Here we go again… On Sunday, John Pavlovich, a “verified” Twitter user who describes himself as a writer, pastor and activist, dumped all over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, describing it and America as basically racist and fascist.
“July 4th is a MAGA high holiday and Donald Trump knows this,” he began.
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He knows that in addition to marking the birth of our nation and the foundations of our Constitution (which clearly are of little interest to him), it is so much else: it is a valuable commodity, something to be packaged and sold for a hefty profit to his constituents.
It’s that time of year when hard-working folks wearing Old Glory swim trunks make an extra showy display of their love of country, beneath the bombast of roadside fireworks displays while Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be An American” blares from pickup truck door speakers. It is a quick and easy red, white, and blue daydream for people whose daily lives often feel empty.
It is also Christmas for Nationalists; the season when their superiority and territorialism and fear of outsiders are more exploitable than ever by someone willing to leverage it. Unfortunately, someone is.
He wasn’t finished, however:
This President understands the power of weaponized patriotism. He knows the way the Stars and Stripes are a cheap intoxicant to those who imagine America to be their sole property, those who feel slighted by a world while enjoying all of its perks, those needing an enemy to rail against and puff out their chests toward and give them purpose.
This didn’t sit too well with many.
But wait, there’s more of this America-hating insanity:
Trump has learned from the Evangelical Right, how expressions of devotion to America are simultaneously coded war rhetoric: battle cries for white soldiers in the Army of the Lord fighting an ever-encroaching adversary who is breaching their borders and coming for their jobs and their children. You can pretend to say you love this nation, while betraying almost everything central to its beauty: diversity, plurality, equality.
And so the anthems play and the flags wave and the bottle rockets ascend and the M-80’s go off—and Fascism quietly enters in the side door while everyone is distracted by the spectacle.
Translation: America is a racist, fascist country that sucks.
So, what does Pavlovich REALLY think of America? Here’s a clue, straight from his own poison pen:
But this is the place we sing about:
Our President publicly attacks the Free Press for speaking freely.
Black athletes are castigated for kneeling during supposed anthems to freedom.
The “tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are walled off, caged, and sent away without due process.
Native Americans have had oil lines driven through their sacred lands.
Young black men fear those charged with protecting and serving them.
Nazis are winning local elections and creating national policy.
Ill people are facing the choice between life-saving care and mortgage payments.
Gay teenagers are still the weekly target of brimstone preachers.
Muslims here aren’t the beneficiaries of any semblance of religious freedom.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness aren’t fully accessible to the poor, the differently-abled, the mentally ill, and the sick.
And there’s more:
We see what a farce this all is, to claim on a land our ancestors stole, that any of it belongs to us,
that we should be closing borders our forbears crossed without permission,
that a man so lacking in goodness should be defining our greatness.
So yes, we’ll be loving our country fiercely this July 4th, by not letting it be what it currently is.
We will be working and protesting and loving and building and caring and pushing it to become a place deserving of the songs and the fireworks and the fervor.
Yes, this is the left, and yes, despite their claims, they really do hate America.
Happy Fourth of July!
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