Actually, I’m sorry. That’s not fair. Or accurate.
Many of my closest friends are Republican, and they’re wonderful people who are able to articulate their views in a manner that promotes understanding between differing political ideologies.
Some of you reading this are that kind of conservative: intelligent, articulate, and understanding. This diatribe is not intended for you.
I’m talking to the conservatives–and conservatives who pose as libertarians or independents (seriously, you’re not fooling anyone)–who, literally, wave a flag with every opinion they spout and God forbid a liberal questions what they say, and if they do, they *must* be a traitor.
These are people who haven’t read the Constitution since they were in high school (and seem to gloss over the parts that are inconvenient to their opinion), who demand the government have less power while simultaneously calling for the government to control women’s healthcare choices and prevent gays from marrying, and who seem to perpetually have their fingers shoved in their ears whenever a dissenting opinion is told in their presence.
It’s these people who wave a flag and call liberals and Democrats “traitors” (or “socialists/commies,” which are just other words for “traitor”).
But here’s what really chaps my ass… the vast majority of these people have never served a day in their life in our Armed Forces.
These are the same people who criticize liberal politicians (many of whom actually did serve) for expressing disagreement with conservative policies by branding them “socialists” who are out to destroy so-called “American values.”
And more flag-waving, of course. And that makes me sad because I love our flag. It really is beautiful.
But seeing some ignorant asshole make ridiculous claims about people who happen to disagree with him or her and, literally, standing in front of, or beside, or while holding, an American flag really does make me want to vomit. It’s a disgusting display.
Here’s a prime example. My hometown’s Congressman is Rep. John Carter (R-TX). Congressman Carter has served in the U.S. House since 2003. My problem with Rep. Carter is not that he’s a Republican or conservative. Again, I have close friends who are conservative, and we get along fine. What pisses me off about John Carter is that the man has the gall to say the most ignorant things while simultaneously displaying an American flag beside his opinions as if the Stars-and-Stripes somehow makes what he says any smarter. His Facebook page is chock-full of this.
And here’s what makes this all so funny: The man has never served in the United States Armed Forces. Not one day. Not reserve duty. Not even JROTC.
This guy feels the need to call the President a socialist commie when even he didn’t make a decision to wear the uniform.
But you know what makes this all the more troubling? Rep. Carter chose not to serve his country during a time of war. Instead, he went to college (graduated in 1964 from Texas Tech) and then, to law school (graduated in 1969). He chose to attend these schools at the height of the Vietnam War, when his country needed young men and women to serve in uniform.
Let me make it even more clear: While young men and women were being sent to die for their country in Vietnam, Congressman Carter chose to avoid the draft and attend college, and then, law school.
And don’t get me wrong: There are probably liberals who do this, too, but honestly, I can’t think of one. If you can, please post their name in the comment section. I’d love to know… because to the best of my knowledge, this is a behavior that is entirely dominated by conservatives and Republicans.
Normally, I wouldn’t mind. If you don’t want to go to war, that’s your choice. But don’t then stand up with a flag in your hand and accuse others of being traitors. You look foolish.
By the way, I did point this out on the Congressman’s Facebook page and was promptly blocked. You gotta love “Freedom of Speech.”