A lot of Republicans like to use guilt trips to glorify the actions of their constituents, and in most cases these guilt-trips are misplaced. At the same time they like to discount accomplishments made by the Democrats and either deny their existence or give credit for these accomplishments to themselves, to America or to God.
One frequent guilt-trip is done by people affiliated with the military: "We went to war so that you can have your liberties." First of all, the only military conflict in the memory of anyone living, in which anyone's liberties - or America - was at risk, was the Second World War; and the president at the time was a Democrat. Secondly, the people who went to war did not do it for me. I was not even born yet. They went to war for their country, their families and their homes, and they would have done it whether or not I was alive. To pin it all on me - or on anyone else who was not alive at the time - when I had nothing to do with it, is wrong. They did not do it for me. They did it for America. And while it is appropriate that a country honors people who've done heroic things in its name, it is not valid to pin their actions on people who were not alive at the time and had nothing to do with the conflict.
Another frequent guilt trip we hear is one associated with the beginnings of America. "The hard man, the adventure man, conquered the wilderness so that you could live in comfort." Same as above. I was not alive at the time, and they did not do it for me. They did it because they wanted gold, or because they wanted to be free from the English Crown, or because they wanted adventurous existence, or because they wanted liberty. There is nothing wrong with any of these motives; but pinning it on people now living is a complete misrepresentation of historical fact.
And then there's the biggest one. "Christ died for your sins." No, he didn't. He did not know me. That was 2 millenia before my time. Nor did I ask Christ to die for my sins. That would be completely unfair. If anyone dies for my sins, it will be me.
Meanwhile these Republicans completely fail to credit accomplishments by America's scientists, educators, film-makers, high technology professionals, government workers and artists. That is because the people who are involved in these pursuits are vastly Democratic, so in order to deny Democrats their place in America they fail to credit these accomplishments to the Democrats and either deny them or misplace the credit, giving the credit to America or to God. And it's time that this racket be seen through.
Without the vastly Democratic science, there would be no technology and nothing for business to sell besides basic commodities. Without government projects such as the Interstate and the Internet, business would not have the infrastructure to do its work. The vastly Democratic computer industry, based on a computer designed by a hippie, was the true source of America's economic growth in 1980s and 1990s. And the Hollywood - also vastly Democratic - dominates the world's airwaves and by doing so exports American culture, strengthening America's case around the world and bringing more people around the world to seek covenants in which they can live like Americans.
Guilt can be a potent political weapon, and it's important that its wrongful uses be corrected. By itself it would trap people and render them defenseless; which means that it cannot be allowed to go on unchecked. There are legitimate uses of guilt, but the examples above are not among them. And if Republicans insist on continuing to pull guilt-trips, then it behooves the Democrats to do similar things concerning accomplishments made by Democratic leaders and constituents.