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What is "Patritotism"?

Posted on June 19 2017

Merriam-Webster defines its as: love for or devotion to one's country. I have been thinking about this term more and more lately. Is it good to be a patriot? Is this what we should aspire to be? Depends on how you define yourself as a patriot. Aristotle buts its the best way, "“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”

Think about that for a minute. Does being a patriot always end up being morally right? Depends on who defines patriotism. Who is more patriotic: the citizen who questions and challenges the status quo or the citizen who obeys without reason and is driven by blind love?

Patriotism isn't who belts their love for this country the loudest. It isnt the person who flies the biggest American flag in front of their house (and doesn't follow the flag code). It isn't the person who is draped from head to toe in Ol Glory. It isn't the person who tries to be the quintessential "American". No these individuals are compensating for something they are lacking in their lives. They strive to be accepted while wanting to be outside of the social influence. They talk a big game but when it comes down to being a great citizen, they fail miserably.

They are not informed voters, in fact they don't even usually vote but will be the first to complain about the government. They don't volunteer to serve the country's military but are the loudest supporters of them, while doing absolutely nothing to make sure they are taken care of when they get back home (yellow ribbon on the car). They rarely have informed opinions and when they are challenged, resort to how un patriotic the other is. They only care about their own well being and those who share their views, while casting the rest of the population as anti American. No, these people are not patriots.

A real patriot does things through action. They become well informed voters and take part in their local government. They volunteer to help those who are in need (beyond the holidays). They care about all the citizens in this country, even those who are complete opposite. They respect and want others to succeed. They don't look at what they have individually but what the country has collectively. They acknowledge the injustices and point them out no matter what party they belong to. They work to make this country a better place beyond inflamed rhetoric. They actually have blood, sweat and tears in the game.

Patriotism isnt something you wear on your sleeve. No its a true dedication to this country and ALL of the people who work together to make it so. Patriots don't need remind others of how patriotic they are, they do so through real action. This is the patriot America needs.... not the latter.

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