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Anti-American?

Posted in Politics by Michael LaBossiere on October 22, 2008

While I was not around during the McCarthy era, I did study the witch hunt he helped lead against real and alleged communists. While Americans had grounds to be worried about the Soviets, lines were crossed that should not have been crossed. On the positive side, America seemed to have learned something during this time period. Unfortunately, not everyone took the lesson to heart.

In what strikes me as an act of madness, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann recently asserted that Obama “may have anti-American views” and urged the media to investigate  Congressional Democrats who might have  “anti-American” views. If only Joe McCarthy were still around to run the hearings.

I do believe that there are people who are anti-American and wish to harm America. Some of these people reside here in the United States. However, I am careful to distinguish between people I happen to disagree with and people who are actually anti-American. Since America is supposed to be a democratic state dedicated to liberty, I think that it is important to allow a great deal of leeway before branding someone as anti-American. Such a person would need to show clear hostility towards the basic principles of the country. They would also need to endorse or engage in activities that are harmful to the United States.  In short, they would have to show themselves as a clear foe of America’s core principles and not merely someone who holds different political and moral views. Obviously, this is not a necessary and sufficient defintion, but should suffice to paint a general picture.

While some people might disagree with Obama and label him as a socialist, he hardly seems to be anti-American. Like McCain, I think he wants to do what is right for America. While I think that Congress has largely proven to be corrupt and ineffectual, they do not seem to be anti-American. At worst, they seem indifferent to America and concerned mostlywith their own agendas.

While this is old news, the most prominent anti-Americans in the country seem to inlclude current and former members of the Bush Administration. After all, basic liberties and rights have been trampled upon and that is rather anti-American. On the left, Ayers’ past behavior certainly marks him as anti-American in many ways. There are also other left wingers who are clearly anti-American and should be seen as such.

I do agree that people who are harming America need to be exposed and dealt with. Fortunately, Bachman has helped us out here. By making such baseless and hateful accusations, she seems to have revealed someone who needs to be carefully watched. This person would, of course, be herself.

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  1. magus71 said, on October 23, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Why should Obama be anti-American? Can he name one other Western country that has a black man that will likely be its president in the near future? How about ever?

    Still, his message that we’re a broken country is wrong. At least in the way he seems to think we’re broken. We’re not broken because of health care. We’re not broken because of Iraq. And no, we’re not even broken by all of the things in which McCarthy was right about: The Communists employed the most powerful Psyops machine that’s ever existed on this planet, in an attempt to capture the minds of this country’s elites. If we’re to break, it will because our lack of respect for human life in general, a lack of moral direction and cohesive families. Those cracks will end in crevasses….


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