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Yes-men not patriots

You’ll find a lot of good citizens, under the guise of “patriotism,” vilifying other good citizens simply because criticism was leveled at our president or his war.

Occasionally civility reigns, without calling someone a “traitor.” Too often it’s either agree that our president and war are on the right track or you’re evil and hate America.

Mindless name-calling is not patriotism. If what they mean by “patriot” is to silently have faith and obediently follow without question those leaders that profess to know best for this country, you can count me out.

Theodore Roosevelt stated that, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

Being a yes-man for whatever party is in power is not being a patriot – it’s foolish. Being a patriot requires – no, it demands – active involvement in the political process. That goes well beyond “trust and obey” and casting a vote every few years.

Blind, knee-jerk negative categorization towards political or ideological dissent is lazy. Stop ad hominem attacks, be less partisan, and debate the substance of issues.

Andrew Wright


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