This morning on radio Glenn went through two stories that were recently in the news, both have to do with anti-patriotic protests from the left.
The first is a story out of New York City. Last week, TheBlaze.com reported on a Brooklyn principal who banned children from singing ‘God Blass the USA’ during their kindergarten graduation program, claiming she didn’t “want to offend other cultures.”
This week those same children were heckled for singing the song at a protest in a nearby park.
Parents, outraged by Principal Greta Hawkins’ decision to ban the song, organized the protest and invited Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY) to attend (he’s running against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand). But the event, which was assembled to allow the children and families to make their opposition to Hawkins’ stance known, went terribly wrong when some adults chose to shout over the children in protest.
“The left shows up, and what does the left do? They decide to scream at the schoolchildren. I mean, we're talking little kids, scream at the schoolchildren,” Glenn said.
In the audio clip of the protest you can hear the children in the background singing “God Bless America,” and the protest trying to shout over them screaming, “Burn in hell! You’re all going to burn in hell!”
“They’re all going to burn in hell for singing “God Bless America”?” Pat asked.
Glenn quickly jumped over to the other story – this one of a flag burning out of Oakland, California. In this clip far left protesters are burning an American flag and singing. As they sing, you can hear them saying “America, F* you”.
“They won’t burn in hell, the flag will just burn. But when you sing “God Bless America,” that’s when you’re going to burn,” Pat said noting the left’s hypocritical logic.
The left has been protesting America, capitalism and the Constitution for years. It was the same story in the 1960's, just different characters. But, what Glenn points out next is the ultimate irony of the left. The shameful parts of American history that the far left loves to highlight, the reasons they burn the flag in anger and yell at children singing songs like "God Bless America" is never put into context.
Van Jones likes to highlight the horrible history of what America did to the Native Americans, but ironically little attention is ever put on progressive Andrew Jackson, who was operating under the guise of "Manifest Destiny". The far left calls conservatives racists, even President Obama has made comments about rounding people up off the streets, but which Presidents actually did these things? Woodrow Wilson and FDR.
Glenn went on to ask Pat who he had learned more anti-American history/stories from, Barack Obama, Van Jones or him.
“Definitely you,” Pat answered.
While many on the extreme left say they hate America, they rarely provide substantive history or facts as to why. On the other hand, Glenn, who loves America, is willing to tell the truth, both bad and good, about American history – in context.
“MSNBC and their hosts are always bashing America, but they’re not putting it into context. They’re not telling you why the bad things happened the way they did. They are just telling you that they happened, so you think it’s a bad country,” Pat said. “They are not telling you it’s their own compatriots who share the ideology they do on those things. They don’t say 'that was my hero, FDR.' They don’t say 'that was my hero, one of the founders of my movement, Woodrow Wilson.' They never say that.”
Glenn added that the difference between the left and the right is that the right doesn’t want America destroyed – the same thing goes for libertarians, and the crazy extreme libertarians that will protest with Occupy because they agree on one point. The difference is that the left is preaching destruction, while the right is for construction. The right typically stands for something, while the left is only standing against something.
“We've [America] got serious issues, but we can deal with them – we can fix them,” Glenn said. “They want to destroy it. And that's the difference between us. Do you want to destroy it, or do you want to say, "We can be better than this"? Because that's the thing that all of our founders had in common. That's the thing that all of our great presidents had in common. Not the revisionist history progressive but the true great presidents, they all had something in common and they believed in the American people, they believed in the individual, and they believed that we could be better tomorrow than we are today. I believe that. I think you do.”