Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Blog Patriotism: All-American Pride Across the Web

Patriotism was alive and well across the blogosphere yesterday. After I put up my early morning post on the Declaration of Independence, I spent the rest of the morning surfing the blog exchanges. I was rewarded with a brilliant display of support for the United States from a wide variety of blogs. One of the best of the day was found over at Jetting Through Life, where Melissa from Sheffield, Ohio, spoke about growing up in Wisconsin and marching in her hometown's Memorial and 4th of July parades. I also liked all the colors and fireworks over at the Center for Sanity. One of the better political posts of the day, especially with its quote from Thomas Paine, was over at Opinionnation. There were loads of more of incredible pages all around the web.

It was with some dismay, then, when I took a break from blogging to read the morning papers, to come across this anti-American commentary piece by Mark Kurlansky in the Los Angeles Times. It's certainly fine to point out how the U.S. has routinely failed to live up to its Jeffersonian aspirations, but Kurlansky's piece deteriorates into a boilerplate screed against our history. I was especially taken back by this passage:

Slavery was the most celebrated flaw of the founding fathers, but they also set the stage for the genocide of about 10 million American Indians and did not even entirely reject colonialism....
No need to go on. Kurlansky gave away his radical bias right there, as the charge of genocide against Native Americans by the U.S. is a regular staple of the multicultural left's agenda. The problem, of course, is that there was no genocide of American Indians. Guenther Lewy debunked the charge in his essay, "Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?," which originally appeared in Commentary Magazine. Kurlansky's ultimate goal is to topple the Founding Fathers from the pantheon of American history. But the effort is misguided. The American heritage begins with the founding ideals of the signers of the Declaration and the drafters of the Constitution. The paradox in our country's history, which Kurlansky does not address, is that the same documents that allowed slavery also contained the institutional mechanisms to abolish it. Indeed, the wisdom of the Founding Fathers was illustrated in this piece by Richard Brookhiser, which also ran in yesterday's Times (and should have been the lead article). It's amazing how wide the gap is between middle American bloggers (and their commonsense love of country) and members of the entrenched publishing elite bent on deligitimizing the United States.


prying1 said...

Good post Donald - Hope your holiday was not too noisy.

Now back to work - Sigh!

Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Paul.

I had a great holiday, hanging out with my family, watching Angels baseball, and barbequing.

Take it easy.

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"Jet" said...

Thank you for the lovely compliment with you linking my site. I really appreciate it!

Hope you had a safe holiday!


Donald Douglas said...

You're welcome, Melissa. I had a great holiday. Keep up your great blog!