“America: Love It Or Leave It.”
So goes the bumper sticker sentiment that’s been in circulation as long as I’ve been alive to see it. And when you see it, you can count on it being displayed by what we now call a “red state” person. (Ironic, that, seeing as when they first started with it, “red” meant the commies who should leave. But I digress.) ”Love it or leave it.” This means don’t try to change anything, don’t rebel, just accept the government and the nation as they are, the best of all possible worlds. If you don’t like the way America is, then get the fuck out.
This is not exactly the most inclusive idea, violating as it does some basic concepts of liberty and representative government. But let’s assume for the moment that we should take the red-staters at their word.
What then should we make of their current temper-tantrum rebellion against the law of the land? Here we have exhibit A: the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Leave aside for the moment the question of whether it’s a good law or even a good idea. Maybe it’s a good law, maybe it isn’t; but it is the law, and it’s been through the whole process: passed by Congress, signed by the president, certified constitutional by the Supreme Court. It is now part of How America Is.
House Republicans, obviously, don’t love America this way. So why don’t they leave it? This has been one of their slogans for over fifty years, which is longer than a lot of those guys have even been alive. There are legal avenues to change laws you don’t like, of course, and they’ve tried over and over – what is it, 41 times at this point? – to use those avenues. But they haven’t gotten their way. And really, if they’re going to live by “love it or leave it,” they shouldn’t try. The people have spoken, the law is the law, this is America, love it the way it is or go somewhere else. Right? Isn’t that what you guys have been telling us since McCarthy?
Love it or leave it, fellows. There’s the door. How does it feel?