Republicans are great at coining a term and using it over and over and over and over and – well you get the point. It’s as if there’s a secret handbook only conservatives are given access to where they’re instructed which words to say and when to say them. Rich people aren’t wealthy, they’re “job creators.” Laws that legalize using religion to discriminate against others are “religious freedom” laws. Even when it comes to patriotism they act as if they’re the only ones who are patriotic. As if flying an American flag, putting a “God Bless America” bumper sticker on their vehicle and finishing sentences with “support our troops” instantly makes them patriotic.
It’s Propaganda 101, but they’re masters of it. Though it’s easy to be a master of propaganda when you’ve conditioned those who support you to blindly support almost anything you say.
And while I don’t doubt some of these conservatives are true patriots, many of them aren’t anything close to being that.
A true patriot loves this country. They want to make this country better for every American, not just those who look like them. A real patriot might question our government, but they don’t hoard guns in anticipation of overthrowing it. True patriots respect our military by only putting them in harm’s way if it’s absolutely necessary, not because they want something by which to try to define their presidency.
Real patriots respect the rights of all Americans, they don’t try to pass laws which aim to restrict the rights of those who they don’t feel should have certain rights. Actual patriots realize that the best way to fix our government is to make sure it’s easier for every American to vote, not harder.
Genuine patriots understand that supporting our troops means supporting our troops, even after they’ve served their country and are trying to adapt to civilian life. Authentic patriotism means understanding that being an American isn’t defined by skin color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, how many flags you own or how many guns you possess.
Patriotism means understanding that there’s no such thing as “traditional American values” because our Constitution was set up for a nation to evolve and grow as society evolves and grows. It’s not always liking who’s president, but not actively rooting for their failure.
It means supporting our Constitution, even if it doesn’t support something you think should be constitutional – but isn’t.
Most tea party “patriots” don’t fall into any of those categories. They say they love our Constitution, yet do everything they can to violate it whenever it doesn’t side with their personal beliefs. They say they support our troops yet their party is the one that always sends them off to needless wars. They brag about their love for America while hating most Americans. They constantly harp on about standing for freedom while seeking to restrict the freedoms for those with which they disagree.
The only “patriotism” that’s found within most of these tea party “patriots” is found in the trinkets they own, like flags and bumper stickers, yet when it’s time to act like an actual patriot they don’t have the slightest clue what that actually means.
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