What it means to be Patriotic

Posted: October 23, 2006 in All, Blogroll, Controversy, Democrats versus Republicans, Life, politics, rants

There was an article in my local paper today by Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald.  The title was “GOP owns the political language”.  He says that the republican party “…has really mastered the language of obfuscation and misdirection, a willingness to unmoor words from their meanings-…”  He goes on to say, “Consider the party’s masterpiece.  Of all the terms it has arrogated unto itself (values,  tradition, patriotism) and all those it has used to jab the competition (secular, culture wars, moral relativism), its best work is embodied in one word: liberal”.    He says that we’re all pretty liberal, or at least were.  But the word liberal has “been transmuted from a perfectly viable political ideology into a sort of  birth defect”.

So, he asks “Where are the Democrats’ words? Their narrative? It’s a urgent question waiting for an urgent answer”.  I begin, as a democrat, with this.  It is my opinion that the republican party has turned the word “Patriotism” into a political farce.  I respond with, if one is only considered patriotic if they are war lovin’, gun luggin’, death penalty, no child left behind, not all men are created equal, torture whomever we see fit, racial profiling, we are right, you are wrong. mentality, then I don’t want to be patriotic.  The rest of us know this war on terror is only a war of terror, wanting gun control, less likely to give death, think the no child left behind act only teaches kids how to take test, all men ARE creatred equal, torture no one, and we all have our own opinions mentality.  For the rest of us, instead of being patriotic, I give you this.  We are nationalistic, “A  devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation…” who are superpatriotic.  Democrats: We are Democracy, we are  united, we are superpatriotic.  We love our morals, we love are values, we love our nation, and we are the future for the interests and culture of this great Nation!  We are democrats, and we are strong, we are united, and we are the people.

Peace and out!!!! 


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