Sunshine Patriots

Do conservatives now hate America? I mean, nobody can deny that the behavior of the right has changed markedly since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.

Take, for instance, this group of anti-health care reform protesters in Texas:

Secessionist-in-Chief Rick Perry and GOP Rep. Brandon Creighton (who authored a secessionist bill) were supposed to speak at the event but backed out at the last minute. Here’s who replaced them.

Instead of Perry or Creighton, the protesters had Larry Kilgore, a “Christian activist” and candidate for governor who has endorsed executions for homosexuals; Debra Medina, a Ron Paul Republican and a slightly-less long-shot candidate for governor; and Melissa Pehle-Hill, yet another fringe candidate and a member of a self-appointed “citizens grand jury” investigating Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro.

Kilgore captured the sentiment of the mob. (video here)

I hate that flag up there,” Kilgore said pointing to the American flag flying over the Capitol. “I hate the United States government. … They’re an evil, corrupt government. They need to go. Sovereignty is not good enough. Secession is what we need!

We hate the United States!

[Emphasis mine]

And take a look at this conservative Baptist preacher from Arizona, who shows respect for the office of the Presidency and doesn’t dare undermine the President during a time of war:

I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today,” [Pastor Steven Anderson] told MyFOXPhoenix on Sunday. He called his message “spiritual warfare” and said he does not condone killing.

[…]

In Anderson’s controversial sermon, delivered at his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe before Obama arrived for a speech in Phoenix earlier in the month, the pastor said he wants the president to “melt like a snail” with salt on it.

I’m gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell when I go to bed tonight. That’s what I’m gonna pray,” he told his congregation.

[Emphasis mine]

Funny how those who wrapped themselves in the flag during the Bush era now spit on that same flag in the Obama era.

I greatly disliked the Bush administration and nearly everything they did. But it never led me to hate America, or start advocating secession, or pray for the President of the United States to die.

During the Revolutionary War, Thomas Paine decried those he called “the sunshine patriot.” I think it’s pretty clear that many conservatives are sunshine patriots, and being out of power is revealing the true, ugly face of American conservatism.

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One comment

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