Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Patriotism and "Real Americans" Examples: 2008

EXAMPLES AND ANALYSIS: 2008 Rhetoric: Patriotism and "Real Americans"
"In this election, we cannot afford the same political games and tactics that are being used to pit us against one another and make us afraid of one another. Despite what our opponents may claim, there are no real or fake parts of this country. There is no city or town that is more pro-America than anywhere else -- we are one nation, all of us proud, all of us patriots. The men and women who serve on our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America -- they have served the United States of America."
-- Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), November 3, 2008.

Comment: Obama is apparently referring to the comments by GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) from October 16, 2008.
"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom."
-- Vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), October 16, 2008.

Comment: People in big cities aren't patriotic, pro-America, kind or courageous?

"The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents -- number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome -- so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."

-- Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), July 3, 2008.

"I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign. And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine."
-- Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), June 30, 2008., in Independence, MO.

Comment: This is an admirable sentiment. Unfortunately, days later Obama accused the administration of President George W. Bush of being unpatriotic.

Radio commentator Michael Savage calls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton "two faces of evil" and says they are "not Americans".
-- February 21, 2008.

Comment: This is name-calling in the form of demonizing. In particular, Savage says they don't belong in this country.

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