The American Bear

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We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations. Such is the logic of patriotism. Emma Goldman (via becauseithinktoomuch)

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utnereader:

Here’s an article to sour your Fourth of July weekend: “Pledging Allegiance to Peace,” in which a Quaker argues that patriotism is deadly, no matter where or why it is practiced. Here’s a sample:

Patriotism clouds our judgment; it hinders objectivity and detracts from  our ability to assess political situations rationally. Patriotism  biases us toward our country’s perspective, encumbering our desire and  ability to consider outside perspectives. Patriotism breeds conformity  and closed-mindedness. Furthermore, it makes us overly trusting of those  in power over us, and susceptible to abuses of that power.

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utnereader:

Here’s an article to sour your Fourth of July weekend: “Pledging Allegiance to Peace,” in which a Quaker argues that patriotism is deadly, no matter where or why it is practiced. Here’s a sample:

Patriotism clouds our judgment; it hinders objectivity and detracts from our ability to assess political situations rationally. Patriotism biases us toward our country’s perspective, encumbering our desire and ability to consider outside perspectives. Patriotism breeds conformity and closed-mindedness. Furthermore, it makes us overly trusting of those in power over us, and susceptible to abuses of that power.

Keep reading …

U.S., Israel escalate threats against flotilla, including U.S. citizens | Glenn Greenwald
Right-wing lunatic Joshua Trevino of the RedState blog expressing true patriotism and unyielding love of America by calling on a foreign military to take out Americans.
What a brave couch warrior.
I’d always suspected that I didn’t think like “most Americans”.
Glenn Greenwald adds:

over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also gave her views on the flotilla,  and while her rhetoric was somewhat more restrained than that quoted  above, she also seemed to endorse possible violence by this foreign  nation against her own country’s peacefully protesting citizens:

Well,  we do not believe that the flotilla is a necessary or useful effort to  try to assist the people of Gaza. Just this week, the Israeli Government  approved a significant commitment to housing in Gaza. There will be  construction materials entering Gaza and we think that it’s not helpful  for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into  Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.

Though  Clinton’s language was draped with the subtleties of diplomatese, there  is little doubt that she, too, is justifying a potential attack by a  foreign government on unarmed American protesters (ironically, Clinton’s  remarks came at the same Press Conference where she impugned the patriotism of others — namely, critics of the Libya War — by branding them as “on Gadaffi’s side”). 
The  perception that Clinton endorsed possible Israeli violence against  Americans is bolstered by the conduct of the U.S. Government in the wake  of Israel’s attack on the prior Gaza flotilla, when Israel killed 9  people, including the unarmed 19-year-old American citizen (and Turkish  citizen) Furkan Dogan.  While most governments instinctively condemn the  killing of their own unarmed citizens by foreign armies — Turkey was  furious at Israel for months and world leaders in virtual consensus harshly condemned the Israeli aggression — the Obama administration almost immediately took Israel’s side, culminating with Joe Biden’s disgusting rhetorical question, posed before the American teenager was even buried: “what’s the big deal here”?

U.S., Israel escalate threats against flotilla, including U.S. citizens | Glenn Greenwald

Right-wing lunatic Joshua Trevino of the RedState blog expressing true patriotism and unyielding love of America by calling on a foreign military to take out Americans.

What a brave couch warrior.

I’d always suspected that I didn’t think like “most Americans”.

Glenn Greenwald adds:

over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also gave her views on the flotilla, and while her rhetoric was somewhat more restrained than that quoted above, she also seemed to endorse possible violence by this foreign nation against her own country’s peacefully protesting citizens:

Well, we do not believe that the flotilla is a necessary or useful effort to try to assist the people of Gaza. Just this week, the Israeli Government approved a significant commitment to housing in Gaza. There will be construction materials entering Gaza and we think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.

Though Clinton’s language was draped with the subtleties of diplomatese, there is little doubt that she, too, is justifying a potential attack by a foreign government on unarmed American protesters (ironically, Clinton’s remarks came at the same Press Conference where she impugned the patriotism of others — namely, critics of the Libya War — by branding them as “on Gadaffi’s side”). 

The perception that Clinton endorsed possible Israeli violence against Americans is bolstered by the conduct of the U.S. Government in the wake of Israel’s attack on the prior Gaza flotilla, when Israel killed 9 people, including the unarmed 19-year-old American citizen (and Turkish citizen) Furkan Dogan.  While most governments instinctively condemn the killing of their own unarmed citizens by foreign armies — Turkey was furious at Israel for months and world leaders in virtual consensus harshly condemned the Israeli aggression — the Obama administration almost immediately took Israel’s side, culminating with Joe Biden’s disgusting rhetorical question, posed before the American teenager was even buried: “what’s the big deal here”?

Great American Patriots - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

What makes this more remarkable still is that this foreign leader whom they were cheering so boisterously and continuously just completed a public, ugly conflict with the American leader and has a long record of demonstrated indifference to American interests; yet the super-patriots of the American Right sided so brazenly and publicly with this foreign leader over their own country’s President.  Meanwhile, both political parties in Congress are in a frantic competition to see which one can lavish Netanyahu with more obsequious praise; this statement sent out in the name of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is typical of the entries.  For his part, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ran to AIPAC to undercut (and rebuke) his own President and the leader of his own party on Israel, something that — as Andrew Sullivan correctly observed — would be inconceivable on any foreign policy issue other than Israel.

Honest Criticism Is Not Betrayal; It's Democratic | Truthout

In 1857, Fredrick Douglas said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.” President Obama is the one in power, therefore, the African-American community must demand from him support for its just due. For the Joyner’s, Sharpton’s and Harris-Perry’s of the world to call for quiet submission is dangerous and a clear demonstration of the exact measure of injustice they are willing to tolerate. Honest criticism is not betrayal; it’s Democratic.

Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, and conscience, and a slavish enthralment to those in power. And as such it is recommended wherever it is preached. Patriotism is slavery. Leo Tolstoy

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