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"America, love it or leave it"


Added 07-15-19 09:31:02pm EST - “This was popular bumper sticker during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was aimed at discontented left-wing radicals who claimed not just America was wrong to be fighting in Vietnam, but that it was evil for that reason and for…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “'America, love it or leave it'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This was popular bumper sticker during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was aimed at discontented left-wing radicals who claimed not just America was wrong to be fighting in Vietnam, but that it was evil for that reason and for many others.

The slogan bothered me because I didn’t love America at the time, yet had no intention of leaving. But the slogan possessed an undeniable logic. If you really hate where you are, why not go someplace else? As Arthur Chrenkoff, who left Poland for Australia, puts it:

If you really so passionately dislike just about everything about your country, you have to ask yourself a question – why suffer? why keep putting yourself through this endless unhealthy rage and frustration? There are many different types of societies around the world, some of which are without doubt a lot closer to your vision of what an ideal community should be like. Wouldn’t you be happier living somewhere else?

It just doesn’t make sense to me that you would want to live in a place you don’t like when you have options to live in places you would.

Back in the day, the stock response by radicals to “America, love it or leave it” was that we will stay here, thank you very much, and right what’s wrong with America, whether by revolution or subversion. It is our duty to slay or tame the monster.

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