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Biden's Forced Patriotism

On Good Morning America we got a lesson in patriotism from Joe Biden, who said paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthy Americans.

“It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

First, imposing higher taxes on so-called “wealthier” Americans (even when the spokeman of one such American claims he’s struggling) is hardly the stuff of true patriotism. Patriotism is not something that can be forced on people, but must come from within. I suppose one could argue it’s the difference between volunteering for the military and being drafted. The act is the same (military service), but the motivations behind it are different.

Second, in Obama’s speech addressing his “patriotism problem,” he told us that “the dissent of ordinary Americans may be the truest expression of patriotism.” So I say it’s time to practice some Obama-style patriotism and dissent from this destructive tax increase that will only further weaken our economy and hurt not just the wealthy, but the rest of us as well.

Finally, Calvin Coolidge once said, “Patriotism in is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” Not looking out for your government, as Biden implies, but your country. And as long as liberal Democrats keep equating America the country with the American government, they will continue to struggle electorally.

Joe Eule