Are You Un-American If You Can't Hate?

I constantly question my patriotism because of my inability to hate others simply for the sake of hating others. I not only pay my taxes, but I believe that during this current time of economic despair I should pay more. I support our teams during the Olympics and find pride in their representation of my country through sports competition.

 But here is where the problem comes.

I can’t support the occupation of another sovereign nation by young men and women who have committed their lives to protecting the citizens of the United States. 

I can’t support the philosophy that death is an economic casualty that should be allowed for the financial betterment of a few.

I can’t hate illegal aliens simply because they are illegal aliens.

I can’t hate people of different religious faiths (especially Muslims) simply because they are Muslim.

I can’t hate people of a different race, simply because they are of a different race.

I can’t hate people of a different nationality simply because they are not of European descent.

Simply put, like most Americans I can’t hate just for the sake of hate.

So does this make me un-American or un-Patriotic? I pose this question because over the past 10 years I have come to realize that people who throw around the words American and Patriotic tend to have one thing in common, the ability to hate everything that does not fall in line with their philosophy of life.

The thing I find most amazing about this is that most are so busy hating that they are clueless to the truth behind what is occurring in the world. I have read haters on this Hub discuss how much support the US has given Haiti prior to the earthquake when just the opposite is true. They discuss how much Muslims hate American’s simply because they are Christian, when in fact the Taliban hates the US Government because of its cut and run policy during the Russian/Afghan war, coupled with its policy of decades of bombing Muslim countries well before 9/11. Bombing is not just a word but an act that brings death to men, women, and children as innocent as those victimized in the attack on the World Trade Center.  Why is it we can get so angry and hate so much because of our deaths while we treat the deaths of others in an almost cartoonish manner?

Americans hate Americans for being Americans. Americans don’t disagree with one another; they flat out hate one another for having a different set of beliefs. We hate each other for being a different color, religion, gender, or for having a different sexual preference.  Hell, we will kill our neighbors out of shear hate simply because they scored higher than us or out performed us in a social or academic exercise.  

This leads me to believe that the most required characteristic in being a Patriotic American is one’s ability to hate at the drop of the hat.

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Brenda Durham 6 years ago

Really? It leads me to believe that you're not even an American at all, by the way you accuse Americans of hating.

Your entire premise is based on your own false perception of what an American even is, especially a patriotic American.

Why do YOU HATE Americans?


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Brenda Durham - I invite you to expand on comments. What makes you think I hate American's. I am a American. Where in my statement do I give any indication of hating Americans?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

"I constantly question my patriotism because of my inability to hate others simply for the sake of hating others."

I too, confess. I will pledge allegiance to one God and uphold the greatest law which is to "do unto others as I would have them do unto me". This is THE law. I want good things to happen to you and every person out there because we are our brothers' keepers.

This is one of the best hubs I've read. God bless you Sir!!!


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

There's definitely too much hate in America, SOBF. Most of it, in my opinion, is based on fear, which over the past few decades has been promulgated by politicians and television opinion programming. Much of it, also, is based on economics. The haves fear the have-nots, and the corporations have gained power over the economy and the government. President Eisenhower's warning about the Military-Industrial complex apparently has fallen on deaf ears. Time is running out to correct this pending disaster.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Mickey Dee - As Americans we tend to forget that Gods words extend past the borders of this country. Thanks for reading.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

William F. Torpey - You could not be more correct. Too many us see society as a us against us situation when it is really us being used by them. I think that make sense.

Thanks for reading


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Where do you come up with this hate stuff? Listening to way too much MSNBC! You are certainly not a conservative, yet you may not be a flaming liberal, Either way if you believe conservatives hate then your wrong, I don't hate illegal aleins, but I resent them for taking from working Americans and the fact they have no intention of assimilation. I don't hate African Americans and would vote for Miss Rice anyday, but I resent their actions during Katrina, and the attitude they get from the likes of Jesse and Al. I don't hate Muslims, but I resent their building a mosque to spit in my eye and desicrate the lives of those lost to their fanatical religion accross the street! Hope that helps!


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

American Romance - First let me clear the air, I'm not a fan of MSNBC, CNN, or FOX. The reason, they are all controlled by corporate interest. I actually get my news from the banned Aljazeera. Have you ever wondered why they are banned in the US?

Check out http://english.aljazeera.net/

You will find real world news without the American spin. In other words the truth about whats really happening in the world.

Now, for your resentment I suggest try a pill called understanding beyond my own needs wants and desires. It can be extremely therapeutic.

Lets take a quick examination of your resentments. Illegal aliens for taking from working Americans and the fact that they have no intention of assimilation.

First, what illegal aliens do for the economy is a boost to working Americans. Cheaper food, cheaper labor, and financially helping to support our failed social security system. Do you know how much money illegals put in the SS system that they will never be able to get out.

African Americans for Katrina? You resent them tearing down the levy or is it the way they littered the streets with their dead bodies. Which rubbed you the wrong way?

As far as their attitudes, do you resent anyone who refuses to think like you?

And there is the Muslims. You resent them, not for building a Mosque but for improving a place a prayer that was already there. In other words, you resent them for remodeling their home.

Question? Do you resent Bush for all the American lives lost in Iraq when diplomacy was a viable option. Do you resent Obama for pouring more American lives down the drain with a expanded assault in Afghanistan that has Osama bin laden as a secondary target. Do you resent the Army Corp of Engineers for their failure to build a levy that could withstand the New Orleans waters, and do you resent the corporations that pay immigrant workers pennies under the table so that they won't have to pay American workers living wages.

So much to resent and so little time.


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

I like very much your hub SOBF! Being coming from different place and culture, I have also noted that this word hate is used a little too much in USA and too quickly and this attitude does affect one's thinking some times.

Why should one hate some body or any thing? It does not help much any way. I can understand one can be careful about certain aspects.

I do not agree with all your political observations. I think your analysis is not looking at all facts. But your article is not about that. It is about not hating. That sure is a great idea!


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I think the hate typically comes from extremes (extreme right or left).

A lot of their hate is misplaced and not factually based. These are the people who don't belong in America, they would probably be happier under some time of regime that supports their beliefs.


Brenda Durham 6 years ago

Sure I'll "expand" on my comments.

You've made a generalized statement that Americans are haters. Where do you get that? Then, by your own definition, you yourself are a hater if you're an American.

And you've tried to re-define patriotism and Americanism into something it isn't.

There's a difference between being proud to be an American, guarding America against unAmerican policies and yes even religions, and being a hater like you try to portray.

Last I heard, we have the RIGHT plus the RESPONSIBILITY to keep America a sovreign nation uninvaded by other nationalities and yes even other religions.

Guess you missed that fact.


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Jim Bryan 6 years ago from Austin, TX

SOBF - Thanks for this, the hypocrisy in the comment section is priceless.

I love the defense of the haters, which is basically "I don't hate [Black people, Muslims, Mexicans, etc] BUT..." and then they proceed to say something truly, sometimes spectacularly, hateful. It would be laughable if it just weren't so darned unfunny.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Brenda Durham -

Let me see if I understand your conclusion to my post. I ask the question regarding hate as a requirement for patriotism and this makes me a hater of patriots. OK.

Last I heard this country was built on the principle of freedom or speech and religion. The rights you claim are the reasons the forefathers separated from the Queen.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Jim Bryan - Thanks for reading. I am enjoying the biting reactions from non-hating American Patriots.


Brenda Durham 6 years ago

The reason the forefathers separated from "the Queen" was because "the Queen" was a tyranny system. And freedom FROM forced religion (not freedom from Bible beliefs, which is entirely different) was the intent. Christianity is not a religion at its core. Bet you didn't know that, and I bet you'll not get that at all!

Our forefathers didn't intend for all kinds of religions and nationalities to bring their own brand of anti-Christian and anti-Americanism into America's laws.

Let me be clear-------freedom of religion simply meant Americans were not to be forced by law to engage in Christianity. Christianity is a choice.

I bet you think Islam should have the same freedom here that Christianity does. You are wrong. Islam is a State-forced religion, and all those Muslims who adhere to Islam (like...women being stoned and people killed because of personal doings) should GO LIVE in the society that follows those doctrines instead of claiming to be an "American Muslim" and all the while whining ABOUT those doctrines of Islam.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

You have taken the extreme practice of the Muslim faith and claimed it as the faith all follow. Was it not the extreme Christians that burned women at the stakes because they were thought to be witches? Is not within the Christian faith that children are made to marry adult men and mother their children?

"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."

The Islamic faith is practiced in some governments taking away the freedoms above. It is also practiced in countries that don't have governments influenced by religion.

While Christianity is not a religion it is also connected to those faiths that you think are Anti-Christian, bet you didn't know that.


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Well I wont continue this because it means nothing, You are right in assuming illegals do work cheaper and that trickles up to most of us. You are wrong about how much they contribute to SS or anything else. You should come visit me and in one hour I will show you lines of Spanish that can not speak a word of english standing in front of the free clinic, then off to the closest grocery store and we will watch line after line paying with a food card, Then I will take you by Hud housing that is full of spanish non English speaking Mexicans and you tell me how much they contribute? Katrina? Ok night after night of grumbling blacks saying we aint got no food! Aint nobody helping us! I don't know where you come from but I would have been gone when told, I would find food for my family instead of stealing tennis shoes and booze! Yes I have a right to resent!


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

American Romance

From factcheck.org

The amounts are huge. The Social Security Administration has what it calls an "earnings suspense file" to track the amount of wages that are taxed for collection but not credited to a specific worker. SSA officials have said that the fund takes in as much as $7 billion a year. That money now goes to pay benefits, effectively subsidizing US beneficiaries with the taxes paid by illegals.

Your statement on Katrina speaks volumes.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

"Fear leads to anger - anger leads to hatred - hatred leads to the dark side" - Master Yoda

Well SOBF, I am still processing the words from your last hub comments so I am not going to dedicate to much time to this hub. I think there is too much hate in America; I think there is too much hate in the world; any hate is too much hate.

RE: COMMENTS - freedom of religion applies to all religions, our forefathers were highly educated individuals and they knew their history. I guarantee they were familiar with Islam; it had been in Europe since about 600AD.

SOBF if you are getting all your news from Aljazeera then you are probably as misinformed as the people getting all their news from MSNBC or FOX or CNN. Watch them all, do independent research and come to your own conclusions.

Peace


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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

I heard once that "Hatred is the orgasm of selfishness." Religion and political manipulation are often the smirking culprits behind targeted hatred. Violent hatred is second only to sex in the sales market. People love to hate and the media sells it hard.

Good hub....you do make sensible observations.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Tom Cornett - You are correct, hate has become a commodity throughout the world. This country fueled most of its growth off teaching its citizens to hate. They have also perfected the art of directing that hate as needed.

Thanks for reading


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Hatred is not the issue, and by using it in this hub it is inflammatory and it serves no purpose in determining a patriot.

The military that is protecting us around the world should get your support. If you have any problems with what they are doing then you should elect more candidates that align with your views.

Illegal aliens are getting a free pass than those immigrants that are trying to get into the country legally. Most of these immigrants are denied entry into this country, while millions of illegals are here. These illegals are not giving us cheap labor, they are getting free educations, free medical and many of them are commiting crimes here. Most of them that drive are doing so without insurance, and they may even vote in our elections.

Muslims have not done enough to distance themselves from the extremist radical terrorists. We need to know which side by deed that the Muslims in this country are on.


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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

SOBF, very interesting hub, but I may be a little confused. I don't know nor have I heard any Patriotic Americans who hold these views. Who are you talking about? Are you saying you are not a Patriotic American? Seems to me you're not so sure.

I think most Americans want illegal aliens of all races to get in line with the rest of the immigrants. I don't think most Americans hate Muslims since we have a beautiful Muslim representing us as Miss America. We don't like Muslims who come here to kill us. Is there something wrong with wanting to stay alive? Most people I meet don't dislike me if I'm a different race, at least they don't treat me as if they do. So who are these Patriotic Americans who can hate at the drop of a hate? I am truly curious.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Right Black - Please see American Romance...:)


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

OpinionDuck

I don't think nothing in my hub suggest that I don't support our troops. Totally to the contrary, I support them so much that I think their lives have greater value than to be wasted in battles that are not protecting our country.

You just listed a bunch of issues with illegal aliens that exist in every group of people in this country, legal or illegal.

On Muslims, here is a hint - the Muslims I know actually support their faith in the same way you support yours. That does not include extreme Muslim, just as I would guess you don't support Jim Jones. What do they need to do convert.


HSchneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Very interesting Hub SOBF. I agree that hate has no place in our political dialogue. The far right has been using it to wedge their way back into the political picture. The far left has done the same in the past but I don't believe to the same extreme. I wish we could have a sane national discussion on the issues of the day. Unfortunately it would kill ratings for all the national networks. Maybe if we all could sit down and read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution and not just the parts we like, maybe we can again remember what this country is about. It is a republic not just a democracy. Majority rules but minorities are protected. It's taken a while for these documents to evolve for everyone. Let's all read them and follow them and make it stronger for all.


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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

SOBF, I read American Romance's response, while I don't agree with what he said he didn't say he hates anyone. He said he resented these people for what they have done not for who they are. There is a big difference. If he said I hate all blacks because they are blacks that one story but saying he resents blacks because they were grumbling after Katrina is another. Resent means to feel or show displeasure or indignation at (a person, act, remark, etc.) from a sense of injury or insult. That is very different from hate. Do you have any other examples?


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Right Black - It's semantics.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

HSchneider - Stay tuned for my next hub that will discuss my idea for removing a lot of the negativity and party line politics in this country.


Lib O.K.A. Socialblu 6 years ago

Hey SOBF,

I haven't been on hub for a minute, but since I follow your RSS feed I got to read this article. I actually talk about the original definition of Patriotism in this country and how it became more conservative. The URL is: http://dedgurlcingztheblooze.wordpress.com/2010/08...

Additionally the way you handled some of these comments was quite impressive, and it reminded me of another blog I follow by a gentleman who calls himself Abagond. You might like his writing. His URL is: http://abagond.wordpress.com/

I am looking forward to the new hub.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Socialblu - Nice to see you back on hub pages. I need to pay more attention to my wordpress. I will check out the links you've provided.


American Tiger 6 years ago

"I can’t support the occupation of another sovereign nation by young men and women who have committed their lives to protecting the citizens of the United States."

~Very well. Do you support Rape Rooms, not letting women vote (or even read), torturing children in front of their parents, and the financial support of people who will blow themselves up to kill you and me? (Or that 8 year occupation of Post WWII Germany, where we still have bases?)~

"I can’t support the philosophy that death is an economic casualty that should be allowed for the financial betterment of a few."

~HUH? Whatchu talkin 'bout, and who in America supports that?~~

"I can’t hate illegal aliens simply because they are illegal aliens."

~Fair enough. I'm with you that people who want the American Dream for themselves and their families are not to be hated. Can you hate rapists, muggers, burglars, murderers, gang violence, drug dealers, identity thieves, welfare cheats and slave traders? Because in cities and towns all along our southern border -and many far further north-, those are all heavily 'illegal alien' growth industries.~

"I can’t hate people of different religious faiths (especially Muslims) simply because they are Muslim."

~I have a Muslim room-mate from Saudi Arabia. A divorced father of 3 gorgeous kids, who is my age. Other than he voted for Obama and doesn't like bacon, he's a damned fine man. He is none-too-pleased with the ass-hats who hide behind his religion, too.~

"I can’t hate people of a different race, simply because they are of a different race."

~So are you willing to denounce Hamas "death to Israel", the Muslim Brotherhood "terrorism is the only answer", and the New Black Panther "kill them crackers and they babies" movement?~

"I can’t hate people of a different nationality simply because they are not of European descent."

~What century are you living in?~

"Simply put, like most Americans I can’t hate just for the sake of hate."

~Then why do you identify with the political (liberal/left) ideology which historically voices it's opinions in violent protests and riots?~


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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

SOBF, I guess that is one way to dismiss a valid argument.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

American Tiger

While I don't support any of the atrocities you listed, I don't believe that American lives should be required to be put on the line to end them. We live in a world where economics can influence government much faster that sheer might and military force should be reserved for the most extreme situations.

On economics and life - Have we not performed like trained monkeys at the whim of the Saudi government (both political parties)?

Can I denounce groups that hate - Yes I can. I also denounce Israels occupation and America's desire to dictate governmental policy to sovereign nations by force.

Don't get me wrong this does not mean that I denounce, Muslims, Jews, Blacks, or Americans.

Your last question I cannot answer without doing a complete hub.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Right Black - I wasn't attempting to dismiss a valid point, I was only trying to make one. It is very easy for resentment to translate into hate. The fact that we see completely different things when we read words may have a great deal to do with our understanding of American Romances statement.

Let me give you an example. He seems to have forgotten that Katrina was a devastating flood, there was no electricity, killer heat, and all their possessions had been destroyed. Which translated into no refrigeration for food, no water, no clothes, and no medical attention. People were dying in the streets. But to him he just saw black people begging for food and stealing.


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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

SOBF, I understand his ignorance but that isn't hate either. His statement seemed to be more about what they were doing instead of who they were. I could be wrong but I just don't see this as a definitive example of hating someone for who they are. Maybe we will just have to say we see it differently. Again, do you have a more clear example?


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

Everything is just semantics, if one chooses to use that excuse, use that phrase as the result of the examination of much of anything. Our media is really "just semantics", and they well know the power of semantics, and the easy American ignorance or lack of introspect beyond the semantics of their choices of what to say, how to say it, what to cover, and when in the various media sources --- the semantics of what to Feed America - they pay close attention to that. May be off topic sort of, but the semantics part of the comments sort of struck me as something to address further.........

And, No, Americans are not hate-filled, in this 'nation' sense. They are human, a grand mix of humans, and we will never legislate away their uniqueness, and to judge them in a lump is not cool with me. And RightBlack seems a quite rational and observant voice here.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

KFlippin - You are right! Everything is just semantics. The reality of life is that we adjust things to our own value system and sets of belief. As far as your statement on the semantics of what to feed people, I consider it right on subject.

Your last statement however misses my entire point. My hub was not to call all Americans hate filled but to address those that like to call themselves Patriotic Americans and constantly spew hate.


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SOBF 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Right Black - I have answered this question on Black Guilt.


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

SOBF, I just came across this hub after you decided to folloe me. I appreciate the message you were trying to get across here and agree with it. Too many people feel that if they call hate by another name it's no longer hate. I also agree that we no longer need to be the only cop on the beat around the world. It was past time for Obama's decision to take assume a support role in the Gadhafi situation.

Too many people have no idea why they think the way they do. Most christians no understanding of the muslim faith and simply react to what they are fed on the nightly news. BTW, thanks for the link to aljazeera, I am always looking for another source of news from outside this countries borders. I have enough intelligence to realize that all the hatred expressed about other countries is nothing more than an attempt to garner support for the next war. Most people don't realize or even care that most of the news sevices in this country are spokespeople for the corporations that that own them. For example, I know I will never hear an antiwar statement from the NBC network as they are owned by GE. GE makes a tremendous amount of money from government contracts for the DOD.

Most people believe that America is the greatest country in the world based soley upon the fact that they were born in it. It amazes me the number of people that equate reading and comprhension to scanning an article for key words that ignite their anger. Rather than read the entire article and attempting to determine what the message contained with in it is, They see a word they dislike and start an attack. Then again most people have no clue that it's possible to consider an apposing view and not adopt it as their own.

This reminds me of the rediculous claims that so many people make about homosexuals. They don't hate the gay's they hate what they do in their bedrooms. If gays didn't have sex I suppose they would be welcome in every church across this country. That this makes sense to so many people indicates how rediculously low the intelligence levels have sunk in this country. Any how great hub that gets a vote up from me. Peace and best wishes to you and yours.

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