Patriotism – Devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country.
Flag – A symbol of one’s country.
But burning an American flag according to Maxine Waters, does not make somebody unpatriotic. In fact, that’s a silly idea promulgated by the right.
Yesterday, Waters spoke to HuffPo Live’s Marc Lamont Hill yesterday, and explained how difficult Democrat outreach to “poor white” voters is because they have been brainwashed with “right-wing ideas”, such as opposition to abortion and flag-burning.
Via Fox Nation (h/t Weasel Zippers):
MARC LAMONT HILL: Tell me what it means to not vote in your own best interest. Why would a poor white mechanic from West Virginia vote for the Tea Party and not vote for a Democrat?
REP. MAXINE WATERS: It has been organized in different ways. For example, when you have a person as you just described and they’re being told that the biggest issue that they have to be concerned about perhaps is abortion. And abortion is a defiance of God and that the bible speaks against it, they center them on these kinds of issues. The burning of the flag. Somehow if you have some young people out there protesting – that they’re not patriotic, they’re against this country. Then they’ll go and indentify people in Congress as socialist who don’t care about America. And they get these people to believe that. and they have been very expert at organizing many of the Churches around these right-wing ideas.
And so that’s why I say we’re going to have to find a way of doing a better job of educating and getting into these communities and helping people to understand, we are the ones who talk about job creation, we’re the ones who want to invest in the infrastructure, fix up these roads, highways and water systems. so you can have some jobs. we’re the ones trying to protect social security.
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