Patriotism is love of country. The flying of flags, yellow ribbons on trees, parades for returning troops, flag lined streets and tear streaked faces of neighbors that didn't even know the soldier returning home after making the ultimate sacrifice.
That pure love of country and countrymen is what patriotism is all about. There is another face of patriotism. Those that stand on the street demanding our soldiers come home, that don't want our soldiers to fight and die and want to hold those in charge responsible for mistakes. They believe in peace and whether we all agree or not; that is also patriotism. For they love their country and her soldiers too.
In her opening, the Challenger mockingly pointed out the flag frenzy we have experienced:
“I have confused poignant emotion for nausea, as I observe a society around me that has never jumped quicker to wrap itself in the trappings of "patriotism," even as it narrows its eyes at neighbors, castigating countrymen who don't look or act ‘American enough.’ ”
Are we flying our flag in attempt to stifle dissent or in a phony attempt to seem more American?
It's not a new trend but a very old one with some technological advances. Not only do we fly our flag but also we have t-shirts with flags on them and decals for our cars. People don't fly their flag because they are supposed to, they fly it because they need to fly it, wear it or display it. The need comes from deep within. Human beings need to show their love and during a time when our nation is threatened patriots need to show their love for their country.
Are we sending secret messages to each other? Psst, bad American over there.
No, of course not.
We are sending a message with those flags though aren’t we? Who are we sending our message to? Do you really have to ask? Terrorists. People that hate America and want us all dead. They hate it. They absolutely hate that we are flying those flags. You know what? I say good. If national unity scares our enemies then GREAT! They should be scared because we Americans will not lie down and die because they hate us. No, we will fight for our freedom.
Do some Americans believe that our flag flying is meant to stifle them or any other dissenter? If they do then they do not understand what patriotism is.
I don't care. I will not have anyone shame me into silence. I will not stifle my pride and love of Country because they sneer at me. NEVER.
Patriotism is always revived after an attack on our soil or a war effort is in place. It shouldn't take an attack or a war to remind people that they love their country but it does.
Because when things are going good we don't have think about it. We worry about how to make our own lives better but it doesn't mean we love our country our freedom any less. When push comes to shove patriots will stand together and shove right back.
Do you remember 9/11? I remember every single moment of that day. It was a defining moment in my life and yours as well I'm certain. I wasn't a Republican on that day I was an American. We all were. Do you remember seeing our politicians standing on the steps of the Capitol singing "God Bless America"? Did you sing with them? I did. I sang and I cried. I didn't know a single person that perished that day but I shed a tear for every single one of them, for their family members and their friends.
I cried not only because I'm human but also because I am an American. I cried for the loss of life, the loss of our children's innocence and our Country.
Now I cry because I want our country to be united and it isn't. I cry because another soldier was wounded or killed fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. I cry because I know that they fight there so they don't have to fight here. I cry because I'm proud and grateful to those men and women. Every single time I've met a soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan I look at them and say two words.
Every single time I see a veteran of any war I look into their eyes and say two words.
It's all I have to offer most of the time but I feel it is my duty, as an American, to express my gratitude.
Because I am a patriot and I love my Country.
When I see someone protest the war, I stand silently and show my support of the war. Because I have the same right to support the war as a protester has to protest it.
When I see protesters stand up and cheer on our enemy and with gleeful hope that we lose the war, when they cheer that another man has lost his head because that is bad for Bush, I'm not silent. I will not stand by quietly when people actively rally around our enemy and hope for a U.S. defeat. That behavior isn't patriotic. That isn't simple dissent or a difference of opinion. That is at its core unpatriotic and un-American. I will fight for your Constitutional right to speak but I will not support hatred of this country and for what she stands. I will not stand by while you wrap yourself in your Constitutional right to speak one moment and then piss on the Constitution by giving aid and comfort to our enemy. No, I will not.
Because I am an American, I am a Patriot and I'm proud of it.
I want to thank Pineapple Girl for making my last battle so much fun. You have been a worthy adversary and you have earned both my respect and my admiration. That ain't an easy thing to do because I'm rather stingy with both.
Rosemary Esmay [QOAE], Iron Blogger Republican