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Unquestioning patriots?

A writer wanted to know, “Where are the patriots?” I, too, question what is a patriot. Is it one who stands unabashed with his country and its leaders, right or wrong? Is it one who would accept the life handed to him, doled out by those in power? Is it one who looks at history and says “we defeated tyranny, which is good for the world at any cost, so we must be patriots?” Were not those who fought for Germany and Japan patriots in their own right? Where do we define the line between what is patriotic about how life is today and what is patriotic about what we feel life should be? Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

Has our government brought us back to those days when patriots were all questioning and not all accepting? I think it has, and I am proud to be a patriot for change and a patriot that guards my grandchildren’s future. I am here today, and I will be here tomorrow. How far is the United States from becoming the former Germany of tomorrow? And how far are you from becoming an unquestioning and all-accepting patriot?

Bruce Longmore



Grass Valley


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