Fellow Patriot: The voluntary financial generosity of supporters like you keeps our hard-hitting analysis coming. Please support the 2024 Independence Day Campaign today. Thank you for your support! —Nate Jackson, Managing Editor

July 5, 2022

America: Love Her or Leave Her?

A look at where patriotism stands in our nation today.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats and leftists unleashed a deluge of criticism against the Court, with some claiming the system is so broken that it effectively needs to be blown up. While much of the rhetoric surrounding the ruling can be chalked up to emotionally incontinent hyperbole, it did serve to expose just how severe is the political divide that currently exists within our nation.

But what ultimately causes this divide? The crux of the issue may be best addressed with the following question: What does it mean to be an American?

As our nation just celebrated its 246th year of existence, we seem to be in the midst of another major identity crisis. While it might not be as significant as the identity crisis that led to the War Between the States, almost no one argues that the division isn’t real.

Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of the rock band Green Day, epitomized this American identity rift with his profane tirade while on stage in London, England: “F*** America! I’m f***ing renouncing my citizenship. I’m f***ing coming here.” Fittingly, Armstrong’s band is known for an album titled “American Idiot.”

His sentiment is shared by a growing number of leftists, as evidenced by a group of pro-abortion radicals that called for a boycott of the Fourth of July. One of the boycott’s organizers explained, “We’re looking to show Florida and the country that the impact of controlling women’s bodies will have far-reaching consequences.”

Unfortunately, it’s not just some fringe radical group that called for a boycott of our nation’s Independence Day celebrations. Several Democrats did so as well. In Pima County, Arizona, Democrats hosted a “F*** the Fourth” event. In fact, the Pima County Democrat Party supported the boycott via a social media post: “Make no mistake, however. We support the event which will be on July 4 at 7 pm at Reid Park. The event was organized to help women in our community grieve for the loss of their bodily autonomy, which we consider an elemental right.”

Further underscoring the divide was Gallup’s annual survey of Americans’ patriotic attitude, a survey that has been conducted since 2001. According to the poll, patriotism among Americans has slipped significantly since last summer, as 58% of Republicans, 34% of independents, and just 26% of Democrats say they are “extremely proud” to be an American. Just last year, the numbers were 87%, 65%, and 62%, respectively. Patriotism — or, to put it another way, a committed love of one’s country — has now become effectively politicized.

As Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, lamented, “As a card-carrying liberal, I am both saddened and appalled by the way the left has ceded patriotism to the right.” He added: “My fellow liberals need to reclaim this mantle of critical patriotism. Let’s teach our young people to love the idea of America so they will be inspired to make it a reality.”

Robert Gmeiner, economics professor at Methodist University in North Carolina, observed, “I believe that Independence Day is indeed becoming a conservative holiday, but this is a result of a misguided view that America was not founded on freedom.”

So, what does it mean to be an American? When patriotism is viewed as political and cliché, how then is one’s view of the nation itself not also diminished and even vilified? Honesty about America’s past — both its virtues and its failures — is not the problem; the issue is the demand for historic perfectionism that never has and never will exist. Love of country does not mean a refusal to criticize or a denial of past injustices. It means a commitment to see this nation continue to rest upon the principles it was founded upon. That’s what makes America a uniquely great country.

We don’t give up on America because of who’s president or because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling or because Congress raises our taxes. To be an American is not bound to an identity based on race, sex, class, or ability; rather, it is the privilege of being a citizen of the country most committed to the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.