I have heard the question frequently over the last two years — usually at the lips of an outraged liberal being accused of something or other — something to the effect of “Are you questioning my Patriotism?!?”
Some of the recent moves of the Obama Administration have had the Libs out-and-out making statements that bring into question the whether they do love their country; whether they agree with their leaders; whether they have the best interests of their country in mind; and if they even like their country.
So I looked up Patriotism in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:
So I looked up the root word “Patriot”:
- Pronunciation: \ˈpā-trē-ət, –ˌät, chiefly British ˈpa-trē-ət\
- Function: noun
- Etymology: Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father
- Date: 1605
: one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests
So Patriotism, as derived from the word Patriot, can be reasonable assumed to mean the following: love for or devotion to one’s country and support for its authority and interests.
A reasonable definition, I think. What I do find unreasonable are the kind of people that “Question Authority” whenever they can just to do so; and take great delight in questioning the authority of those whose political beliefs they don’t agree with.
Yeah; those people. Case in point:
Fred Thompson: Obama Loosed ‘Dogs of War’ on CIA
Former Senator, TV star and presidential candidate Fred Thompson tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama is revealing his “naivete, ineptitude and arrogance” as he deals with matters of national security.
The Tennessee Republican, who now hosts a radio show on Westwood One along with his wife Jeri, also said the “dogs of war have been loosed” over left-wing attempts to single out Bush-era officials for prosecution relating to the treatment of detainees.
Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella cited the announcement that the Defense Department is going to release many pictures showing alleged abuse by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and asked Thompson what purpose that might serve.
“None, other than to serve as propaganda tools for our worst enemies. This was set in motion when the president first decided to release” CIA memos on interrogation techniques used on terrorist suspects, Thompson told Newsmax.
“There was no purpose in doing that except to make him look good internationally and to the left wing here at home,” he said. “It did a lot of damage. In one stroke of a pen he declassified top-secret documents that people would otherwise go to jail for releasing. It gave al-Qaida and the Taliban a blueprint as to the outer limits of our interrogation techniques.
“We have to remember that [the techniques were used] in the aftermath of 9/11. Congress was briefed on these techniques. Some of them asked if they were really going far enough to get what they needed to get, and it was approved at high levels in the administration.
“So now we’re really talking about a war crimes tribunal, which this country has never done. We’ve never brought to criminal court prior administrations in this country.
“The president’s opened up a terrible Pandora’s Box and there’s going to be a price to pay before this thing is ended. This is going to have ramifications that are far-reaching. They thought they could put the genie back in the bottle after they opened it, and of course appeasement never works that way.
“And then after promising that there would be no prosecutions, [Obama] acquiesced and now opened the door for that. So I think it’s a case of naivete, ineptitude and unbelievable arrogance and lack of experience.
“We elected someone who didn’t have two minutes’ worth of experience with regard to matters concerning national security. Now he’s cast in this position and he’s making decisions that are going to have far-reaching ramifications not only abroad, and not only with our enemies, but in dividing our country even further here at home in ways I don’t think we’ve ever been divided before. We’re going to have members of Congress testifying against each other if they go down this road.”d.
“That creates a new level of animosity like I’ve never seen before, and I served in the Senate for eight years. The dogs of war have been loosed in this country and I don’t know what is going to happen before we see the end of it. But none of it’s going to be good.”
Thompson’s radio show is heard on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m.
You can see the actual video of Fred Thompson on the National Security Debacle – HERE
President Obama does nobody any great service by his continued waffling on this subject. The Enhanced Interrogation techniques were fully briefed to Congress — including Speaker Nancy “Monkey-Face” Pelosi — and the Congressmen had no objections.
Neither do I. None of these Enhanced Interrogation techniques cause any lasting physical harm to those they are used on — we’re hardly lopping off limbs or attaching generators to genitals here — and the people being interrrogated are all enemy combatants who were caught red-handed with weapons in their hands attacking and attempting to kill American soldiers overseas.
I have no problem using Enhanced Interrogation techniques on people like that. And neither did Nancy Pelosi — until it was politically expedient for her to have objections. Pushing “Truth Commissions” on this issue with be extremely divisive, polarizing, and destructive — eventaully tearing this country apart.
And, yes, I *DO* question the Patriotism of anyone who would endorse such an idiotic gesture.