Longtime conservative activist Gary Bauer is concerned about the growing patriotism gap between the two major political parties in America.
A recent Gallup poll found that fewer Democrats are proud to be Americans.
The survey, conducted in March 2017, revealed 67 percent of Democrats are “extremely proud” or “very proud” to be Americans; that compares to 78 percent in 2016.
There was little change among Republicans and Independents. In fact, the survey shows Republicans’ pride at 92 percent.
Gallup reports the current 25-point gap in patriotic feelings between Republicans and Democrats is the highest in Gallup’s records. In January 2007, the party gap was 21 points.
“There is a growing radical left in the Democratic Party,” Bauer tells OneNewsNow. “And there is a growing movement among young Americans who tend to be leaning toward the left politically who are not traditionally patriotic any longer.”
Bauer thinks there are several reasons for that, including the anti-American history being taught in colleges and universities.
“And then there’s this tendency on the radical left to see America as a country that oppresses people, that was built on slavery,” he says. “So it’s a serious issue when there is declining patriotism overall. It’s a serious issue when the left wing of one party seems to be declining in its patriotic feelings.”
Bauer says it’s particularly troubling when younger Americans have lower levels of patriotism than any American generation in modern history.
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