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What The Left Really Pledges Allegiance To

October 7, 2009
Democratic Socialist Schakowsky never heard Obama utter anti-American rhetoric. Honest.

Democratic Socialist Jan Schakowsky never heard Obama utter anti-American rhetoric. Honest.

As the Olympics head to Rio, unemployment edges toward ten percent, and Tehran barrels toward a nuclear weapon, the Left continues its “Question the Patriotism of Conservatives” tour ’09. In one of the more unlikely scenarios of recent television history, MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” compared President Obama’s perpetual criticism of his country favorably against Rush Limbaugh. The episode was outstanding for its audacity and the light it shed on where the Left really pledges its allegiance.

Shortly after slamming conservatives’ “lack of patriotism” and insisting opposition to Obama’s myopic focus on the Chicago Olympics “rivals Jane Fonda sitting on a gun in North Vietnam,” Ed Schultz decided to talk patrotism with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, who enjoys a cozy relationship with the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America

Schultz played a clip of Rush ascribing part of the Olympic Committee’s rejection of Chicago’s bid to the fact that the president has “been running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks.” Schakowsky replied, “How dare Rush Limbaugh – how dare he say that this president goes around talking about how bad our country is? [Obama] has finally been able to establish us as real participants in the world community.”

Blithely unaware what she said is itself an anti-American slur (America was not a “participant” in the world community B.B.O. – Before Barack Obama? America is only good if it is held in check by UN regulations?), she not only ignored the president’s harsh rhetoric; she confirmed it.

Only the most tin-eared leftist could fail to have heard the president bash the character of our nation. After all, in his UN address alone, Barack Obama nodded to the international community’s “belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally”; he said “America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy”;  he claimed he prohibited “the use of torture by the United States of America,” tacitly asserting the United States was a monstrous human rights violator before his advent; and he declared the dark “days when America dragged its feet on [climate change] are over” – a less caustic version of his remark at the Climate Change Summit that, under a certain unnamed predecessor, America suffered “too many years of inaction and denial.”

Such stridency seems to be his typical attitude toward the country he has deigned to rule — so much so that while campaigning for the presidency, he could not restrain himself. “There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” he said. “I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged.”

Nor should we discount the fact that another member of the failed American Olympic delegation, Michelle Obama, called this country “just downright mean.” Indeed, the focus on America’s moral failures (mostly imagined) is a constant refrain of the Left.

Schakowsky and Obama do not hear their criticism of the United States as negative, because they have a higher allegiance than this country, or any country; they pay their devotion is to the leftist Utopian ideal. Criticizing the “reactionary” elements of the United States — e.g., bitter people who cling to their guns and religion — is an act of deepest loyalty to collectivism and “humanity.” Modern leftists’s fidelity can be encapsulated by a poem that appeared in a 1916 issue of Solidarity, a publication of the Industrial Workers of the World:

“My Country”
by O.E.D.

I have a country
I love my country
I love it with a love that is lasting
And that must be returned.
If love of one’s country
Makes a patriot
Then I am a good patriot.

My country is boundless
It has no limit
No king, no potentate-
Only a race of human beings.

There need be no hunger, nor cold,
No want in my country.
There is room for all the
Children of the world there;
And they can dwell in peace,
And plenty, and happiness,
And joy forever
In my country.

I do not dwell in my country,
But I can live in the hopes it holds
For the future,
When many shall sojourn therein.

I can be a patriotic subject
Of my country
Without robbing or slaying
One of my brothers.
I need not wrest from others
Land, or riches of any sort,
That I may pour them into the coffers
Of a group, or of an individual.

I can be a true patriot
And love all the people of the earth
As I love my own family.
My country demands of her patriots
That they be charitable to all mankind.

I can work and fight
For my country,
And die, if need be,
But I cannot dwell there alone.
Humanity is the population
Of my country.

Industrial Democracy
Is my country.

Unfortunately, to build that country, they must destroy this one.

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24 Comments
  1. October 7, 2009 1:27 am

    Good analysis, great observation!

  2. SHmuel "Sam" HaLevi permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:46 am

    I would propose that it is not circumstantial that the so called Jewish associates of Mr. Saetoro-Obama are identified by us as utterly inimical to their “own” people.
    A couple of years back I sent a note to the Uof Chicago which was about to include in their staff one of those treasonous elements.
    I asked the selection committe to consider the following:
    Those people are intrinsically unJewish and routinely committ treason against what some of them say are their own people. They are considered here in Israel to be utterly untrustworthy.
    The non Jewish U of C staff making the selection should ask themselves how trustworthy to the US people would that element be amongst their newly adopted co travelers, very close to the US Presidency.
    The facts on the ground answered that question.

    Not right or left. American or unAmerican.
    Not right or left. Jewish or unJewish.

    The American people should carefully review the setting about to deal tragic blows to the US Constitution and the most critical National interests.
    Mr. Saetoro-Obama and his controllers are not holding up a left wing banner but a deadly unAmerican one.

  3. shane comeback permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:55 am

    Climate change legislation will be the killing blow to the economy-and a victory for socialists. I hope there are enough sensible democrats left to oppose it. I’m not optimistic.

  4. oldwolves permalink
    October 7, 2009 5:21 am

    The left has always stood on shaky ground. They lack the courage to make stands that have consequences. If They pledge their allegiance to one country they cannot then be ‘world’ citizens. So by taking no stand of allegiance they cannot be held responsible for where that allegiance leads to. I wonder if when liberals get married to they pledge themselves to their spouse? “I love you dear but their are millions of other women out there and if I tell everyone that I’m only loyal to you, what would they think?”

  5. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 7, 2009 5:28 am

    I have stated previously that I do not see what common ground we can possibly have with these people. They are attempting at this very time to dismantle our military and to bankrupt the nation. They hate this country and I include Obama and what it stands for with a passion. I have actually talked to an Obama supporter that told me that ancient Africans traveled in space thousands of years ago and had individual flying apperatus that they used like we use the present day car. Then they claimed that the Egyptians came with there spears and swords and stole all there advanced knoledge and yes Cleopatra was black not a Greek. When you couple this mind set with Skippy Gates and Sergeant Schultz and the above mentioned congress critter not to mention the likes of Al Franken I do not see where we find that common ground. They hate this country they do not simply wish to improve it they want it destroyed and reformed into a world body.

  6. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 7, 2009 6:28 am

    I attended a debate about the stimulus 2 days ago between Jeffrey Miron (Harvard, Cato Inst) & Justin Wolfers (UPenn + Brookings).

    I was disappointed with Dr. Miron’s failure to challenge many of the statements of Dr. Wolfers i.e. the Bush tax cuts “went to the rich and only the rich” (you’d be proud of me; I challenged a statement he made about Gov. being better at stimulating/spending $ than private sector).

    In thinking about it…that’s a huge problem with us conservatives is we don’t publicly challenge the Left’s statements and the subsequently stand as “fact” because they are the only statements standing….

  7. melvin polatnick permalink
    October 7, 2009 6:33 am

    Left wingers do not support Marxism but are for better government under Capitalism. They also do not want a government that scares the people in order to fill the pockets of defense contractors. Patriotism is not a battle cry but a cry for morality in government.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 7, 2009 6:44 am

      Melvin
      Really who says so? I have never witnessed them be for morality in anything.

    • In the know permalink
      October 7, 2009 10:11 am

      Isn’t this the same person who is on tape bragging about the “Public option” bieng a trojan horse for mandated single payer? I believe she noted the fear that the “public option” would lead to the destruction of private sector health insurance was justified. In fact, she stated “that’s exactly what it will do”. Do you remember seeing this liar called out on any MSM “dog and pony show” healthcare answers segment (propoganda)? If we win, what will we do with the MSM? Should we require media outlets to air a disclaimer (like infomercials) before broadcasts and on the magazine/newspaper covers? How can we fight the out and out LIES that are printed and broadcast everyday from the MSM? Look at comments from *melvin polatnick* and company; clearly their plan is working. I fear that the founding fathers never imagined that stupidity, dishonor, and greed would destroy this republic.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 7, 2009 1:06 pm

      Melvin;

      Sell your delusional and idiotic view on things elsewhere…

      You wandered into the wrong tent !

    • Steve R permalink
      October 7, 2009 1:15 pm

      Melvin, I suggest you need a history lesson. I won’t attempt to give it because the very nature of your assertion makes clear you’d never dig that deep into your “belief” system to stir up real thought. But, just so you don’t stand unchallenged — check out US political history of the last, say 50 years. Leftists don’t scare people into making defense contractors rich — they scare them into making government rich with tax dollars so they can spread the wealth around. Leftists may not be Marxist in the strictist sense, but the difference is minimal. Marxists, Fascists, Progressives — whatever name you want to call them by — believe the state trumps the individual in all things, and each citizen and his wealth exists for the state. Nothing in the founding documents, or the writings of the Founders, suggests they had anything except contempt for that philosophy. Until your candidate ‘won’ the Presidential election, most of us believed the Constitution and Declaration still had real meaning for Americans. It’s only taken nine months for him to prove us wrong.

  8. October 7, 2009 8:40 am

    I think there’s only one degree of separation between Democratic Socialism and National Socialism.

  9. Cas Balicki permalink
    October 7, 2009 10:35 am

    “There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for…”

    Let us put a stop to this myth right now. The native populations of North American were for the most part hunter-gatherers. What is mostly swept under the rug is that these native tribes were also traders and warriors. Why this is ignored is that it doesn’t fit a Rousseau-noble-savage myth. Indeed, the singular fact of their trading relationships is in large part responsible for their demise as tribal cultures.

    Once these hunter-gatherers were introduced to the gun, they were trapped by their own needs. Just as it is impossible to go back to a world without computers, North American natives could not go back to the bow and arrow once they saw the effectiveness of the gun at killing supper. (As an aside, any that think it is possible to regress to a world without computers have not been in a major air terminal when a computer system failed. ) The reason these early natives were trapped was that they could no longer live without western technology (the gun). In short they needed us much more than we needed them. As proof of this native dependence on “white men” one only has to point to how quickly natives adapted to horses—a European import to North America—and the gun, the two of which combined to change the buffalo hunt forever. This idea of dependence is significant and is often overlooked in the rush to condemn Europeans, yet it forms the essence of why we captured this continent so completely. Ours was a superior technology that could neither be resisted nor withstood. Again to prove the hold technology has on culture, all one has to consider is where a Saudi prince in need of heart surgery would prefer to have that surgery done: Riyadh General or the Mayo.

    The other problem tribal culture could not overcome was purely economic. Hunter-gatherers cannot, no matter how hard they try, produce the elevated calories per acre with the same degree of regularity and predictability that farmers can. The consequence of a steady, predictable, and abundant food supply is that the farm population can produce more babies than the hunter-gatherer population and those babies, because they are fed, can survive to maturity. One should never underestimate the value of survival in contributing to societal strength. (An unintended consequence of our domesticating animals was our developing strong immunities to diseases that more often than not gestated in these animals, which fact had devastating consequence on native that came in contact with Europeans.) Since, farmers must control land while hunter-gatherers must roam that same land the two methods of land management were incompatible from the outset. Consequently, what we got was manifest destiny with its accompanying battle over land. It should be pointed out that conquest in an age of conquest against warrior tribes is not theft no matter how it is painted in hindsight. But, had white men never fired a shot in this war, we would still have won by virtue of the fact that we could produce more food on a per acre basis than the natives. In short, had the option been available we could have paid more for the land than the natives. It was the fact that we had a superior technology, of which farming formed an integral then, as it does now, that allowed Europeans to out-compete Natives. But, then competition is a dirty word to socialists, isn’t it?

  10. Steve R permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:17 pm

    well said, T&F, well said indeed!

  11. cee permalink
    October 8, 2009 7:59 am

    These articles and their followup comments really up set me. This country is so polarized. I am a Jewish, Left leaning Centrist who is also a fiscal conservative . Sometimes I feel that there is no place for me in this push me pull me way of talking. There is good and bad in each side. Where are the Centrists who can see what is being presented without having tunnel vision? With the extremists on both sides being more and more confrontational, I despair of anything being accomplished. Both sides seem to want all or nothing and are sure of their right to have their side win. So as a result we, the people of this country are losing everything that we hold dear. We have guns over butter. We have corporate welfare. Our schools are failing and the people who can afford to are moving to private schools or home schooled so that their particular point of view can be promulgated to the exclusion of free thought. We can’t control our borders. our manufacturing has been outsourced so that we are dependent on the bounty of others. The wars and the unwieldy social services are bankrupting what is left of our budget. Where are the people who can look at things and see what is good on both sides and find a reasonable compromise?

    • October 8, 2009 8:37 am

      Hi Cee. I’m the editor of NewsReal and I tend to think of myself as having a lot of centrist tendencies as well.

      Like you I’m more than happy to have reasonable discussions and compromises with those on “the other side” who are willing to do so. The unfortunate problem is that so many on the Left are not willing to do that. We deal with True Believers who defend cop killers and whose method of argumentation is to employ ad hominem attacks. Because we oppose increasing the size of government we’re labeled “racist.” And I end up having to ban commenters because all they want to do is smear. They don’t want to engage our arguments, they want to attack us personally.

      The unfortunate reality is this: we can’t have friendly, productive dialogue with everyone. We will with people when we can, but we can’t with everyone.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 8, 2009 10:01 am

      Cee:

      I think we again are getting caught up in bad terminology..

      What specifically makes you left leaning, if you’re a fiscal conservative ???

      I consider myself to be fiscally conservative, and SOCIALLY liberal, in that I’m against any governmental interference in anyone’s personal lives, such as laws prohibiting gay marriage, or any kind of puritanical censorship laws, etc..

      I don’t think one can logically be a fiscal conservative and a supporter of any other policies of the left however, such as government programs like food stamps, or any governmental involvement in health care

      Swemson

      David;

      I’m sure you have something to say on this subject………..??????????

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 8, 2009 11:22 am

      Cee
      I am a conservative I am like just about everyone else I have a family a son and a wife tonight we will go out and celebrate our thirty second year of marriage. When I was young you might say I was a liberal to some degree but my life followed along Winston Churchill’s famous admonition. Having been involved in war and then my second career I have seen the best and worst of people I have seen men die for there fellow soldiers. I have also seen men that have cut the throat of there own baby. I have seen so called mothers and fathers have booze and drugs in there home but there children were eating mustard sandwiches. I have testified against a young man that was no more than twenty one years of age but murdered a female city manager in Florida because her husband hired him to do it. I have seen people do five K runs for diabetes and met doctors that perform cancer surgery for free. All I want is what the founding documents guarantee me. As for the guns you speak of so lightly with out them there very well might not be any butter. Also any honest police officer either local or federal will tell you they cannot protect you after you have been robbed ,raped or murdered they can come along collect the evidence and build a case hopefully against the perpetrator and turn it over to an Attorney General and hope he can and will prosecute. We do not have body guards for every citizen.
      Schools started failing years ago with the help of the NEA and liberals that still despite the fact we spend more on education than any country on earth if we would only throw a few billion more at the failed system it would fix it. The very thing that would fix it Vouchers and competition they fight against tooth and nail because the NEA has so much influence with liberal legislators. They provide them with millions in campaign cash and foot soldiers in elections. Private schools educate vastly better at a much lower over all cost and there graduates have a distinct advantage over the public school graduate. Home schooler’s do even better and they have no problem with free thought. There is an old saying garbage in garbage out.

      I believe in the constitution as stated above. I agree and have screamed for years that we had to control the border seventy five percent of all drugs that enter this nation comes across the southern border and they have destroyed millions of lives yet the liberals still do not want to secure that border. I also believe that NAFTA must be renegotiated we got a raw deal. I want everyone that is employed in this nation to have to be here legally and those that are not be jailed and deported. Do you realize that every day that twenty to twenty three people citizens of this nation die at the hands of an illegal alien that has no right to be here either by them driving impaired or homicide. Do the math on that weekly, monthly, and yearly. Yet the liberals fight to give these violators of our nation and laws amnesty. So yes I am a conservative with a capital C I believe in the 1st amendment and I ensure that by my right to the 2nd amendment.

      • Swemson permalink
        October 8, 2009 11:56 am

        Jack;

        Well said…

        What better proof of the evil of leftist thinking can there be besides the illegal immigration issue…?

        The statistics prove SO dramatically how badly the illegals affect us, and yet despite all the facts, the liberals are willing to place their lust for power over the lives and the rights of the citizens they swore an oath to protect, just because they see the illegals as a possible source of additional votes…

        Anyone in congress who votes for any bills granting them any rights whatsoever, should be tarred & feathered & run out of town…

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 8, 2009 6:49 pm

      Cee,

      When you say “we have corporate welfare” – what do you mean?
      Julie

  12. October 8, 2009 1:14 pm

    Recently, my unemployment benefits ran out and at the age of 65 I am trying to live off of Social Security Benfits. Shortly thereafter, my aging Jeep, finally had one thing that I could not afford to repair, so after 313,000 miles, I sold it and am finally riding buses again.

    I had to decide whether to watch TV or entertain myself on the internet. (Isn’t that poetic?) I gave up TV including WWE for spending time on various websites. I can contact Senators with ideas, etc.

    I started playing games on Facebook and learned a lot about economics. I also learned about international economics. As I am plodding along in Mafia, Farmville, Ages of Castles, Vampires, etc

    I am noticing that some are growing fast and others are plodding along like me…(1)There appears two ways to grow fast bypass the system if one knows about who computers work and (2) buy more ability to grow with actual $$$. So it is those who are playing the game who have money who can beat those don’t. I see individuals from oil rich countries growing rapidly and having a large army etc.

    As I ride the buses, watching my fellow bus riders, I watch those driving in the cars, I wonder who in the Mercedes, Jaguars are actually beating me in the games….?

    So should we destroy our economy in order to advance helping those who are less fortunate than us?

    • Swemson permalink
      October 8, 2009 4:11 pm

      Bill;

      Have no doubt about the fact that BHO is intentionally tearing down our economy…

      But don’t fall under the delusion that he’s doing it in order to help anyone but himself.. the poor, like the military, indeed every member of our society are merely expendable tools to him to be used to promote his own lust for political power… AT ANY COST…. And yes, even at the cost of destroying this once great country.

      Just know that he sure doesn’t give a damn about the poor…

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