“Love it or leave it” is as un-American as it gets. It is far worse than “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” another favorite of idiots, because it says loud and clear that criticism makes one unwelcome here. It never seems to occur to those who proclaim this phrase that they would have none of the benefits which they now enjoy if heroic Americans had not sharply criticized the nation we call home.
Since there is a natural resistance to change, reflected by the “if it ain’t broke…” sentiment, progress rarely occurs without someone identifying problems. “Love it or leave it” is a slap in the face to every American who has helped to facilitate progress through criticism.
What does it mean that social and political conservatism is positively correlated with one’s tendency to use this phrase? Does it mean that conservatism tends to oppose change? Of course, but this hardly comes as a surprise. Does it mean that conservatives actually want to roll back many of the positive gains critical Americans have brought us (e.g., Civil Rights, assorted Constitutional rights, etc.)? Absolutely. But once again, this is not exactly news. No, the question begging to be asked is how these conservatives have managed to avoid being perceived as the enemies of America.
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