By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) There’s no government mandate requiring that American citizens be patriotic, but the fact that so few Democrats are should tell you something about where the party is today and how its supporters and members view their own country.

According to a new Gallup survey released in time for our nation’s 243rd birthday, just 22 percent of self-identified Democrats say they are “extremely proud to be an American.”

Noting that overall “American pride has hit a new low,” Gallup reported:

As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001. While 70% of U.S. adults overall say they are proud to be Americans, this includes fewer than half (45%) who are “extremely” proud, marking the second consecutive year that this reading is below the majority level. Democrats continue to lag far behind Republicans in expressing extreme pride in the U.S.

These findings are explored further with new measurements of the public’s pride in eight aspects of U.S. government and society. American scientific achievements, military and culture/arts engender the most pride, while the U.S. political system and health and welfare system garner the least.

While only 41 percent of self-identified “Independents” claim to be ‘extremely proud’ of our country, three-quarters of Republicans — 76 percent — identify that way.

Granted, it’s likely that numbers for Democrats and Republicans would change if the party in the White House changed. But having fewer than one-in-five members of a party express enough confidence and pride in their own country, regardless of who is president, is — as Gallup infers — ‘a new low’ that signals trouble ahead for the fabric of our society.

Already, we see that the Left, which identifies with the Democrat Party, is using violence to enforce its political viewpoints and political will in certain regions of the country. Many analysts believe these acts of violence, if they are not addressed legally, will only rise, regardless of who wins the 2020 presidential election.

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“There are two big things we have coming up in 2020 that deserve our attention, with regard to ramping up our level of preparedness,” writes Samuel Culper at strategic intelligence site Forward Observer.

“The first is the 2020 election. I’m particularly concerned because those who see Trump as illegitimate may be tempted to do illegitimate things to prevent his re-election,” he notes.

“According to one researcher, Big Tech (Google, Facebook, etc.) could sway up to 15 million votes through online censorship and algorithm manipulation. That’s certainly enough to throw an election and perhaps no one has more on the line than Big Tech,” Culper says.

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“And then there’s the possibility of a contested or failed election. Like 2016, that’s among why worst-case scenarios because a solution could take weeks or months to implement, and the outcome will necessarily inflame tensions for at least one half of the country.”

A party whose supporters are so vehemently anti-American is much more likely to cause commotion — violence — than one whose supporters aren’t so vehemently anti-American.

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