Tuesday, April 29, 2008
PATRIOTISM AND BUTT HURT LIBERALS
I love America. I know it has a somewhat dark history, but the tools to change and progress were given by the same men who equated the black person as three fifths of a person. These men who said "all men are created equal" who undoubtedly meant white men only, gave us the ability to amend and give literal meaning to the phrase. I don't claim that America is perfect. I don't claim to love America more than you because I am conservative and religious. However, I do wonder about a persons "love of country" when spitting in the face of white Americans on a regular basis. I also question a persons patriotism when in the face of disagreement they criticize the government on foreign soil. I also question a persons love of country when they have nothing good to say about her. I question liberals who whine about accusations of anti-patriotism after calling the U.S. evil. They spew their hatred of the President and then defend terrorists in the same breath. I do question the patriotism of some liberals. Patriotism is the love of country. You can love your country and be critical of its policies and practices. But at what point does the freedom to criticize step across a line into hatred of country? Is America only "good" when she agrees with our individual ideologies?
I am a Webelo's leader for the Boy Scouts of America and we teach our boys to be good citizens, to respect the flag and to pledge honor to God and country. They take an oath to do their duty to help and serve in their communities. They are taught to be self-sufficient, responsible and neighborly. They are not taught to hate and distrust as forms of true patriotism. They take Americas greatest ideals and practice them in there greatest forms.
There are those who would demean the outward showing of patriotism and would state that it doesn't prove anything and is not needed to be a patriot. I disagree. There is something to be said about the old veteran who fought in WWII or Vietnam that gets tears in his eyes when he hears the Star Spangled Banner. They are a dying breed. A generation that knows without doubt that this is a country with freedom of self-determination. John F. Kennedy asked not what our country can do for us, but asked what we can do for our country. Where are these democrats? Where are the democrats that are not demanding more and more from their government? Americans in both parties take her for granted and don't know the lessons of sacrifice. How do I know this? Because undoubtedly there will be those who will downplay the need for outward displays of love of country or patriotism. They will say that it is of no worth to display flags in a showing of patriotism. I long for the generation of the non-entitled. Liberals are patriots too, but I am not going to lie. Sometimes I wonder.