I haven’t bothered calling anyone “unpatriotic” lately. Not because I don’t think there are unpatriotic folks around (there are…maybe even more than ever) but because the pointless arguing over the definition of “unpatriotic” which always ensues, usually as the accused trot out dictionaries and then argue over what the dictionary says. Then, they argue over what someone said the dictionary says. Later, they argue over what someone said about what someone said about what the dictionary says.
22% of respondents said they personally hope the new plan doesn’t work.
It’s pathetic really, and all the arguing over definitions doesn’t change a thing.
Anyway, I’m often told that there isn’t really anyone who wants to see America lose…it’s just that a lot of people don’t approve of the way we’re trying to win. (It’s funny, because some of the people telling me this are the same people who seem to actually want America to lose. When I point that out they usually start arguing over what “lose” means or some such idiocy.)
Here is a question and the results from a FoxNews poll conducted last week:
22% of respondents (198 out of 900, in this case) said that they “personally hope it doesn’t work”. There is no other way to read that. It is a simple and straightforward question with a yes/no answer. No more than a couple of respondents could have answered wrong because they misunderstood it.
That is unpatriotic. Plain and simple. They don’t want what we’re doing to work. Personally.
They break the results down by party, and while I think it’s interesting that three times as many Democrats as Republicans hope for failure, I don’t think it’s terribly important. What’s important is that 22% personally hope America fails.
It shouldn’t matter if you think the plan is the right plan. We are at war and to personally hope it fails is unpatriotic.
Predictably, there are those in the comments sections claiming that the question doesn’t mean what it looks like it means and that the answers don’t mean what they look like they mean. Pathetic.
To his credit, Greyhawk even rationalizes the responses to a point and notes that twice as many people want the plan to succeed as actually support the plan itself. That’s nice, and important, but it’s not nearly enough.
It shouldn’t matter if you think the plan is the right plan. We are at war and to personally hope it fails is unpatriotic. It doesn’t matter what the plan is. This is a critical point.
If the plan was to airdrop cases of Coca-Cola into Iraq, with the Army Corps of Engineers following up by planting apple trees and helping the Iraqis establish an economy based on honey bees and snow-white turtle doves, anyone who personally hopes it fails would be unpatriotic. The plan would be stupid, obviously, as apple trees would have a hell of a time in Iraq, but no matter how stupid it was we should hope (even if against any hope at all) that it would work.
But many people hope this plan fails. Even though, while not genius in any way, it’s a reasonable plan. They personally hope it fails.
They are unpatriotic and I’m ashamed of them.
If you are one of these 198 people and you know me personally, do NOT tell me. If you personally agree with them, do NOT tell me. I’m ashamed of you already. Don’t push things to the next level.