Loving and Hating America

artgAs I’ve documented in the past, many leftist teachers teach our youngsters to hate our country. For example, University of Hawaii Professor Haunani-Kay Trask counseled her students, “We need to think very, very clearly about who the enemy is. The enemy is the United States of America and everyone who supports it.” Some universities hire former terrorists to teach and indoctrinate students. Kathy Boudin, former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer, is on the Columbia University School of Social Work’s faculty. Her Weather Underground comrade William Ayers teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bernardine Dohrn, his wife, is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law. Her stated mission is to overthrow capitalism.

America’s domestic haters have international company. 24/7 Wall St. published an article titled “Ten Countries That Hate America Most” (http://tinyurl.com/lqgtm42). The list includes Serbia, Greece, Iran, Algeria, Egypt and Pakistan. Ranking America published an article titled “The U.S. ranks 3rd in liking the United States” (http://tinyurl.com/9x9hm8k). Using data from the Pew Global Attitudes Project, it finds that just 79 percent of Americans in 2011 had a favorable view of Americans, compared with Japan and Kenya, which had 85 and 83 percent favorable views, respectively. Most European nations held a 60-plus percent favorable view of Americans, compared with countries such as Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey, with less than 20 percent favorable views.

An interesting facet of foreigners liking or hating America can be seen in a poll Gallup has been conducting since 2007 asking the questions: “Ideally, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer to continue living in this country? To which country would you like to move?” (http://tinyurl.com/6rtwczu) Guess to which country most people would like to move. If you said “the good ol’ US of A,” go to the head of the class.

Of the more than 640 million people who would like to leave their own country, 23 percent — or 150 million — said they would like to live in the United States. The U.S. has been “the world’s most desired destination for potential migrants since Gallup started tracking these patterns in 2007.” The United Kingdom comes in a distant second, with 7 percent (45 million). Other favorite permanent relocations are Canada (42 million), France (32 million) and Saudi Arabia (31 million), but all pale in comparison with the U.S. as the preferred home.

The next question is: Where do people come from who want to relocate to the U.S.? China has 22 million adults who want to permanently relocate to the U.S., followed by Nigeria (15 million), India (10 million), Bangladesh (8 million) and Brazil (7 million). The Gallup report goes on to make the remarkable finding that “despite large numbers of people in China, Nigeria, and India who want to migrate permanently to the U.S., these countries are not necessarily the places where the U.S. is the most desired destination. Gallup found that more than three in 10 adults in Liberia (37 percent) and Sierra Leone (30 percent) would move permanently to the U.S. if they had the opportunity. More than 20 percent of adults in the Dominican Republic (26 percent), Haiti (24 percent), and Cambodia (22 percent) also say the same.” That’s truly remarkable in the cases of Liberia and Sierra Leone, where one-third of the people would leave. That’s equivalent to 105 million Americans wanting to relocate to another country.

The Gallup poll made no mention of the countries to which people would least like to relocate. But I’m guessing that most of them would be on Freedom House’s list of the least free places in the world, such as Uzbekistan, Georgia, China, Turkmenistan, Chad, Cuba and North Korea.

I’m wondering how the hate-America/blame-America-first crowd might explain the fact that so many people in the world, if they had a chance, would permanently relocate here. Maybe it’s that they haven’t been exposed to enough U.S. university professors.

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  • American1969

    To Those Who Hate America:
    Please leave. Please go away to where ever you would be happiest and don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out. Thank you.
    Thank you.

    • Lawrence of Suburbia

      And I wonder why I was an “isolationist” way, way back. Then it (isolationism) became very unfashionable and was associated with rubes and yokels. I was right in those bygone days and a rube at heart I guess.

  • Chezwick

    David Horowitz put it as succinctly as possible in one of his books (I believe it was ‘Hating Whitey’) when he offered his explanation for why our teachers and university professors consistently indoctrinate our children with anti-American rhetoric:

    They do it to “detach our future elite from love of country.”

    Judging by the quality of mind and soul who are currently running the country, I’d say their plan is working quite well.

    • The March Hare

      Yes. They do it because they are communists and are using Antonio Gramsci’s teachings to change the hearts and minds of everyone by taking the long march through the institutions. It grooms new followers and programs and instructs future leaders. The threat is insidious.

    • William James Ward

      Spoilers have been at it my entire life and the curse of
      totalitarianism is seeded by falsity and continuous use of
      human failure to gain success…………….William

  • Hass

    They’re called Hypocritical Parasites.

    • Ray

      I’d cut-em with the constitution then shoot-em DEAD if they ran!!! Kill
      all Weather Underground idiots! Karen Ashley, Bill Ayers, Bernardine
      Dohrn, Kathy Boudin, John Jacobs, Jeff Jones, Gerry Long, Howie
      Machtinger, Jim Mellen, Terry Robbins, Mark Rudd, and Steve Tappis just
      to mention a few.

      They all deserve a tent-peg thru the scull
      like what God ordered Jael to do to Sisera, a known ancient terrorist in
      the bible. All of God’s good people had enough of this moron.

      • J Simson

        You can’t shoot people you do not agree with in a country with rule of law.
        Once the leftists have their way and rule of law is removed or subverted for futhering a communists agenda you will be free to shoot them :)

        • Suzyqpie

          Selective enforcement of the law is abdication of the Rule of Law. We are gravitating to the Rule of Man, Won Man.

        • William James Ward

          Unfortunately the signal it is done is the last thing
          you get to hear…….’Bang’…………….William

  • Lawrence of Suburbia

    Of course they may want to live here because they have a very distorted idea of what their lives will be like once they hit the shore running; i.e. big house, big car, blonde wife, etc. etc. But one thing they don’t want is to really be an “American” as they will forever and always be a Mexican, Somali, Indian, Pakistani, Philippino, etc. etc. Of course there will always be some that will take a more traditional course to living here just as many of our European forebears did but studies of some Latin immigrants have not shown promising results as far as real assimilation.

  • The Watchman

    Mr. Williams, your last short paragraph hit the nail on the head. Great article!

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    People who come here to hate Americans are a puzzlement to be sure. But having a government that allows them and even encourages them is traitorous. Americans have NO friends in the US government.

  • oneteedoffpatriot

    Why are those “professors” still alive?

    • J Simson

      Because the the evil Satan is a democracy with rule of law. Unlike the other places those anti-American professors admire so much.
      In Turkey those leftists would find themselves in Erdogans prisons. In Saudi Arabia and Iran? Don’t even try think about it.
      Ironicly if those Communists and anarchists get their way they would be the first on the list to get purged.

      • The March Hare

        They’re already first on my list to get purged.

  • tokoloshiman

    For a better life but also to impose jihad because the majority cannot separate the good from the bad and the koran is immutable to them and its violent parts must be followed as well as the good parts.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    The US is like a dominant major league sports franchise that all the other teams would love to take down a few notches. Meanwhile, the athletes dream of bailing out of their losing team to play for a winner. Professional jealousy and a desire for a competitive edge is what drives global animosity against the US. Wishful thinking from the Left aside, we don’t live in Mister Rodgers Neighborhood. It’s a global marketplace where the players compete for resources and customers. It’s a reality you can’t simply wish away.

  • Drakken

    It would seem that our whacaedemic community needs a purge of biblical proportions.

  • fmobler

    Faculty do not teach hatred to “detach our future elite from love of country.” That thesis gives them too much credit. No, they do it because it is easier to destroy someone else’s good work than to build something worthwhile. Intellectual laziness and chasing of fashion is the better explanation.