With the release of the Senate torture report on Tuesday, Fox News predictably threw a massive temper tantrum over it. They accused Obama of undermining the country — never mind that he did everything he could to keep this report from being released up to the last possible second. And Andrea Tantaros displayed pretty much everything that is wrong with right-wing nationalism:
Out Numbered host Andrea Tantaros agreed that she didn’t need transparency at the CIA either.
“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,” she said. “But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”
“They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again,” Tantaros added. “Because they believe if we can just shame ourselves and convince the world how horrible we are, and put us on a moral equivalency with all these other countries then maybe they will stop beheading Americans and putting our heads on sticks. They’re fools.”
All she missed was screaming “USA USA USA USA” at the top of her lungs. This is the difference between right wing nationalism and actual patriotism. Patriotism means demanding that your country live up to the principles if loudly proclaims; right wing nationalism means mindless cheerleading, hypocrisy and double standards.