Conservatives, and Republican politicians in particular, have been outdoing themselves with what can only be called anti-American activity. Oh, the irony…
The recent tacky glee that conservatives showed when the United States lost the 2012 summer Olympics to Brazil is a prime example. The conservatives were delighted, ecstatic, even, that the United States lost. Democrats 2001-2009 would never have gotten away with that—in fact, they’d never have done it.
The reason for the conservatives’ glee is that they hate President Obama so much that they want to see him “fail”, despite the fact that the bid began while Bush was president. The other problem for those conservatives is that the president didn’t fail, the city of Chicago didn’t fail—the United States failed. It’s entirely possible—likely even—that many of us won’t live to see another summer Olympics in the United States. Whether Chicago’s bid for the games was a good idea is beside the point: Cheering for America’s defeat isn’t exactly a classy thing to do—in fact, it’s plain stupid.
Republicans have also gone to extremes to undermine America directly.
US Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) went to China, America’s biggest creditor, and told the Chinese government it couldn’t trust the US Government’s budget numbers. When he got back, he bragged about how he undermined the US to the Chinese. It’s a bit like a member of your family telling your bank that you can’t afford your mortgage payments.
US Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK, though sometimes one wonders if he’s actually from another planet), plans to go to Copenhagen to tell diplomats not to trust the US when it negotiates on climate change. Part of that’s because, as a climate change denier, he doesn’t believe there should be any agreement, but he’s also promoting the Republican Party line against any meaningful international agreement on climate change (they’re pretty clearly planning to base part of their campaign on that in 2010). The US Government wants an agreement.
US Sen Jim DeMint (R-SC) went to Honduras to meet with the military junta, which the US Government doesn’t recognise. He praised the generals’ “commitment to democracy”—despite the fact that they’re only in power because not long ago they deposed the country’s democratically-elected leader and sent him out of the country in his pyjamas. Now at least three more Republicans in Congress plan to go to Honduras to support the “democracy” of the dictators.
These incidents range from the silly to the dangerous, and all of them are deliberate acts designed to undermine President Obama and the US Government he now leads. During the Bush/Cheney regime, if Democrats did what these mainstream Republicans are doing now—actively working to undermine the interests of the United States—Republicans would’ve called them “traitors”. Can anyone think of a good reason not to apply the same name to these Republicans? Or is it just that Republicans’ partisanship and hatred for this president have reached the point where not even the US borders can contain it?