“You Cannot Love America in Theory and Hate it in Fact.”


That quote comes from a Fareed Zakaria screed about the evil Republicans.

The era of crisis could end but only when this group of conservatives makes its peace with today’s America. They are misty-eyed in their devotion to a distant republic of myth and memory yet they are passionate in their dislike of the messy multi-racial capitalist and welfare state democracy that America actually has been for half a century, a fifth of this nation’s history. At some point will they realize that you cannot love America in theory and hate it in fact.

That indictment could be much more decisively applied to liberals than conservatives who remain passionately devoted to some imaginary Camelot, an ivory tower state without borders or budgets that can only come into being by destroying the America that exists.

When Michelle Obama described being proud of the country for the first time when her husband was elected, that summed up the disease moral state of liberalism which only approves of the America that they create by destroying America.

If conservatives sometimes romanticize the past, what they are attached to is an actual America. Liberals largely despise the nation of even the past 50 years. Their highlights are few and far between. They begin with the Civil Rights Movement and the election of the latest Great Liberal Savior on a mission to turn America into Europe… only to depart a failure.

Conservatives don’t love a theoretical America. They love the America that was and can be again. It is the left that loves only a hypothetical America that never existed and can never exist because it already failed everywhere it’s been trained from Russia to China to France.

And it is the left that hates America. What are the careers of Howard Zinn, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and countless others a testament to anything except the deep-seated loathing of America?

The left can only love America as a theoretical Socialist state. But they hate the reality of it in every possible way.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    In all the 237 year history of the U.S., there’s only been one year in which more people left the country than came here. That was 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, when people were selling apples on street corners; and wondering where their next meal would come from. The remaining 236 years, more people came to the U.S. than left, including 1930-1931 and 1933-1941, also Depression years–an excellent and unequaled record, and a good answer to anti-Semite Fareed Zakaria. And by the way, the Great Depression was world-wide, and not limited to America.

    • Silver Gonzales

      True but the elites in Britain and America caused it by dumping tons of silver to reduce its price to .245 dollars in February 1931. This devastated the currencies of China and India who could no longer afford Western goods. Hence the unemployment and poorly maintained farm land.

      FDR and Friends created a Great Depression, which lead to Hitler, Mao, devastated Europe, which lead to American expansionism, Castro, Cuban Missile Crisis, etc.

      • tagalog

        The primary international causes of Hitler’s rise were (1) the collapse of the Weimar Republic, which initiated runaway inflation due to the insistence of the Western Allies on German payment of reparations for World War I. The U.S. was not very favorable to such insistence; and (2) the internal disturbances caused by the Communist International, which fomented the workers’ revolution in the nation claimed to be most ready for it – Germany. Germans voted for Hitler because he promised political stability.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        Don’t think so. The Great Depression was touched off in America by the stock market crash of October 24, 1929. It had begun in the Far East(as you say) in 1927.

  • Seth

    I kid my spouse about going back to their old country. Their old country seems to have more manufacturing and money than does the U.S.A.. They love their former country, but it is very clear that they do not want to go back for anything other than for vacation nor do they want to change citizenship.

    But Messieurs Zinn, Stone, and Moore have solution. They grab their old playbook and flip it to the pager about … re-education camps.

  • Jason

    The problem is that people seem unable to take the good with the bad. It’s so common for socialists to dismiss America’s achievements for the slave trade, or for international intervention. Sure, slavery was bad, no one denies that. But to them, these bad actions of America are worse than any of the good things that America has done. It’s the truth world over with leftists, only focus on the bad.

    There’s nothing wrong with highlighting unsavoury incidents in your nation’s past, but there is something wrong in focussing solely on them. Leftists need to learn to take the good with the bad, then maybe they’d appreciate America a little bit more.

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Leftists tend to sacrifice the good for the perfect, in most situations.

  • truebearing

    Zakaria is a delusional fool, much like the rest of the idiots who persist in adhering to a political religion that has utterly failed with every attempt to inflict its sick vision of utopia onto a nation.

    What Marxist nitwits like Zakaria fail to comprehend is that the worst thing they can accuse conservatives of is living in the past. The greatness of America is and was real. It really happened. It isn’t theory, unlike the convoluted, nonsensical promise of marxist utopia, which has never happened and is only a theory….a soundly refuted theory at that.

    Zakaria, and his fellow delusional travelers, have revised history to the point of denying it occurred, while euphorically strolling through the perfect meadows of a dream that has already been proven to be a nightmare. In Zakaria’s case, as with most leftists, the marxism is synthesized with their virulent racism, but they are so unhinged that they project racism onto everyone else.

    If you bring up the 150,000,000 citizens murdered by Marxist regimes, they will either change the subject or claim that “those weren’t really marxist governments.” They will criticize the revolutions of the past (while using the same tactics in the present). They are further stumped when asked: “So, are you saying that stupid, incompetent people are attracted to Marxian theory….what else would explain the 100% failure rate?”

    • defcon 4

      Zakaria, a Marxist? He’s a lying muslime.

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  • SoCalMike

    Zakaria is doing what Freud called Projection.
    Listen carefully and you realize the Left does this just about every time they open their mouths to criticize people they despise.

  • tagalog

    I thought about that claim that the United States in practice has been a “messy, multi-racial capitalist and welfare state democracy for…a fifth of this nation’s history.” I thought about what a jumble of logical and ideological inconsistencies are contained in those few words and considered taking it apart (it’s supposed to be a republic, not a democracy; how can it be capitalist and a democracy and a welfare state at the same time, we had laissez-faire capitalism for half a century, too and things change, etc., etc.).

    But given that our fascist President has decided not to negotiate with nearly 50% of our political leaders, and therefore ignore the will of 50% of Americans, I’ve decided just to leave my reply at this. Why bother to reply? If they aren’t willing to talk, why should I?

    Thank God there are still some conservatives -of all kinds, mind you- who are still willing to reason with these people, futile endeavor though it is.

  • Jakareh

    Strange, they get to change to America to anything they like, including a socialist, Muslim-majority, gay-marrying brave new world, and that’s just par for the course. But if we want America to be recognizably American, then we hate America.

    I’m not in the habit of following the recommendations of Muslims and I will not start with Fareed Zakaria.

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    My favorite subject. See http://clarespark.com/2009/09/06/the-hebraic-american-landscape-sublime-or-despotic/. “The Hebraic American Landscape: Sublime or Despotic?” I will keep posting this until everyone has read it. It is quite juicy. And don’t miss the revealing footnotes, including the one about Edward Said.