This past Friday, against my better judgment, I found myself listening to talk radio again. I was on my way out of town and wanted the frequent traffic reports to avoid any significant delays in getting out of the city. In between traffic reports, I endured Sean Hannity vapid political commentary.
Predictably, Hannity was railing Barack Obama. The topic of the day was that Obama was arrogant and elitist. One caller asked what was wrong with a president who believed he was more than just a common man, pointing out that George Washington believed that the president should be better than the common man. Hannity essentially ignored the point the caller was trying to make, and launched into a series of anti-Obama talking points, “Was George Washington friends with unrepentant terrorists? Was George Washington friends with someone who bombed the pentagon? Did George Washington ever say he wasn’t proud of America?” By the time he was done going through the list I was laughing so hard I nearly got into an accident.
Let’s think about this for a moment,
Was George Washington friends with unrepentant terrorists?
I’m sure if you had asked the British, they would have considered George Washington among the chief conspirators. The guerrilla tactics adopted by the Army under his command were considered unorthodox, by his contemporaries, and would probably be labeled terrorism by today’s media.
Was George Washington friends with someone who bombed the pentagon?
Since the Pentagon is a modern military structure, it’s a little absurd to ask the question. However, Washington oversaw attacks against his country’s military forces that inflicted casualties in the thousands. I think it’s safe to say, if the British had had an equivalent to the Pentagon in North America in the 1770s, there’s a good chance Washington would have tried to attack it.
Did George Washington ever say he wasn’t proud of America?
Probably not as such. However, for much of his life America wasn’t his country, Britain was. And there is plenty of evidence of things he said dispariging both King and Country. Again, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to assume that if George Washington had been proud of his country, he wouldn’t have led a violent revolt against it.
I know he’s got an agenda to push, but it’s things like this that make it seem like he isn’t even trying. Come on, if you’re asking for three hours a day, don’t you think you should at least come up with a new line every once in a while.
In all fairness though, I did laugh quite a bit, so I guess it was entertaining, which is really what he’s getting paid to do.