Dime Store Patriots

Date 2005/5/2 7:38:32 | Topic: Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread

You know what I'm sick of? "Dime store patriots" - that's what. These are the folks that drive around with "God Bless America" and "United We Stand" bumper stickers on the back of their gas guzzling pickup trucks. They have American flag stickers on their increasingly over-sized sport utility vehicles. Lately, it's the gawd-awful magnetic facsimiles of "awareness" ribbons with slogans like "Support our Troops" or "God Bless the U.S.A.".

I think this picture sums it up pretty well:

Don't get me wrong, it's not that I'm against shows of patriotism, per-se. For the record, I've always flown old glory at my residence - many years prior to 9/11/2001. But, most of these gratuitous displays ring hollow with me. Patriotism is chic right now, but I don't think people have a real sense of what patriotism truly is.

I think the trouble is that people confuse nationalism with patriotism. To me, patriotism is about love, loyalty, and service to one's country. Nationalism is more about pride and prejudice. Nationalism is about rooting for ones country much like rooting for one's favorite local sports team. In fact, the analogy is a pretty close one, in that rooting is about all you can do to "help" your team.

To be a true patriot, you need to be willing to serve your country.

Putting a flag sticker on your car doesn't stop terrorism.
Putting a ribbon magnet on your pickup truck doesn't bring our troops home safely.
Putting a vapid slogan bumper sticker on your S.U.V. doesn't make the world love and respect us.

Are you really a patriot? Do you want to help?

The first step is to stop being a part of the problem.
The second step is to help improve things for your country.
The third step is to help your countrymen do the same.

More later...

This article comes from The Lewisville Texan Journal

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