If there is another country in the world that displays the kind of ignorance, xenophobia and nationalism that we find in huge supply in this country, it’s Russia. Another example: They’re now considering a law to ban the use of non-Russian words, especially American ones.
Category Archive: Nationalism
Feb 04 2013
As if we needed another demonstration of the xenophobia and misology of the American right, here’s a story of students in Ft. Collins, Colorado translating the Pledge of Allegiance into other languages and reciting it in those languages from time to time. Cue the outrage from the wingnuts when they got to it in Arabic.
Jan 29 2013
From the Department of Creepy Authoritarian Ideas: A group of Republican legislators in Arizona have proposed a bill to require a loyalty oath — complete with a promise to God — before anyone in that state can graduate from high school. HB 4267 says:
Jan 25 2013
The head of the Mon Valley Republican Committee in Pennsylvania, Brent Kovac, hung an American flag upside down at that committee’s headquarters on the day President Obama was inaugurated for a second term, saying he did it because it’s a sign that the country is in distress:
Sep 27 2012
Aug 11 2012
Fox News has apparently decided that they haven’t been quite xenophobic enough so far and that America’s Olympic athletes just don’t have enough flags on their uniforms. The Tea Party moron they brought on even thinks it’s “anti-American.”
Jun 13 2012
Here’s another faux freakout from the right. An elementary school principal in New York said no to kindergartners singing Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA at a graduation ceremony and the wingnuts are foaming at the mouth over it.
Jun 01 2012
May 26 2012
While appearing at a concert in Alpharetta, Georgia, Ted Nugent recorded a backstage tribute to the troops. I wonder if he had crapped his pants before he did it, you know, as a sign of his “heartfelt” appreciation of the guys he called “chumps” and “imbeciles” when he was dodging the draft in Vietnam. But …
May 14 2012
I’m sure you’ve heard by now about Michele Bachmann and her family getting citizenship in Switzerland. This is because Marcus’ parents are from there and that makes them all eligible for Swiss citizenship, something they applied for in February. And I’m perfectly fine with that. In fact, I think it’s kinda cool. If I had …
Apr 09 2012
An elementary school in Massachusetts has an assembly scheduled for next week to celebrate American history and they wanted to have the kids sing the single worst song ever made, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA (yes, even worse than that damn theme from Titanic). But they were going to change the words to “I …
Feb 06 2012
Samuel Johnson didn’t really mean what we typically mean today when we quote his adage that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,” but it’s certainly true that patriotism — or a very shallow facsimile of it — is the first refuge of politicians who have nothing of actual substance to say. Mitt Romney, who …
Dec 08 2011
This video of Mitt Romney speaking French to Olympics volunteers in 2002. Noreen Malone says she “can’t really imagine this 2002 video…going over especially well with the right-wing base.” Andrew Sullivan says the video could “do some damage” to Romney with the right. The fact that they’re both right is what makes me deeply cynical …