How can you be Patriotic? I’ll just say it: It’s a matter of love.

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Lots of people give lots of statistics to put America down. They say that America is…

  • First in incarceration. That’s true, far and away. But, of course, lots of countries just kill everyone they don’t like and so have few prisoners. We have the death penalty, but nothing like most communist countries who kill political enemies just to do it. But, yes, our judiciary-incarceration system has totally broken down. Totally. We really do have the worst system in the world for judging people. The guilty get plea deals. Some of the innocent who wont take a plea deal are incarcerated for life.
  • 14th in education. This is a stupid statistic as the matter has to be broken down in subject matter and per capita. Thus, the rank in math, physics, chemistry, geography, history… Yet, I would say these USA are very low on the education scale generally, just from my experience right around the world. We’ve been dumbed down on purpose. But at least some of us know this and try to do something about it. That’s something. If we are 14th in education it’s because politicians didn’t like us being smart (because we were the first in the world). We can be first. We will strive to be first again.
  • 19th in satisfaction. This is another stupid statistic. China, Vietnam, Bangladesh et alii come in right at or near the top because of the people being scared to give any other answer. I mean, satisfied with what? Moreover, it’s a semantic question. Most Americans who totally love America would say that they are unsatisfied precisely because part of patriotism is not to rest on one’s laurels but to strive to be better all the time and in every way not only for oneself but for the common good. Albania thought they had the best military and best economy in the world, until they found out the truth that they were the last in the world on both counts.
  • 44th in health care efficiency. Thanks to ObamanationCare, this is probably too optimistic. Obama killed our health care. But that has nothing to do with patriotism. We will strive to be the best once again.
  • 145th in slavery, meaning pretty much no slaves. There are lots of sweat shops. Heck, there was even one here in Andrews. Lots of migrant workers, legal or not, are treated like slaves. I’ve seen it. Probably also not included in this statistic is that America has lots of prostitutes pimped out, especially teenagers, who are enslaved, and who die in enslavement usually in a couple of weeks. Moreover, if we count junkies who sell drugs under threat of death, the numbers of slaves jumps astronomically. That would be quite a percentage of the population here. We could say that the unborn are slaves of PP, and are put to death for economic advantage.
  • We can add more… Are we first in the world for opioid abuse? Probably. That comes with the gimme-nation-obama-nation-entitlement-nation. Selfish. But that’s not the definition of our country nor Patriotism.
  • Is Comey politicizing the enforcement of the law? Maybe. That would be a partial definition of the end of a nation, but this isn’t the definition of America nor of Patriotism.

And so it goes. Some truth to the criticisms. Lots of lies. Mixed in with the lies, I’ve noticed, are attacks on religion. Thus, there are rankings for stupidity based on whether people believe in angels. America ranks very high on the list, but that’s good. Those who go out of their way to say that “people who believe in angels are morons” are blasphemers of Jesus, who spoke of those pure spirits who see the face of God in heaven, and also  see us. Jesus also did exorcisms over against fallen angels. Those who deny this effectively say that Jesus was a fool to be damned by God if God even exists. I would not want to be damning Jesus at the last judgment when He shows us the wounds which demonstrate how much He loves us, having taken on the whole onslaught of hell so as to stand in our place for the sins we ourselves committed so that He would have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.

Here’s the deal: Patriotism, by definition, is about wanting what is best for one’s fatherland. We can want what is best no matter what the present conditions are. Those who say that patriotism is foolish hate themselves and their neighbor and the way God made us, that is, as spirits with bodies that necessarily have to be in the here and now in whatever nation, whatever fatherland. Are there elements which need to be fixed? Yes. Is it Patriotic to recognize that and go about fixing whatever? Yes. To be content with what needs fixing is to be selfish, un-Patriotic.

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2 responses to “How can you be Patriotic? I’ll just say it: It’s a matter of love.

  1. Growing up in the 60’s with nuns teaching me and my fellow students all the way through 12th grade. I look back at my classmates and they did quite well, considering there were a minimum of 33 kids per class and the nuns did not have teachers aid’s to help. Did some kids get left behind, sure they did. But as a whole, even those left behind sought gainful employment. We had several MD’s, lots of Masters prepared and some who went on to have impressive business operations that are equal to today’s graduates. We did not have electronic toys to help us learn; we were supposed to write our papers in longhand to be readable by anyone. The nuns were tough, they taught us they expected everyone to master their own level of competence, which was uniquely variable in those times. I wish today’s children had the gifts of those nuns and priests and tough coaches that we had. I bet the deficiencies that you pointed out above would be considerably less.

  2. Michael Sanford – what you say is true. Back in the 50’s there was a minimum of 55 kids in our Catholic school classes. We wore uniforms and walked to school, There was no lack of self esteem because we worked for our grades and earned our awards. We were expected to obey rules and were held accountable if we didn’t. As you said, we wrote our homework in cursive and spelling and penmanship counted!

    I recently mentioned Patrick Henry and my grand-kids (all on the honor roll), asked if he was a entertainer or ‘something.’ When I mentioned he was a Revolutionary War hero they said – ‘we don’t get history until senior year.’ And it’s world history at that. You can study the history of the world in one school year? Dumbed down indeed!

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