Tag Archives: Patriotism

Americanism: a concept to be valued

americanismIt has been nearly two full months since the last time I shared my musings about the state of our nation. It has not been because of a shortage of topics but rather of feeling a bit overwhelmed at the sheer volume of things to discuss. As we enter the campaign season of the 2016 election, there are so many more issues that warrant discussion, such as the marginalization of the right-of-center American, the near criminalization of those who reject man-made global warming, cooling, climate change, climate disruption, the shaming and near-criminalization of those who hold a more traditional view of marriage, and the defense of national sovereignty. At the end of the spring 2015 semester, I also decided to spend some time reading the writings of the men who influenced those who fought the American revolution and would later write the Constitution of the United States – this has simply added even more topics to the already long list.

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Nation in distress: the loss of patriotism

american-flag_half-mastThere have been a number of news stories lately that really makes me wonder how we reached this point as a nation patriotism – love of the nation – has been lost. In today’s headlines, a woman in Virginia was arrested for ties to ISIS. According to the various news sources, she comes from a middle class background and has had all the benefits of being a citizen of the United States. Within the last week, there were stories of how CNN News ran a warning before they broadcast the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States. Recently the Ninth Judicial Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision claiming that the U.S. flag/U.S. flag apparel could be deemed illegal and offensive by public schools, especially on Cinco de Mayo, a commercial “holiday” not even observed in Mexico. There are literally hundreds of other examples that could be listed, but the common theme that connects each of them is there is disdain for the nation by its own citizenry and national leaders.

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