In our current culture, the term "Patriot" can be heavy and even divisive. For many, its meaning is intended to positively describe a deep sense of love for one’s country. But the word can also hold a weight the reflects a form of bigotry or allegiance to one's country's government.
In its truest form, patriotism is a deep sense of care and responsibility for one’s country. It is the belief that we can always do better and the desire to act in a way that makes the world we live in a greater, more positive place.
In history, many great leaders and innovators throughout the world in described patriotism in their own ways.
“Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time,
and your government, when it deserves it.”
- Mark Twain
“Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism.”
- Joe Biden
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
- Edward abbey
“Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it is wrong.”
- Ron Paul
Patriotism is not a belief that everything is perfect as it is, or a blind support of the nation's government. Being a Patriot is caring enough to be willing to look for ways to do better. To take on the burden of one's country, to stand up against injustice, to fight for a better future. Patriotism is the very source of the progress we have made thus far.
Patriotism does not disregard those outside of our own homes and boarders. It makes our land strong in order to stand up for freedom and peace for the whole world as well as ourselves.
We are blessed to live in a place where we can create our own lives, do the work we are passionate about, freely become educated, raise our families, and chose our own values and beliefs. We are blessed to be able to march in the streets, to vote, to have a say, and to disagree freely.In the United States of America, We have rights and being an American Patriot means that we are responsible to stand up for those rights and take responsibility for protecting them.
True patriotism is fueled by a love for the people to which you belong and belong to you. We are responsible for one another and we should be proud and passionate about that fact. Real Patriots hate injustice and stand up for the rights and freedoms which we have been given, while also acknowledging that we can always do better for our children and their’s.
If we want to leave our country better than we found it, we must have a sense of patriotism within us; a love for the country that belongs to us guiding us along our path to make the future a better place.
To put it even more simply,
- James Bryce
May we strive to be righteous and strong, not only for ourselves, but for all of the world.
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