What is “Patriotism”?

How many of you have been told for years that draft dodgers are unpatriotic liberals? I have been told that for years. I’ve also been told that those who don’t support the war don’t support the troops (So apparently the soldiers who don’t support the war don’t support themselves?), making them unpatriotic.  So let’s I must ask someone, what does it mean to be a patriot?

A lot of people have this idea that it means standing by your country no matter what direction they are going. They say that loyalty to your country makes you a patriot. Bullshit. Loyalty is not a virtue, it is a vice. Loyalty means that instead of picking the best action, you act off some feeling you might have. So now that we got that cleared up, without loyalty, what is patriotism?

How about just loving your country? Well, the country is made of people, so loving your country means loving the people in it. Last time I checked, people don’t exactly get along too well around here. Democrats and Republicans don’t work together to achieve results, they fight. However, it isn’t the fighting that yields good results through constructive criticism. It’s like watching a bunch of 6 year old little brats  argue over who tipped over the cookie jar. There isn’t a whole lot of love for one another, we’re more divided than ever.

So what’s left? What is patriotism? I’ll tell you. The greatest civil duty to your country is to be constantly looking for errors. There is no greater patriotism than being critical of every decision made by our leaders. We should be united through the allowance of our diverse opinions. Our freedom of expression and individuality is the one thing can can truly unite us. Patriotism is nothing more than the appreciation of our differences and loving our country for us being allowed these differences. If you disagree with a war, then by all means, please protest. If you disagree with it and there’s a draft, then you shouldn’t have to be a resource of the state, run away. That isn’t unpatriotic, it’s freedom of choice. This freedom of choice is what breeds patriotism.

And remember, blind patriotism is worse than being unpatriotic. I love the principles that America used to stand for. However, when our freedoms started being taken, we started expanding our empire, and are forced into involuntary servitude through taxation, the patriotism dies in my heart.

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