MINOT, N.D. — As we approach the most patriotic of American holidays there are reminders all around us that, for a certain faction of the American public, patriotism isn’t fashionable any more.
The evidence is everywhere.
Watch all the people using the ‘Murica slur on social media this 4th of July, a neologism invented to mock love of country as though it were the sort of thing unwashed troglodytes get up to when not pursuing romantic relationships with family members.
Quarterback-turned-celebrity activist Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a contract to play football these days, but he does have an endorsement deal with Nike and used his clout with the company to nix a sneaker honoring Betsy Ross.
The reasoning of this intellectual giant is that the sneaker featured a version of the American flag which existed when our nation still allowed slavery.
Kaepernick once wore a shirt honoring Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a man infamous for, among other things, putting Cubans into forced labor camps. So go figure.
“Please Stop Telling Me America is Great,” read a headline from the New York Times this week, echoing similar headlines from elsewhere.
A time when America was great “never in fact really existed,” Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this year.
America was “never that great,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last year.
HBO is currently airing a television series called “Years and Years” about a world plunged into madness by American political arrogance.
You get the point.
If you love this country you’re an ignorant rube is what these people are trying to tell us. A useful idiot for the Amerikkkan regime.
A survey by the National Retail Federation found that the number of Americans planning to celebrate the 4th of July holiday is in decline. Not by a lot — just 4 percent since 2013 — but it’s a worrisome trend.
This is a side effect of our turbulent political times. Our cast of national leaders — from Donald Trump to Nancy Pelosi and beyond — is an embarrassment. The public’s frustration is running high, to the point where it’s beginning to eclipse the idea of America.
Our nation was founded by a group of political extremists who sought to create a government which treated all citizens as equals endowed certain inalienable rights.
Extremists because, at the time, that was an extreme idea.
But also a great one.
In the aggregate, this grand experiment of ours has been a success. For all our nation’s failures, the world is a better place because America exists.
Not perfect, but definitely better.
That’s what we’re celebrating this 4th of July.
Who cares what certain politicians or celebrity activists or phony intellectuals have to say?
Be uncool. Wear your patriotism on your sleeve.
Rob Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, a North Dakota political blog, is a Forum Communications commentator. Listen to his Plain Talk Podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RobPort.