“America is more patriotic now than in times past.”

I shuddered at hearing this but said nothing. It is my humble opinion that this “patriotism” is manufactured much like the invasion of Iraq was manufactured.

Watching American citizens wave flags and shout at the children on the buses in California makes me question what patriotism really is.

Seeing an outhouse in a parade in Nebraska labeled “Obama’s Library” towed by a flag draped truck makes me question what patriotism really is.

Seeing a local group welcoming the returning troops on local TV, flags waving and cheering makes me question what patriotism really is.

Seeing a young man at a fourth of July party wearing a cape of the American flag with a “murica” sign on his chest makes me question what patriotism really is.

And while speaking of manufactured patriotism read this report from Chris Hedges regarding professional baseball and their efforts at manufacturing patriotism.
Here is a quote from the piece.
“But the face of Fernard Frechette, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who was attending, appeared on the 38-by-100-foot Jumbotron above the center-field seats as part of Fenway’s “Hats Off to Heroes” program, which honors military veterans or active-duty members at every game. The crowd stood and applauded. Army National Guard Sgt. Ben Arnold had been honored at the previous game, on Wednesday. Arnold said his favorite Red Sox player was Mike Napoli. Arnold, who fought in Afghanistan, makes about $27,000 a year. Napoli makes $16 million. The owners of the Red Sox clear about $60 million annually. God bless America.”
Go to the link for full article.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/kneeling_in_fenway_park_to_the_gods_of_war_20140707
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis
God bless America for sure!

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2 thoughts on ““America is more patriotic now than in times past.”

  1. The quote from Sinclair Lewis is apt. In the U.S., we are witnessing the fusion of corporate and state power into a brand of neofascism with frightening economic and military reach. The flag and the cross, indeed.

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