Conservatives, Liberals and Patriotism
This is in the category of water is wet and fire burns. Gallup has released the result of a poll which shows that conservatives embrace patriotism for the US far more than liberals:
“The increase in the overall percentage of Americans calling themselves “extremely patriotic” is driven largely by seniors, Republicans, and conservatives — all of whom are significantly more likely to say so than they were in 2005. Republicans’ relatively higher identification with the “extremely patriotic” label is particularly intriguing when one considers that Democrats are currently far more likely than Republicans to say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country (41% vs. 7%, respectively). Still, the majority of Americans in each of these subgroups say they are “extremely” or “very” patriotic.”
Go here to view the poll. Since 2005 the number of Republicans calling themselves extremely patriotic is up 17 points, the number of conservatives doing so is up 15 points, while the number of liberals claiming to be extremely patriotic is down 4 points.
None of this is unexpected. Many liberals tend to have a jaundiced view of American history, some viewing much of it as a racist, patriarchal, genocidal and homophobic crime against humanity. Conservatives tend to agree with Lincoln, who throughout his life fought against a great evil in American life, that America is the last, best hope of humanity. The conservative protest movement, the Tea Party, draws inspiration from the Founding Fathers. Their leftist adversaries deride them as tea baggers, using a vulgarity common in the homosexual community.
These attitudes stem from the fact that most conservatives deeply love America in spite of its flaws, while a signicant number of liberals despise America in spite of its virtues. This is something new in American history. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an ardent patriot, while being the father of modern liberalism. Paul Douglas, a liberal Democrat senator from Illinois, was a 50 year old University of Chicago college professor in 1942. He joined the Marine Corps, served in combat with distinction, and rose from private to lieutenant colonel. In the sixties, liberalism became associated with a disdain for patriotism in this country, and so we have the present situation where a large political faction in this country has within its ranks a large section that is not very fond of America.