Because they think we're stupid. That's one of the things they're always telling us: "We're smarter than you!". Well, they think we have short memories and they think we can't spot logical fallacies or internally inconsistent narratives. Joke's on them.
America WAS based on slavery.
---Prove it. There was slavery IN America. Some of the states did quite well with it. Others did not. Not like it was JUST slaves doing all the work.
America DID steal land
----DID it? Could get into a big kerfluffle about what 'property' means but not in the mood.
and break promises with Native Americans.
---Yes. And? Now remember, you have to knock out America's greatness for the entire time. That's your mission. If you can't do that then the "America was never great" bit goes unproven. So far all you've done is slag on America. Which is exactly what the person asking the question KNEW you would do. So THAT part you're confirming for us all. You're not ALL progressives but we keep bumping into progressives who sound just like you.
Acknowledging real historical injustices does not mean one hates America.
---Agreed. But saying "America was never great" DOES.
In fact - it means one loves America to want to make it better for everyone.
----No. It means one acknowledges real historical injustices. One could then go on to try to burn America to the ground. Nothing about acknowledging historical injustices implies one wants to make anything better.
Pretending racism or white privledge doesn't exist,
----Accepting that 'white privilege' exists without any decent case for it is just failing to be a skeptic.Might as well start praying to Zeus. Also, progressives are some of the most racist people I've ever seen. In fact, judging white people based on the color of their skin IS RACISM. You... are a racist. Or you're factually correct and you've got an excellent case for this 'white privilege'. Go ahead. Hit me with it. But in the meantime, let me introduce you to someone who blows the usual case for 'white privilege' out of the F'ing water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jn2eI_w...
----Who is scape goating immigrants? Do tell. Oh and bring evidence.
and promoting intolerance
----Progressives are some of the most intolerant people I've ever seen. It's like all you people do is attack people based entirely on their sex or race.
does not mean one loves their country.
----Agreed. Now find me people who DO those things. Actually bring me EVIDENCE. I've got progressives telling me I'm stupid (I'm in Mensa). I've got progressives telling me I'm racist (half my relationships have been with black women). I've got progressives telling me I'm sexist (prove it. By progressive logic, anyone who chose Obama over Hillary must have been sexist.). I've got them telling me I'm homophobic (I've had friendly relations with several gays. I don't say "I've had gay friends" b/c I don't HAVE friends. I have family and 'friendly relationships'. Not friends.
So, have you actually shown so far? That you have an opinion, that you're a racist and you're almost certainly a progressive. Whoopdee F'ing Doo.
Loving one's country doesn't mean pretending there are no problems and just talking in superlatives.
----Great. Now answer the damn question. How can you say "America was never great" and expect us to think you love America? How can you go on, all the time, about how America is a racist patriarchy and expect us to think you love America? No. You hate what you IMAGINE are American values but deep down, you don't dare leave b/c you know that this is the place with the human rights and comparatively easy living.
It does not mean putting more emphasis on culture rather then values.
----Lost me there. No clue WTF you're on about.
Real love means wanting what's best for the country
----Which means that you don't have 'real love' b/c right now, you're defending saying that America was never great. Tell me, why do you love America if it was never great? Go on. Why? You are talking a lot of crap for someone who is afraid to just answer the damn question.
- and working to get that.
----How? What are progressives doing to get what's best for the country? What, trying to flood the country with illegals and attacking traditionalism in favor of an ideology you dreamed up that has never even been successfully tested? How is that good? Closest thing your ideology has to having been tested is Sweden and it's about to become a caliphate b/c it lost it's balls.
And sometimes that means peacefully protesting,
pointing out injustices,
----Injustices that you don't bother proving. Unless you're still talking about the American Indians.
and criticizing policies.
----B/c you're a partisan who lets Obama do things but freaks out when Trump does them.
Fantasizing about some imaginary past greatness does not make America Great
----So that's you saying it was never great. Well, there you go. You've admitted that you don't love America. You've got no reason to. You think the place is just this place built on slavery, the policies are bad, it's injust, etc, etc, etc. You SAY it's awful but you refuse to go. Yeah. You're BS is obvious.
- looking toward the future will.
----Can you even tell us what your imagined utopia is like and how, exactly, you think it's supposed to work? I take it that meritocracy is out and assigning jobs to people based on their sex, race, etc is how you do everything. Yeah. Good luck with that. And everybody gets what they need? So... the fantasy of the communist utopia then? Or did you mean something closer to what America actually IS?