Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
It seems there are now those who want to blame America for everything from melting polar ice to terrorism. Once limited to left-wing blogs and university campuses, this ‘blame America’ cancer has become so trendy and widely accepted that even Hollywood icons and front-running presidential candidates engage in its excesses with impunity.
At a campaign stop in Elkhart, Indiana, a seven-year-old girl asked Barack Obama why he wants to be President — and he replied, “America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.” I’m confused. Last February, Michele Obama said that she was proud of her country for the first time in her life. Somebody is off the teleprompter script.
America stands as the lone superpower in the world. Its economic muscle and social philanthropy are unparalleled in the history of mankind. Ours is the country of dreams and opportunity, where even committing crimes or sneaking into the country illegally do not disqualify you from great opportunity or unlimited government largesse.
It is the country of unbridled freedom. Too much, perhaps. Freedom of speech, religion, and the press. I’ve never seen a freedom-hater who liked America.
Ours is the country of Dr. Seuss, college football, Wal-Mart, Thanksgiving, the hamburger, the automobile, Harley-Davidson, and Norman Rockwell. It is the country of barbecue and an economy that powers the world with courage and capital and ingenuity and imagination. We capture the imagination of the world.
Our standard of living is the envy of the free world and our work ethic carved an empire out of a barren continent in less than a century. Despite a virtual occupation – not by armies and force, but by illegal immigration – we continue to hold open our borders to the world’s tired, poor and hungry masses. America spends more in foreign aid than any other country. When the going gets tough, Americans keep giving - to the tune of trillions and trillions of dollars this country will never see again. We are the biggest player in the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the United Nations.
So why is it that so many free and prosperous Americans have so much blame and animosity for their own country? Why is it that Barack Obama's pastor and 20-year mentor preaches that blacks should sing "God D*** America" instead of "God Bless America?" After all, we ended slavery in the free world.
It was the famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger who once wrote, "The extraordinary propensity of the human being to join hands with external forces in an attack upon his own existence is one of the most remarkable of biological phenomena." Sadly, this remarkable biological phenomenon is taking place right here in America.
It seems that even Islamic fundamentalists do not hate and blame America the way that some Americans do. And I’ve had enough of it.
Bill Maher has said that he’d rather live in Paris than in places where cheese only comes in individually-wrapped slices. By the way, this is the same guy who called the Pope a child molester. Margaret Cho said that Bush would be Hitler if he only applied himself. George Carlin, may he rest in peace, recently said that “I'm just about (being) anti-United States. I don't like the way this country operates. I think we've ruined this place.”
George Clooney has said of our military that “we can’t beat anybody anymore.” Jane Fonda said, “I don't know if a country where the people are so ignorant of reality and of history, if you can call that a free world.” Janeane Garofalo stated that “Our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me’.”
Richard Gere mumbled that “America has never paid any attention to other people. Kate Hudson said “We're the most annoying, boisterous creatures in the world. I mean we come in and we eat mounds of food, and we're like, 'Where's the ketchup for our French fries?”
Gwyneth Paltrow – who named her kids Apple and Moses - says we’re “over-patriotic.” Hugo Chavez fan Danny Glover says America has been one of the main purveyors of violence in this world. Michael Moore’s contempt for his country was showing when he said, “Should such an ignorant people lead the world?”
Speaking as a “citizen of the world” in Germany, Barack Obama found it irresistible to apologize for America. He said, “Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don't look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?” As though we don’t already do those things, but will under an Obama administration. He said that we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people, and apologized for torture. Torture! Are you kidding me? In Germany, of all countries.
Just this month, after seeing selected eye-candy architecture during the Beijing Olympics, Obama dissed America once again by blurting out that China’s infrastructure – their ports, train systems, and airports - are “vastly superior” to ours now. We know what he’s been smoking, because he’s told us. But come on. China? China, with its zero pollution controls, zero labor unions and rampant child labor? China, with its complete lack of construction standards in the countryside that allows the collapse of thousands of buildings including schools when a moderate earthquake hits, killing tens of thousands? China, with its millions suffering malnutrition, its polluted rivers and its holes in the ground that serve as toilets? That China?
I’m tired of people blaming and apologizing for my country. My country has nothing to apologize for – except for giving up countless of its own young lives to liberate millions and end Fascism, Nazism, and Communism in our time. And while we didn’t invent the ancient institution of slavery, we sure ended it.
Presidential candidates ought to campaign in America, not abroad. But when a presidential candidate or a member of Congress does address other nations, he or she should be reminding the world how many countries the United States has liberated, including Western Europe from the ***, much of Asia from the Japanese, Panama from Noriega, Iraq from Saddam, and on and on. French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised America and reminded the world of these things earlier this year. Sadly, however, one of our own presidential candidates can’t seem to bring himself to do the same. If it wasn’t for America, Obama’s speech to the German people could today have been given in Paris, London, or Cairo – in German.
Some people have a difficult time wearing a flag pin on their lapel. Others won’t say the Pledge of Allegiance. Today it is trendy to bash America on college campuses and at Democratic Party fund-raisers. Some think it is enlightened to literally hate the United States of America, and to openly say so. Just Google the words “hate America.” Yet, they have that right only because America protects it for them. Try the same stunt in China and you’ll be loving America from a high-tech prison cell without lights or running water.
So, to every American who can’t help but blame this country for everything from 9/11 to the Black Death, who can’t find one nice word to say about the greatest country in the history of mankind, or who can’t stop apologizing for their country, I have one word - leave.
America isn’t perfect. But it’s close. We don’t need change – we need more patriots. If you don’t like it here – leave. Some bold Americans have already taken the first step so that you don’t have to. Susan Sarandon has promised to leave America if John McCain is elected. Alec Baldwin promised to leave if Bush was elected, but lost his nerve. Barbra Streisand, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Altman, and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder made similar promises, but they’re all still here. I wonder why.
In fact, the only person known to have actually made good on his promise to leave America is Pierre Salinger, former press secretary to President Kennedy. Pierre followed through on his promise to move to France if Bush was elected, but died shortly thereafter. I’m sure somewhere, somebody is blaming America for that too.