Common Dreams is quite a site. Not interesting enough to link to, however — especially since their banner carries that infamous doctored photo from Code Pink.
Remember this revelation from Little Green Footballs, via Publius Pundit?. Publius exhibited the original phot, plus the doctored one issued by Code Pink for their propaganda purposes. I guess CP thought they'd pulled a fast one. At any rate, LGF put them together for our edification.
Have you ever heard of matriotism? Lucky you. At least until now you’ve been fortunate, because you’re about to see a little progressive thought progression. But before we get there, consider the Left’s sleight-of-hand with the word “progressive.” Like the term “pro-abortion,” the Left was forced to come up with another word for Leftist, given that it has fallen into such disrepute. Pro-abortion has come to mean support for partial-birth
So what’s the new
| There have been volumes written about patriotism, defining it, supporting it, challenging the notion of it, etc. I believe the notion of patriotism has been expediently and nefariously exploited, and used to lead our nation into scores of disastrous and needless wars. The idea of patriotism has virtually wiped out entire generations of our precious young people and has allowed our nation's leaders to commit mass murder on an unprecedented scale. The vile sputum of "if you aren't with us, then you are against us" is basically the epitome of patriotism gone wild.|
But what of matriotism, you say? Here it is, though sadly it was aborted by our leaders “jumping on the bandwagon” (the belly?) of 9/11:
|After the tragedy of 9/11 we were on our way to becoming a fledgling Matriotic society until our leaders jumped on the bandwagon of inappropriate and misguided vengeance to send our young people to die and kill in two countries that were no threat to the USA or to our way of life. The neocons exploited patriotism to fulfill their goals of imperialism and plumder[sic].|
|This sort of patriotism begins when we enter kindergarten and learn the nationalist "Pledge of Allegiance." It transcends all sense when we are taught the "Star Spangled Banner," a hymn to war. In our history classes the genocide of the Native American peoples is glossed over as we learn about the spread of American Imperialism over our continent, though it wasn't named until the 1840's, when the doctrine of Manifest Destiny was expounded to justify the USA's conquest of and "civilizing" of Mexican territories and Native American populations. Manifest Destiny sought to spread the "the boundaries of freedom" to the American Continent, with the notion that we have a special mission from God. Sound familiar?|
Here’s another sample of the simple, kindly approach of matriotism:
|Not everyone is a mother, but there is one universal truth that no one can dispute no matter how hard they try (and believe me, some will try): Everyone has a mother! Mothers give life, and if the child is lucky, mothers nurture life. And if a man has had a nurturing mother he will already have a base of Matriotism.|
Ohmygod. I was about to close the page when I looked further down the post. This thing was written by Mother Matriot herself! No wonder it made me think of Mrs. Sheehan: she wrote this excrescence. I had no idea. As the Irish would say, “aye, the puir woman. Can’t help herself.”
Just shows you God has a sense of humor. Let us pray that one day He shares it with Casey’s momma. She badly needs it if she's to make it through the rest of her life.
A word to my commenters. Yes, I should have known that Common Dreams was associated with Mrs. Sheehan. But we live a sheltered life here at Gates. Besides, what are you guys doing at that dive?