What is considered anti-American behavior these days?
It seems, increasingly so, that the line is being blurred as far as anti-American activity is concerned.
Many conservatives (who clearly do not have the best interests of this country at heart … particularly on this issue) actively were cheerleading against the United States of America in its effort to secure the 2016 Olympics and bashing a great American city like Chicago in the process.
This is from Media Matters for America:
Conservative media figures have celebrated the International Olympic Committee’s elimination of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and used the event to bash President Obama, who flew to Copenhagen to lobby IOC members on behalf of Chicago’s bid. For instance, Glenn Beck called the news that Chicago’s bid had failed “so sweet,” Rush Limbaugh declared himself “happy” and “gleeful” with the results, and Matt Drudge proclaimed: “World rejects Obama.”
Right wingers have been pleased to see Americans fail in their bid to host the Olympics.
Why should career haters like Limbaugh, Beck and Drudge care about the hard work that so many good people in this country put in to try and bring the 2016 Olympic Games to the United States of America.
Many of these are the same people, with a stunning hypocrisy, have strongly criticized President Obama for supposedly not standing up for America. These same “great Americans” have been campaigning against this country getting the Olympics.
Here are some of the samples of right-wing glee over the U.S. losing from those “great Americans” out there:
Rush Limbaugh: For those “upset that I sound gleeful — I am. I don’t deny it. I’m happy.” On his radio program, Limbaugh stated: “Folks, the ego has landed. The world has rejected Obama. Chicago, the least number of votes, first elimination in the round of voting for the Olympics in 2016. … When you stop to think about it, folks, doesn’t it make sense? Our president, Barack Hussein Obama — mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama mmm, mmm, mmm — had been running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks. He’s been running around the world apologizing for the United States of America. Why would anybody award the Olympics to such a crappy place as the United States of America?” Later in the program, after reading a series of headlines about Chicago’s elimination, Limbaugh explained why he is “gleeful” and “happy” about the failure of its Olympic bid …
Michelle Malkin: “Goodbye, ‘Yes We Can.’ Hello, ‘No, You Can’t.’ “ Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin wrote: “Goodbye, ‘Yes We Can.’ Hello, ‘No, You Can’t.’ Like Icarus, President Obama’s giddy ego flight has ended with melted wax and fallen wings. This is a big win and a massive relief for taxpayers. But Chicago cronies are not going to take this well. Gird your loins.”
Beck: “Oh, it’s so sweet” that Chicago’s bid failed; “savor this moment.” On his radio program, Beck said: “Do not go anywhere. Don’t — do not look at the screen. Don’t — don’t go to any other radio stations. Nothing. You don’t want to hear this news — I mean, please, please let me break this news to you. Oh, it’s so sweet.” After a commercial break, Beck’s producer stated that “the first round of voting is up for the Olympic games, and the first city” — at which point Beck interrupted, saying, “Wait! Wait for it! Wait for it. Enjoy this — savor this moment.” The producer continued, “And the first city to be eliminated is Chicago.” Beck later asked his producer if Chicago’s elimination was proof that Obama had “failed.” [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Show, 10/2/09]
The greatness of this country is that it allows people like this, individuals who actively cheer against our country and the hard-working people of our country, to have such great platforms.
It shows the bitterness and sour grapes that people like Limbaugh, Malkin, Drudge and Beck are happy to see the country fail if it helps their far-right political agenda.
So, the greatness of this country means we have to take the good with the bad. But, this is really bad.
It’s good, in the long run, for Democrats.
With all of this hate, the Republican Party will continue to shrink and become marginalized.
Losing this one battle (disappointing as it is for some) may help the Left win the war.