Those know who history know that patriotism matters greatly because it serves as one of the foundational glues that holds a nation together in the most trying of times. Citizens of a nation may fervently disagree on the issues, but so long as they share a love of country, all will be well.
Judging by the commentary heard recently on the radically far-left YouTube talk show “The Young Turks,” the vulgar hosts of the popular liberal program do not know or understand history.
During a 10-minute rant posted last week, hosts Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian and Aida Rodriguez ripped into Fox News for running a segment in defense of the Pledge of Allegiance, which has in recent times come under attack from the most unlikely assailants: schoolchildren.
Just last week Texas school officials reportedly settled out of court with a high school student who sued them after they’d booted her for remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance.
In response to this and other similar stories, the hosts of “Fox & Friends” assembled a group of schoolchildren in a mock classroom, recited the pledge and then spoke about its meaning.
Watch the full segment below:
That was quite nice, right? Not to the hosts of “The Young Turks,” who described it as a “false flag” operation.
“They’re crazy — that’s the reason why they’re doing it. There is obviously nothing wrong with the Pledge of Allegiance but this is not a national issue,” Kasparian complained. “Everyone says the Pledge of Allegiance when they do it at sporting events … maybe they don’t, but who cares?”
“We have members of our military dying for needless wars and they are like, you know, we really need to have a long discussion about the Pledge of Allegiance and whether or not students are being forced to do it enough,” she added, making it clear she doesn’t understand history.
A growing number of Americans have in fact not been reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or showing proper allegiance to the American flag. Do the NFL anthem protests ring a bell?
This disrespectful behavior has been driven by the far left’s increasing animosity for the United States and everything for which it stands, including liberty and freedom for all.
Second, President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. In response, Kasparian’s anti-Trump allies on the left cried foul.
In the Fox segment, several kids expressed why the pledge matters to them.
“The Pledge of Allegiance reminds me of our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for us and the soldiers who are putting their lives on the line for us hoping for a better future for their loved ones,” one prodigious boy named Carl said to “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth.
Did the hosts of “The Young Turks” take note of Carl’s remark? Yes, but only in the most disgusting way possible: “That’s more black kids than they have on the network,” Rodriguez snootily quipped.
Watch the full show below:
Kasparian then retook the microphone to explain how the Supreme Court has ruled that the government cannot compel children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. While true, this isn’t the point.
The goal of the Fox segment hadn’t been to argue that kids must be forced to recite the pledge but rather to posit persuasive arguments for why reciting the pledge would be worth every child’s time.
According to Kasparian, those arguments reeked of leftism:
“There were a lot of interesting words used, including ‘unification’ and ‘kids need to understand that it’s not just about them, it’s about being part of this country. This sounds like collectivism, something that Fox News is not in favor of,” she asserted.
“They’re very much in favor of individualism, about picking yourself up by the bootstraps, working hard, not relying on anyone else. It’s interesting how they use collectivism in contexts that are convenient to them.”
Besides not knowing history, Kasparian also doesn’t know the difference between collectivism and patriotism. The former points to a belief that the needs of the group outweigh the needs of the individual, whereas the latter points simply to the robust support of one’s country over others.
It’s unclear why a person in her position is so stunningly misinformed.
“Patriotism is something that, in a sense you earn, that you work toward, that you say, ‘Hey, I love this country because of the opportunity it’s given me, the prosperity, the freedom, including the freedom not to say the pledge,” Uygar then argued. “Those are reasons you become patriotic. If you force patriotism on someone, it defeats the whole point. It’s not real.”
While that’s not a shabby argument, it’s unclear why he and his fellow hosts think the hosts of “Fox & Friends” were trying to force schoolchildren to recite the flag. They were just making the argument that, “Hey, you should recite the pledge because look at all the freedoms you enjoy here in the U.S.”
It’s also unclear why the hosts of “The Young Turks” believe that positing this argument makes one authoritarian. The argument seems as flimsy as the claim that Trump is a dictator. He’s not.
The fact is that the hosts of “Fox & Friends” were just trying to highlight the importance of patriotism. Look around you. What do you see? You see leftists burning the American flag, kneeling during the national anthem and proclaiming how much they hate America.
Are these attitudes conducive to America’s continued prosperity? No. Might teaching kids all the country has given them and encouraging them to be grateful solve this growing problem? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure beats doing nothing or, worse, making racist jokes about black kids.
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