This just in: “Patriotism” is an idea one holds in their head and thus, is subject to interpretation. What I think it is will differ from your thoughts and neither of us need be wrong.
So, he are my opinions about patriotism.
I think it is patriotic to be proud of your country. We put a man on the moon. I’m proud of that.
I don’t think it’s patriotic to be proud of bad actions by your country. We are enabling hate and discrimination on an increasingly regular basis. This makes me feel ashamed. Saying so, does not make me less patriotic.
Avoiding paying your taxes is unpatriotic if you do so in a way that is illegal. I think it is equally unpatriotic to side with a person that does this by saying, for example, “Manafort is being treated unfairly.”
Establishing a school for the underprivileged is patriotic. So is donating your time to a charitable cause.
Obstructing an investigation into attacks on the very bedrock of our democracy (voting) is not patriotic. So is enabling that obstruction.
Taking a knee at an NFL game during the National Anthem to protest race discrimination is one of the most patriotic and brave things a person can do. This is an action approved by the Constitution and draws attention to “hate” in our country with the hope that we will recognize it and eventually, overcome it.
Calling NFL players “unpatriotic” for taking a knee is “intellectually juvenile.” We all grew up in schools that had rival schools. School spirit demanded we cheered for our team. Then, we grew up. We actually moved into neighborhoods where our rivals were from. We saw they were just like us. The rivalry, upon closer examination, was just a figment of our imaginations created to make things more fun.
Singing the National Anthem and standing at attention, and saluting the flag and being proud to be an American ….these are all patriotic things but…if you decide to not do them, you are free to do so…because you are an American.
Fostering hate in our country…unpatriotic.
Destroying our national resources to benefit a few…unpatriotic.
Collecting taxes and borrowing money to enrich the already, very rich..unpatriotic.
Calling immigration a threat instead of a blessing…unpatriotic.
Aligning our country with the worst dictators in today’s world…unpatriotic.
Accepting that tens of millions of Americans live in poverty so that we can enrich the very few…unpatriotic.
Weakening the longest and most successful military alliance in history thus making all Americans less safe (NATO) is unpatriotic.
Taking an oath to defend the Constitution and then making a mockery of it’s main tenets such as Freedom of Speech…unpatriotic.
Lying to Congress…unpatriotic.
This list goes on and on in my mind…maybe not yours.
In short…I think Trump is possibly the most unpatriotic person I could imagine…and yet, he’s the president.
He calls the kneeling NFL players patriotic for the same reason a homophobic person teases a gay person. Trump knows he is a traitor and fears that you might notice.
Time to save the world.
Up, up and away…