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Tune Out The ‘Impostures Of Pretended Patriotism’

June 27, 2012 by  

Tune Out The ‘Impostures Of Pretended Patriotism’
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Independence Day is just a week away, and political language, especially that of the election year back and forth, is awash with patriotic memes.

At a campaign event on Monday, President Barack Obama provided a familiar narrative about why people are willing to pay more taxes: because they love their country.

Obama said, “[T]here are plenty of patriotic, successful Americans all across the country — I meet them every day — who’d be willing to make this contribution again because they understand there is such a thing as the common good. They understand that we’re in this thing together.”

Many conservatives are appalled by the President’s understanding of patriotism and how it relates to “the common good.” But he isn’t the only one throwing the word around. In a recent article, Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, skewered Republicans who use the word in a different sense.

Reich writes:

Recently I publicly debated a regressive Republican who said Arizona and every other state should use whatever means necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. He also wants English to be spoken in every classroom in the nation, and the pledge of allegiance recited every morning. “We have to preserve and protect America,” he said. “That’s the meaning of patriotism.”

He goes on to assail members of the GOP for substituting “partisanship for patriotism” and for believing that unless it fits into their agenda, no motive can be patriotic.

He concludes:

Their patriotism is not about coming together for the common good. It is about excluding outsiders who they see as our common adversaries.

Former Speaker of the House and failed GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich quipped earlier this month about his view of American’s patriotic duty.

“We want to make it clear in a calm, pleasant but direct way: Barack Obama and the values he represents and the amateurish incompetence he has proven are a direct threat to the survival of America as we know it — and defeating him is a national, patriotic duty,” Gingrich said.

As Americans make plans for fireworks and barbeques next week with all of this talk from the political sphere about what is or isn’t patriotic buzzing in the background, a columnist for Michigan’s The Muskegon Chronicle, Steve Gunn, offers a little perspective in arguing for the Pledge of Allegiance in American schools:

Back in far better days, some things, like patriotism, remained above politics.

Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, union members and management all shared a love and appreciation of the United States of America and the fundamental freedom it stands for.

If patriotism is not what America’s politicians have co-opted the term to mean, and if the citizenry is unable to turn to its leaders for a clear idea of the best ways to express love for one’s country without adhering to political paradigms, perhaps history is a good place to turn for a patriotic self-revival.

Here are some ways you might learn to be more patriotic in the week preceding the celebration of our Nation’s independence.

  1. Read a copy of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States. Hillsdale College, a longtime advocate of the American Founders’ vision, offers free printable versions here. Hillsdale has even mounted a “Read the Declaration” campaign to encourage millions of Americans to read and discuss the founding document with friends and family this Fourth of July.
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  3. Take some time to better understand the story behind our Nation’s founding. Why did the men who created our Nation fight so passionately? What would have happened had they failed? Are there similarities between what our country has become and the tyranny they fought against? At the website Revolutionary War and Beyond, you can access thousands of historical documents related to our Nation’s founding and learn why revolution was vital, in the words of our Founders.
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  5. The United States is currently not in the best shape in history. Modern problems ranging from a poor economy to serious political disagreements on social issues keep many Americans in a state of perpetual political polarization. This benefits no one but the political establishment of both the left and the right. With the help of the Internet, you can find that many of these problems are not new. America has seen crises, social tension and poverty before. Take off your political blinders and do some research about how some of our Nation’s problems were solved in the past.

Whether you call yourself Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or independent or you are defined by other political beliefs, your patriotism likely transcends your political ideology and represents more a feeling of gratitude to reside in a Nation whose citizens have the freedom to agree to disagree. Learning about the blood and sweat that begot that freedom and how that freedom has been used throughout the years to better the Nation is certainly more productive than allowing the President, Gingrich and political commentators to soil the true meaning of patriotism. After all, in a free country what it means to be a patriot is up to you to decide; and George Washington, our Nation’s first President, warned Americans about those who would seek to do it for you in his farewell address:

In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But, if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://www.clothswordtees.com blained13

    I would agree with you that everybody has a different view of patriotism, certainly forcing your version as being correct isn’t about freedom. There certainly is people who are impostures when it comes to patriotism and some are zealots. I say the pledge, stand at attention for our national anthem and thank the veterans for their service. Freedom is our gift, protecting that is the greatest form of patriotism i can think of and it matters not how you protect it.

    • GALT

      So what is “natural law”? anyone……Bob………I would ask Sam, but he is just a “staff writer” and an unpaid one at that………..obvious by the quality of the work product…….

      Have a problem with the premise this time………because once again, it is not a premise,
      but a question……and I don’t blame you for knowing EXACTLY where it leads……and wanting avoid going THERE at all costs………

      The “wrong crowd”…..we’ll deal with them………in this I still have one question…..”how much is enough?” because if you don’t intend to contribute to the “general welfare”, it may be time to take your “freedom” and make a graceful exit……….

      On the other hand, I would love to be WRONG……..but I will believe THAT when I see some evidence FOR IT……….tomorrow, given the proper topical opening….I will explain “natural law” to you………until then…..

      • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

        Dear GALT,

        You write: “So what is “natural law”? anyone……Bob” I do not care to engage you.

        You write: “I would ask Sam, but he is just a “staff writer” and an unpaid one at that………..obvious by the quality of the work product…….” Your evaluations of my staff are unwelcome.

        You write: “I will explain “natural law” to you………until then…..” I’m on the edge of my seat.

        Best wishes,
        Bob

      • http://naver samurai

        “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the savior.”

        John Quincy Adams, 1837

        “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

        George Washington

        This one by Wasjington sounds like how many on the left are. Some of them, not all of them, have no service to country, disrespect the flag, spit on our Christian founding, and attack anything that isn’t left, socialist, or communist. Truesoy, duhnisso, JON, Robert Smith, and many others fit this bill.

        “A patriot without religion (Christianity) in my estimation is as great a paradox as an homest man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real good will towards men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of society? The Scriptures tell us “Righteousness exalteth a nation. Sin is a reproach to any people.”

        Abigail Adams
        November 05, 1775

        “The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness, a lantern to his feet and a lamp unto his paths.”

        Francis Scott Key
        February 22, 1812

        These are just examples of how this country’s patriotism is to be. Like I continue to say, you need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • revnowwhilewecan

    The word patriotism is probably the most dangerous word in the English language because it is a word that is the epitome of double speak. I can’t think of a word meant to bring more people together for a common cause that ultimately causes more division in the world. More boys have been sent to their death because of this ideology called patriotism that the elites have perpetrated for their own self serving interests. Think about it. What does “patriotism” really mean? Now that I am more aware of the real goings on in the world, when I see the word patriotism, It’s just another deceitful word that causes separation under the guise of unity. A dangerous word indeed.

    • http://gravatar.com/albertmaslar albertmaslar

      Some definitions of “Patriotism” can be reduced to “My country; Right or Wrong” and that is wrong. False patriotism is going along with leaders who are leading the USA down the primrose path to destruction. Was it patriotic to be rah rah about President Bush bombing Iraq and attacking a country that did not attack us? But 85% of Americans were ultra patriotic then and now America is paying the price of never-ending wars in the Middle East with no end in sight, Obama assurances notwithstanding. Who were the true patriots; those who were against the war BEFORE Shock and Awe or the Johnny Come Lately crowd who now want an end to wars that spread like a Colorado wildfire; more fires than firefighters? True patriotism is insisting that the country stay on a right path with the Constitution as the guide, aided by living with true faith in the Creator and true morals. The President need not be an enabler of abortion, homosexuality, nor resort to dictatorial powers not in accordance with the Constitution. The President, Congress, and Supreme Court must get off their high horse and accept that they are caretakers of the hard-fought liberties gained by the blood and guts of the Founders. Leaders need to lead down the right path, not lead down the path of moral, and fiscal destruction, and there are times when leaders must be followers “Of the people, For the people, By the people.” The leaders are mere mortals but act like gods, unfortunately for them because the real God will have the final say in the one and only “Supreme Court.” The history of its decisions is proof positive that the U.S. Supreme Court has proven itself to be less than supreme; personified in its unpatriotic legalization of slavery that to this day carries the stigma and racial bias. God Bless America on this celebration of the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, though the liberties gained at great price are rapidly disappearing, even the liberty to say “God Bless America.”
      Albert Maslar amaslar2@yahoo.com

      • Vigilant

        While I agree with much of what you say, you lost me with, “the U.S. Supreme Court has proven itself to be less than supreme; personified in its unpatriotic legalization of slavery that to this day carries the stigma and racial bias.”

        The Supreme Court never legalized slavery. The Constitution legalized slavery.

        I assume you were referring to the Dred Scott Decision. Chief Justice Taney ruled with impeccable correctness on the Constitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Law. It took a Civil War and over 600,000 deaths to redress the abhorrent evils of slavery.

        The extension of slavery into the new states was the proximate cause for the South’s secession, and it was Lincoln’s vow to preserve the Union that precipitated it. Only after the 13th Amendment was slavery made unconstitutional.

      • Chester

        Vigilant, actually, the Supreme Court upheld slavery in a number of decisions, including the one where they said an escaped slave could be pursued even into non slave states. While that may not have been legalizing it, it most assuredly did NOT make it illegal. That took and executive order, then congressional action to accomplish.,

      • Christian Pufahl

        HEAR HEAR, Albertmaslar. I could have not said it any better!!!

      • TIME

        Dear Albert,

        Your post is very strong as well, what makes me very happy to see is that your mind is open to new learning. Thank You!

        Peace and Love

      • Buster the Anatolian

        “Vigilant, actually, the Supreme Court upheld slavery in a number of decisions, including the one where they said an escaped slave could be pursued even into non slave states. While that may not have been legalizing it, it most assuredly did NOT make it illegal.”

        Chester, since slavery was legal under the Constitution the Supreme Court could not declare it illegal they could only say whether a particular law was legal or illegal by comparing it to the Constitution.

      • http://albertmaslar.wordpress.com albertmaslar

        omitted the last paragraph::
        God Bless America on this celebration of the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence , though the liberties gained at great price are rapidly disappearing, even the liberty to say “God Bless America .”

      • Vigilant

        Buster, you get it and Albert and Chester don’t.

        Re the Constitution, Article IV: “No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.”

        And you’re right. The Supreme Court had no leeway in determining whether or not the Fugitive Slave Law was Constitutional. I repeat, Justice Taney’s ruling was strictly correct, as lamentable as that may be to the delicate sensibilities of those who don’t read the Constitution..

      • Vigilant

        Chester said, “Vigilant, actually, the Supreme Court upheld slavery in a number of decisions, including the one where they said an escaped slave could be pursued even into non slave states. While that may not have been legalizing it, it most assuredly did NOT make it illegal. That took and executive order, then congressional action to accomplish.”

        Sorry, you got it wrong again. Lincoln’s Emanipation Proclamation was not Constitutional and he was well aware of it. The 13th Amendment was rushed through to avoid a ruling on Constitutionality from the Supreme Court. So, technically, it was NOT the executive order that outlawed slavery, it was the 13th Amendment.

        And since it required a Constitutional amendment, it took more than “Congressional action.”

      • http://naver samurai

        HHHHHooooorrrrraaaaahhhhh! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

    • TIME

      Dear Rev,

      Now thats a damm fine post my friend!

      You know the best part, is that your still on the learning curb and will admit it. I thank you for taking the really HIGH ROAD..

      Saddly its a really rocky one with nearly No support from the mindless sheep who would rather wave a flag or cross their hearts and sing songs of joy, or blow up cheep fireworks made in China.
      Yet they can’t even grasp the very meaning of the instuument’s they claim to follow and love.
      Afterall if you take away thier stuff, how the hell will they ever survive?

      Its very odd its really just like how nice people are a few days before Christmas, – yet the day after they go right back to being 100% SOB’S.

      Can you envision what a wonderful world we would all live in if everyone behavied as if Christmas was every day?
      They should be behaved that way, — but saddly its a ME — Me — MEEEE attitude that’s bent the very fabric of “what was once” a very long time ago — a Great Nation – let alone a Super Idea, Freedom for the people of the nation!

      Peace and Love

    • http://gravatar.com/catman11 coal miner

      The orgin of the word: patriot
      English:Wiktionary
      [edit] Etymology
      From the Middle French compatriot around 1600, from Late Latin patriōta (“fellow countryman”) from the Ancient Greek πατριώτης (patriotēs, “of the same country”), from πατρίς (patris, “father land”, “country”), from πατήρ (pater, “father”).

  • braindeadUS

    This president has follow the communist manafesto to the letter how can he be a patriot, hell he never served his country in the military.

    • Laith

      Obviously you have not read the manifesto so you don’t know what you are talking about, and serving in the military is not a requirement, neither did Gingrich or Romney. As for the patriots like Quale and Bush who supported the Vietnam war but their “Daddies” pulled strings to keep them stateside while middle class and poor kids were killed in Nam.

      I strongly oppose the idea that government should solve society’s problems, but I do not question the patriotism of thos who believe that, I have no doubt that Senator Sanders, a proclaimed socialist, loves this country as much as I do.

  • Gea

    Barak Hussein Obama bowed to Saudi king whose subjects committed the crimes of 9/11, which was memorized as a natural disaster by Obama in 2011, with no mentioning that it was and Islamist attack on Western civlization. Obama also belonged to a racist anti-American church in Chicago, whose pastor Jeremiah Wright numerous times shouted: God Damn America. How did this Muslim/racist man ever persuaded Americans to vote him into the White house? Taqiyya, a Islamic precept of lying when among non-Muslims, may explain why Obama had been succesful to hood wink US!

    • Flashy

      First, he bowed as was diplomatic requirement, he did not kiss then walk holding hands as Bush II did..which IS a sign of subservience. As to the 9/11 rant. It was not an attack by Islam against the West. it was an attack by a group of thugs who got lucky combined with gross negligence and incompetence by the then administration.

      • Vigilant

        According to a former CIA agent, Clinton failed to seize opportunities to kill Bin Laden on more than one occasion. So much for “gross negligence and incompetence by the then administration.”

        • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

          Dear Vigilant,

          You write: “According to a former CIA agent, Clinton failed to seize opportunities to kill Bin Laden on more than one occasion.” Not that Clinton would want to, bin Laden being an asset the CIA had sunk a lot of money into and had plans for. Nor did Bush, as evidenced by bin Laden’s waiving to him on his way into Tora Bora as Bush held back the troops. Of course, Obama didn’t get him either. By the time Obama pulled the trigger via Seal Team 6, bin Laden had long since rotted away in the dirt. At best Seal Team 6 killed a CIA-manufactured body-double. At worst, the whole thing was Kabuki Theater. I suspect the latter, as the announcement came at a convenient time for the Marxist in thief.

          Best wishes,
          Bob

      • revnowwhilewecan

        Thugs got lucky? Surely someone grounded in facts such as mathematics and physics doesn’t believe in luck………..
        http://truththeory.com/2012/03/27/loose-change-the-5-minute-version/

      • http://naver samurai

        You mean the ignorance of the Clinton administration when it came to the Kobar Towers, U.S.S. Cole, our embasies in Kenya and Tanzania, unnecessary involvement in Bosnia, siding with Arafat over Israel, selling computer technology and chips to China and North Korea (Which was against our trade laws), played romper room with Monica and many other women, passed legislation that was the cause of the housing inplosion across the country (Which started this current recession), and many other things. Neeeeed to be making that popping sound. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

  • Lawrence

    We will not get good government until America repents of her many sins. The most patriotc thing one can do is to repent of our personal sins and turn to GOD, living alife pleasing to him.

    • Chester

      Do hope you belong to the American branch of the Church of England, as that is the same thing they keep telling the English. While this country was founded on the idea of religious freedom, most forget that this also means freedom from being persecuted for having NO religion. Why is it that the very party that screams the loudest for smaller government for businesses also makes the most noise about governing private lives? I am talking about the party of NO! NO abortions, ever, NO birth control, ever, NO sex education, ever! NO private life for any woman unless it is as the wife of some Muslim who believes his wife should never be in public in the first place. And of course, NO freedom FROM religion, as if you are not religious, you can NOT be following what they believe to be God’s plan for the country as a whole.

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        Ya lost me, Chester. Which political party wants there to be “no private life for any woman unless it is as the wife of some Muslim who believes his wife should never be in public in the first place?” Is that a political party in Saudi Arabia you’re talking about?

      • http://naver samurai

        What a rant there Chester. We were founded on Judeo-Christian principles, Biblical law taken directly from the Old and New Testiments, ours laws based on the 10 Commandments (If you don’t know that one, then you know nothing about our founding.), and a deep, rich belief in nature and nature’s God. This means that we were founded on Christian principles. So no abortion, no gay marriage, etc., is the way this country was founded and not the ways you seem to support.

        “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom to worship here.”

        Patrick Henry
        March 23, 1775

        So religious freedom is a God given, not government given, right. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

    • Flashy

      Lawrence, whose “god” should we worship to be correct ?

      • Vigilant

        Certainly NOT the Messianic Obama.

      • http://naver samurai

        The God our our forfathers. The one and only true one, the Lord God of the Bible. What proof and evidence can you provide that shows atheism to be accurate and correct? I can tell you, there is none. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot. This leaves you out.

  • KG

    Obama is the most christian president we have had since Jimmy Carter. You people who think he is some “Crypto” Muslim need to step back, take a breath, and let your brains start to receive oxygen.

    A true ‘Patriot” should recognize that with freedom comes responsibility. And we need to be responsible for not only our own lives, but the lives of our fellow Americans. For we are known as The UNITED States of America, not the Separated States of America. The two most patriotic things a citizen can do is VOTE and PAY YOUR TAXES. Any American citizen can do these things.

    Just try to get an airplane flight all by your self. Are you willing to spend the money to make an airstrip or concourse? We. as a nation, decided that transportation by plane was too important to leave to private enterprise. And through OUR government, we funded the construction of airports for ALL Americans to use. And that’s what makes America great.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      KG, why is it so hard for you to see O lying left and right and that there is no truth in him. Anyone can tell you that they are Christians just to get themselves in power because they know that people who profess that they are Christians appear to have certain standards that they live up to and they are more apt to trust someone that says they are Christian.The wrong has been done because Christians have not verified what the leadership has done wrong and still calls it Christian works.
      All that can be seen with this Muslim, is that the nation is disappointed, distraught, disillusioned, and discouraged.
      You believing O to be a Christian does not make him so.

      • KG

        Gea says:
        “How did this Muslim/racist man ever persuaded Americans to vote him into the White house? Taqiyya, a Islamic precept of lying when among non-Muslims, may explain why Obama had been succesful to hood wink US!”

        Nadzieja Batki says:
        “Anyone can tell you that they are Christians just to get themselves in power because they know that people who profess that they are Christians appear…..”

        I see. It’s OK for a Christian to lie, but it’s not OK for a muslim to lie?

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        You missed the point, KG. Gea was saying that Obama is a Muslim, following a Muslim doctrine called Taqiyya, which allows Muslims to lie in order to gain advantage over non-Muslims. Nadzieja simply pointed out that Obama, practicing Taqiyya, CLAIMS to be a Christian because that is (unfortunately) an effective way of getting elected in our society.

        In other words, it’s wrong for anyone to lie according to Christians, which is why they’re complaining about Obama. But it’s right for Muslims to lie to Christians according to Muslims. Hence the cultural tension, if you will.

      • KG

        Tell me, what have I said that’s a lie? If you cannot find a lie in what I have said then YOU ARE A LIAR TOO!!!!!

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        KG, you’re not terribly bright, are you? I didn’t say you lied, I said you missed the point. There’s a pretty big difference.

    • http://msn Barb

      “Obama the most Christian president since Carter” Where have you been? Mars? Obama can’t even recite scripture correctly. He is probably the least Christian president of all times. As far as being patriotic, he acts like he CAN”T stand most American’s especially if they disagree with him. I believe he will be the undoing of this great nation!

      • KG

        Please, document the exact passage and verse Mr. Obama has been in error of. Unless you can do this, what you are saying is a LIE. And we all know what God thinks of that.

      • http://gravatar.com/catman11 coal miner

        Jazzabelle
        http://www.alhamdulilah.info/2010/09/taqiyya.html
        In the Name of Allah; Most-Merciful, Most-Compassionate. Those who wish to attack Islam almost always bring up the point of “taqiyya” and they explain that Muslims …

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        coal miner: I know what Taqiyya is. My post was a summary of things other people had said, as an attempt to explain their ideas to someone who didn’t understand them.

      • 45caliber

        KG:

        We do know what God thinks of lies. And you are definately telling some whoppers. Besides, you should never call anyone a liar as they do in the North. In the South it can get you a whipping … at the least.

    • Antirino

      Where do you live? Under a rock??????

    • Erik

      Hey KG, I think your brain is in most need of oxygen if you believe obuma is the most Christian president since jimmy carter! Oh! I forgot Obuma learned christianity from that maggot jerry wright! Have you been drinking,or smoking anything?

    • http://naver samurai

      KG must be drunk on kool aid. Obama is no Christian and has even said publically that he is a muslim. Are you an ostrich? Have you had your head buried somewhere dark and moist the last 3 1/2 years? Here is a site that proves you wrong.

      http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=106938

      • http://naver samurai

        FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

  • Karolyn

    Saying the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the National Anthem don’t necessarily translate to patriotism. Patriotism is what you feel in your heart. Patriotism is what makes me cry when I go to a parade. Patriotism is not war and killing or denigrating ones fellow Americans. No one can call another unpatriotic because no one can know what is in another’s heart.

    I wonder how many guys join the military for patriotism and how many just to be with a bunch of other guys and fight. I watched 48 Hours last night, and the young guy spotlighted joined just for the brotherhood. He maintained it had nothing to do with patriotism. How many join for the education and to have somebody take care of them?

    • Nadzieja Batki

      If feelings can be deceitful and fleeting how do you presume that you are being Patriotic because you feel it in your heart.
      Patriotism is a commitment to a country and working for what is best for it.

      • Karolyn

        It is more of a spiritual thing, not just feelings, Nadzieja. It’s how I feel about my heritage. It’s pride in who you are. I don’t know about you, but my feelings and emotions are not deceitful. That is a fallacy. How can you say that somebody’s feelings are deceitful? They just ARE!

  • Flashy

    Hmmmm…reading this article, I found myself thinking I was being treated to a high school class and lectured as such. Felt it insulting as a matter of fact. Anyone else have that feeling ?

    • Opal the Gem

      ” I found myself thinking I was being treated to a high school class and lectured as such.”

      Perhaps it is because that is exactly what you need Flushy to go back to high school and retake civics, American History, and the history of your state of residence.

      • Flashy

        Opal..when you have something of substance and value to say, i will mark that day on my calendar. i doubt there will be any marks anytime soon ….

      • 45caliber

        Flashy:

        At least her advice is sincere. Your comments aren’t. And she always demonstrates more intelligence than you do.

      • Opal the Gem

        Thanks 45.

        As an aside I notice eddie has been absent the last couple of days. I suppose he has concerns about all the fires in Colorado.

  • James Hay

    I Have Nothing But Complete Contempt And Immeasurable Distrust For Both The Socialist Democrats For Their ll Out Attack On This Country And The American People And For The Republicans Who Has Aided And Abetted This Attrocity By Refusing To Act To Protect And Defend The United States ,The American People And The Constitution From Attack Upon Them From It’s Domestic And Foreign Enemies.

  • http://albertmaslar.wordpress.com albertmaslar

    Would the U.S. today tolerate the Civil War that resulted in 600,000 deaths when they are up in arms about 6,000 American deaths in the Middle East wars? Also keep in mind that the population during the Civil War era was but a fraction of today’s 300 Million, so that the devastating effect was beyond comprehension.

    • KG

      The really sad thing is that there are people who want another civil war. Either super racist, conservohawks, or pinko, anarchy, liberals.

  • Chester

    My idea of patriotism seems to be far out of tune with what I see and hear in this bunch of BS. Yes, Bob, even you seem to miss the whole idea most of us grew up with. Too many people today forget this one little line, “My country, right or wrong, My country, love her strong.” That may not be an exact quote, but should give you a good idea of what I am trying to say. You may disagree with some of the things we have done as a country, but this is OUR country, and as such, should be loved by all of us.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

    Why is it when there is a discussion of “Patriotism” in America someone must always bring up that Socialist loyalty oath to our Fascist central government (“Pledge of Allegiance”) as a somehow being a sign of a true “Patriot?”

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/06/loyalty-oaths.html

    • KG

      I hat to burst your bubble, but America has been a socialist democracy since 1935. I would love to see someone like you be completely “independent” of government. You would starve: not from lack of food, but from a lack of community.

      • 45caliber

        KG:

        It might bother you to be alone, but I’ve found I do quite well without others around all the time. About once a month I might go to a local mall to laugh at all the funny looking people walking around but by and large, I MUCH prefer to be alone.

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        KG wrote: “I hat [sic] to burst your bubble, but America has been a socialist democracy since 1935.”

        I think that was his point, KG. You’re not the only one who knows history, you’re just one of the few here who think that being a socialist democracy is a good thing.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Why would you want America to be Socialist Democracy?
        No one died from lack of community.In fact more people die from trying to remake themselves to fit a tribe (community).

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

        KG wrote: “I hat [sic] to burst your bubble, but America has been a socialist democracy since 1935.”

        As Jazzabelle aptly noted, that was my point. And for the record, the U.S. Federal government, not “America,” became a Fascist dictatorship in 1861. We could all do much better without a government like that, except maybe the parasites that make a good living off of the organized criminal enterprise as it is currently constituted…

        http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/07/trees-ivy-and-mistletoe.html

      • revnowwhilewecan

        KG,
        I hate to burst your bubble but since when does a group of un-elected (wannabe) demigods, handing out appointments to heads of states, qualify as a socialist democracy?

      • KG

        Who are these “unelected demigods”? That sounds more like the SCOTUS. And we all know what those A holes think about regular Americans. Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas are a bunch of Right wing nazi racists who reflect REAL REPUBLICAN VALUES like corporations have “rights” like people do. The HATE working Americans. That’s why they are trying to destroy the last entity to help preserve America – LABOR UNIONS.

        • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

          Dear KG,

          I’m curious: Do you have any other leftwing talking points you can spew? Or is this all you can remember at one time?

          Best wishes,
          Bob

      • KG

        Mr. Livingston, I became a paying member of your newsletter thinking it would provide me with some insight and knowledge about Politics and such. However, all its really done is fill my inbox with constant “emergency” e-mails about buying Gold or surviving the coming collapse by buying these stocks. I would like to apologize for any offensive remarks, but like Jack Nicholson said “YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN”T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

        And, please tell me what bible verse Mr. Obama got wrong?

        • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

          Dear KG,

          You write: “I would like to apologize for any offensive remarks, but like Jack Nicholson said “YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN”T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” DNC-spouted nonsense is as far from the truth as Pluto is from the sun. Until you understand the left/right paradigm is designed to keep Americans ignorant and divided, you will never find the truth.

          You write: “And, please tell me what bible verse Mr. Obama got wrong?” Why do you ask me this?

          Best wishes,
          Bob

      • 45caliber

        Ol’ Gray Ghost:

        You are correct. I’ve wondered why everyone thought Abe was the big he-man since I was in 6th grade. But I was the only one who did. He took away the freedom of the states to decide their own destiny and allow the freedom of their people.

      • http://naver samurai

        He may have read them correctly KG, but his translation of the meanings are way off. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot,

        Here is what Congress did on September 07, 1774

        http://www.keepgodinamerica.com/firstprayer.asp

      • KG

        you still cant tell me where Mr Obama got his Bible exegesis wrong. Will someone tell me where Obama has been wrong on the Bible?????
        Cause if you cant, then that means you are a liar.

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

        If Obama has ever spouted scripture to give support of any of his Socialistic and Authoritarian policies or programs, then he got their meaning or context wrong. Of course he’s not the first president or political leader to do so. Adolf Hitler often quoted Romans 13. A. Lincoln, another lanky fellow of questionable parentage from the Chicago-area, quoted verses both in support of slavery and abolition (Hitler was a big fan of Lincoln). And this little Bible lesson is coming to you from a non-Christian Deist, similar to Thomas Paine or Thomas Jefferson…

  • 45caliber

    Well, I will have to disagree with the Demos about the definition of “patriotism”. It certainly does NOT mean “working for the common good of all.” As far as I’m concerned, it means being proud of what your country has accomplished and defending it againt all aggression. And, if you check, most of the things we can be proud of (inventions, etc.) are accomplished by individuals, not co-operative ventures.

    • Jeremy Leochner

      I would point out our country itself was a cooperative effort.

      • 45caliber

        Wrong.

        It was fought as a group to free us from English control but it was NOT a co-operative action. It was a military one. The entire point was to allow the individuals to be as free as possible. The Pilgrims tried to make it a co-operative effort and almost starved as a result. It was the third year they were able to celebrate Thanksgiving – and only after they made everything individual efforts. The efforts to share everything simply encouraged all to do as little as possible since they got no personal benefit by working hard. The Constitution is meant to give individuals that freedom and it worked for a long time.

      • Opal the Gem

        Didn’t that also happen in Jamestown 45?

      • Jeremy Leochner

        Caliber to fight as a group made it a cooperative effort. We all benefit from this country so we all need to contribute. When you need me I hope I can help you. And if I need you I hope you can help me. Sometimes it does not work. But sometimes individual efforts do not work either. Too much cooperation can lead to the destruction of individual responsibility and the loss of freedom. But too much individualism can lead to inequality and the loss of freedom. Its about balance. I think the constitution is about balance between individual effort and cooperative effort. As is our country.

      • 45caliber

        Jeremy:

        Perhaps I’m mistaking what you are trying to say, but this country was never started due to socialist reasons. It was started to allow the people the freedom to be individuals. Military is not and never has been a Cooperative effort. At best it is a totalitarian organization. The volunteers simply agreed to give up their individual rights long enough to defeat the enemy. So any attempt to make it seem a socialist effort is totally wrong.

      • 45caliber

        Opal:

        I believe it did happen there too but I’m not certain. I do know it happened to the Pilgrims.

      • KG

        Individual efforts done collectively. Whats that called? Socialism? I dunno…

      • Jeremy Leochner

        What I am saying is that this country was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal. It’s founders then went on to list what they understood as fundamental rights. Our country is about individual liberty but it is also about the equality of all. That could be considered socialist. Also when our country was founded the national government had no real power and there was no real American army to speak of. This left us prey to division and self destruction. It was with things like the constitution that our country came together and began to get a real sense of itself. Our country is based on the principle that we can pursue our own happiness but we are not allowed to violate other peoples right to pursue their own happiness. That is the dilemma and the balance that must be maintained. Protecting everyone’s rights equally. Our country is not just a bunch of individual states or people doing what they wish. Its a union of states and peoples who together form one nation. This is the United States, not these are the United States. My understanding of our republic is the original motto of our nation. The one the founding fathers bestowed to it. E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one.

  • Jeremy Leochner

    I agree with all three suggestions. Patriotism is a tricky term. It can be interpreted in many ways. Of course when one persons definition conflicts with another it can cause issues. My understanding of patriotism has always been defined by the pledge of allegiance I said so often as a child. In it we pledged allegiance to the flag and the republic of the United States. That has always been the basis of my beliefs. Loyalty to the republic rather than to its leaders. Now this entails my views to be that I support what I see as good for the republic and to make sacrifices when required. I support paying taxes as a way to support the republic. But I want to be reasonable as I believe that is what the republic is all about. Ultimately I look to the declaration of independence. With its immortal words that all men are created equal. That to me is the highest law and everything beyond is simply an extension to that self evident truth.

    • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

      How can you support taxes when your venerated Declaration of Independence cited them as a reason that Americans went to war against the government?

      “He [King George III] has erected a multitude of offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass us and eat out our substance.” The colonies were forced to pay for their bureaucrats (except for judges).

      • Jeremy Leochner

        The taxes they opposed were made by an unaccountable government where the colonies had no representation and where the majority saw the colonies as nothing more then pocketbooks to be exploited. Taxes are useful for helping our country. We have to be reasonable and discuss. But I do not believe taxes contradict the declaration of independence. We all benefit so we all must contribute.

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        Jeremy wrote: “The taxes they opposed were made by an unaccountable government where the colonies had no representation and where the majority saw the colonies as nothing more then pocketbooks to be exploited.”

        Sounds familiar …. sounds a lot like today, actually.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        Jazzabelle our country is a representative democratic republic. We have representation. There is a vast difference between our government and the constitutional monarchy of king George and Great Britain.

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        There is a difference, although not as vast a one as you seem to think. The colonies were being unlawfully regulated by Parliament even though their charters were contracts directly with the king. In America, our highest law is a Constitution, not a king, but we are being regulated by politicians who were not elected by Constitutionally set electors but rather nominated by corporations and voted on by “registered voters” (who are by and large fictitious entities created by the corporate US Government). This “corporate government” tries to insert itself between the people and their Constitutional government much in the same way that Parliament tried to insert itself between the colonists and the king. In both cases, the gripes of the people are valid, imo. Regardless of the legalities, confiscatory taxation will sour people against their government.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        Corporations corrupt and buy politicians but our elections are still elections and our vote still matters. The votes cast in elections are made by real people. Our representatives are wrongfully chosen through the electoral college rather then by popular vote but voting still matters. Taxation is made with representation and it should not sour people on government. We all use roads and bridges and require the police to provide for law enforcement and the military for national defense. Such things are paid for in taxes. Contribution is necessary as we all benefit from the country we live in. We all have to contribute something.

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        Voting matters, but the “voters” are still (for the most part) NOT real people. Last I checked, you had to have a Social Security Number to register to vote, and SSN’s are only issued to taxpayer trusts created by the Social Security Administration–in other words, fictitious entities. You may be a Social Security cardholder, but that doesn’t mean it’s YOU who is voting. It’s the trust that is identified by the SSN.

        You lost me when you said, “representatives are wrongfully chosen through the electoral college rather then by popular vote.” What are you even talking about? Members of the House of Representatives ARE elected by popular vote. The President is elected by the electoral college, but that’s how the corporate government’s Constitution requires it to be done. That’s not “wrongful.”

        Taxation is made with representation–of a sort. The problem is that the IRS constantly tries to force people who AREN’T represented to play their perverse game and pay taxes they don’t owe.

        Some taxes are necessary, but the individual income tax is not necessary in any amount. Your examples–roads, bridges, police–are local or state matters. There is no authority for federal taxation to pay for those. National defense is a federal matter, but could easily be paid for without income taxes. Did you know that if the federal personal income tax were completely abolished, the federal government would have to shrink all the way down to the size that it was in 1994? *gasp*

        Yes, we all have to contribute something. Giving is what makes us a strong community. BUT, community is weakened and the government earns distrust when it steals (compulsory taxation under the threat of force) instead of allowing people to give. And everyone in a community gives simply by going about their own personal lives and business. They add to the labor pool, they add to the variety of goods and services being produced, and this is a major contribution to their community. In fact, it might be the absolute best possible contribution. And these contributions are stymied and discouraged and in some cases even prevented when the government begins stealing the people’s wealth. Nevertheless, most people will tolerate a moderate level of taxation without revolting; but, the more confiscatory the taxes become, the more bitter the people become against the government, until one day they DO revolt. It’s simply human nature, and it’s all over history. Now, if government REALLY wanted to act in the best interests of the people, do you think they would push things to this point?

      • Jeremy Leochner

        I did not realize that about the SSN.

        As to my statement about the electoral college.I did get ahead of myself. I was wrong about the representatives. What I meant was I think the president should be elected by the popular vote. I feel the electoral college creates more hassles then is needed.

        Part of the problem with shrinking the government back to the level of the 19902 is we would have to raise the marginal tax rate and the capital gains tax back to the levels they were at at that time to make up for the loss in revenue. Also the population was smaller then and fewer people were on programs like Medicare and Medicaid which are payed for at the federal level. The individual income tax is a source of revenue that is needed unless we want to cut programs that people need.

        Not to be pedantic but how is it low taxes is fine but higher taxes equates to stealing from the people. If taxes are stealing then by that logic there should be no taxes. I do not want to put words in your mouth Jazzabelle. If this is not what your saying please tell me. All I know is our government provides programs like defense and social security that we all do or will use. They need a source of revenue to pay for such things. I truly believe that if given the choice few if any Americans would willing contribute money in the amounts needed to pay for an adequate defense force and a reasonable social security budget.

      • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

        Hey Jeremy. I don’t know if you’ll see this since it’s the day after, but thanks for replying, even so late at night.

        You wrote: “I did not realize that about the SSN.”

        Many people don’t. If you want to understand more about how it works, I found this to be a very interesting read: http://teamlaw.net/Mythology.htm
        The link goes to a page where some common “patriot myths” are debunked. Some of them have to do with Social Security, and as the myths are debunked, the author also shows how our relationship with Social Security actually works. I would focus on Myth #2, #14, and especially #22 (the whole thing).

        You also wrote: “As to my statement about the electoral college.I did get ahead of myself. I was wrong about the representatives. What I meant was I think the president should be elected by the popular vote. I feel the electoral college creates more hassles then is needed.”

        I happen to disagree with you there. This is a complex issue with many different ramifications that I feel could be dangerously difficult to predict accurately. My suggestion would be simply, if you haven’t done it yet, study the viewpoints of our Constitution’s Framers to find out WHY they designed the system as they did and what principles were important to them on this issue. That will help you analyze whether those principles are still important today, and if so, how to preserve them when we change the details of how presidents are elected.

        You wrote: “Part of the problem with shrinking the government back to the level of the 19902 is we would have to raise the marginal tax rate and the capital gains tax back to the levels they were at at that time to make up for the loss in revenue. Also the population was smaller then and fewer people were on programs like Medicare and Medicaid which are payed for at the federal level.”

        The year was 1994 (no, that wasn’t a typo). The population was only slightly smaller, and the difference was due to immigration (most of it illegal). We have a reproduction rate that is below replacement rate, after all. And 1994 was BEFORE welfare reform (which happened in 1996 and put a LOT of people back to work–increasing tax revenues also).

        You wrote: “Not to be pedantic but how is it low taxes is fine but higher taxes equates to stealing from the people. If taxes are stealing then by that logic there should be no taxes. I do not want to put words in your mouth Jazzabelle. If this is not what your saying please tell me. All I know is our government provides programs like defense and social security that we all do or will use. They need a source of revenue to pay for such things.”

        You’re right, taxes are stealing and by that logic there should be no taxes. My point was simply that most people won’t revolt against their government if the government taxes them at 1 or 2 percent of their income and they still have plenty of money left to feed their children and buy big-screen TVs. That doesn’t make it moral, it just means they can get away with it. That’s the problem with compromising on principle because “the way they’re doing it NOW isn’t so bad.” Did you know that when our country was debating allowing the federal government to tax incomes for the first time, the people who were against that proposal made the argument that “if we allow incomes to be taxed, then someday the tax rate might be as much as 10%!” This was considered a sensationalistic argument and was roundly derided by those on the other side of the debate.

        You’re also right that government needs to get money from somewhere. But consider that the income tax amendment was ratified in 1917, and government had no problem getting enough money to operate for 128 years before that.

    • 45caliber

      While it is not the meaning of patriotism, there is one easy test for it.

      Do you love your country and your life here enough to defend it if this country is invaded? Or would you surrender to whomever invades on the belief that their government system isn’t so bad or at least could be endured?

      Believe it or not, a lot of people would surrender. And I suspect that if they thought their lives would be endangered otherwise, Congress would be the first in line to do it.

      • Jeremy Leochner

        If our country was invaded I would stand up to protect it however I could. And I think most people would do the same. Most people would prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi.

      • phideaux

        “Believe it or not, a lot of people would surrender. And I suspect that if they thought their lives would be endangered otherwise,…”

        Watch Red Dawn. It makes that point very well 45.

      • 45caliber

        phid:

        I’ve seen the movie although I hadn’t thought of it before I said what I did. But Oliver Stone, the “great” movie director, once made the statement, “It is better to live as a slave than to defend this country.” He was one of those I thought about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reinhard.srajer Reinhard Srajer

    The correction of the error of the founders is in the book Democracy-The God That Failed. (Hint: Thomas Hobbes was wrong about Leviathan as a necessary evil.)

    • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

      I haven’t read the book. But, if it claims that democracy has failed, then I hope it doesn’t take the USA as a case study of democracy, because we aren’t one and never have been one. And the Founders hated democracy, so democracy wasn’t ever their “error.”

  • Ken McClellan

    First of all; Failed Democrat presidential candidate and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Multiple failed presidential candidate and current Senator Ron Paul don’t seem to have the same attraction for the writer of this piece as the description of Newt. I know those two weren’t mentioned in the article, but see if you can find other ones that used it. Secondly; Patriotic Americans have no need to listen to what others claim is or isn’t patriotic. Symbols and symptoms can only prove that there is patriotism. Much as the old classroom assignment to define what love is, all that can be put into words are what love does by relating the acts, symbols, or symptoms. The same with patriotism. I know I have it. It is in me. No one will convince me that their patriotism is better than my own. And I shall not force mine on to them.

    • http://teamlaw.org Jazzabelle

      I couldn’t make heads nor tails of the first half of that.
      But I do know that Ron Paul isn’t a Senator.

  • s c

    First, the poser in the White House has NO idea what patriotism is. He has no idea what hope and change means. He is clueless when it comes to a transparent administration.
    If he really thinks that to part with one’s money via higher teaxes is necessary then the FIRST place to start is at the W H. People, a prez is pampered and sheltered from the real world. A prez is waited on hand and foot. Once in a while (like now), we get stuck with a prez who lives in a self-made fantasy world and he expects us to line up like sheep and praise everything he says and does [HA!]..
    Now, if this current prez wanted to get on Amerika’s GOOD side, he’d sacrifice his salary.
    WHAT does he need with money? If his family needed anything, the Obama clan must have plenty of disgustingly RICH “friends” who would step in and help [Soros, Rockefeller, Gates, Buffet and hordes of other filthy rich but deluded souls].
    In closing, a great way for this prez to show his patriotism would be to get our military OUT of Afghanistan, all other combat zones and roughly 150 other countries where we DO NOT belong.
    OK, prez, show Amerika whatcha got. Show us what PATRIOTISM really means to you [HA!].

  • Liberty Lover

    I am profoundly grateful to have been born into a country of unsurpassed freedom and prosperity, and to have lived a long and rewarding life in such a country. My patriotism does not transcend my libertarian ideology, however, and only powerful family ties would keep me in the U.S. if Obama is re-elected. The rote and meaningless recitation of the pledge of allegiance is very offensive to me, as is the idea of “my country, right or wrong.” A great nation of free people should be above such evidence of insecurity. If we gave our children an honest education in history and focused on the development of critical thinking skills, there would be no need for something as manipulative as a mandated pledge of allegiance to a flag (and to a “replublic” that has increasingly become a historical curiosity).

  • http://knightspyder.wordpress.com cedarridgefarmsinc

    What are the true origins of Obama’s life and politics?

    At age 18, Barack Obama admittedly arrived at Occidental College a committed revolutionary Marxist. What was the source of Obama’s foundation in in Marxism? Throughout his 2008 Presidential campaign and term in office, questions have been raised regarding Barack Obama’s family background, economic philosophy, and fundamental political ideology. Dreams from My Real Father is the alternative Barack Obama “autobiography,” offering a divergent theory of what may have shaped our 44th President’s life and politics.

    In Dreams from My Real Father, Barack Obama is portrayed by a voiceover actor who chronicles Barack Obama’s life journey in socialism, from birth through his election to the Presidency. The film begins by presenting the case that Barack Obama’s real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist who likely shaped Obama’s world view during his formative years. Barack Obama sold himself to America as the multi-cultural ideal, a man who stood above politics. Was the goat herding Kenyan father only a fairy tale to obscure a Marzist agenda, irreconcilable with American values?

    This fascinating narrative is based in part on 2 years of research, interviews, newly unearthed footage and photos, and the writings of Davis and Obama himself. Dreams from My Real Father weaves together the proven facts with reasoned logic and speculation in an attempt to fill-in the obvious gaps in Obama’s history. Is this the story Barack Obama should have told, revealing his true agenda for “fundamentally transforming America?” Director Joel Gilbert concludes, “The ‘Birthers’ have been on a fool’s errand. To understand Obama’s plans for America, the question is not ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?,’ the question is ‘Who is the real father?’”

    You can buy this DVD at: http://www.infowarsshop.com
    story: Alex Jones

  • Chips

    The Demogoguerys of the planet are infected with pragmatic “self interest”. Should I commend Reichs’ postulate that suggest there is better and worse to be encountered by a state policy creating illegal alienship and criminalizing all kinds of things to protect the fictional us from its constituting thems.? In other words lets have technocracy made to look like real choice. Nuts. Admittedly this grammar is grimmer but you really ought to sniff out the pattern on idealistic utilitarians from wherever derived. Might in no way makes right. The opposite is in fact the case.

  • Carl Manning

    The Pledge of Allegiance is a pledge “…to the Republic for which [the flag] stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” Like most of the revisionist history taught in our schools, especially the public schools, this pledge, too, has become a fairytale and a LIE. This nation hasn’t been a nation uder God for quite some time. The evil that runs this nation from the Distrcit of Criminals perpetrated continues to murder the innocent in the womb and the innocent who are victims of the government LIE of 911. Since when is this nation “indivisible”??? This was clearly a construct designed to thwart future Secession by future Confederacies. Since when is there Liberty and Justice for all??? This is a farcical lie as witnessed by the over 130 cases that have been dismissed regarding Obama’s overwhelming evidence of ineligibility for the Presidency. we have 545 criminals in the District of Criminals who remain above the law and only God knows how many more in the government agencies. The US government has all but eliminated most of the Bill of Rights now. Give them a little more time and the Bill of Rights will be rendered meaningless. The Pledge of Allegiance was once a military salute with the arm extended. The author, Francis Bellamy, was a national socialist. It is no small wonder that the Nazis later adopted this same salute themselves with a similar pledge of allegiance to the State. It is rather ironic, don’t you think, that we pledge allegiance to the State and then in the same pledge refer to “liberty”.

  • Pliny

    Patriotism is indeed a tricky word. It is often confused with Nationalism and I think most politicians have not made a clear differentiation between the two and mistakenly call for nationalism, paying taxes and such has more to do with nationalism. Patriotism is simply an individual’s love of his/her country. It doesn’t imply anything but a celebration of what the country is. Nationalism is what breeds division, hatred and war.

    George Orwell wrote an essay on Patriotism and Nationalism which is very interesting and makes a fine distinction between the two. He says, ““Patriotism is of its nature defensive… Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power.”
    Paying taxes is then not necessarily being Patriotic. If stated by a politician, the perception could be that it is an unstated desire for power. If one pays his taxes he is simply being dutiful not patriotic.

    • Alex

      So….do you believe EVERYthing George Orwell wrote?
      Could you please explain how patriotism is “defensive”, and whether or not you think that is a good thing?

  • Alex

    Slowly working my way along the beautiful Left Coast on a great vacation has taken me away from the Presonal Liberty Digest for too long…..it feels good to be back online!

    Listen, this whole patriotism thing is ridiculous, a regressive remnant of our uncivilized past. Not like we are all that civilized now, of course, but Progress takes time—-look how long it took to end slavery and thus implement and accelerate wage-slavery, or how long it took to allow women to vote, or how long it took before an American president decided that enough of our rivers had caught on fire and enough of our children had died from breathing toxic air that he created the Environmental Protection Agency. Yes, Progress does take time, especially in a class-fractured, violent, greedy ultra-Capitalist sty like the White Estates of Amerikkka.

    But back to patriotism, that virus which has become the scourge of Humankind, the same virus that caused the Einsatzgruppen SS troops to dangle infants at bayonet’s end. Much like Religion, all manner of hateful and horrible events have been the progeny of patriotism. Genocide. Ethnic Cleansing. Murder. Rape.

    The entire, idiotic practice of marking our beautiful Earth with “borders” and “boundaries” is due to the double-headed dragon of Fear & Greed, both high on the list of ignoble human traits. I am not a patriot and endeavor to keep my children from falling into such a destructive way of thinking. To kill other humans because SOMEONE OTHER THAN MYSELF has ordered me to do so is insanity—that is what the Crips and the Bloods do, the Mafiosos and the Ku Klux Klan. To deny safe passage through this world, to deny help when needed, to deny concern and hope—-and LOVE—-to one group while lavishing it on another simply because some bonehead drew a line on a map between Us and Them is unGodly, and if you do not believe in a God or some Gods then it is simply inhumane!

    I pledge allegiance to MY CHILDREN! To MY GRANDSON! To MY MOTHER, MY NIECES, MY SISTER. I pledge allegiance to MY FRIENDS! I pledge allegiance to Love, and to Art, and to the Truth of Art, and to Goodness, to Humanity, and to the Earth.

    If one is to pledge allegiance to something as silly as some lines drawn in the sand, he may as well pledge allegiance to his automobile or his wallpaper. These are simply ‘things’, no more deserving of allegiance than an anvil.

    • Alex

      Forgot to add my rewritten Pledge of Allegiance:

      I retch, allergic to the rag
      of the White Estates of Amerikkka
      and to the repugnance for which it scams
      abomination under God
      indefensible
      with Librium and pustules for all

    • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

      Genuine allegiance to this nation has to be based on a biblical conviction. That is the loyalty that has enlivened Americans since the start.

      Belief in the biblical God has brought to the country’s fore the most committed citizenry known to the planet. It is that faith base that provides the oil for the nation’s machinery. Generation after generation has willingly prayed for this nation, sacrificed for its existence, and treasured its freedoms.

      Those prayers continue from the souls of both old and young. This is not a “graying nation,” that is, a Republic supported chiefly by the older persons. There are countless numbers of young Americans who believe in God, pray for the United States and believe that its destiny is governed by a divine wisdom and mercy.

      True patriotism is not atheism based. It is not buttressed with a secular agnosticism. True patriotism that lasts and goes deeply to the heart has its endurable foundation when resting on trust in the God of all history.

      Atheism believes there is nothing but the material. Therefore, how can such “faith” sustain a penetrating patriotism toward America? A matter-based philosophy is fundamentally a self-centered existence; therefore, though it may mouth patriotism, it is only patriotic when serving the self’s existence.

      Agnosticism has no base certainty therefore it is just as bankrupt regarding genuine patriotism as atheism.

      The biblical believer as citizen of this remarkable country yearns daily for a God-fearing populace. That believer intercedes for this nation, its leaders, its future. That believer researches Scripture for divine wisdom in how to better serve America.

      Numberless organizations and committees are now operating for the good of America’s citizens solely on the drive of a biblical faith. How many do-gooder conclaves reach out daily to the needy, homeless, hungry and forsaken because of serving the God of Scripture? They compose a commendable list.

      What is so encouraging is that all of this dates back to our founding patriots. They read the Bible. They prayed to the Lord of the Word. They worshipped that God. They taught their children the precepts of that Word. They molded the laws and institutions of America on the biblical ethic. They dreamed of this country’s future years being blessed by the God of holy writ.

      What a heritage the present-day patriot has. What a treasure we have alongside us to counsel our decisions in this complicated time.

      Yes, America’s true patriotism is God-based for it is totally reliant on His provisions for our liberties to continue.

      • http://naver samurai

        Good post Jay! Its always good to read your posts as they are true and inspire patriotism. I’m proud to stand next to you in this fight for our country.

        “I beg I may not be understood to infer that our Convention was Divinely inspired, yet I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced…by that…Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits ‘live and move and have their being.’”

        Benjamin Franklin

        “As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.”

        Benjamin Franklin

        Works of Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904), p. 185, to Ezra Stiles, March 09, 1790.

        “That book (The Bible) is the rock upon which our republic rests.”

        Andrew Jackson

        “It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

        Abraham Lincoln
        Gettysburg Address, 1863

        “Our liberty is founded on morals and religion (Christianity), whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.”

        Fisher Ames

        These are just a few to prove Alex wrong, but I don’t forsee him understanding. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

  • subhuman

    I took a solemn oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; … So help me God.” That oath was not disavowed when I left the military.

    I am not a republican or a democrat. I am a proud American and a patriot. And I will do whatever is necessary to maintain the freedoms and liberties for which our founding fathers fought and sacrificed to obtain for us with their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor!

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” –Thomas Jefferson

    For God and country!

    • http://naver samurai

      Well said! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

    • http://gravatar.com/catman11 coal miner

      Latin:
      libertatem et iustitia omnibus
      liberty and justice for all:

    • http://gravatar.com/catman11 coal miner

      subhuman
      “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” –Thomas Jefferson
      That quote was on Timothy McVeigh’s tee shirt.

  • Doug Rodrigues

    I believe that to a Liberal, the word Patriotism means that one is loyal to his/her socialistic ideology. To a Liberal, the word Patriotism probably means nothing related to the glory of this Country, but everything related to how we relate to the rest of the world.

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