28 October 2011

American Patriotism

Doug Giles, on OWS:
Unlike the patriotic Tea Party movement where Old Glory flies proudly and participants sing patriotic songs with vigor and recite the Pledge of Allegiance with thunderous respect, the exact opposite goes on at the OWS Teat Parties.
They hate America. You won’t see them pledging allegiance to this country. If you don’t believe me, google [sic] Occupy Wall Street and check out the images and videos this cabal has spawned and tell me these winners love this land. I’m waiting…
If the OWSers were as socialistic as Giles attempts to paint them later in his article, you would think they would be more inclined to recite the pledge of allegiance, since the pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist Baptist writer of Youth’s Companion for the express purpose of selling advertisement space to a manufacturer of American Flags (hence the phrase “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”).  Incidentally, the pledge of allegiance was not written until 1892, which means that none of the Founding Fathers recited a pledge of allegiance.  Thus, if Giles is to be believed, the OWSers, by their non-reciting of the pledge of allegiance, have more in common with the Founding Fathers than the Tea Partiers do by their recital of the pledge of allegiance.

But beyond that, Giles is somewhat mistaken in thinking that the United States are a country.  They are not.  They are a union, at least per the Constitution.  This is a crucial distinction, for calling the United States a country is like calling the EU a country.

Quite simply, the United States are* a union of sovereign states.  Each state is its own entity, and can do as it pleases, presumably with the consent of the governed.  Furthermore, states can enter and leave the union at will,** which means that national sovereignty, as it exists, is not equivalent to federal sovereignty but rather state sovereignty.  Of course, this meaning is somewhat obscured by the current misuse of the words “state” and “country,” but one need only look at a dictionary to see that “state” generally means a sovereign nation.  And one need only read the constitution to see that the founders recognized state sovereignty.

Additionally, the federal government was only organized to give special advantages from a collective of the states that the states could not attain on their own.  This originally meant that the states would have access to a larger armed force and a larger diplomatic corps.  There were other advantages besides, but most are concerned with the advantages of an economic union.  The states were never considered to be subsidiaries of the federal government.  Instead, the states were considered to have equal status with the federal government, as evidenced by the number of times various states rejected Supreme Court decisions opinions.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that loving this country, as a form of patriotism, is nothing more than continuing the fraud that the United States of America is a sovereign country.  It is a union, to be entered and left freely by the states, and no one is therefore beholden to it, and no one therefore owes it allegiance.  It is also safe to conclude, in closing, that American patriotism is an oxymoron.

* Although it is probably more correct to say that the united States were a union a union of sovereign states.

**  Or could before Adams and Lincoln each took massive dumps on the constitution.

2 comments:

  1. It's a pretty safe rule of thumb that when the best people can do is attack you for your PATRIOTISM, you're doing something right.

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  2. Well, as I pointed out, American patriotism is kind of dumb since one cannot reasonably claim that bind devotion to the country of the United States is something the founding fathers would support. But yes, the OWSers are doing something right.

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