Today is the 186th anniversary of the duel between Commodores Stephen Decatur and James Barron.
Decatur, who was killed, was the author of the now-famous aphorism, "Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country right or wrong."
This aphorism would be a good one for many in our country to remember; it seems to happen more on the Left right now. Ever since Bush was elected in 2000, there seems to have been a rise in anti-Americanism on the political left, and this is to the detriment of our country and to the discredit of the Left. Jay Nordlinger
was collecting stories for a while that showed the anti-American insanity that exists on the Left, especially during 2004. (One example that stuck with me was a condo owner who wanted to put up an American flag. A neighbor of his complained because that was a political statement in favor of the re-election of Bush. That's just nuts.)
It's one thing to hate the President; it's completely wrong to extend that hatred to our country. Conservatives weren't exactly spotless in expressing their distaste for our nation's President during the 90s, but we never extended that distaste to our nation. Conservatives still loved America.
And that's as it should be. We should always support our country. An example of this is our current war in Iraq. There seem to be many Americans rooting against our nation in this war. (To make things more amusing, they often claim to support our troops. You can't root for a nation to lose a war and support its troops; nations lose wars when too many of their soldiers die. Those who hope America loses this war but claim to support the troops either don't realize the implications of their views or are liars.) It would cause America harm to lose this war: lives would be lost; our international prestige would decline; our enemies, both foreign and domestic, would be emboldened. If someone truly loves America, they know we need to win this war and will support us in so doing. They may legitimately disagree with the means we are using to win it, but they have to agree on our need to win it.
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