Did  patriotism fall, or was it pushed?

Posted by Dennis Farber on October 13, 2010

Ignorance is the sperm of apathy. If you don’t know, you can’t care. Were our youth deliberately kept from knowing all the pro-American history, or did it just accidentally get lost? In the 1970s, I remember the jaw-dropping discovery that Americans did not rally behind American automobile manufacturers. After World War II, when foreign cars first appeared in America, we thought the whole idea was cute. We wanted to pat their little heads. The idea of a Swedish car in Greensboro, N.C., was like a Burger King on Mars. And then it got bad for Detroit. And the battle-cry of “Buy American” was as successful as a ham sandwich at an Orthodox Jewish picnic, using the best Amish hand woven baskets to take all these sandwiches everywhere. Americans wanted the best deal! You who think I’m an idiot for expecting anything else are not bad people. You just don’t remember Pearl Harbor. Did patriotism fall, or was it pushed?

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