Patriotism: Democrats have become so fond of attacking Republicans and their policies as “un-American” that we wouldn’t be surprised if they call for a congressional committee to investigate them. It wouldn’t be the first time Democrats have done so.
Although wrongly attached to Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy, the House Committee on Un-American Activities (also known as HUAC) was entirely a Democratic creation.
The committee got its start in 1938, when Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the House by a margin of 334 to 88. And over the course of HUAC’s entire 37-year existence, Republicans controlled the House — and chaired the committee — for all of four years. Whatever sins HUAC allegedly committed were done so almost entirely under the committee’s Democratic leadership.
Of course, “un-American” for the purposes of that committee’s investigations meant actually doing things in service of the nation’s enemies, whether it was the Nazis in World War II or the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
These days, however, all that’s required to be called un-American by a Democrat is to disagree with their liberal world view.
Sen. Charles Schumer can barely get through an interview without calling one Trump policy or another un-American. When he heard that the administration was considering using 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants, he called it “one of the most un-American things that would happen in the last century.” (It turns out that such a plan was never under consideration.)
When Trump signed an executive order suspending visa applications from terror-prone countries, Schumer called it un-American. When Trump revised that order, Schumer said “it is still un-American.”
League of Women Voters declared that the House Republicans’ ObamaCare replacement plan — which retains most of ObamaCare’s rules and regulations — “is un-American.”
The New York Times ran a piece suggesting that talk of a “deep state” that is trying to undermine the Trump administration was un-American.
Last fall, the Huffington Post ran a piece arguing that the entire Republican platform “is well, downright un-American.”
At the Academy Awards, Casey Affleck used his acceptance speech to say that “the policies of this administration are abhorrent and … they’re really un-American.”
Even abiding by the law these days is un-American, apparently.
The ACLU charged that Trump’s plan to enforce an existing immigration law — one written by congressional Democrats and signed by a Democratic president — is an “un-American dream.”
Bloomberg called Trump’s revised executive order on visas un-American, “even if it withstands judicial scrutiny.”
When Newt Gingrich suggested last summer that Congress revive the Un-America Activities Committee to target genuine domestic enemies of the U.S. — in this case radical Islamic extremists — the left freaked, and declared that this, too, was un-America.
Criticizing the press has also become un-American — if you happen to be in the Trump administration, that is.
CNN’s Jake Tapper lobbed the charge against the entire White House staff recently, saying “this White House does not seem to value an independent press. There is a word for that line of thinking. The word is un-American.”
NBC’s Chuck Todd said, in response to Trump’s criticism of a biased news media, that “delegitimizing the press is un-American.”
Trump and company have, unfortunately, joined this game as well. Trump tweeted that leaking intelligence information to the press was “very un-American.” White House aide Sebastian Gorka called objections to a Trump plan to highlight crimes committed by illegals “un-American.”
So let’s back to basics. Accusing someone of being un-American simply because you disagree with their views on an issue destroys the true meaning of the term “un-American.” And that, we’d dare to say, is not the American way. (IBD)
It’s also racist, bigoted, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and sexist to disagree with them.
There now don’t you feel better about Freedom of Speech in Liberal America… 🙂