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patriotism blog

We are fortunate to live in a county that has enshrined the notion of free speech both in our founding document and in our national consciousness.

Am I a patriot?  I wonder. Do I meet the dictionary definition, i.e., “one who loves, supports, and defends one’s country?”

My Country, Right or Wrong

Are you a patriot?  That is a question that, depending upon where and when you live, can be ei

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A sense of haunting and guilt remains with us who have survived because we still remember those we have lost.

I was sorely tempted, on the Fourth of July, to post The Pledge of Allegiance as my Facebook status update. Really.

These are excellent words, quite inspiring for many Americans.


I grew up during World War II, so it's hard for me to understand that patriotism has become a dirty word for so many, especially those, like my own children, who grew up during the Vietnam War.

It happens when the national anthem is played, when fireworks go off on the 4th of July, and when someone attacks the country.


The etymology of the word patriot shows us that it refers to those who share a common country.


The meaning of "patriotism" has completely changed from the days of Nathan Hale's proclamation.  I see it now, through the eyes of most Americans, as hanging out the flag on July 4th, ch