Republicans claim they love America.
But they sure don’t seem to like the American people.
And these supposedly America-loving Republicans also seem to hate American cities, which is where 80% of Americans live.
So they must love rural America, right?
Ehhh…not so much.
Republicans have historically tried to block Medicaid expansion and cut its funding, which rural Americans have especially benefited from. They’ve sought to slash funding for rural infrastructure and development. They’ve sided with big ag over independent farmers. And they’re continually trying to cut food stamps, which rural Americans depend on — even more than those in cities.
So maybe it’s the land itself they love.
Except that while in office, Donald Trump rolled back more than a hundred environmental regulations, making it easier to pollute America’s air, water, and land.
Rather than conserving our land, they seem more interested in conserving Big Oil profits.
And sadly, Republicans are increasingly rejecting America’s core principles. They’re attacking freedom of speech with book bans. They’re attacking freedom of assembly with laws restricting protests. And they’re rejecting the separation of church and state.
It’s time to stop letting Republicans claim the mantle of patriotism without actually being patriots.
Patriotism means loving freedom: the freedom to make your own health care choices, the freedom to choose who and how you love, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to unionize.
Patriotism also means wanting Americans to be free from the fear of gun violence and free from crushing student debt.
Above all, patriotism involves strengthening our democracy. True patriots don’t put loyalty to their political party above their love of America. True patriots don’t support an attempted coup.
Now is the time for the rest of us to reclaim patriotism and affirm its true meaning.
Read it on Robert Reich’s blog.