Being that it is the day before Independence Day, I thought I would talk about patriotism.
Patriotism is and can be defined in only this way. It is the love of one’s country and a willingness to make sacrifices for it. It is a positive and supportive attitude to a ‘fatherland’ expressed by an individual or a group. It is not defined as community service or loyalty to the state, but loyalty to the idea of freedom for it’s people as individuals. It is never expecting something from the state. It’s that plain and simple.
I have heard left wing liberals define it as, and I quote directly, “disagreeing with your government when you believe they are wrong.” These same friends of mine, who are left wing liberals, give Barack Obama kudos for being “the most patriotic person in the picture below” because he expressed himself and what he believes.
What they are describing is a belief in the individual rights of people to not wear an American Flag pin or placing your hand over your heart during the National Anthem. They are confusing the exercise of rights with Patriotism.
You cannot simply exercise your rights and call it Patriotism. Rights, by the way that were created by patriots and defended by patriots. What you see on display from Barack Obama is the furthest thing from patriotism. It is pure disdain for the idea of patriotism. Don’t misread what I am saying. I am fine with his personal freedom to act this way but I am NOT fine with calling it patriotism.
All that said, you can see how the left wing liberal extremists are perverting what patriotism is and what it means to be a patriot. You can see where this nation is going and where we will end up if we allow the left wing liberal extremists to take control of it.
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