Kenneth B. Parnheck loves the United States.
“The USA is the best country in the world. No doubt about it,” he is fond of saying. But his enthusiasm comes with some conditions.
“We need to get rid of the immigrants. And the blacks, gays, feminists, and atheists. And the Jews, Muslims, liberals, and Catholics. I say send them all back wherever they came from.”
A quick estimate indicates that while Parnheck claims to love the USA, he hates well over three out of every four citizens.
But that’s not the end of his grievances with the nation he adores.
“I’m not a fan of people in the streets, complaining about this or that,” Parnheck said. “We’re here to respect the flag, respect the president, and respect the country.”
We pressed Mr. Parnheck on this comment — as the constitution guarantees the right to protest.
“Well sure, people can protest, but not about stupid things. They shouldn’t just bitch. They should only protest about real issues. Like if the government is taking away our freedoms.”
But if the government was taking away freedoms, wouldn’t it be too late?
“Well, that’s what we have the second amendment for. You don’t need all those other ones.”
But wouldn’t a violent overthrow of an elected government be against the USA’s democratic ideals?
“You know,” he responded, “I hate journalists, too. Go away. But God bless the USA.”
We asked if he felt a free press was essential to a democratic nation.
Mr. Parnheck responded by chanting “USA! USA! USA!” louder and louder and until all further conversation was impossible.