Ed Kilgore offers a genial one-fingered salute to the Red Team’s summer soldiers and sunshine patriots:
I’m perfectly happy on this and any other day devoted to communal, civic celebrations to put aside differences and tip my hat (or a beer) to neighbors I know don’t agree with me on much of anything that makes up the daily bread of politics. But I’m no longer going to quietly accept lectures on patriotism from people who hate my country because they don’t rule it and my vote is equal to theirs.
Ed concentrates on the bile the Read Team directs at the poor and working-class and middle-class Americans whose government helps them out. Unlike Ed, my ancestors came here three generations ago, so maybe I take the anti-immigrant hatefest more personally than he does. But whether it’s downward class warfare, or immigrant-bashing, or old-fashioned racism, or gay-baiting, or instead attacks on those “elitists” who read more, think more, or have different opinions than the typical Dittohead, the emotional center of today’s Republicanism is hatred, and hatred of everything that made this country great: liberty, equality, excellence, and diversity.
So let me add my Fourth of July greetings to Ed’s, and say to the Coulters and Hannitys of the world, “If Obama, or Obamacare, or gay marriage, or the coming non-white majority, makes you sad or ashamed to be an American, please don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
To the rest of you, happy Fourth. And remember what Ben Franklin replied to the woman who asked if the Constitution provided for a monarchy or a republic: “A republic, madam. If you can keep it.”