Ken Selking asks in his May 5 letter, “What do we expect our president to be?” In his rhetorical answer, Selking writes, “We expect our president to be a true-blue, flag-waving, God-fearing, patriotic American.” Really?
Piled with plenty of “Muslim” innuendo, (see Factcheck.org), he adds, “socialists, Marxists, communists and unrepentant domestic terrorists” (Oh my); pallin’ around with terrorists, eh?
Hasn’t there been enough of this airheaded sports-team chest-thumping posturing over the past 40 years? Guess not. “I want our president to be a lump-in-the-throat, tears-in-the-eyes-when-the-national-anthem-is-played kind of guy,” he writes. I have no intention of writing a “rah-rah Obama” response. The problems we face are far beyond B-movie actors and bunting. Oh, but thanks for the trillion-dollar war(s) and wrecked lives.
This kind of jingoistic puff-piece “patriotism” has brought us enough trouble. It is no longer harmless or charming; it is extremely offensive and dangerous to the USA and to the whole world. We can no longer afford to wink at discord and dystopia such stage-set nationalism and militarism has brought into the world. We must heal the hurt it has caused our integrity and ecosphere. Fools parade their piety and patriotism to be seen.
They have their own reward.
Geoffrey B Waldschmidt