Patriots or parasites?

August 14, 2021

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently took to his twitter account and tweeted:

“If you didn’t serve in the revolutionary war and refer to yourself as “a patriot”—-you probably are not one.”

The post was quite ironic as he tweeted it on August 6th.  Seventy-six years to the day that a B-29 piloted by Col Paul Tibbets dropped the first atom bomb (code-named “Little Boy”) against an enemy in war on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

I seriously doubt that  Tibbets, his crew and the over sixteen million men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during World War II would have considered themselves “not” patriots because they didn’t serve in the revolutionary war.

Merriam-Webster defines a patriot as “one who loves and supports his or her country.”  Cambridge dictionary uses “a person who loves their country and, if necessary will fight for it.” and Oxford Languages expands with “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors”.

Three of the most prestigious dictionaries in the world make no mention of revolutionary war service to be a “patriot”.

In fairness, Kinzinger is to be thanked for his service.  He’s a Lt. Colonel in the Illinois Air National Guard and has flown tanker missions  in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But in his zeal to earn campaign badges with the “never Trump” political class and the talking heads at CNN and MSNBC he betrays the very definition of the word he mocked in his tweet.

The media narrative is that Trump facilitated an insurrection against our Republic.  The worst attack on democracy since the British burned Washington in the War of 1812.  To which I ask anyone believing that to please contact me as I currently have listings for sale of a certain bridge in Brooklyn and multiple ocean front properties in Arizona and New Mexico.

There is nothing about January 6th that was right.  Trump was wrong, those who rioted were wrong (and should be prosecuted as the law dictates), and so too was Nancy Pelosi who refused to give permission for increased security around the Capitol even though she’d been briefed on potential threats.

But just as the media amplified “hands up, don’t shoot” lie following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, so too is it a lie that that a mob of misfits was going to overthrow the United States Government.

Less than six hours after it started, it was over, and Vice-President Mike Pence reopened the Senate with a simple: “Let’s get back to work.”

Yes, the entire incident, that leading Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, never Trump Republicans like Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, and a myriad of allied media outlets still refer to as an “assault on our Democracy” lasted less than six hours.

That is not to excuse what happened but considering the hyperbole that has been spouted these past seven months some perspective is sorely needed.

The War of 1812 really could have ended this great experiment had England prevailed.  An updated analysis of the death toll from our own Civil War now totals 750,000 American dead.  And then there is the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

So no, I am not buying what the left is selling.

But let’s get back to just what is a “patriot” these days?

Is it a President who on his first day in office throws thousands of American citizens out of a job by cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline and then four months later appeases German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin by removing the last roadblocks to the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline?

Is it a President who throws open our southern border that has a traffic count on pace to surpass over two million in but a single year?  More than populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, West Virginia, Idaho, and Nebraska?

Even with recent reporting by NBC News that upwards of 18 percent of current border crossers leaving Border Patrol custody are testing positive for COVID 19 Mr. Biden remains undeterred in spreading his failed policy throughout the nation.

Is it a President who is now trying to force through a three and a half trillion Democratic Socialists of America wish list of “fundamental transformation” that would forever remove America from her founding principles?

Is it a President that publicly admits he doesn’t have Constitutional authority to arbitrarily extend a rent moratorium that crushes small landlords but then does it anyway to appease his radical left base?

For this columnist, each and every one of those questions has but only one answer:  A very loud and resounding, NO.

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