Category Archive: Nationalism

Jun 13 2012

Poor Lee Greenwood is So Persecuted

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.

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Jun 01 2012

Campos on Hayes’ Unnecessary Apology

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Paul Campos reacts perfectly to the emotionally-charged reaction to Chris Hayes’ entirely reasonable statement that merely being a soldier does not make someone a hero, for which Hayes has now issues a completely unnecessary and tortured apology.

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May 26 2012

Ted Nugent: Super Patriot

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 …

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May 14 2012

Bachmann’s Swiss Citizenship

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 …

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Apr 09 2012

School Wants Kids to Sing Worst Song in History

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 …

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Feb 06 2012

Mitt Romney’s Empty Nationalist Idiocy

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 …

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Dec 08 2011

Mitt Romney Speaks French!

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 …

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