February 11, 2010

On Patroitism

Nicki Fellinger over at The Liberty Zone has written an essay on the meaning of true Patriotism.

Here is a little taste:

Patriotism is defending all rights, no matter how difficult or distasteful. Patriotism is recognizing and loving the fundamental principles that protect those rights. That is what our men and women in the military do every day. Voltaire once wrote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." That is the code American service members live by every day. They have sworn to protect, not the government, not politicians, but the very fundamental principles that make us America.
Patriotism is the love of those ideals that make this nation great. Honor, courage, freedom, opportunity and equality. Patriotism is not blind, unquestioning worship of those in power because their words are pretty and their platitudes are powerful. Patriotism is questioning your government... and the courage to voice those doubts. Patriotism is not blind condemnation of government, no matter what. Patriotism is the ability to reason and the courage to be reasonable. Patriotism is having the self control and the discipline not to whip out the patriotism card every time another voices a view with which you disagree.

Do yourself a favor and go read the rest.

I agree with Nicki 100% with every word she has spoken. (whiping out my own immigrant card) I understand what she meant when she said:

These are the principles and ideals that prompted me to enlist in the Army after graduating from one of the top universities in the country, instead of going to work at some high-powered corporation, making tons of money. These are the principles and ideals that allowed me to choose my future and my destiny, based on my own value system."

I too was prompted by those same principles to wear this country's uniform. It was important to me that I contribute in some small way to protecting those Principles that allowed me the freedoms I enjoy as an American. Honor demanded nothing less.

I think that all too many natural-born Americans take what this nation offers for granted; it almost seems that you have to experience how other nations operate to really appreciate the freedom we enjoy here every day. That is the only explanation I can come up for why so many of our citizens are standing silent while allowing those freedoms to be eroded a little every day...

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