Assuming that we all understand the history of America's support of right-wing dictators in South America shouldn't your logic also extend to the wearing of the American flag in countries like Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua? Since you seem so eager to label wearers of Che garb to be illogical simpletons, shouldn't you also take stars-and-stripes wearing tourists to task as well?
Lastly, have you ever traveled through Latin America? As a fella who's been in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize I can you tell straight out that there is not a lot of hatred for Che and the revolutionaries in those countries. On the contrary, when we were in Southern Mexico in '99 the Zapatistas were more popular than the elected schmoes back in the M.C. After the crackdowns in Oaxaca last year I doubt things have changed much.
The most extreme case would be wearing Nazi propaganda down the street in Israel. That would be pretty stupid, or even ignorant.
But you seem to be implying that people know what they are doing when they wear stuff. That somehow wearing a Che shirt or a Maoist handbag is tantamount to endorsing communism and all of its most negative characteristics. Yet somehow wearing the stars-and-stripes is just an expression of patriotism. And so what if no one really knows what we did to the civilian populations in Tokyo, Dresden or Nicaragua. Why the double standard?
Guess what? Communism wasn't all bad, and capitalism aint all good. Take is backwards: capitalism aint all bad, and communism wasn't all good. We don't need to live on the extremes. There are things we can learn from the problems in communist China or capitalist America. We are silly to just write political systems off completely one way or the other. Believe it or not your post seems to me like an attempt to do that: (robot voice) "We must never even consider anything communist to ever be worthwhile. Capitalism is the only way!"
Gee, who does that sound like?
In my post I noticed in my link to my previous story on the related local issue that I did in fact point out some of America's historical black eyes:
"It'd be like learning about the first century of US history with patriotic stories and heroism but with all the negative aspects of manifest destiny and slavery censored out."
"...I will continue to fight to reform the inequity of opportunity and the abuse of our of economic domination..."
"Perhaps a Che devotee can pass this off as a necessary evil as many Americans do for what may otherwise appear as black spots on our record as well."
If I was truly attempting to argue that U.S. foreign policy was perfect or that our country can do no wrong does this guy honestly believe I'd make statements like this? Why did I imply that "We must never even consider anything communist to ever be worthwhile. Capitalism is the only way!" in my post? Anybody who read what I posted and linked to could see that I absolutely DID NOT!
And to that end I'm seriously annoyed. And while the following may seem harsh, please take my extreme state of being annoyed into consideration:
His knee jerk reaction seems to be more proof of his irresistible urge to bash the U.S. at any and all opportunities. Even when someone criticizes communism but notes the fact that U.S. foreign policy had its flaws and negative ramifications, here's the Marxist "liberals" jerking their knees into the face of anyone that might for one second have thought their nation was decent in any way shape or form! And thank goodness for that!
These guys wonder why "liberals" of their ilk get blamed for hating America? Their responses to this post seem to scream it loud and clear. It wasn't that I was saying that America was perfect, or its foreign policy was perfect. I specifically stated that it wasn't. It was the fact that I didn't BASH AMERICA ENOUGH for them. And they wonder why people get a bad impression of their motives?
Patriotism is defined as "love for or devotion to one's country." Do they wanna know why conservatives accuse them of being unpatriotic? Because they are. All it takes is them rattling off their opinions and a dictionary to know that to be true. This desperate need of theirs to make clear to everyone that they have absolutely no love or devotion to their country just helps solidify that. I'm all for their free speech to do so. But I'm also all for my own free speech to point it out. And my criticism of them isn't silencing them any more than their criticism of me is silencing me. So don't bother giving me that crap. I'm fully aware that the U.S. government and American culture has a long ways to go before it even approaches being perfect. But I still love my country and I'm devoted to it, in blood, sweat, and tears. It's not "my country right or wrong" it's MY COUNTRY and I'm going to right the wrongs as long as I have one more breath in my lungs.
As an actual liberal, I must say, "liberals" like these guys never fail to shock and surprise me. They take up the banner of "liberalism" yet for all their "open mindedness" and promotion of change these guys always end up sounding like conservative marxists. They may correctly bash people for being bigots and hatemongers but then they go and defend an ideology that resulted in the deaths of millions more: class warfare. There are no ideologies in our lifetimes that have more blood on their hands than that one alone. It's no wonder I have to qualify any statements of mine that I'm a liberal with "but I'm not a marxist liberal."