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  • Writer's pictureDale Hanks

What Are You For?

I came across an article a few days ago reporting that the Utah Chapter of Black Lives Matter regards the American flag as a symbol of hate.

This is what they said in a Facebook post on July 4th, “When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around. When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.” You can see their Facebook post here.

This example from BLM isn’t the only illustration of the Left’s feelings about America. You can listen to speeches from leaders in the Democrat party, or the members of AOC’s so-called "Squad." You can hear the leftist talking heads on cable news channels, or even the ladies of The View, proclaiming that America is flawed and the Constitution needs to be re-written.

WHY does the Left hate America so much?

I remember reading a quote from Mother Teresa some number of years ago that helped me change my perspective on life.

When asked why she didn’t attend anti-war demonstrations, Mother Teresa replied, “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me.”

I admit that I didn’t quite get the significance of her words when I first read them. “Anti-war” vs. “Pro-peace” -- weren’t they pretty much the same thing? After some inner reflection, I concluded that they are most definitely NOT the same thing – and the change in perspective is life-altering.

When there is conflict in your life, would you rather be FOR something, or AGAINST something? It’s a choice. Even though both options view the same conflict, being positive has an end goal and moves us forward; whereas, being negative does not.

We certainly know what the Left has AGAINST America – but what is it that they are FOR??

Yes, I think we can ALL agree on the fact that the United States of America was never perfect and never will be perfect. Our 245 years of history is chock full of mistakes we’ve made. Our history includes plenty of atrocities and injustices: slavery, Native American ethnic cleansing, Jim Crow laws, and Japanese-American internment camps, to name a few.

But you can also look at that same history and see the good; Abolition, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act, reparations for the Japanese internments, fighting two World Wars to liberate countries from tyranny, American generosity to foreign peoples, cutting edge technology and, simply, being the global engine of prosperity.

I believe that the difference between the Left’s view of our country and the Right’s view of our country comes down to how we look at those mistakes and which version of our country we choose to see and believe in.

The Right, or conservative view, is that we acknowledge that, as a country, we have faltered. Yet we are willing to learn from our mistakes and to do whatever we can to better ourselves and learn from those mistakes. That’s what makes us great.

The Left, or progressive view, chooses to ignore all the good America has done over our 245-year history. To them, it seems that no matter what we’ve accomplished, it is like the “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine” -- nothing good can happen in the present or the future because of the sins in our past. They believe our founding was flawed and the mistakes we’ve made taint everything going forward and will forever define who we are. Given that the "tree" is "poisoned," we can never make progress to become better. Isn’t that a rather interesting take from people who call themselves “Progressives?”

If those on the Left want to hate America, there are plenty of reasons to do so. But to what end? Hate is destructive. There's no future there.

If you can’t look around at this amazing melting pot of 330 million citizens and the beautiful land that spreads from “sea to shining sea” and not find something to feel positive about, then maybe, just maybe, the problem is not the country.

It might be you.

What are you FOR?

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.”

-Maya Angelou

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