So, not surprisingly - let's be honest, these things are laughably predictable by now - I have again received many "Don't like it, get the fuck out" emails in response to my latest piece on both the NFL "take a knee" controversy and my criticism of the negligent Commander-in-Thief Chief.
"Don't like it, get the fuck out" is a standard go-to for those who cannot tolerate having our founding documents and the words therein enforced.
Those who scream the loudest and profess to be the most patriotic seem to have serious issues with our existing laws, tenets, ideals. Which brings me to ask, Why do you hate this country?
It's a serious question.
You don't like the first amendment and how it guarantees I can clap back to your freedom of speech utterances. Your answer to my having a response, an employer firing a bigoted employee, or your politicians being called out for their lies is to scream how YOUR or THEIR free speech is being impinged.
It's not. Ever. For starters, it has to do with keeping the government taking steps against you, it does not protect you from repercussions in the public square. But you hate that those repercussions - from being called an ass to being fired - can happen, despite it being a guaranteed protection/consequence afforded us. So, why do you hate this country?
You find repugnant "liberty and justice for all" being extended to all - you know, brown people, black people, anyone who doesn't look like they were produced in a Philadelphia Cream Cheese factory. All means ALL, yet you refuse to acknowledge that. Why do you hate this country?
You cheer as equality is kept out of reach of people like my son. He doesn't want more than you have, he wants equal what you have. Equal opportunities, equal protections, equal liberties, equal justice. Yet when the government steps forward to insure equality, you scream like the monsters who throw homosexuals from rooftops in the middle east. Why do you hate this country?
A football player takes a knee as a silent, peaceful form of protest against the obvious and proven brutality meted out repeatedly by police officers against black people, and you lose your minds. The first amendment literally spells out this act being allowed:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It's right there in black and yellow (that parchment never was white) for you to read, yet you refuse to do so, and you support a President calling for those players to be fired. Again, why do you hate this country?
You literally wrap yourself in the flag (which incidentally violates the United States flag code), screaming how they are disrespecting it. Do you know how Colin Kaepernick came to take a knee? Of course you don't. He originally sat during the anthem, no one noticed. It was after a respectful, open dialogue between Kaepernick and a former Green Beret and retired NFL player (Nate Boyer) that he and teammate Eric Reid began to take a knee instead. Because it’s a respectful gesture.
Nate Boyer: "We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates. Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother's grave, you know, to show respect."
And many of you proudly display confederate flags while crying about the actual flag being disrespected. Can you honestly not see that idiocy, the lunacy, the hypocrisy in that action?
Why do you hate this country?
With each passing day, more and more evidence is being reviewed and found to be accurate that Russia did, in fact, pollute our election system, yet you somehow have made Russia and Putin into heroes of yours. That mental origami is impressive, but it won't make the evidence of collusion and tampering not true. And if you were actual patriots, you would be demanding answers and accountability from all involved instead of defending every law breaking, oath breaking step that was taken against this nation.
One can only surmise that you do, in fact, hate this country.
You rail against all religions but yours, insisting this is a Christian nation, rebuking anyone who does not buy your version of snake oil. Again, that inconvenient FIRST AMENDMENT makes it very clear that there is no winner-takes-all when it comes to religion in this country. This country was founded by people who fled forced religion and religious persecution. That is why amendment #1 established no state religion, no forced religion, no punishment for your chosen belief system. You can believe what you want, but you cannot make me believe it. In fact, I am free to call bullshit on all religions and practice none because I am a United States citizen.
Yet you constantly cry persecution for not being able to force others to your way of worshipping. Why do you hate this country?
You support a game show host and self admitted piece of shit who has no idea how to do the job he has, and no interest in learning. You voted for him despite mountains of evidence that he was/is unfit, unsuited, unwilling to do the job. You twist yourself into knots to continue making excuses for his bad behavior, dangerous rhetoric, and open disdain for anyone who doesn't fall into lockstep to worship him. He is literally playing nuclear chicken with his unstable twin in North Korea, and you cheer it on.
WHY DO YOU HATE THIS COUNTRY?
It's a literal, honest question. And it requires that you stop hiding behind your fake patriotism (real patriots would actually be shouting loudly to support our Constitution not subvert it), your fake Christianity (seriously, Jesus shakes his head at how badly you have perverted his teachings), and the ignorance you think makes you REAL. It doesn't, it makes you dangerous. Because you don't care enough to be informed, yet you strike out based on the constant lies of Trump and FOX and Breitbart and Red State and Alex Jones, et al.
Your every utterance, your every action shows exactly how much you hate this country. You cheer at the thought of healthcare being stripped from millions (including YOU, dumbass). You refuse to acknowledge police brutality even when it is clearly videotaped for you, immediately claiming that the dead black person is to blame. A young woman is run over and killed by a white supremacist, yet it is her fault for protesting the tiki torch bearing Nazis stomping through her town. Puerto Rico is devastated, yet you have no idea they are your fellow citizens because your ignorance cannot allow brown people with accents being affiliated with actual citizenship.
WHY DO YOU HATE THIS COUNTRY?
It seems to me that given all these givens, it is YOU who should get the fuck out. There are plenty of places in this world where religion is forced, patriotism is ensured by threat of bullets, where anyone falling outside heterosexuality on the spectrum is tortured or killed, where criticism of the leader is a death sentence. where protesting lands you in a jail cell or in front of a firing squad.
You know, all the things you sanction.
So, give it some thought. Look in the mirror and answer the question. Your every breath, every action shows how much you actively hate the principles on which this country was founded, so how about you take your own advice: Don't like it, get the fuck out.
The rest of us will be here forcing this administration, this country to live up to and abide by its promises, its protections, its founding documents.