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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 7/26/2001 5:18:55 AM EST
I'm trying to figure out this trivia question and am having absolutely no luck finding the answer. Who originally coined the phrase "America: Love it or leave it?" Thanks for the help! Ian
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 6:10:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 6:30:00 AM EST
Trusting the Government is Not Patriotism © 2000 by David W. Neuendorf Back in the '60s, one of the popular bumper stickers proclaimed, "America: Love it or Leave it." That was an understandable reaction to those Vietnam War protesters who took every opportunity to run down our country and its military men: rioting, burning flags, chanting obscenities and the like. Unfortunately, it was often applied to anyone who showed signs of distrust of government officials. For that, the slogan has become a symbol of an unhealthy intolerance toward dissent. Today, that spirit seems to be undergoing a resurgence. Anyone who expresses disapproval of the trend toward bigger government is labeled an "anti-government extremist" or "conspiracy nut." People promoting religious causes or opposing abortion, the United Nations, gun control, etc. are lumped together with the KKK, neo-Nazis and Timothy McVeigh-style terrorists. A recent FBI report raised fears that people in this category are just waiting for an opportunity to commit terrorist acts. Many concerned Americans have been protesting the incessant efforts of the current administration and its allies to place more and more restrictions on firearms ownership. These people come in for an especially strong dose of opprobrium. One recent comment went like this: "If you think the government is going to somehow take your guns away, then you don't trust your country. If you don't trust your country, try another one." In other words, "trust it or leave it." That's worse than "love it or leave it." When has any government been trustworthy? Soon after our Constitution was ratified, even a patriot like John Adams could get carried away enough to support the obnoxious "Alien and Sedition Acts," which limited freedom of speech and the press. This is the same John Adams who said in 1772, "There is danger from all men. The only maxim of free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty." How much less ought we to trust a government led by people like Bill Clinton, who will be most remembered for saying, "I never had sex with that woman?" Adams wasn't the only early American to advocate suspicion of government and jealousy of the people's liberty: "...there have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule...confine (it) within the sphere of its appropriate duties...Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed." - Andrew Jackson. "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." - Thomas Jefferson. Is anyone today so pure a patriot that he is worthy to question the patriotism of these men, or to suggest that they "try another" country that they can trust? One of the most important lessons that our early patriots left us is that trusting in government is not patriotism. It is just plain foolishness.
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 6:39:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 6:47:56 AM EST
Reading Ron Toys. I think it was Richard Nixon who said it about the anti war protesters.
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 6:54:38 AM EST
So is Nixon the verdict?
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 8:49:41 AM EST
Anyone else?
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 9:31:41 AM EST
Robert DeNiro in the Deer Hunter
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 10:07:42 AM EST
Got to do with the Vietnam war...When 120,000 Americans Draft Dodger fled to Canada. See the below link, that might point you to the right direction. [url]http://canada-acsus.plattsburgh.edu/1100/1141.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 7/26/2001 10:38:24 AM EST
My old man ised to say it to young airmen in the 60's (he was a lifer)
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