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I have served my country since age nineteen when I joined the US Navy . Before I was done, I retired from the US Army at age forty-seven (yes, they let you switch services). In that time, I have served three tours in the Middle East…and I still duck when I hear fireworks. All that while, I have been a liberal!

Ever since Ronald Regan sat in the oval office, Americans have equated patriotism with conservatism…but our country has an older history than that. Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton, were all leaders who looked to the future to find America’s solutions, not the past. The is the heritage our “Founding Fathers,” bequeathed to us, not some Rush Limbaugh wet dream! Now, I am not even going out on a limb here to call Lincon, our first Republican president, a liberal. For was it not Lincon who used the power of the federal government to advance human rights? I can, of course, go on–Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Jimmy Carter…and I’m only mentioning presidents so far!

But wait, there’s more…

I am not even going out on a limb to call Lincon, our first Republican president, a liberal. For was it not Lincon who used the power of the federal government to advance human rights? I can, of course, go on with the list of great American liberals–Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Jimmy Carter…and I’m only mentioning presidents so far!

Liberals have served in every war and fought in every battle this nation has ever had. We have stood proudly with our hands over our hearts at ballgames, and rolled up our sleeves to help our fellow citizens in time of need. We love this country because WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY! Therefore, it should be known that patriotism runs in our blood as thickly as any other American.

For too damn long, we have allowed the Right to claim a monopoly on patriotism. They wave the flag and tell us to love America or leave it…when they are the ones tearing it down. This ends NOW! We who protest Trump are every bit as American as the colonists who protested George III. This is our country, we earned the right to be heard here and if the Right doesn’t like it, they’re welcome to leave!

So stand proud, Lefties. That’s our flag to salute. Never allow anyone to get away with calling you unpatriotic because you resist the fascist who claims to be worthy to lead this great nation. Red, white and blue are OUR colors as much as anybody’s in this land of the free.So do nothing that plays into their narrative (I’m talking to you flag burners–yes, it’s your right. But oh, how you empower the Right when you do it).

So, fellow liberals, do nothing that plays into the Right’s narrative (I’m talking to you flag burners–Yes, it’s your right, but oh how you empower the fascists when you do it). And when faced with intractable racists who think this country would be better off without “certain people,” remind them of our nation’s first and official motto:

E Plurbis Unum/Out Of Many, One!

By Clayton J. Callahan

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