Tarry for the Nonce

March 29, 2006

Liberals Attack Their Patriotism

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 3:52 pm

We’ve all heard, ad nauseum, how the conservatives are deriding the patriotism of the liberals. Of course, when push comes to shove, I have found not a single direct quotation of a conservative politician questioning the patriotism of a liberal. Presumably, such quotations don’t exist and this is just another one of those “say it enough times to make it true” scenarios.

But today, Best of the Web has furnished an honest-to-goodness liberal-patriotism questioning quotation:

“I think that the upshot is that patriotism is experienced by many people on the left as something of an embarrassment,” [Columbia University journalism and sociology professor Todd] Gitlin said.

Gitlin said he thinks left-leaning individuals are now rejecting patriotism because they believe it forces them to identify with a larger group of Americans with whom they disagree and contradicts the spirit of cosmopolitanism that they espouse . . .

“It’s good to hear a more radical perspective than I’m used to as a history student,” Sarah Boyette ’07 said. “Personally, I have trouble with the idea of patriotism, so this talk was very interesting.”

There it is. Plain as print. Frankly, I would not dare to say anything so blatantly offensive and condescending. I can’t think of a single liberal friend who doesn’t love this country and want the best for it. We just disagree on the manner.



  1. Would you consider this, a conservative questioning the patriotism of a coward?

    Comment by QBomb — April 4, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  2. Only if you consider that cowardice implies a lack of patriotism.

    I wouldn’t necessarily equate the two. Cowardice is born of fear. Unpatriotic beahvior is born of hatred.

    That said, Jean Schmidt’s personal attack was inappropriate, especially considering that – for a Democrat – Murtha’s a pretty good egg.

    Comment by laura — April 4, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

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