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False Patriotism for False Patriots

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Fox Host Gretchen Carlson has a thing or two to say about the students who walked out in protest in the Denver, Colorado area after the local school board proposed censoring their history curriculum.

Carlson is “all for” free speech and what not, but get the fuck out.

“The last time I checked, we were still living in the United States of America, where we have a national anthem and an American flag,” she said on her show, “The Real Story.” “Are they the next things to be controversial and talked about being thrown out? How could being patriotic or learning about patriotism be a negative?” [...]

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for freedom of speech and the ability to gather and state your claim. But, quite frankly, if you don’t like it here, and you have a problem with promoting the basic freedoms that men and women have died for — protesting for the rest of us and protecting us — then get out.

You could say the same thing to Gretchen Carlson.

The point made by students is that censoring our history is anti-American; that discouraging protest and disobedience is anti-American.

Why does Gretchen Carlson want to censor America’s history? Why does Gretchen Carlson hate America? If she doesn’t like it, she can leave.

Snark aside — I think I finally have the answer to my question. I finally understand why conservatives want to emulate the educational practices of nations they would call enemies by censoring negative events in our history.

Conservatives are afraid that, if we don’t censor our history, children will grow up to hate their own nation. To me this demonstrates a fundamental lack of confidence in America and Americans and, more specifically, the students they apparently believe are incapable of forming their own opinions.

The actions taken by students proves the conservative premise is wrong. They not only can form their own opinions; they want to form their own opinions.

Fox News is false patriotism for false patriots. There’s nothing patriotic about censoring the embarrassments of our past. The idea that we should somehow dupe students into having a romanticized picture of America is a perversion of patriotism.

  • Why isn’t this woman be embarrassed that Fox is the best she could after all of her supposed edumucation?

  • TimJ

    “I’m all for freedom of speech…but…” Classic, right up there with “I have blah friends”. The beautiful part is that she moves straight to “freedoms men and women have died for” a sort of Godwin’s Law using dead soldiers in place of Hitler. We need a new name for this phenomena.

  • fry1laurie

    Knowing the full truth about America’s wrongs in the past can help us get over them in the future, but that’s not something conservatives want. They follow the “god put us here in Amurka for a reason” school, where slavery, poverty, global catastrophy doesn’t need to be addressed because we’re “exceptional.”

  • TiredOfThePhonies

    Why isn’t this woman be embarrassed that Fox is the best she could after all of her supposed edumucation?

  • Christopher Foxx

    The idea that we should somehow dupe students into…

    ANY time you have to dupe people to get them to see things your way you’re flat-out declaring that your way is utter bunk.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Conservatives are afraid that, if we don’t censor our history, children will grow up to hate their own nation.

    No, “conservatives” are afraid that, if we don’t censor our history, children will grow up to realize how utterly anti-American “conservatives” are.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Ding! Ding! Ding!

  • Christopher Foxx

    But, quite frankly, if you don’t like it here, … —then get out.“

    Carlson has made it very clear she doesn’t like to current government and that the country is becoming a more and more terrible place.

    So…. when’s her flight out?

  • aynwrong

    The sad truth is that this like what Chez was talking about on the podcast. Another time where you want to get into her face and point out the stupidly of everything she just said. But the reality is she probably already knows that and simply doesn’t care. And neither does the Fake Noise Channel audience.

    • Christopher Foxx

      But the reality is she probably already knows that and simply doesn’t care.

      I’m certain that she knows that. And she’d gladly see America destroyed if it meant she got to continue to be rich and influence control over other people. Because that’s what she truly loves.

  • There’s no “Gretchen” without “retch.”

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Conservatives are afraid that, if we don’t censor our history, children will grow up to hate their own nation.

    No. Conservatives are afraid that, if we don’t censor our history, children will grow up to hate conservatives; to not vote Republican, and to not fall for the GOP’s childish jingoistic rah-rah bullshit let alone vote Republican because of it.

    Conservatives are afraid that, if we don’t censor our history, children will grow up knowing that it was liberals who righted these wrongs, and vote accordingly.

    • JMAshby

      I guess I felt that was implied, but good point.

  • Badgerite

    The thing about telling people, children learning our history in school in particular, the unvarnished truth about American history is that they come to realize what a struggle it was by so many people to have gotten here from there. And why it is important to their own lives to preserve our freedoms and the advances in society and that that requires engagement of the citizens on every level and pretty much all the time. In short, that freedom isn’t free. Not in the military sense only, but in terms of citizen commitment to the ideals and principles our government was founded on. How do you even understand that without knowing our history. Our true history. The bad America has done, along with the good. If all you preach to children is the false impression that America has never done a bad thing, then when they confront the reality, they lose faith. What’s more American history, warts and all, is far richer than any Disney Land version they can come up with.
    Vivid and real. Made up of amazing stories and amazing people. Who fought tooth and nail to get us to where we are. Just ask Ken Burns.