Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Howard Zinn Fourth of July

"National spirit can be benign in a country that is small and lacking both in military power and a hunger for expansion (Switzerland, Norway, Costa Rica and many more)[; b]ut in a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves" — Put Away the Flags. "Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, Zinn is proposing that there are two categories of countries: those one should be proud of and those one should not. Fortunately, all the Church and the natural law ask us to do is to love the country we happen to live in. Patriotism does not make our country or the policies of its government always right, but it does ask that we always love it. Just as you have to love your parents, even if they're criminals or deadbeats.

Or, if you don't love and honor your country, you're free to renounce your citizenship in favor of some country Howard Zinn would have approved of. Maybe just become a full-time South Korean. Then you won't be asked to honor America anymore.

-- An American

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Analogy: Howard Zinn is like some spoiled brat who thinks that because his father is/was/always will be imperfect, therefore he should not honor his father on Father's Day or on his father's birthday. The point of Independence Day is not to claim that America is perfect but to celebrate the birthday of the country in which we were raised and live.

Maybe Zinn should thank God that the country he lives in provides him with the freedom of speech to malign it, ungrateful and malicious punk that he was.

~An American

10:27 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thank you for illustrating the point made by Bill Kauffman in the post immediately below this one: "The range of permissible political opinions has narrowed to encompass the rat-hair’s breadth separating Mitt Romney from Joe Lieberman, and woe betide the straggler who wanders away from the cage."

And you call yourself "An American." You ain't half the American I am, pal.

10:36 PM  

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