The Pink Flamingo is featuring this post today, because of the Wednesday’s Hero, Cpl. George Smith, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers. Men like Cpl. Smith, and the humble photo of him, that brings tears to one’s eyes, is what the United States of America is all about – freedom and sacrifice. George Smith is the true face of what freedom, liberty and the Constitution is all about. His humility, his reverence for country says it all.
Unless one knows about the history of the Navajo people in the years leading up to World War II, you cannot begin to appreciate just what these brave men did. If any single group of men ever had a reason to refuse to support the United States, they did.
The feds came in, during the worst of the Depression, killing off livestock, sheep, cattle, the life’s blood of the Navajo people. Already impoverished, the actions, an attempt to prevent over-grazing during the Dust Bowl years, pushed the Dine over the brink, into starvation. They persevered.
In one of his classic novels, New Mexico treasure, (and Pink Flamingo idol) the late Tony Hillerman, sent Joe Leaphorn, one of the two primary characters of his novels, to New York. His beloved Emma, who was soon to die, went with him. They were in one of the museums, looking at art. Emma made mention of the fact that she appreciated the piece. It was like the Navajo people. They persevere, no matter what.
They did not spew hatred. They did not demand succession or people to hate the government. They never mention hatred. They simply keep on keeping on, even today, disparately trying to somehow blend tradition and the encroaching modern world.
Contrast this with the far right, who truly has no reason to hate this nation or the government. The tea party libertarians, apparently, truly hate the federal government. The following quotes come from my twitter timeline, from tea party “patriots” who want to take their country back.
“…We weren’t TAUGHT to hate our gov’t, we’ve LEARNED to hate them. Big difference …”
“…i hate the government because it wont leave me the hell alone…”
“…As much as I hate the government & politics I think my generation needs to take over congress & beat the system from within…”
“…Government: We hate it. It’s evil. We want to shrink it until we can drown it in a bathtub. Put us in charge of it. ..”
“…The concept of patriotism is fierce devotion to one’s country, and it is supposed to override differences caused by the individual geographical locations and philosophies inherent in varying cultures and ideology within a nation. Nationalism is a form of patriotism based on a group of individuals’ identification with a nation, and it belies the belief that citizenship should be limited to any one ethnic, religious, or philosophical conviction, and yet after the re-election of President Obama, the notion of nationalism and a unified population appears to be non-existent among Republican supporters. After nearly four years, the hate manifest toward President Obama and his supporters is candid and intense, and portends trouble for America….”
They don’t care about their country. All they want is their way, even if the country is destroyed. It isn’t about love of country, patriotism, or standing up for one’s home. It’s about their version of liberty and freedom. By golly, they will have it, even if they must destroy the nation to get it.
If you must destroy something to get your way, you don’t love it. You don’t even respect it. It’s all about wanting what you want, and everything else be damned.
Tea Party Patriots, far right conservatives, and good freedom loving libertarians who are willing to destroy this nation, to preserver THEIR idea of freedom and liberty betray men like George Smith and my father. The far right propaganda machine that encourages it is deplorable and a treat to our national security. I don’t know about you, but I have nothing but contempt for people like this.
When The Pink Flamingo reads tweets and articles by these good “patriots” praying for the success of petitions for states to secede from the Union, I don’t call them patriots, I call them traitors.