UNHAPPY 4TH OF JULY – Happy 244th birthday to one of my favourite countries in the world. You don’t look too bad for your age.
“The Washington Post” eschews fireworks today:
The Washington Post polling team is celebrating Independence Day the best way we know how: by combing through the latest surveys of what Americans say they think about their country and patriotism.
We came away with an image that is largely negative or deteriorating. Americans are less proud of their country and the way its democracy works, and they show persistently weak trust in government and many major institutions. Republicans are generally more positive about the country than Democrats, an unsurprising dynamic with President Trump in the White House.
Imagine if WaPo were a person: “I’m celebrating my grandma’s birthday the best way I know how: by combing through actuary tables and her medical results to remind her she’s nearly dead.” One of these “latest surveys” is this from Gallup:
This Fourth of July marks a low point in U.S. patriotism. For the first time in Gallup’s 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are “extremely proud.” Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003…
Currently, 32% of Democrats — down from 43% in 2017 and 56% in 2013 — are extremely proud. The decline preceded the election of Donald Trump but has accelerated in the past year.
Less than half of independents, 42%, are also extremely proud. That is down slightly from 48% a year ago, and 50% in 2013.
As has typically been the case, Republicans are more inclined to say they are extremely proud to be Americans than are Democrats and independents. Seventy-four percent of Republicans are extremely proud, which is numerically the highest over the last five years.
I was going to blog about it, but then I realised that it’s not one of those jobs that the Americans won’t do, so instead have a read at what the very old friends of TDC at Powerline blog have had to say about it: Paul Mirengoff “The Patriotism Gap” and John Hinderaker “Why do Democrats hate America?” You don’t want to radically reshape your society unless you hate it in the first place – something that always bears remembering when looking across the barricade.