The Definition of American Patriotism
The Definition of American Patriotism
The United States of America was founded by men of all nations, who put aside their differences, and came together to make one nation. Our founding fathers knew that America was founded upon greatness. The idea itself of America was greater than anything that they, or anyone else, had ever seen. "One nation, under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all." These words have echoed the schools of our children for decades, and in our minds whenever we, as a nation, were faced with adversity.
So, where are we at today? Has the definition of American patriotism changed since our founding fathers raised their fists in opposition of a tyrant king? Yes, the times have changed. We have evolved as individuals, as a nation, and as a planet. International borders have changed, as well as laws and leaderships within those borders. However, are the base principles of America still intact? Or, have we allowed the influences of others to change us? Our ideals, honor, and respect towards our fellow man was the mortar with which we built this great nation. Considering the strength found in our unity that was present during the founding of America, why is there so much segregation seen today within our nation?
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Why Should the Definition of American Patriotism Change?
Our nation was founded by men from many nations. They came together, putting aside differences of race, color, and religion, to unite beneath the singular and powerful idea, which later became America. This unity is the foundation of America's strength, and we have shown again and again how everyone within our nation can unite to overcome adversity. Many men and women died to establish this freedom and equality, and even more have died to protect it.
So, why are so many individual groups and organizations in existence which provide services and support for people of only a specific gender, race, or religious type? These organizations fight and compete for resources, both in government recognition, as well as financial resources. This competition builds animosity between the organizations, as well between the people who belong to them, thus actually segregating the people of our nation instead of uniting them. Yes, these organizations create jobs. However, having ethnically driven, gender driven, or religiously driven organizations to have an effect upon government, government programs, and our nation's laws, is not the way towards continued equality amongst Americans.
Instead, these organizations should be solely privately funded, and create grants for people who fit their organization's criteria. These grants should help to provide the people, which they represent, the education that they need in order to perform a specific job-skill. This is enough assistance for people belonging to these organizations to provide to their members, without their members having an unfair advantage in the work-place. They should earn the job which they get hired for due to their education and work-experience, and nothing else.
The primary purpose for these organizations should be to identify and overcome particular instances of inequality based upon their organizations primary focus (gender, race, or religion). They should not be a political force, nor affect laws in any way other than identifying laws to the public which violate American equality, and helping to raise public awareness of these laws. However, seeking the creation of laws and government programs which are contrary to American equality should not be these organizations' focus.
Secondly, instead of spending money on lobbyists, publicists, and attorneys, they should invest in educators, support staff, and investigators to research and find people in their communities who need their help the most. If they spent more time on educating and training the people that their organizations represent, making them more competitive and productive in their lives and in the workplace, they would be doing a triple service to their communities.
By focusing on educating the people within their communities, they would be improving the lives of the individuals that they are representing by allowing them to find higher-paying jobs. They would be educating them to participate more in their government so that they would have a greater influence upon how they are represented, to recognize when their rights are being violated, and to know what actions to take when they are misrepresented or treated unequally. But, more importantly, they would be improving America by raising the education level and awareness of Americans!
We are one nation, and our country is measured upon the average quality of our citizens by the international community.
America has been safe harbor for people of all nations who have been oppressed. The words, "Bring us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses...", made this country famous for its ability to shine its beacon of freedom across the oceans for all to see. However, in our attempt of maintaining equality and freedom for all, we are seeing more and more allowances for newly welcomed citizens to change some of the traditions and recognitions that have been a part of the very symbol of freedom that brought them to America. Is it possible that we are sacrificing pieces of our country one at a time just to maintain popular opinion? Change for the sake of change is not necessarily change for the better.
Perhaps we need to consider the fact that there was nothing wrong with our nation in the first place. Yes, there are always those that may take offense to certain traditions within a nation. However, perhaps changing them is not the right answer. After all, if our country were so flawed to begin with, why did they choose to become Americans?
Each and every person who migrated to America came here because of the freedom, opportunities, and protection which we offered to them. So, instead of taking away or changing the Pledge of Allegiance from our public schools, perhaps they need to realize that each and every American before them has been saying those words with pride and honor long before they were born. They need to realize that the very men and women who have provided the blanket of freedom that they now find themselves enjoying, fought to defend that freedom for them to enjoy, and that their obligation to that freedom began with the Pledge of Allegiance that they said every morning in school as a child.
Perhaps each American, new and old, needs to realize that the words of our Pledge of Allegiance are the very beginning of our strengths, and have given our soldiers courage and strength to fight those who would take our freedoms and lives away. The very men and women who protect the freedoms which all Americans enjoy do not take the words "under God" as just words. It is a reminder to them, and to us, that we as a nation are building and maintaining our country as God wills. God's will... good will... good will towards men. These are the ideals which helped to unite us as a nation, and to give us the strength to face oppression. Why should these, our greatest qualities, be questioned by those of other faiths?
America was founded by Christians, "One nation, under God", which is self-evident within our Declaration of Independence, "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (meaning divine creator, or God) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." We have recognized that some Americans will not be Christian. We opened our arms to all religions, and people from all nations. We did nothing in impede their ability to honor their religion in the fashion that they are accustomed. So, why do they feel the need to change the very Christian foundation that our nation was founded by - the very faith that accepted them with open arms? So many non-Christians are trying to get the word God removed from all things American. However, without Christianity, would we have the great and honorable United States of America that we have today? With so many of the worse empires and nations of the world being of atheist origins, I argue that we definitely would not.
America was the first country in the world to seek total equality for all citizens within its borders. We fought for years to obtain equal treatment of women, both in the government and in the workplace. We also struggled to bring equality for African Americans after years of them being oppressed through slavery. We even fought a bloody and tragic civil war (with over 600,000 casualties) to accomplish this magnificent achievement. Both of these struggles were realized, and brought our nation closer together in our unity.
Equal rights for everyone was one of our great achievements, as these base "natural born rights" were considered divine rights which were above the laws of men, and especially the crown of England. So, why are we suddenly trying to provide unequal treatment for the very reasons that we sought equality for? Why should government provide special treatment for anyone due to race, religion, or gender? Special compensation for these attributes will only segregate the equality that we fought so hard to realize, and will build animosity amongst Americans because of the unequal treatment that they see others receiving.
We welcomed our borders to those who truly wanted to become a part of our nation. Millions of oppressed persons came to our country, became Americans, and have now become contributing members to our nation's economy. However, what about those who are stealing from the rest of us? Thousands of illegal aliens sneak across our borders so that they can earn non-taxable wages, and send them back across the border to their families. They buy forged documents so that they can vote, or vote illegally due to bureaucratic loopholes within their states. This means that foreign nationals are influencing our government, which goes against the very intent of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, where citizenship is a precursor to American rights.
In fact, laws have been implemented in some parts of our country to help them to facilitate and to continue stealing money from hard-working Americans without contributing back by paying taxes. Banks have even offered "fee-free" programs for transfers to banking accounts in Canada and Mexico. Why are so many people in our country supporting the illegal activities of these thieves instead of working to abolish them? Again, both equality and justice are being stepped on by illegal aliens, and anyone supporting the use of illegal aliens as cheap labor in this country.
We, as a nation, have shown that we can come together during times of adversity. We have shown that in the face of danger and tyranny, we can work as one nation to overcome those challenges. However, what about the rest of the time? What about in the hours of our greatest sense of peace and prosperity? Why should our core qualities only be important during times of trial or war? I say that we should always keep our eyes upon our nation's qualities of freedom, equality, and justice. Use our common sense when we are looking at legislation that may provide an unfair or unjust advantage for others. Use common sense when it comes to fighting corruption within our own government. Use common sense period!
Christianity is Essential For Our Constitutional Longevity
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said. "[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind."
Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said, "[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence."
Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution. "[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God."
Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote, "[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind."
John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court , "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."
James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice,"Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other."
Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated,"The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House, "Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet."
George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation, " Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society."
Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence "[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
"Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof." Continental Congress, 1778
Making Sense of Our Nation Today
Patriotism used to be as simple as freedom, equality, and justice in America; it was what made this country so great and unique compared to the rest of the world. So, why are so many of us bewildered by the actions and choices being made by our representatives?
Some American citizens are taking the changes of our government and holding them up for everyone to see. The details which so many politicians, who are supposed to be representing us, have gone out of their way NOT to show us. Are we infantile in their eyes? Do they think us incapable or ignorant? If their answer is no, then why aren't they showing us EVERYTHING that they are doing. Why do we have to find out this information from non-representatives who have taken the responsibility into their own hands to learn about, and share with the rest of us, the hidden details behind the laws that are representatives are trying to get passed.
The ONLY questions that must be answered when voting on a law for the people are:
1) Is this law in the best interest of our nation?
2) Is this law in the best interest of Americans as a whole?
3) Do the people who I represent support the change that this law will instill within our nation?
4) What can I do to educate my voters about this issue so that they will support my decision?
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WHY WE ARE A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC AND NOT A DEMOCRACY
2nd Amendment and American Freedom
Below are the words of statesmen, authors of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, former U.S. Presidents, as well as other amazing contributors to our great nation, its freedom, and its history. They were all for the presence of firearms for all U.S. citizens without restriction, as that was the true intention of the 2nd Amendment:
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.
"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full posession of them."
Elliot's Debates, vol. 3 "The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution."
"… the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms"
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
June 18, 1789, Pg. 2, Col. 2
Article on the Bill of Rights
"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; …"
quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, "Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State"
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
First President of the United States
"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
Richard Henry Lee
American Statesman, 1788
"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
Third President of the United States
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … "
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.
"The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
The Federalist Papers at 184-8
"The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution."
Third President of the United States
"There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. "
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
British Statesman, 1784
"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
to James Madison Lewis
"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Below are the words of two persons against firearms. Amazingly, both express an intention of establishing a government of Socialism - contrary to the will of the rest of the people of their nations:
"Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn't matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed."
Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum
The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.
"If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things."
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
Chancellor, Germany, 1933
How is it that our Constitutionally provided freedom was allowed to be taken from us, at any level, and in any form?
Gun Control - Where do you stand?
With shootings being placed at the fore-front of the U.S. media, politicians are squirming to try to get stricter gun laws in place.
Agree or disagree, we as Americans must make our voices be heard.
What do you feel America should do about guns in the United States?
Tax Reform - Fair Tax
Should our Federal Income Tax be Replaced by the Fair Tax? (click above image to learn more)
Party Representation within Our Nation
Whether you've always voted one way or another, you're an independent, or part of the new Tea Party movement, which of the parties of our two-party system best represents how you think our country should be run? After all, both parties have changed drastically since our nation's inception, and we want to be sure that we know who it is that we actually are supporting!
Which party, Republican or Democrat, best represents your ideals?
Legalizing Marijuana - This question has been asked by people of all ages, since as far as I can remember.
Should marijuana be legalized?
Lost or Stolen Gun Law
Whether your state has an existing Lost or Stolen Gun Law, is considering one, or is still without one in consideration, sound off and let everyone know what you think about it. These laws require gun owners to immediately report if a weapon is lost or stolen, in hopes that it will help law-enforcement locate the weapon before it is used in a crime. Failure to report a gun as lost or stolen within the allotted time can result in the loss of the weapon and its registration, and repeated failure can result in loss of your permit to own a weapon within your state. These laws are structured to hopefully minimize gun trafficking and to hopefully help to catch gun traffickers and their suppliers in the act.
Do you support a Lost or Stolen Gun Law in your state?
Should God be removed from all reference in our nation?
This has been a taboo topic for many years now. It began initially as a "Church and State" topic, and eventually morphed into a civil rights issue due to it "forcing" people who do not believe in God to say his name.
Should the words "Under God" be removed from our Pledge of Allegiance?
Should Government Ban the Sale of Flavored Cigarettes?
Congress is considering a bill to prohibit the sale of flavored cigarettes, as are New York, Minnesota, West Virginia, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. Mocha, clove, cinnamon etc. - flavorings that activists say attract young smokers will be pulled from shelves should the bill pass, as it is expected to do, but the most heavily used flavoring by far, menthol, is off limits for the moment - not included in a bill as a practical measure. However, there is a growing concern that opening the doors for this flavored cigarette ban, will eventually lead to a ban of one of the most popular flavored cigarettes, menthol.
Should America abolish the sale of all flavored cigarettes within its borders?
English as a National Language - Where do you stand?
Do you believe that the United States should enforce English as its National Language?
Illegal Aliens - Where do you stand?
Do you think that Illegal Aliens are a major contributor to our economic issues?
Mosque Near Ground Zero for 9/11 Twin Towers?
Do you feel that a Mosque should be at or around ground zero for the 9/11 twin tower disaster?
Patriots Duel Between Ideas and Ideals
Do you read bills approved by Congress and the Senate?
Please leave some input and insight upon our nation's patriotism, and how you see changes within our country that you feel are unpatriotic. Be sure to also include mentions to improper representation within our government. Our voices must be heard, otherwise our representatives can only guess what we want them to do!
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