After more than 150 Democrats drank the Kool-Aid and voted against a "support the troops" resolution Friday, Right-Wing Nation asks:
"Can we question their patriotism yet, or do we have to wait until they start burning flags on Capitol Hill?"
Natalie Maines (the dumbest and most obnoxious Dixie Chick) questions her own patriotism:
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."
(H/T: Malkin, Coalition of the Swilling)
Maybe because people are not so abominably ignorant of history as you are, Miss Maines. Never has any country benefitted by losing a war. Military defeat tends to demoralize and degrade a people, which is what happened to America as a result of our defeat in Vietnam.
Therefore, if you love your country -- if you wish to see your nation flourish and prosper -- then when your country is at war, you must do all within your power to promote victory. This is true without regard for your feelings as to the rectitude or wisdom of any particular war. Whether you view the war as a righteous cause or a fool's errand is immaterial to the question of patriotism. But once we are engaged in war, every patriot must hope for swift, decisive victory -- the kind that will enhance the prestige of our military forces. For the prestige of American arms is our greatest defense: No foe will ever dare attack us, if they know that this means their own certain destruction.
This is an idea so obvious and simple that even a dimwit like Natalie Maines should be able to understand it, an idea that fits neatly on a T-shirt: