Saturday, October 18, 2008

Let's define "Anti-American"

It's a bit absurd how low the Republican party is going these days. The latest wave of attacks has thrown the word "Anti-American" out there in describing both Obama and certain parts of the country (San Francisco and the Bay Area, my home, probably being one of those parts).

The divisiveness (and hatred) in these people scares me, especially when you couple it with their apparent ignorance. In their eyes, it seems that doing or saying anything to criticize our country is "Anti-American".

Let's break that down, in ways even the most die-hard Republican would understand. Every Sunday, I sit down and watch the 49ers play. For the majority of this decade, that has been a painful experience. When coaches make dumb decisions, I tend to get angry. I probably call them names, in the heat of the moment. I also discuss with friends why those decisions are dumb, and what I thought should have been done instead. For example, a few weeks ago, the Niners were down by 6 late in 4th against the Pats. The Pats had the ball, 3rd and 20, on our 40 - basically 5-10 yard out of field goal range. On that play, the Niners didn't blitz, only rushed 3 guys, and gave the Pats ample time to pick up 10 yards on a short pass. They kicked a field goal, going up by 9 and essentially putting the game out of reach.

That's a dumb decision. We should have blitzed in hopes of not letting the Pats gain a yard and forced a punt, giving us a chance to win the game. And I said it, and called friends and we all bitched about it together, wishing for Nolan's firing and the like.

Sound familiar? And, more importantly (to the Palin-crazies in the world), do you see the parallel? I love the 49ers. And yet I can criticize them. And call their leaders names. And point out, rationally, what they're doing wrong and how it should be fixed.

Is Jeremiah Wright right (no pun intended) for saying awful things about American? Absolutely not. But have you listened to his speeches? Yes, he says "God Damn America" (much like most Sundays I'm left saying "God Damn 49ers"), but have you been to the South-side of Chicago? I haven't, but if it's anything like West Philly (of which I really only got a taste in my 4 years there) - and apparently it's worse - then, yes, God Damn Us for not doing our job. We need to be providing education and social programs to clean up the streets and keep kids in schools.

And Bill Ayers? I'm mostly playing devil's advocate, but I think he has a defense too. Yes, he bombed our own buildings, which is awful. But, his intent was never to kill (and other than one accident involving a member of his group), and he never did.

So, sure, he caused tons of property damage. But who is more on the wrong - the government that orders us into foreign soil, resulting in the loss of thousands of civilian and military lives, or the person who goes too far in trying to call attention to our poor decision?

Think about it. Who loves a country more - those of us who refuse to believe we can do any wrong, or those of us who stand up and call our country out when we do stupid things?


  1. But additionally really are really well-known for those rolex replica superior quality from the art. You will would be able to look for different trendy money devices who are quite noteworthy. All the money devices really are unearthed for a exquisitely detailed. Because of this , make have become the product quality just for railroads to prevent whatever patek philippe replica uk collisions. For that matter, a good number of most of the quicker formulation was first primarily centered on output about money devices just for railroad usages. All the retro money devices are quite unheard of combined with notably sought-after. Discovering any intentions for those keep an eye on should u-boat replica enable verify in which trend of choice. There is numbers of varied styles of devices nowadays. In the case of procuring the preferred watch out for any suit you've got numerous alternate options available for that reason it is recommended to you must really are well tuned in to all the keep an eye on that you're most likely selecting to confirm is it doesn't most suitable a for your needs. Your old watches keep an eye on, components keep an eye on, men’s sports entertainment keep an eye on, a fabulous hublot replica diver’s keep an eye on, imitation leather keep an eye on or even straight forward watch, all the directory happens. I actually do imply needing varied devices just for simultaneously succeed and additionally carry out if your main existence benefits the software or possibly you recently want needing cartier replica sale multitude. A complete collection of models can come with private enchantment, for that reason consider approximately what’s critical to you will.

  2. oklahoma city thunder jerseys,
    ray-ban sunglasses,
    nhl jerseys,
    ferragamo shoes,
    cheap football shirts,
    lacoste shirts,
    longchamp handbags outlet,
    ralph lauren outlet,
    bottega veneta outlet,
    iphone cases,
    coach outlet,
    hollister pas cher,
    beats by dre,
    tods outlet,
    ray ban,rayban,occhiali ray ban,ray-ban,ray ban occhiali,ray ban sunglasses
    packers jerseys,
    cleveland cavaliers,
    nike air max 2015,
    oakley sunglasses wholesale,

  3. Sapiens IAS offers flexible and results-oriented Best Anthropology Coaching Coaching for UPSC and IAS students through an online and offline training program by well known IAS trainer Mr. Pradip Sarkar.

    Call: 8700922126 || 011-2875 6962 || 9718354962
    Address: 17A/44, W.E.A. 3rd Floor, Near Karol Bagh Metro Station (Pillar No. 99), New Delhi- 110005.

    Read More at:

  4. Dublin Airport Service Dublin Airport Taxi

    We provides best dublin taxi and shuttle services, such as getting our clients at airports, ports and train stations and giving support services at congresses, events and shows, besides organizing trips to the most varied destinations.

    A highlight of our activities is the City Tour – a dublin taxi service that takes our clients to any place inside or outside the city of Dublin, so they can get acquainted with what the city and the outskirts have the to offer at best.

    Besides the safety, quality and professionalism, we pride ourselves for the comfort we offer to our guests. We dedicate the upmost care to deliver to our clients the necessary well-being during their trip, counting with a modern fleet of vehicles to tend to their needs.

    Read More: