I won’t take to heart the accusation that I hate the United States–a refrain from a commenter Adam West at Think Progress. It is not surprising that those Homelanders who support Obama, see dissension on extra-territorial taxation, FATCA, and citizenship as unpatriotic. As too often occurs, nationalism and political partisanship become mixed into an idolatrous blend. Back when George W. Bush was president, these same people often insisted that their protests against him were not unpatriotic. Who can forget Hillary Clinton’s passionate plea for the right to question the current administration?
At the time, dissension over the war on terror and criticism of George Bush was universal among Democrats, and the response from many right-wingers was that such protests were unpatriotic. Wasn’t it right to support one’s country in a time of war? Isn’t it wrong, practically traitorous, to spread discontent with an administration which was leading the fight against the enemies of America? But the progressives at that time claimed that dissension itself is the true form of patriotism. Some even promised that if a republican candidate won another election that they would move to Canada. I heard one woman say that to me while vacation in Grand Cayman, so it must have been a pretty popular sentiment. Isn’t the act of moving to another country just the beginning of a move towards the disbanding of ties that occurs when one relinquishes US citizenship? So weren’t these democrats being unpatriotic haters of America? Aren’t these the same people that defend the Obama administration and accuse me of being a traitor?
If I relinquish my citizenship, protest the treatment of my fellow Canadian citizens by this current administration, am I being unpatriotic, or am I exercising my American right to register my protest against an administration with which I disagree? Are Democrats not confusing disagreement with a lack of patriotism? Have they not simply taken on the persona of their political adversaries?
Here is a video in which Obama claims on the one hand that he won’t call those who disagree unpatriotic, then says that increasing the debt to China is “unpatriotic” but then since he did increase debt to China with even larger deficits proves himself to be more unpatriotic than Bush. The term “patriotic” thus serves the interests of party politics, as does the accusation of hatred of America.