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What does patriotism mean to you?

Asked at The Merc, 901 Iowa on July 4, 2009

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“Being loyal to your country.”

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“Love for my country.”

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“You maintain a belief system in your community and your country, and you stand up for what those things are that you believe.”

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“Having the right to voice your opinions, even when they don’t necessarily agree the government.”

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canyon_wren 5 years, 5 months ago

This is so similar to the other question that I'm not sure which to answer. Looks like there are more posts on the first question, so far.

Since the 4th of July is one of my very favorite holidays, I would definitely consider myself a patriot. My flag was hanging out by 7 o'clock, and I have Sousa marches playing while I am fixing the fried chicken, potato salad and baked beans, etc. to take up onto our mountains later this morning for a family picnic. When we come down off the mountains, we will make homemade ice cream with a full quart of heavy whipping cream in it, then go to the grade school grounds later to watch the fireworks display on the cliffs east of town, then come home and shoot off some of our own.

As the article says, how you feel about the 4th (and probably about patriotism, in general) depends a lot on your family traditions, etc., and when I was growing up, it was always a very important holiday--and still is.

To me, patriotism is feeling a strong loyalty to my country and its people. In spite of its frailties (which are consistently emphasized in some of the posts on OTS), I think it still is the greatest country in the world. There are many other great, FREE countries and it is wonderful that their citizens feel the same sort of loyalty to their countries as I do to mine. I believe strongly in the individuality of countries--I would hate to see a "world government" that blurs the distinctiveness of specific countries--and doubt that could ever be truly accomplished. In our diversity is strength and that goes for countries, not just people. "Nationalism" is definitely NOT a dirty word, in my book!

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