I had a little chat with my dad today while watching dogfights on History Channel:
Dad: "Isn't it amazing how well those guy fly?"
Me: "Yeah, but they never show the Vietnamese aces or the German aces, I hear the Germans had much better aces than us."
Dad: "They show how hard a fight they put up, their aces usually give these guys a really bad time."
Me: "Yes, but in the end it's always America winning and coming back a hero. I'd love to see what the German aces did."
Dad: "This is OUR show, let them show their aces."
Me: "'OUR show'? It's SUPPOSED to be the History Channel, and history is impartial. Their victories are just as important as ours."
Dad: "Well let them show their victories over in their countries."
Me: "I'm sure the German people would love to revisit the days when they were ruled by Hitler. Seriously, all they do here is propaganda like America is the best at everything. It's misleading and only tells half the story."
Dad: "YOU don't watch the show that much so YOU wouldn't know!"
Me: "I come in every now and then and I've never once seen it from a German or Russian perspective and never once were American soldiers shown as anything other than heroes killing the evil forces of whatever."
He then went on a tirade about how I forced the stuff down his throat etc. He has his sun-bleached United States flag on his car and wears the shirts with it and has a cap with it and I just feel like slapping him. Other people too. They force their mindless patriotism down your throat. You can't go out your door and not see the flag or "God bless our troops" plastered on cars and business windows. Am I alone in feeling patriotism is way too prevalent?