The blog ForwardProgressives.com put out an article titled "You Can’t Be Both a Republican and a Patriot" which seems a little odd. It is perceived by most people that the Republican party is the more Patriotic one, but this article seeks to counter that by calling it "fake" patriotism.
"Sure, Republicans think they’re the real “patriots,” but they’re really not."
The Article starts out coming forth with the claim, Republicans cling to patriotism but its not real patriotism, because apparently this group has the objective definition of exactly what patriotism is, and apparently being proud to be an American, in which more Republicans are proud to be American than Democrats, or maybe loving America, which once again, Republicans love America more based on all recent polls, is not what makes you a patriot. The definition which can be implied of what the article thinks patriotism is, is standing for what our nation stands for, sounds good. Im struggling to figure out how Republicans are the ones against what our nation stands for. Which party supports the second amendment as the founding fathers intended, the Republicans, which party supports the people who want to go out, start a business, and achieve the American dream, unhampered by masses of government regulations, The Republican party, In fact a study came out of Harvard which reveals that kids that go to the fourth of july celebrations are more likely to vote Republican, while there is no effect on their likelihood to vote Democrat. Obviously, if going to a patriotic event makes you more likely to lean Republican, than patriotism is a more Republican sentiment, and I would hope that most everyone would call the Fourth of July patriotic.
The Article goes on to argue that Republicans "have a general disdain for every liberal in the country." I find this odd, which poll shows that, and the answer would be none of them. the Article further goes on to claim that this would mean Republicans "genuinely loathe over half of their fellow Americans." Two things here, One, NO! Republicans do not all loathe every Liberal, that is factually false, every Republican I know has liberal friends, there is no poll ever, in history, showing that Republicans have complete disdain for Liberals, In fact one study recently, done by PEW Research Center, showed the interesting result that a full 44% of consistent Liberals have blocked or unfriended someone based on disagreeing political views, while only 30% of consistent Conservatives have done the same. This would lead to the conclusion that Liberals are more intolerant to other political groups than Conservatives, by this metric at least. And as my second response to this absurd claim, The fact is that even if Republicans did have disdain for every Liberal in this country, it would not be over half of their fellow Americans. The fact is Conservatives vastly outnumber Liberals, a Study by Gallup shows that Conservatives are 37% of the nation's population, Moderates are 35% of the nation's population, and way down in the twenties, at 24% of the nation's population percentage of Liberals.
Not only is the claim that Republicans disdain Liberals not able to be defended by any study, ever, But indeed, most studies conclude that Liberals are more intolerant of Conservatives than vice versa, and so that claim is factually false. And furthermore, Liberals are nowhere near over half the countries population, Liberals are the Political Minority, Conservatives are the largest group and so the claim that if Conservatives disdained all liberals, they would loathe over half the country, is once again Factually false.
Now the article turns it's seemingly blind eye, on the issue of the Second Amendment, It claims that Republicans hate the government so much that Republicans claim the Second Amendment is there to give "them the right to bear arms just incase they need to overthrow the government." ironically, this is correct, and it is also patriotic to support the Second Amendment and the right to protect yourself against a government gone tyrannical. First of all, Republicans don't hate the government, they believe America is going in the wrong direction and dislike Congress's actions, but hating the government is not able to be backed up by evidence, in fact, no part of this article ever contains evidence, Typical far left article. Now, how this is stated makes it appear silly, Republicans hate the government so they want guns to overthrow it, and so they are misinterpreting the second amendment, a claim that effectively ignores reality. Republicans don't hate government, they want a smaller government, and fun fact, The Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment as a protection for the citizens in case the government ever went tyrannical. Yes, Republicans have guns incase government ever goes tyrannical, that's not a crazy argument to make. Governments have consistently reached tyranny throughout history, as they gain more power over their peoples lives, its just, unlike apparently the Leftists writing this article, Republicans don't like tyranny. I guess its patriotic according to ForwardProgressives.com to bow down to a tyrannical government, because Patriotism is the love of government according to their argument so far.
Something the website seems to fail to recognize, is that patriotism isn't going along with America's government, it is going along with America's values and freedoms.
"They have a general disdain toward minorities, the poor, women, non-Christians, homosexuals and just about anyone and everyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male." and here we have it, another unsupportable claim. Im failing to see any evidence that Republicans generally disdain minorities. Once again, another claim without evidence. And women, what... I fail to see how a party who's vice presidential candidate was a women in 2012, and who's Chief of staff for the president currently is a Women, is disdainful towards Women. The Republicans were the first major party to have a Women at the top of the ballot during the Presidential election, But apparently, once again, without any hint of evidence, Republicans apparently disdain women. The only one of these claims that is even arguable is that Republicans disdain Homosexuals, and even that is not supported by evidence, and it is important to remember that being against gay marriage is different than disdaining Homosexuals. Marriage has always been a religious action, "holy matrimony" and all that. Making a religious thing open to something that is viewed by many as Religiously immoral, is a slap in the face to their Religious beliefs. I personally believe people should be able to do what they want, as long as it doesnt hurt others, But this claim made by Forward Progressives, ignores facts, ignores evidence, and makes wrongful assumptions.
The Article goes on to claim that Republicans try to "restrict the rights of women," which obviously is taking a jab at pro-lifers. If Abortion is a women's right, why isn't life a baby's right. I love how Liberals love to point to the Enlightenment as a time period that eschewed the restrictions of Religion as it was at that time, and was a great push forward in human rights, but then Liberals completely ignore those human rights that came of the Enlightenment, like for instance, "the pursuit Happiness," which would be later transformed by the USA into "the Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and happiness" which are apparently unalienable rights, unless you are a baby that has not left the womb yet, then you can be legally killed and lose all three unalienable rights, and so if these are rights put down by the US government when it declared independence, and the majority of Republicans support these rights on the basis of being pro-life, while the Majority of Liberals, who are against these unalienable rights, and all for killing babies in the womb, wouldn't supporting Abortion be anti-US values.
The entire Article is full of unsupportable claims, not a hint of evidence, and just the regular weak leftist arguments. To read the full article, go here