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What Happened to Patriotism in the US Today?

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WASHINGTON – December 4, 2018

If until recently in America to be a patriot was not just normal, but prestigious and necessary, today the concept of the word dies with the meaning, and all this despite the flags and other symbols of the country hung everywhere and despite the pledge of allegiance to the flag given in schools. Is this fake now?

It would seem that despite the many differences in politics, in society, in worldviews, people have until recently been united by a love for their country, but now it seems that everything has changed.

A new study shows that this is so -- and it is not hard to figure out why. Over the years, the far left has instituted a vicious smear campaign against the United States, and it appears those efforts have paid off.

The Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG) recently published a report analyzing the level of patriotism among Americans. The researchers studied national pride among varying generations of United States citizens and found that the level of patriotism among Americans under the age of 38 has dropped drastically.

This group includes Generation Z and Millennials, who the study indicates are "becoming unmoored from the institutions, knowledge, and spirit traditionally associated with American patriotism."

Among the survey's key findings:

●      Half of those surveyed believe the United States is sexist (50%) and racist (49%);

●      American exceptionalism is on the decline. 46% of younger Americans do not agree that "America is the greatest country in the world";

●      38% of younger Americans do not agree that "America has a history that we should be proud of";

●      One in eight (14%) of Millennials agree that "America was never a great country and it never will be";

●      46% of younger Americans agree that "America is more racist than other countries";

●      84% of Americans do not know the specific rights enumerated in the First Amendment;

●      19% of Millennials believe that the American flag is "a sign of intolerance and hatred";

●      44% of younger Americans believe Barack Obama had a “bigger impact” on America than George Washington

To some, the results of the study are shocking. Nick Adams, the founder of FLAG, said:

"We suspected that we would find decreasing numbers of Americans well-versed in our nation's most important principles and young people less patriotic than the generations that came before, but we were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism. That half of millennials and Gen Z believe that the country in which they live is both 'racist' and 'sexist' shows that we have a major fraction of an entire generation that has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what's wrong with the world."

Of course, when you look at how the progressive left has been gradually inserting their anti-American ideology into the culture like a political IV dripping poison into the nation’s bloodstream, it is not difficult to discern what has occurred in American society.

Another recent Gallup survey also shows disappointing results.

For the first time in Gallup's 18-year history asking US adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are "extremely proud." Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003.

The latest results are based on a June 1-13 poll. When Gallup first asked the question in 2001, 55% of Americans said they were extremely proud. After the 9/11 terror attacks caused the public to rally around the nation and its leaders, the percentage expressing extreme pride in the country increased to 65% and went up further to 70% less than two years later.

By 2005, about the time George W. Bush was set to begin his second term in office and the U.S. was going on its second year of military involvement in Iraq, the percentage extremely proud to be Americans fell to 61%. It held in the high 50% range between 2006 and 2013 but has fallen at least marginally each year since 2015, about the time the 2016 presidential campaign was getting underway.

The data also show differences in national pride among Republicans and Democrats. About one third (32%) of Democrats said they were extremely proud to be American -- this was an 11% drop from 2017 -- while 74% of Republicans were extremely proud -- a 2% increase from last year.

And while the results of the poll are not surprising, it does provide insight into how the recent elections have influenced our attitudes about the United States.

The reasons for this are very simple. In fact, it all began not so long ago, in 2016, after the presidential election, when the majority was already confident that Hillary Clinton would win, the results were too incredible for many Americans. Then protests and rallies began, which continue unabated today.

On the other hand, Republicans who supported Trump were buoyed by their unexpected victory in 2016. The Republican Party not only won the elections but it also retained control of Congress and most of the country's governorships. They also had great strides in local government. Moreover, many people really appreciate the President's no-nonsense manner, especially when it comes to foreign leaders. Unlike his predecessor, President Trump doesn't apologize for America. He constantly expresses his love of the country, which is something that right-leaning people appreciate.

Of course, there are other reasons for the shift in patriotic zeal that are less apparent, especially when it comes to the Democrats’ attitudes. Over the past decade, the far left has almost taken over the Democratic Party. These people are not exactly known for their love of country. Indeed, their rhetoric has drawn a horrifying portrait of the United States, depicting the nation as a constant purveyor of racism, xenophobia, oppression, and slavery.

In addition, the system has become too political in everything. Students at universities are now also required to study progressive views while squelching the spread of any views opposing those beliefs.

The media is also not free to do anything, fulfilling someone's requests and demands, most of them belonging to the progressives who are taking over the country. The media is needed to distort and spread the leftist ideology to the masses. Through distorted and often deceptive reporting, they seek to convince the American public to adopt their views. They also use their influence to denigrate conservative politicians, organizations, and leaders.

FLAG and other reports demonstrate that progressives today have managed to convince young Americans to believe the worst about the United States; if those who continue to love the United States wish to see the paradigm shift back again, they must be willing to fight hard for it

Author: USA Really