September 26, 2003
Crazy Clark's "New Patriotism"
Wesley Clark, the Sybil of Democratic presidential candidates -- I'm for the war! I'm against the war! No, I'm not! Yes, I am! -- is calling for a "new patriotism".
Slate quotes the unhinged Clark: "The highest form of patriotism is asking questions. Because democracies run on dialogue. Democracies run on discussion. No administration has the right to tell Americans that to dissent is disloyal, and to disagree is unpatriotic. ... We need a new spirit, a new kind of, a new American patriotism in this country. …"
Clark's comments raise one question: What the hell is he talking about?
Apparently Clark believes there is something fundamentally flawed about the patriotism which led colonial Americans to tell King George III to shove his crown. This is the same patriotism which for 227 years has inspired Americans to work hard, provide for their families, vote, risk their wealth starting businesses and risk their lives defending the freedom which makes it all possible.
This is the same patriotism which made America, as Lincoln put it, the last, best hope on Earth. And yet, Wesley Clark wants to replace it with a new patriotism that he can't quite define.
Perhaps Charlie Rangel, a grotesque Democratic congressman from New York and a fervent Clark supporter, provided a glimpse of Clark's new patriotism. In Time magazine, Rangel gives his assessment of Wesley Clark: "He can save this goddamn nation from self-destruction". There you have it; Wesley Clark's new patriots characterize the United States as a "goddamn nation" -- even while we're at war.
If Clark shares Rangel's sentiment about America, he, like Rangel, is a traitor. And those who point at Clark and Rangel's military service to discount accusations of treason should remember this: Benedict Arnold was a general.
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