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I Guess I'm Not Patriotic

I have always been mildly suspicious of the word "Patriotism," particularly when it is used to mean supporting one's country even when it is behaving badly.  I prefer to say that I respect, even love this country for the high values it has historically set for itself.   But when it falls short of those values, it is going to hear it from me, patriotism or no.

But if patriotism is defined as having my money put in someone else's pocket, I am not a patriot.

Posted on September 18, 2008 at 09:02 AM | Permalink


didnt ayn rand write a book about this?

Posted by: rox_publius | Sep 18, 2008 9:41:29 AM

I consider patriotism to be "loyalty to the founding principles of the country". The United States is the first nation in history to be based on Individual Rights.

Posted by: Douglas M. Chatham | Sep 18, 2008 10:07:15 AM

I wonder if anyone asked Joe O'pieceO'crap Biden if its "patriotic" to spend money you were given by a thief.

Posted by: ccoffer | Sep 18, 2008 11:51:38 AM

I'm just curious which one we're supposed to believe, one say's we should be happy to pay taxes, the other on the ticket says 95% of us should expect to pay less in taxes...

Posted by: EconStudent | Sep 18, 2008 12:07:29 PM

Guess you couldn't possibly be religious either.

Posted by: ErikTheRed | Sep 18, 2008 5:07:41 PM

Re: Douglas

"We The People" under a little docuement way back in 1776, still today has all the principle that I try to operate under day to day.

I belive in God , Country, Family , and Ect. , but to some people who are elected to represent me, as the "We The People" start to tell me what to think and what to do, I as a individual have a problem with those elected people.

That has been going on since who knows, BC or DC , but life goes on!

The moral of the story!

Vote for the right person?!

Have a nice day.

Posted by: Leonard Huff III | Sep 18, 2008 8:46:19 PM

Warren - where do you find all this stuff !! I love it!!

Posted by: stephanie | Sep 18, 2008 9:14:01 PM

Patriotism is love of country. Love is commitment (not a "feeling"). A patriotic American is committed to his country as a loving husband is committed to his wife. He may have disagreements. He may get angry. But the patriot keeps working to make it better. He doesn't hold back. He's all in.

The patriot doesn't threaten to leave, if he doesn't like the outcome of an election. A patriot doesn't tell lies about his country. He doesn't slander his country. Anymore than a loving husband would tell vicious lies which slander his wife.

Posted by: stan | Sep 19, 2008 5:13:59 AM

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