On “The Andrew Klavan Show” the day after the Fourth of July, bestselling author Andrew Klavan pondered the question: Do Democrats really love the country, or do they really just love what they think it should become?
“On July 4th — from some of the things I heard from the Left — I thought it was perfectly reasonable to ask ‘do the Democrats, the second major party in this country, do they love this country?,'” he said. “I think we have reason to ask, and I’ll tell you why.”
For examples of the divergent views of the country, Klavan turned to two famous quotes by two famous African American men. “Listen to the difference [between] Barack Obama right after his election: ‘We are five days away, from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,'” said Klavan. “Now compare that to Martin Luther King: ‘I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”
The first is a perfect summation of the modern Democrats’ view of America: It requires fundamental transformation. The second is the true patriot’s view: We must help the country “live out the true meaning of its creed.”
Video and transcript below:
On July 4th — from some of the things I heard from the Left — I thought it was perfectly reasonable to ask “do the Democrats, the second major party in this country, do they love this country?” I think we have reason to ask, and I’ll tell you why.
When you’re an artist…you get rejected a lot. That is part of the the life you live, and my policy has always been if somebody rejects something, I don’t want to hear why they rejected it. I don’t care why they rejected it because if you don’t love my work you can’t criticize my work because you’re not trying to make it what it is. People reject things because the work doesn’t satisfy them in some way — don’t tell me about it because you don’t love the work. If you buy the work and then say “you know what, this can be better and you can do it better here,” or if you love it and you just say “but I’ve got some criticism,” then I listen because then I know you’re trying to help me achieve the thing the work is trying to achieve.
And I feel the same way about this country. Listen to the difference [between] Barack Obama right after his election “We are five days away, from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” [And] now compare that to Martin Luther King, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Listen to the difference between what those two men are saying. Think that you just married one of these guys, right, you married one of these guys then you wake up after your wedding night and he says to you, “you know, I’m going to fundamentally transform you. I’m going to fundamentally transform everything you are.” Then you know you’ve made a tremendous mistake, right? Because this guy doesn’t love you, he loves his idea of you, what he really loves is himself. He loves himself and his idea of what you should be.
But if you wake up the next morning and the guy says “you know, we’re gonna have a wonderful marriage. I love you and I’m gonna help you become what you said you want to be.” That’s what Martin Luther King was saying. He said live out the meaning of your creed, enter into the fullness of your own idea of who you are. That is a man who loves his country and he, unlike Obama, Martin Luther King had every reason to not like his country. It was a much worse place then for a guy of his skin color, certainly not what it is today which is a much fairer nation in that regard. Obama had…things handed to him because he was brown. That was his whole career was just being given things because he was brown, and yet he wanted to fundamentally transform the country….