Originally Posted by suited
It's partly the illegal and to some extent legal immigration thing, but what sort of duty or patriotism does the average 19 year old white liberal have to their country? Probably none, from their perspective. A lot of the people throwing hissy fits on college campuses are white. Being born here automatically places you in the top couple percent of the global population. Some of these babies are throwing tantrums from the best universities in the world. You don't grow to hate a place like that by accident. It wouldn't be rational. It's taught to you, systematically. The divisiveness that's been preached for decades is starting to manifest itself in a way that it never has before. I'll be surprised if someone doesn't get shot at one of these protests before the election is over.
Most people on the progressive spectrum of politics don't "hate America", they want to see an improved version of it. Just because we're in the top % of the world doesn't mean it couldn't and shouldn't be better.
There's some small number of very loud Tumblr types that are actually anti-America, but they're relatively rare in the real world.
And define "sense of duty or patriotism." It's easy to put an American flag in the back window of your truck, or shout MURICA at some rally. Plenty of people on the left are serving the country in the ways that seem appropriate to them.