call it patriotism.





  1. word.

    Comment by neill — October 19, 2008 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  2. Two things about the far right republicans;
    1. I feel they are being “punished” now by the middle-of-the-road-republicans and independents for dubya’s disasterous 8 years and,
    2. Something I can say the hard-line right wingers have done for/to me is; I’m a left-leaning registered Independent and I used to be a reasonable man, voting for whom I felt could best do the job, democrat or republican, but NO MORE. I’ve seen how the republicans do things; they vote straight ticket republican ALWAYS. Thanks to the hard right wing koolaid drinkers no republican will get my vote EVER again. Straight democratic (or Independent) ticket from now on!

    Comment by nikolai — October 20, 2008 @ 12:50 am | Reply

  3. an another amazing piece……very inspiring as well!! hopefully enough read this & understand!

    Comment by CK0712 — October 20, 2008 @ 3:55 am | Reply

  4. Well said!

    Comment by MarkH — October 20, 2008 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  5. it’s cool seeing even RepubliNazis now telling the press they are backing Obama

    Comment by 3rdStoneFromTheSun — October 20, 2008 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  6. Amen!

    Comment by ShakySpker — October 20, 2008 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

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