Jonah Goldberg

You wouldn't think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn't like America.

A new Pew survey found that 44 percent of Americans don't often feel pride in being an American, and only 28 percent said that America is the greatest country in the world. Respondents who "often feel proud to be American" were overwhelmingly conservative (from 72 percent to 81 percent depending on the kind of conservative). A majority (60 percent) of "solid liberals" said they don't often feel proud to be an American.

The polling data only proves what has been obvious for a while.

Georgia Rep. John Lewis recently said that, "If the Civil Rights Act was before the Congress today, it would not pass, it would probably never make it to the floor for a vote."

Lewis is right. If it came before the Congress today, it wouldn't pass. You know why? Because we passed it 50 years ago. The GI Bill wouldn't pass today either, because that was enacted in 1944. If, somehow, we had Jim Crow today, the American people -- and Congress -- would vote to abolish it in a landslide.

In fairness, Lewis was primarily condemning congressional gridlock, not GOP racism.

Primarily.

A legitimate hero of the civil rights era, Lewis has adopted the liberal habit of suggesting that his political opponents have a burning desire to return to the era of Jim Crow. At the 2012 Democratic convention, for instance, he gave a thundering speech that equated a vote for Mitt Romney with going back to the era of segregation.

Contrary to what you hear daily on MSNBC, Republicans don't want to force Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Tim Scott or any other African-American to the back of the bus.

Lewis isn't the only leading Democrat incapable of giving the American people some credit. In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Hillary Clinton insisted we are following in the footsteps of anti-democratic Middle Eastern theocracies. According to Clinton, the majority on the court were like Iranian mullahs, behaving "in ways that are disadvantageous to women but which prop up them because of their religion, their sect, their tribe, whatever." The shocking, inarticulate stupidity of this analysis is only outdone by the stunning ease with which Clinton offered it.

She's not alone, of course. To listen to some of the hysterical responses to the court's decision, you'd think the government in Washington is the only thing thwarting the desire of millions of businessmen to drape their female employees in burqas.


Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
 
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