Teens Who Hate America

I am a little under the weather so this post stands alone without much commentary from me.. loved where the school used her alternative video to Global warming. Sick that our children today have this attitude. What can we expect when it is not popular to say the Pledge of Allegiance among other things.

by Pam Meister

It’s hard to get angry at privileged U.S. teenagers who say that they hate their country. Given the messages they are exposed to, what else are they supposed to think?

My oldest daughter, a sophomore in high school, recently complained to her father and I about some of her schoolmates’ declarations that they “hate America.”

When I asked if she could elaborate why they would say such a thing, she said she really couldn’t remember because she was so disgusted that she did everything she could to block out the conversation. She also confirmed that she didn’t say anything to them at the time.

Being a high school student, that iffy age where often the goal of most kids is to stay off of the radar for fear of being singled out and ridiculed, I don’t really blame my daughter for keeping her own counsel, even if she was upset that kids she knows — but is not necessarily friends with — would go so far as to announce that they hate America. I wish she had spoken up, but again, I can understand her decision to stay silent.

My daughter was astute enough to realize that there’s a good chance that these kids were simply building upon what they heard at home — just as she does. But we reminded her that while she is exposed to conservative and decidedly patriotic values at home, she is also being exposed to left-wing views at school and elsewhere — so at least she’s getting both sides of the story, which hopefully enable her to make up her own mind.

Kids like those she describes are probably getting a double helping of the left, both at home and in the world at large, and so their worldview is decidedly skewed. Add to that a healthy dose of the hormone-fueled superiority complex of many teens and voilà! You have created a recipe for snobbish disdain that would do a Frenchman proud.

How do I know the majority of the citizens in my town veer left? During the 2004 election, residents of my town donated twice the amount of money to John Kerry than they did to George W. Bush, and the local Democratic Party receives more than twice as much in donations as the Republican Party. During the 2004 election, one was far more likely to see Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers and yard signs than those emblazoned with the Bush/Cheney logo. I think it is likely that the only such sign in town was in my yard.

What truly irks me about the attitudes of these teens is that most of them probably don’t have many major worries. We live in a well-to-do town in blue-state New England, where the median income is over $90,000 and the median price for a home is well over $400,000. The cars in the student parking lot at the high school consist of mainly BMWs, Volvos, SUVs, and other pricey models, with just a few old clunkers scattered about.

As for war, the draft has been out of commission since well before the nation’s current crop of high school students were even born, so it’s not likely they’ll have to worry about making any personal sacrifices for their country anytime soon.

Given their living conditions, what the heck do they have to complain about besides the usual teen angst that we’ve all experienced and managed to survive?

My daughter may not want to know why these kids might hate their own country, but I can make a pretty good guess. Think about it: what would you believe if you were raised on a steady diet about the failings of the dullard in the White House (who was nevertheless crafty enough to “steal” the 2000 election); about our “reduced standing” in the world since he took office; how capitalism is causing the earth to go up in a jolly blaze of global warming; how we are a nation of evil “haves” and powerless “have nots”; how our foreign policy is to blame for 9/11 and the Middle East considering America to be the “Great Satan”; and how the majority of Americans are a bunch of bigots and racists? Add to that the constant barrage of anti-war and anti-America rhetoric from groups like Code Pink and World Can’t Wait, and the complicity in these sentiments by the mainstream media and the entertainment industry — what would you think? After all, if the likes of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Keith Olbermann, Susan Sarandon, and the brain trust on The View say it’s so, why would a teenager argue?

Lest we forget, the trend in public schools is to highlight self-esteem and de-emphasize critical thinking skills, so it’s not surprising that teens would jump to the conclusion that America sucks.

(Disclaimer: While it’s sad that I feel compelled to point this out, let’s get it out of the way: for the record, I realize our country is not perfect and that we have had any number of problems over the course of 200-plus years in existence. But we also have a history of dealing with those problems, and we will continue to do so.)

An encouraging sign is that teens — like adults — are not immune to changing their minds about preconceived notions if they are given both sides of the story. A prime example: last year, the same daughter told us about having to watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in three different classes. I happened to have a copy of Britain’s Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, and I asked her to see if her science teacher would consider showing it to the class. To my great surprise he did. In fact, he showed it to all of his classes, and also loaned it out to other science teachers at the school. I never did get it back, but I don’t have the heart to complain about it since, according to my daughter, about half of the students in her science class changed their minds about the dangers of man-made global warming.

One may conclude that it’s quite likely that the America-hating students at my daughter’s high school simply aren’t getting both sides of the story. I had a few suggestions for snappy comebacks for my daughter the next time she hears classmates complaining about how awful America is:

  • If we were living in a country like China, North Korea, or Cuba, would we get away with publicly stating that we hate our country and our government?
  • Despite our current economic woes, are we in the same situation of starvation and general despair as citizens in nations like Zimbabwe and North Korea?
  • Those of you who plan to take part in the Day of Silence later this month, just think about the attitudes toward gays in countries like Iran — where, according to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they simply do not exist — yet there are reports of young men being hanged simply for the crime of being gay.
  • Despite calls by extremists for the need to put an end to the Bush “regime,” do you realize that no matter what, his presidency will end on January 20, 2009? And no matter who succeeds him, his/her presidency will last a maximum of eight years? Saddam Hussein headed a regime. Kim Jong-Il heads a regime. Raul Castro heads a regime. We have presidential terms, no matter which party is in power.
  • If America is so horrible, why do so many people try to move here — both legally and illegally?

I have my doubts as to whether she’ll actually follow through. Understandably, it is hard to overcome that whole “not wanting to stand out like a sore thumb” teenage thing.

But you never know — stranger things have happened.

Pam Meister is the editor of FamilySecurityMatters.org (the opinions she expresses here are her own)

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. aw feel better girly!..the lamestream media makes sure everyone hates our beloved country! pfft! 🙂

    Yes they do Angel.. Their agenda seems to be for all americans to be Self loathing, no patriotism. On and on it goes..

  2. The ignorance and stupidity of youth. Let them earn a bit of money and pay some tax Angie, they might wake up them. Sure, the cretins whine about capitalism and what not, let them give up their BMWs and central heating, they’ll figure it out. The way the world is going Angie, they’ll get their socialist dream pretty soon, then they can think back to the good times and maybe learn from them.

    When I think back MK, I was pretty stupid. It does make a difference to grow up and take responsibilities on. One day they may actually look back to today and consider it good as in ‘remember the good ole days’.

  3. Angie, it seems like just yesterday..and it was only a few years back (2003) that I was in America and you would be hard-pressed to find one kid who was anti-America. Granted that was in Utah, probably the single most Conservative state in America. But this new attitude seems so foreign, so European. What happened to the America that was? It’s as if it’s vanished overnight.

    Not sure, but suspect it has something to do with the reporting we now have on TV. flawed history and the self loathing that is encouraged in America and of course, every thing we do is somebody else’s fault..like in excusing crime because of someone’s vile abusive upbringing.

  4. First of all, MK, why do you constantly call everyone you don’t agree with stupid? You say that in almost every one of your comments!

    This is not a new phenomenon. Teenagers and young adults are frequently the driving force for liberals. Think back to the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. You could go even further back to the flappers of the jazz age That’s the 20’s for some of you guys that think learnin’ stuff is uppity. 🙂 The teenagers back then were also looking for change.

    If you look in the 80’s, a lot of the teenagers were conservative. The “Me” generation was all about “show me the money”. Would that have anything to do with the fact that the generation before were hippies?

    Every generation of adults looks back at every generation of teenagers and thinks, “How the hell are THEY going to run this country? What the hell is WRONG with them? WE weren’t like that.”

    The author of this story said this:
    “But we also have a history of dealing with those problems, and we will continue to do so.”
    What she fails to mention is who the “we” is. “We” have a history of dealing with problems? Historically, the PEOPLE not the government have been the catalyst that has driven any change. From race relations to the economy, it is the people willing to stand up and say that U.S. policy is NOT always right and that disliking the policy is different than disliking the nation that deserve our allegiance, not our government!

    I dislike the U.S. government no matter who’s running it. It works to sustain the best interest of itself and not the people living in this country. If we do benefit from it’s actions, LAGNIAPPE!

    But I love U.S. citizens. Especially the ones that pay attention in history class and try to make this country a place we can all enjoy and be proud to live in. They are the real America.

    Have to admit, I was pretty stupid when I was a teen. Mk said the stupidity of youth. Not that everybody was stupid but I have to say he is one of the most astute men in the blog world. He will often cut right to the chase and say what others are thinking. I admire MK for those very reasons.

    She was referring to the people. Yes they are the real America..with that said, I am glad to be a part of this country even when I don’t like what our leaders and politicians do. I do believe they are acting in their own best interests versus ours many times.. there are some that are good and try to do what is right for the people but they are few and far betweeen. So whose fault is that? we get the country we have by those we put in office. Sometimes we get it right..sometimes we don’t ..but at least we still have the vote..History has been altered many times…ya have to dig deep to find the real truth about it.. There are many who have made up their own versions.. so while I love history..it bears checking out..

  5. Wow, what a great article. And she is right, teens do change their minds – often once they’ve had to deal with life on a more direct basis and fight for their own survival. I think the video thing is a scream – lucky she had some counter-intelligence to It’s An Inconvenient Boob Telling You Lies…ah, er, I mean an inconvenient troof. 😉
    WC

    ROFL Annie..”lucky she had some counter-intelligence to It’s An Inconvenient Boob Telling You Lies…ah, er, I mean an inconvenient troof.” Too funny.

  6. Someone smart once said, “If you are young and not a liberal than you have no heart. If you are old and not a conservative you have no brain.”

    Enjoyed the quote Duh.

  7. I agree, MK. Let them “do without” and see how fast they realize how good life is for them! It’s not just the teenagers who are deluded, plenty of adults teaching them, as the writer indicates, are just as confused. The culture now is not like previous history; we did not have the technology and lackadaisical attitudes about, well, you name it, that are actually lauded and encouraged by who are supposed to be adults. Watch ’em line up for an “American Idol” audition, though (the “idol” implication has always bugged me). Why do they want to be an AMERICAN Idol? “Lovers of selves” (2Tim3:2) Wonder if it will still be called “American” this time next year?

    You are right on WFI. Deluded adults teaching them. blind leading the blind.. will be over soon,
    Hugs

    Like I used to say about the ones now drooling over OB, they’ll be voting in no time! Good lookin’ out, TnT!!

  8. There are no words….this just makes me feel sad.

    We (all of us) have a part to do in our country. Yes ALL of us. The fact that this little girl feels that way means WE, yes ALL of us, are not doing our job. Because certainly she is NOT the ONLY one who feels this way – age aside.

    Duh – that quote makes me laugh.

    Hey girl, yes we do.. It certainly seems that everything has turned upside down in the last 40 years.. especially the last 2 decades..
    Hugs,

  9. Doctors say our physical bodies don’t stop growing until age 25. Neurologists say that critical thinking isn’t completed until age 24 to 29. So explains the silly decisions of youth, been there done that.

    My dad used to used a quote that went something like this; “give me a child until they are age 15 and I’ll show you someone I control.” Since 1 of us is conservative, 2 independent and 1 is liberal I think my parents taught us to think for ourselves.

    IMO, many kids (more than we are willing to admit) these days are bombed with all kinds of stuff from every direction, watch too much TV, video games and are becoming detached from what is really going on in their community, much less the world. The TV is still a main source of news and information. Just since 2000 the news media has turned from reporting the news to discussing it…discussing it, that is NOT reporting, that is bias. If anyone knows of a TV station that reports the news I’d love to know about it. I can’t find one anymore.

    Hope this finds you feeling better Angie!

    Sounds like a wise Dad.. I have read that about critical thinking in how it applied to the teenage driver..I know I thought I knew everything when I was a teenager..boy, did I have a lot to learn…Whoo hoo!

    Yes, totally agreed on the kids being hit in every direction..most can not even play by themselves outside anymore. It is a different world from when I grew up.

    I heard a newsman say that TV News and many journalists were pretty bad before 2000 but now they have sunk to a new low since 2000. Ya gotta dig sad to say.. You are so right!

    I am about 3/4 of the way back healthwise.. Darn it, when I feel better, I do too much and then as my mama used to say..get a backset..now don’t know why she did not say ‘setback’..So I have been dealing with infection on top of it all. It takes some discipline that I am afraid I am sorely lacking..LOL! I have a lot of catching up..will probably be a bit slower in responses and visiting, but I betch I will be over soon. Thanks CG.


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