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The Emergence of the New Patriot? How will it impact our country?

Updated on November 18, 2015
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Old Versus New Patriots? Never the Twain Shall Meet?

And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot remain. Mark 3:25

Patriot – a person who loves and loyally or zealously supports his own country, or devoted to the welfare of one’s country. Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged, Second Edition - Deluxe Color. Published by New World Dictionaries/Simon and Schuster, N.Y. 1983.

With 14th Anniversary of Patriot Day being commemorated today in the USA it is always beneficial to reflect how far we’ve come or how far we’ve strayed from our original moorings (that is to say our Country’s Constitution). With unprecedented world-wide killings and wars with millions of refugees flooding “safe” shores[1] [2] and with mass unrest here at home[3] we need to take stock & evaluate whether we are an old Patriot or a new one. I will go as far as saying it is a matter of national importance.

What is the main difference between the old and the new Patriot? I believe it is their definition of freedom and their understanding of it. The old Patriot says: Freedom is NOT Free – meaning there is a personal cost and burden associated with maintaining their countries’ (and fellow countrymen’s) freedoms and their own freedom[4]. As President Kennedy so famously stated: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country! The old Patriot takes pride in their labor, their responsibility, their integrity, their service, their provision, their productivity that creates life, health & wellness for themselves, their families and their community. They don’t expect special treatment just a level working & playing field to pursue their version of happiness & a piece of the American dream. The old Patriot doesn’t lie, cheat, steal or destroy other’s people’s stuff or lives to accomplish their way, neither do they force others’ to adopt that new behavior so that the new way is accomplished. The old Patriot knows that their freedoms were hard-earned & often times paid for in blood, sweat, tears & death so it is much more precious & worth fighting for. They know their own value, worth and positions in life are in their own hands (for the most part) and not the responsibility of anyone else. They create, support, and maintain institutions, which clearly perpetuate those freedoms and offers those freedoms to the next generation of Patriots.

In my closing remark, especially for all those new Patriots, whether by definition or newly arrived to this country, please reflect this Patriot Day on where you are, where you came from, where you are going… Please honor the country(men) that took you in & become an old Patriot so that we can continue to be a country built on old patriotic moorings so we won’t fall apart or implode because the old and the new patriots could not coexist peacefully.

God bless America, all the nations of this world and all the past, present and future Patriots!


[1] http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-migrant-rescue-in-the-mediterranean/

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgdwJCQyojQ Angelina Jolie special interview with refugee survivors

[3] http://usawatchdog.com/fall-2015-turning-point-civil-unrest-and-riots-martin-armstrong/ & http://americathebattlefield.blogspot.com/2015/05/police-militarization-for-economic-collapse-food-shortage-civil-unrest-martial-law.html & http://nationalhomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Food-Sharing2014.pdf & http://nationalhomeless.org/about-homelessness/

[4] http://hopeforjustice.org/human-trafficking/ & https://journals.law.stanford.edu/stanford-journal-civil-rights-and-civil-liberties-sjcrcl/online/civil-rights-vs-civil-liberties

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    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 20 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      I believe it would be better for America to not fight wars overseas. It only creates animosity. WWI, Korea, Vietnam and now Iraq and Afghanistan need not have been fought by us. We have an ocean between us, use it.

      Note: WWII would not have happened without WWI. War breeds war. The Civil War would not have occurred without the Revolutionary War. Slavery in the U.S. would have ended sooner without independence. Britton ended slavery in the 1820's.

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      bradmasterOCcal 20 months ago from Orange County California

      There is only one kind of patriot, but there are two kinds of government.

      The US colonists had patriots, and they also had rebels. Not today those rebels are held as our patriots.

      What turned a British Patriot into a Rebel was the acts of the British government, and that same thing could replicate in the US.

      Ask not how you can be a Patriot, but is the government worthy of patriotism.

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      Jay C OBrien 20 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      "There is only one kind of patriot, but there are two kinds of government."

      There are different kinds of patriots as well as many kinds of governments. Governments should avoid war if at all possible. Violence begets violence. Avoid fighting overseas.

      We as individuals get to choose whether we join the violence of others. Choose a peaceful and constructive occupation as opposed to a warrior. Teach children to walk away from a fight.

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      Johanna Boomsma 18 months ago from Florida

      Gentlemen, thank you for your comments. My distinction between the 2 patriots can be seen in any country... but it is the ideological difference that drives the wedge. We absolutely have a choice to respond with violence or peace. It is usually the reigning ideal (or propaganda that perpetuates it) that will have the upper-hand. We have many instances of peaceful patriots/countries that avoided getting involved, ie walked away from a fight... but ended up having to get involved because the bully patriot wouldn't let them "just walk away" and "live in peace".

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      Jay C OBrien 18 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      We are individuals with freewill, Not presidents, ministers or kings. We as individuals may always move away from a fight. Fighting is not inevitable from the standpoint of the individual. Get smart and do something constructive, not destructive (fight). You are not King/Queen/government.

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      Johanna Boomsma 18 months ago from Florida

      Mr. O'Brien, thanks for commenting. Fighting isn't always destructive in the case where we fight a raging river/ocean or current to preserve our life or a mindset in the masses that relegates a certain group as "a problem" dependent on the presidents and/or ministers (who we elect) interpretations... we need to see each individual as human with God-ordained free will to serve themselves or someone else either constructively or destructively... and that depends on the individual's baseline or ground zero. see my other hub: hubpages.com/education/70th-Holocaust-Anniversary-faint-echoes-from-our-horrible-past

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      Jay C OBrien 18 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Can you rephrase the above to be clear?

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      Johanna Boomsma 18 months ago from Florida

      Sorry it was a bit convoluted... Fighting isn't always destructive in the case where we fight a raging river/ocean or current to preserve our lives. You and I (Presidents, Statemen and ministers included) have a choice every day, it's a constructive fight everyday against our natural tendencies to not have to wake up in the morning (take the kids to school, go to work), to eat the right things for the health of our bodies, to fight (constructively or destructively) with our families, co-workers, boss, & general public), the injustices in the world. Each and every day it's different and each and every day it's Our Choice on How to Fight for the benefit of yourself and others (like our family, fellow community members, countrymen, earthlings etc)... That's why i say, we need to see each individual as human with God-ordained free will to serve themselves or someone else either constructively or destructively... and that depends on the individual's baseline or ground zero. My baseline/ground zero is God's Word - which says: choose every day to "fight" for life (which is a constructive type of fighting) ref - www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=choose+this+day&qs_version=KJ21

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      Jay C OBrien 18 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Still not clear, please simplify.

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      Johanna Boomsma 17 months ago from Florida

      This is from one of your comments: "Teach children to walk away from a fight." My question to you is: if one of your children is the one bullied, threatened, abused, forced (no free will) and they can't walk away... Teach them to know the difference in which fight to walk away from. I believe that knowledge comes from the bible and this country's constitution was founded in the teachings of the God's Bible but man takes liberties when it suits them and have done so since the beginning - that's why I don't trust (hu)man's teachings or their choices of "fights" that they deem important (i am talking about myself also)

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      Jay C OBrien 17 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      PoliceOfficers use the least amount of force to control violent citizens and do not intend to harm the citizen. Every society has citizens who violate the law. Officers are trained in the use of force to control these citizens.

      We now have "Anti-bullying" rules which are a step in the right direction. The idea is not to fight the bully, but to report him. As we become adults we have the same problem in society, bullies. Officers have been trained to deal with these social bullies or criminals using the least amount of force.

      After 20 years as a peace officer and as a state certified instructor and having taught hundreds of officers on the Use of Force, I have come to the conclusion that "Lethal Force" is Not needed.

      The first principle in the Use of Force is: use the least amount of force to control the person. Officers are never taught to harm the person, just control him. If outmanned or facing unwinnable odds, the officer is taught to call for backup and maneuver out of harms way.

      What does a bully want? Money, power, property? Let him have it. Use deception, have a fake wallet or cell phone to give him. Out-smart the criminal and walk away. Many self defense courses exist who teach people how to avoid criminals.

      Change from "Warrior" behavior (kill the enemy) to "Officer" behavior (arrest without intent to harm). Learn and mature.

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