Above, you will find the dictionary's definition of patriotism. Notice that the key word here is country. Nowhere in this definition does it say, but only when my choice is elected President.
I normally avoid writing or discussing politics like the plague. So why now, when the election is over and done with? Because I am increasingly distressed by the large number of people who seem to have lost all
patriotism and replaced it with hatred and vengeance.
It seems that many, on both sides, have lost site of what it means to come together and work for the good of the country. I can remember a time when Americans felt the office of the President deserved our loyalty and respect, no matter which party was in office. Both parties would work and support their candidate, but when it was over and a President had been chosen, life went back to normal and we all agreed to work for the good of the country. I still believe that.
What has happened to the feeling of patriotism the whole country felt when Pearl Harbor was bombed? Or, when the Twin Towers were bombed on 9-11-01, did you stop to think about whether your man was in the white house or not before you felt united with every other American? Patriotism should not be reserved for times of panic and tragedy. It should be an every day feeling, embedded deep in your heart, and not taken for granted.
This disturbing trend of pitting Republicans against Democrats and never the twain shall meet, or agree, has gone way beyond elections. It has become a nasty war that is dividing the nation, with serious consequences. It not only effects friends and neighbors, but goes all the way to the house and senate in Washington. Congressmen are so determined not to cross party lines that they have completely lost sight of doing the job they were elected to do. They no longer care what is best for the country and their constituents.
Even facebook, which should be a happy place, has become a political forum for bashing the President. You've seen the stories and the pictures...we are now on the titanic and the country is going to sink; God is going to end the world because Obama was elected; and on and on and on. Come on people, let's get real.
As long as we have had a President, there has been a winner and a loser. That is how it works in a democracy. The important thing is once it is over to come together as one nation under God, the way our forefathers intended. I don't believe that any rational person who proclaims to be a Christian can honestly believe that God chooses sides in an election and would end the world if a certain side doesn't win. I find it offensive that anyone would even make such a statement.
A new year will soon be upon us. My wish is for a new beginning for our nation. It is not unreasonable to think that everyone, including our elected officials, could come together and remember the principles on which this great nation was founded. Let's remember the lives that were lost to keep this nation free and put our petty bickering away. Let's make it a priority to always put our country and it's people first and show the world that our numbers are many and we stand united for a common cause.
Until next time...that's my view.
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