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It began in our colleges and universities decades ago, after WWII, as a knee-jerk reaction to the Cold War against our “ally” in WWII, the USSR.  Rabid old-line commies and deluded “progressives” saw Russian and Chinese communism as attempts, albeit sometimes misguided, to make a better world.  Anti-patriotism morphed into an even more aggressive stage during the anti–Vietnam War movement in the sixties, and the civil rights struggles gave birth to radical hate groups like the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, and the Black Liberation Army (remember Patty Hearst holding a machine gun in a bank robbery?).  Only Martin Luther King’s and Ralph Abernethy’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference seemed to promise cultural and political reform without a violent agenda, and with a belief in traditional moral values.  The Communist Party USA continued to spew anti-American vitriol.    

Voting rights legislation had passed in the 1960s.  The Vietnam War had come to an end by the early ’70s.  Many of the dissipated thug leaders of the more violent civil rights organizations gradually…

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Anti-patriotism can literally be dated back 55 years.  Rejection of the flag and traditional patriotism has been with us for decades.  During the Vietnam War, the New York City schools stopped requiring daily recitation of the Pledge in effect since 1966, at the height of antiwar protests about Vietnam.  The pledge was not reinstated for more than 35 years.  That’s right: they had 35 years without the Pledge being required in the public schools, which enroll approximately 1,000,000 kids a year.  After 9/11, N.Y. State mandated the Pledge.  But not all schools were in compliance, and there was no enforcement of the so-called “mandate.”

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Now there is a virulent, aggressive, and far-left attack on capitalism, whites, the traditional family, straight males, and the very construction of the English language.  The old grievances about our country that had been addressed in the sixties and early seventies are now resurfacing in a mutated form that is more aggressive and uncompromising.  Unlike the sixties and seventies, one of our two major parties has embraced significant portions of the mutated, radical vision that is being advanced.

We are not simply “descending into the mud” of anti-patriotism.  We are immersed and suffocating within the mud, and soon it is likely that the Stars and Stripes will be dispensed with as the symbol of the country we love. 

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A Fifty-Year History of Anti-Patriotism in the United States — American Thinker