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Disrespect for America is a growing business

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Posted: June 12, 2008 4:40 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Maybe it's an election year, but America-hating still seems to be very popular these days. In recent weeks, it's Barack Obama's ex-Pastor Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity Christian Church spewing his disgust for America.

Go back four years and listen to the America-hating rants of film director Michael Moore. Decades back, actress Jane Fonda (aka Hanoi Jane) also had been unapologetically anti-American.

On his own, without government portfolio, former President Jimmy Carter got up close and personal with the America-hating Hamas terrorists.

Incidents of aggressive contempt for America are not isolated. Disrespect for the United States is a growing business. That's right, I said business.

America-hating has become a very lucrative business for the Far Left. Can one honestly argue the above-named America-haters have been making and continue to make a lucrative living out of churning out denunciations of the USA?

This sea of malcontents has finally secured a foothold on America's rump, not unlike annoying, hard-to-remove barnacles.

An all-too-eager politically correct press, especially the electronic media, is not asking the hard and challenging question of the America-haters: What are your solutions to improve the United States?

I am coming from the other direction.

I love this country. Unashamedly proud of the United States, I am patriotic. I want to hear about the positive and supportive attitudes of the United States.

Ideas such as pride in country, national achievements and hearing about America's rich culture really fascinate me.

For these reasons, I have called for our government to secure its borders to preserve this very character that has been nurtured and developed over 232 years of history.

The United States of America displays its landmarks with enormous pride. Examples: The Statue of Liberty, the Washington and Lincoln monuments. Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Vernon,the Grand Canyon and Plymouth Rock are but a few of the monuments and landmarks that represent our national honor in country.

Daniel Webster said on July 4, 1850: "I was born an American, I will live an American, and I will die American." Turn-of-the-20th-century muckraker H.L. Menken had this to say about patriotism: "In the United States, doing well has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell."

I don't have anything to sell. I'm just weary of listening to anybody with a voice "bagging" on the United States.

Patriotism made this country what is today: a mecca for those who seek a better life. A United Nations survey 10 years ago determined that 1.2 billion of the Earth's near 6.5 billion population would come to the United States if they could.

Frank Jorge and I have organized an "Honor America/Secure Our Border" Rally. Here are the details:

WHO: Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen and Antelope Valley Independent Minutemen.

WHAT: Honor America/Secure Our Border Rally. Proceeds raised will directly help imprisoned U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2008, from 11 a,m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Santa Clarita Civic Center open amphitheater, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, adjacent to the Valencia library.

I hope you will join us for some Lee Greenwood "Proud to be an American" music. In attendance will be Monica Ramos and Joe Loya, wife and father-in-law, respectively, of Ignacio Ramos, who patiently awaits word on his appeal from the 5th District Court in New Orleans.

Other speakers include Chris Simcox of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, John and Barbara March, parents of slain Deputy Dave March, Chelene Nightingale from Save our State, Lupe Moreno of Latino Americans for Immigration Reform, Sam Szsilman of No More Invasion, plus many others.

Place the date on your calendar; come join us and others who love the United States of America.

Roger Gitlin is a Santa Clarita resident, teacher and Minuteman. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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