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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