EDITORIAL: More people should be 'meatheads'

Times-Reporter editorial staff

Back in the 70s when “All In The Family” was on the air America seemed like a much simpler place.

Conservative Archie Bunker was always right.

Anyone who disagreed with him was a “pinko liberal” and wrong. It was just that simple. Archie was full of patriotism in a time when patriotism for many took second place to “progressive” ideas.

Patriotism is one of those concepts in the human experience that is easy to define and hard to explain.

It means different things to different people.

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” said Samuel Johnson in the 1700s. He has  a point about extremists.

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong — is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

He also has a very valid point.

Patriotism is generally seen as something positive, unless your political views differ from mine or the group I am affiliated with.

One need look no further than members of the Tea Party or 9/12 Project to see the truth of that last statement.

To hear many mainstream media outlets tell it, members of these two groups are nothing less than American versions of Germany’s Brownshirts. They sound like Archie Bunker. 

Archie Bunker had no tolerance for those who criticized or even questioned the president or his policies.

The liberals have become the new Archie Bunker with, “Obama’s America — Love it or leave it,” as their mantra.

The liberals are now the group who cannot stomach any criticism of the president or his policies.

Anyone who criticizes the president must be doing so from a racist standpoint, many of them say.

Hmmm. That sounds like Archie.

The conservative movement is now the “Meathead” in this  new world twisted, upside version of “All In The Family.”

It is now the conservatives saying, “Slow down, look deeper into this issue because knee-jerk impressions and reactions do not serve us.”

Bob Wegner, who describes himself as a “dyed-in-the-wool conservative,” and leader of the Metamora, Germantown Hills and Washington Chapter of the 9/12 Project is one of those people who would now be a “Meathead.”

Wegner is leading a group of people frustrated and concerned about the direction the country is taking under the Obama Administration.

“We are energized and compelled to educate ourselves and others ... We are looking for ways to be more involved than standing at a rally. This is, however, not so much about politics as patriotism,” Wegner said recently.

“I am concerned and fearful we are losing what America was built on. I hope we don’t get to the tipping point of losing our principles and values. I’m not alone.”

We need more people like Wegner. “Meathead” is all of a sudden a label to crave.