So Americans are too intelligent to be proud of being Amerikan. It took us long enough but hallelujah, the bright and cleansing coruscation of truth has manifested.
As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001. While 70% of U.S. adults overall say they are proud to be Americans, this includes fewer than half (45%) who are “extremely” proud, marking the second consecutive year that this reading is below the majority level. Democrats continue to lag far behind Republicans in expressing extreme pride in the U.S. These findings are explored further with new measurements of the public’s pride in eight aspects of U.S. government and society. American scientific achievements, military and culture/arts engender the most pride, while the U.S. political system and health and welfare system garner the least.
The truth is simply this. Amerika is a coalition nation, rather than a proposition nation. It is a coalition of diverse people that will pretend to tolerate one another as long as they think they are getting a fair share of the swag. This will work as long as two things are true.
1) Everyone believes the other coalition members are entitled to a share. Should they decide somebody needs to get voted off the survivor island or isn’t pure enough for the in crowd, they will forcibly try to eject this person and banish them. Antifa’s recent activities in Portland, OR are an example of this. They essentially want to eject anyone they don’t feel belongs, but still feel totally entitled to all the benefits of being in the group. If they can get away with violence and inflicting physical harm to get the job done, get it done.
There are laws against these things. People have rights to free assembly and free speech. The only things this requires are authorities that believe in and actively support these things. It should be no problem for somebody just to explain these things to the nice and logical ANTIFA members. Oh, wait…
2) Everybody has to believe the share they receive from the coalition is both fair and in porportion to what they invest and provide for others. This leads to a sense of profound grievance. A sense of profound grievance will lead to a sense of profound entitlement and utter projection.
People who have been accused of stealing everything then get sick and tired of hearing it. In a declining empire, a dynamic of economic and social decline takes hold and everybody is pretty much screwed.
What if the “prosperity” of the past 50 years is mostly a statistical mirage for the bottom 80% of households? What if whatever real gains (adjusted for real-world loss of purchasing power) accrued only to the top of the wealth-power pyramid, those closest to financial and political power? What if the U.S. economy and society shifted from “everybody wins” to “winner takes all” or at best, :winner take most”? These are not “what if”, they’re reality. The working class, which as I have recently noted, now comprises the entire working populace other than the upper-middle class Misplaced Pride: Most of the “Middle Class” Is Actually Working Class (June 14, 2019), has lost ground over the past 50 years, from 1969 to the present. The keys to understanding the concealed crisis of decline are purchasing power relative to wages/earnings–how many goods and services can wages buy? For the average American household, wages have risen modestly while the purchasing power of those wages has plummeted. Furthermore, the quality of goods and services has in many cases declined sharply, so that even if prices have dropped, what you get for your money has fallen even further, effectively reducing the purchasing power of your wages.
At that point, if you are not Bob Iger, a Koch Brother, or Warren Buffet, and therefore aren’t actively engaged in viciously screwing people over for an extra sawbuck, you listen to the whole victimology narrative and want to tell the proponents thereof to go forth an engage in auto-eroticism. People get a little damn tired of hearing about “Whitey on The Moon” when some Civil Rights law won’t even let you select your child’s public school or who you can hire or do business with at work. When Slore of Babylon Kamala Harris, chirps up with her poor little Kneegrow on da bus act, a logical response is “B@tch! You lived in Berkeley.” The subset of the population that actually believes the tripe of Kamala Harris, or that finds that narrative self-serving enough to delude it; will then sense the hatred and antipathy of those who do not share their beliefs. Nobody particularly likes being hated, so you get the following Amerikan Pride numbers.
The latest overall declines in patriotism are largely driven by Democrats, whose self-reported pride has historically been lower and has fluctuated more than Republicans’. Democrats’ latest 22% extreme pride reading is the group’s lowest in Gallup’s 19 years of measurement, and is half of what it was several months before Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory.
And again, people who are not impressed with victimology narratives or safe spaces are not going to be terribly empathetic. When somebody feels entitled to free college, free health care, free housing and free every other damn thing they can think of, asking for reparations on top of that is likely to attract hostile weapons fire. Memo to anyone who feels entitled to free everything with a side order of Reparations Cheese Fries, there are abundant places that give you free everything. Enlightened places where you’ll never see or hear from a !RACIST! again. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and The Congolese Republic are all good Marxian states. Their governments get obstreperous and sometimes put you in the hospital, but hey! What better than a concentration camp to help focus the mind?
Lots of Americans think Amerika sux. In all honesty, this is because they believe that their fellow Americans suck. If we can’t say love it or leave it, can we at least allow people to choose who within Amerika to associate with. Can we also come up with a peaceful and legally sanctioned way for ANTIFA and anyone else, to legally dissociate from our fellow compatriots? If you don’t like right wing photojournalists, feel free to evict them from your businesses, schools and neighborhoods. In return for this, nobody owes shiftless, dirtbag arsh-fickers reparations, and nobody will ever be coerced into baking their Rocketman Sodomy Cakes. With Freedom of Association, Americans can break free of Amerika. Sometimes not having to be or be around that which makes you want to barf makes you more proud of what you actually are.