You probably heard about Donald Trump’s military parade and all the authoritarian sheeple he had there cheering him on. Jacob Hornberger has a very good post on that. Among other things, he writes:
Americans today praise the signers of the Declaration as patriots. But I will guarantee you that their government didn’t consider them to be patriots. They considered them to be terrorists, criminals, and traitors. If the government had won, the rebels would have been long forgotten,
What about the British troops? Not surprisingly, the government exhorted the British colonists to support the troops. They pointed out what Trump pointed out yesterday — that it is the duty of the citizenry to support the troops because they are protecting the nation and the freedom of the citizenry.
And in fact, it has been estimated that about one-third of the British colonists did end up supporting the troops during the Revolution. They sided with their government and cheered the troops as they tried to put down the rebellion by killing the British citizens who were doing the rebelling.
The British revolutionaries, on the other hand, absolutely refused to support the troops. On the contrary, they chose to shoot and kill the troops. They wanted the troops to surrender and return to England so that they could establish their own nation, one that would not be a military nation like the one against which they were rebelling.
So, who were the real patriots — the ones who supported the troops or the ones who shot and killed the troops? In the movie The Patriot, which starred Mel Gibson, the answer was that the patriots were those who are willing to stand up to the wrongdoing of their own government, which sometimes means standing up to the government’s troops.
And I also have some thoughts on this.
In my view, it is a shame that so many people in America are bamboozled and duped by propaganda for decades now to “support the troops” regardless of all the criminal wars of aggression and violence wrought by U.S. military overseas, and for no good reason. The authoritarian nationalists continue to defend the murderous rampages of the U.S. military, such as in their recent acquittal of murder of the Navy SEAL Gallagher.
And the people on ditto-head radio are making me pull my hair out with their extreme cognitive dissonance. They are just like the leftists they constantly criticize: They LOVE government authority! Especially men in uniforms, like military and police. I think they literally get aroused by all this.
In my view, given what Trump-loving authoritarian neanderthal sheeple they are, if Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, Sebastian Dorka and Sean Hannity were around at the time of the American Revolution, they would have reported on the rebels and turned them in to the “authorities.” Why? Because these loonies are nationalists. The people who were nationalists back then were the loyalists who were loyal to the regime.
And ignorant nationalists at that. They are also part of the Lincoln Cult, as Thomas DiLorenzo would put it. Just the other day I heard Sebastian Dorka say that 600,000 people died in the “Civil War” in the name of “freeing the slaves,” when that is just not true. They died in the name of restoring the centralized power apparatus in Washington. They died in the name of punishing secessionists who wanted to leave a union. They died in the name of being forcibly brought back into a union involuntarily that they wanted no part of.
And they died in the name of enshrining the imperial U.S. President Lincoln and all subsequent U.S. emperors. (Although JFK was beginning to break out of that mold, but the national security state’s assassination of Kennedy re-secured their authority over the people.)
In fact, James Bovard has an article now on the similarities between Lincoln and Trump. (Authoritarian sheeple love them both.)
And also, the conservatives and nationalists in Amerika should please shut up about Colin Kaepernick and his not liking a flag on a shoe that Nike was going to produce. “Aww, poor Colin Krappernick,” the ditto-heads whine, “he feels triggered by an early American flag…boo-hoo…”
Yet, these same nationalists are triggered if they see or hear about someone “desecrating” an American flag or engaged in flag-burning as a protest. Did you see Candace Owens’s tweet, belching out her anti-First Amendment tirade? “If I were President, the punishment for burning the U.S flag would be the renunciation of citizenship. No jail time, no fine— simply one year to liquidate your assets and get the hell out of our country.”
Talk about someone who does not understand why the First Amendment was written! And she responded to the Dear Leader, who tweeted the day before: “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” (Talk about someone with a “no brainer.”)
So these are authoritarian nationalists and collectivists who worship a flag and who identify with a strong authoritarian State and its military. You can’t get much more un-American than that.