A record low number of citizens are proud to be Americans, due to fake patriotism.
Fake patriotism leads to unjustified shame of one’s country.
The forty-seven percent who are “extremely proud” to be Americans comes close to President Trump’s approval rating. Of couse, there are other reasons one might not be extremely proud. Watching the deep state bureaucrats feed off taxpayers while they defy Congress and attempt to frame Trump for imaginary crimes leaves me unable to say I’m extremely proud of this Banana Republic. But the Democrats are pushing out a narrative designed to make those who believe them feel shame.
Gallup reports, “In U.S., Record-Low 47% Extremely Proud to Be Americans.”
For the first time in Gallup’s 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are “extremely proud.” Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003.
The latest results are based on a June 1-13 poll. When Gallup first asked the question in 2001, 55% of Americans said they were extremely proud. After the 9/11 terror attacks caused the public to rally around the nation and its leaders, the percentage expressing extreme pride in the country increased to 65%, and went up further to 70% less than two years later.
By 2005, about the time George W. Bush was set to begin his second term in office and the U.S. was going on its second year of military involvement in Iraq, the percentage extremely proud to be Americans fell to 61%. It held in the high 50% range between 2006 and 2013, but has fallen at least marginally each year since 2015, about the time the 2016 presidential campaign was getting underway.
While the 47% who are extremely proud to be Americans is a new low, the vast majority of Americans do express some level of pride, including 25% who say they are “very proud” and 16% who are “moderately proud.”
Here is part of the open letter from DNC Chair Tom Peres published by USA Today:
“[…] a band of patriots gathered in Philadelphia to declare that ‘all men are created equal.’ Our nation has changed dramatically since those words were first written on parchment. Generations of brave Americans – from service members to civil rights activists – have fought to expand the promise of equality for more Americans and move our country forward in its march toward a more perfect union.
“[…] we recognize that […] promise remains out of reach for too many families. Too many […] are still struggling to find a good-paying job or get the health care they need. Too many women, LGBTQ Americans, people of color, and people with disabilities still face inequality and injustice across our society.
“Everywhere we look, our most fundamental values are under attack. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at our southern border. At our highest court, workers’ rights are being taken away, voting rights are under assault, Muslim Americans are being discriminated against for their faith, and women’s right to choose is under threat like never before.”
People who convince themselves that the “band of patriots” in 1776 considered income “equality” just or desirable, thought the government should (or could) provide jobs and health care, and unions should have the right to force workers to join them, are obviously susceptable to shame and disappoinment in this country. People who can pretend that Roe v. Wade was envisioned in the Declaration of Independence are bound to be unhappy.
I’m not sure how to help them. I guess we’ll have to be content beating them in elections and removing them from power.
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