Don’t Let Preznint Stupid Take Away Patriotism From Us

Going out with a bang!

I’ve been reading some very dark blog posts about our Independence Day in the age of Trump. The Muslim Ban is back, the Republicans are gonna take away healthcare from tens of millions of Americans, Kris (K?) Kobach is ginning up a national voter suppression machine, and so on. And if that doesn’t kill us, the Koreans will.

Dark times indeed, let’s put on some of The Smiths’ greatest hits, and find an abyss in which to jump.

I’m writing today to encourage you: don’t give up on America just because we have a mango-hued shitgibbon in the White house. For Dawg’s Sake, light up the grill and pop a cold one if you got one. Watch the fireworks, sing the National Anthem, have some strawberry shortcakes with blueberries. Have some fun.

Don’t let Preznint Stupid take our patriotism away from us.

America is far bigger than The Russian Usurper. That’s why he lost the popular vote. By a YUGE number of votes. Wasn’t even close.

So when your Facebook Rage Uncle shows up at your barbecue telling you he is a patriot, agree with him and tell him you are, too. When he tells you that patriotism means respecting the president, you can remind him of the Obama years. You both can agree to respect the office and not the person. That’s American and that’s patriotic.

When he dons his MAGA cap, don’t tell him that America was never great, it plays right into his hands: America-hating liberals.

People are drawn to positive messages more than to negative ones even when the negative is backed up by the facts, in a 172-slide Powerpoint deck, spoken down to us earnestly by a well-educated, elite coastal person wearing horn rimmed glasses.

Some say that being positive is why The Russian Usurper won: MAGA is a simplistic, superficially positive message, even if the shitgibbon’s actual policies are the Grand Guignol of governing.

We’ve let cynical, craven opportunists like Noot and his ilk steal the word and concept of Patriotism away from us. If we say we are not proud of America, then we are letting THEM define what our country is. America is NOT them, America is us.

(I repeat myself: the shitgibbon bigly lost the popular vote by many, many millions of votes. Sad!)

So fly the flag today and do not burn it, and tell your Facebook Rage Uncle about why we liberals care so much about America. The promise of America is not done/finished/kaput, sometime in the past. The promise of America is always now, and it is always in the future: we make America great. We always have, we always will.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. –Winston Churchill

Sure, there have been belches and hiccups along the way, and the detours are many, but we always are moving towards the promise of the Declaration of Independence: all people are “created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

So light the fireworks, lead the songs, put on Top Gun, and you show them that we are all as American as the apple pie you serve. This is a corny holiday, wallow in it. It’s the American thing to do.

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10 Responses to Don’t Let Preznint Stupid Take Away Patriotism From Us

  1. HarpoSnarx says:

    The day-to-day shit-storm is wearisome but then I remembered:
    Raygun climbing into Marine One for the last time. And we were still here.
    Chimpy climbed into Marine One for the last time, And we were still here.
    And when the Russian Usurper is hoyer-lifted into Marine One. We will still be here.
    Hopefully wiser to do our part to prevent anymore Repoobick reigns of error.
    Hail Columbia! Glorious Fourth to all (well except the assholes who foisted this on us).

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  2. roket says:

    Happy 4th.

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  3. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    I’ve been in tears all morning- I puréed a big, strong Spanish onion with some oil, vinegar, and a hint of celery to make the marinade for the famous “Del’s Deli” potato salad I used to make 20 pounds of at a time while a high schooler.

    Boil scads of starchy Idaho beauties, marinate them in the onion purée, then mix in just enough mayonnaise to bind, and sprinkle pulverized dried parsley over the top to garnish.

    Like Michael Steele, I’m bringing the potato salad. Unlike Michael Steele, I’m not a dumbass. Happy Independence Day, all!

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    • tengrain says:

      I’m being very American: tonight it is pizza. The dough has been fermenting for a couple of days in the fridge, should be epic.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • MDavis says:

        What is more American than pizza? Or potato salad, or tacos, or chow mein, or corned beef and cabbage, or gefilte fish, or lefse, or feta cheese, or jambalya, or shawarma, or hummus…
        it’s kind of the whole point of Lady Liberty and that “tired and poor” quote, isn’t it?
        Happy fourth, all.

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  4. purplehead says:

    OK, and then I watched this…, which gave me a huge pause.

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  5. paul fredine says:

    l’ve always loved the 4th and admittedly can still get a little misty watching some of the displays of true patriotism, but for some it’s been reduced to drinking beer around a bbq grill after spending the day looking for the best deals on cars or mattresses. many complain about the ‘real meaning of christmas’ being removed from the country while the same thing has been done to this holiday in an increasingly overly commercialized society. the ‘reason for the season’ is not just lost in days specifically designated to a religious celebration, but maybe that’s the price we pay for living in a country where consumerism more and more takes priority.

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  6. CalicoJack says:

    Howdy Ten!

    Whoever said that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is wearisome got it right. He has weaponized information overload and is bludgeoning our democracy to death. However, this is the Great Civics Lesson hoping that every liberalish progressive takes heed and engages in our day-to-day politics.

    You might enjoy my latest written along similar lines: The Effect of Shear Volume of Misheas out of the White House, http://wp.me/p7vabV-3yG

    Huzzah!
    Jack

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