The concept of patriotism is fierce devotion to one’s country, and it is supposed to override differences caused by the individual geographical locations and philosophies inherent in varying cultures and ideology within a nation. Nationalism is a form of patriotism based on a group of individuals’ identification with a nation, and it belies the belief that citizenship should be limited to any one ethnic, religious, or philosophical conviction, and yet after the re-election of President Obama, the notion of nationalism and a unified population appears to be non-existent among Republican supporters. After nearly four years, the hate manifest toward President Obama and his supporters is candid and intense, and portends trouble for America.
Over the past three days, there has been a flurry of condemnation aimed at the President and astonishingly, the majority of Americans who supported his re-election. The vitriol against voters who did not support Willard’s bid for the White House is stunning in an alleged United States, and it has engendered calls for revolt, secession, assertions that over half of the country are parasites, and in California, a racist remark accompanied by hope President of the United States gets assassinated.
In California, four miles from this author’s home, a 22-year old woman posted inflammatory comments about the President’s re-election Tuesday night on her Facebook page that led to her summary termination of employment. The woman said, “And another 4 years of the (N—–). Maybe he will get assassinated this term!!!” The woman told a reporter that she would not “go do that or anything like that, but if it was to happen, I don’t think I’d care one bit.” The woman said “a lot of people think I’m racist. WOW is all I got to say!! I’m not racist; I’m simply stating my opinion.” The racist’s remarks notwithstanding, Romney’s supporters took their outrage against the President to the people who voted for him in an attempt to divide the nation.
A bevvy of Fox News malcontents like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, and Brian Kilmeade asserted Americans who voted for the President were “shallow,” “childish,” “dependent on government,” and just “want stuff” in a rerun of the Romney-Ryan campaign rhetoric that contributed to his electoral demise. In fact, if one compiled Fox News’ pundits’ comments together, they are Romney’s 47% and NAACP speeches that alienated more than half the nation; the half that voted for President Obama.
Willard Romney’s supporter Donald Trump suggested conservatives should “march on Washington,” “fight like hell and stop this disgusting injustice,” “have a revolution in this country,” and claimed “the world is laughing at us” because we do not “stop this travesty.” Another of the good people Romney sought for endorsement, one-hit wonder and self-admitted serial pedophile Ted Nugent, lambasted Americans who voted for President Obama as “soulless fools” and “subhuman varmints” who “believe others must pay for their obesity, abortions, and lives.” Nugent said he cried “tears of blood for the last best place and the warriors who died for this tragedy,” but this so-called patriot snorted methamphetamine, and urinated and defecated in his pants for a week to feign insanity before the draft board during the Viet Nam war to avoid serving his country. However, while these so-called Americans demeaned half the population for exercising their right to vote, there were Republicans who expressed Confederate sentiments because their racist white knight was rejected at the polls.
South Carolina Republican congressman Jeff Duncan said, “When I look at the results of the election, it becomes clear to me that the House is the last line of defense for preserving freedom in this country. The people of South Carolina clearly rejected President Obama’s policies, and I intend to fight for them on their behalf” instead of working for all Americans as per his oath of office and job description.
A Texas Republican called for his state to secede from the United States and separate from the “maggots” that re-elected President Obama, and claimed Texans “must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity. In due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue. Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?” Morrison, a teabagger, complained that “many members of minority groups are simply racist against the party most white people happen to vote for.”
A Louisiana resident started a petition appealing to the Obama Administration to, “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.” These Republicans and teabaggers are wont to call themselves real Americans and patriots, and yet they are inclined to break away from the Union because they disagree with the results of a legal, Constitutional election.
It is one thing to oppose a candidate in an election, but this is the second time in four years that a segment of the population floated the idea of breaking away from the Union, and now they have turned their ire on over half the population for not electing their champion. These malcontents and racists all share the same sentiment; they hate democracy and half the population, and it is a natural extension of Romney’s campaign portraying the President as a foreigner destroying America and ushering in “a thousand years of darkness.” The ignorant racists and conservative sycophants are neo-Birchers and confederate losers who have no more love for this country, its Constitution, or its people than Osama bin Laden.
The level of vitriol Republican extremists are expressing for the President and over half the population is the product of four years of indoctrination by conservatives that President Obama is a Marxist foreigner, and that Romney reinforced with dog whistle racism and assertions that the President is an outlier, and now they are spreading their hatred to American citizens because they voted against Romney. These so-called Americans have no nationalistic pride or belief in the United States, and have made every attempt to divide this country in the spirit of rebellion based on racism; not taxation, loss of freedom, religious liberty, or love of country, but pure racism.
Prior to the election, there was talk of a race war, revolution, and violence if the President won re-election, and Americans are seeing the results pan out right before their eyes. The people making threats of revolution, secession, and maligning voters is the natural expression of ignorant conservatives who heard Romney and his surrogates portray the President as a lazy foreigner who needs to learn to be American, and it has worked beyond Romney and Republicans wildest dreams. The problem is the election is over and as President Obama stated yesterday, “it’s time to get to work,” but with half the country laboring under the fallacy that President Obama and his supporters are enemies because they rejected the great white hope as president, nothing will get accomplished. America suffered through the deadliest war in its history 146 years ago, and as President Obama is attempting to bring the country together to rebuild the American Dream, Romney’s racist supporters threaten to rip the nation apart because their corrupt White Horse candidate failed to win an election. And all the while they call themselves real Americans and patriots instead of the racist hatemongers they really are.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.
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