During the dead heat of this election year, sharp criticism is in the air against President Bush, and this being a post-war time, critics are out in further attacks over the legitimacy of the war in Iraq. In return, these critics are being attacked by conservatives and by the administration; thus an all-out political war is ongoing.

These critics must concur with Hillary Clinton, who, in April 2003, shouted out to a group of supporters, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

Primarily because of the war and further because of the Republican controlled legislative and executive branches, liberals have been attempting to take the side of the underdog, the victim.

In Hollywood, socialist actors complain of blacklisting and Tim Robbins carps about his lack of popularity. On Capitol Hill, politicians like Clinton are complaining about their standing as patriots, claiming another Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy is out to get them. A caller into Matt Drudge’s weekend show accused President Bush of silencing her and keeping her from thinking. Many radical liberals are accusing the media of not criticizing the Bush administration and its war in Iraq.

Their whining is rather comical to hear, when it’s unarguable that liberals have the courts, schools, higher education, news media, entertainment media and a billion-dollar political machines on their side.

Still, it’s politically favorable to be presented as an underdog, because human nature dictates that people will cheer on the wounded. Like Clinton communicated, a major part of this effort is in accusing conservatives of characterizing them as unpatriotic.

Yet, what Hillary Clinton and the rest of her pals are missing is that no conservative group has characterized anyone as being unpatriotic. Liberal dissenters seem to mistake their severe lack of popularity with nonexistent accusations. Moreover, conservatives would not declare any dissenter unpatriotic for fear of being branded the title of demagogue.

But I digress.

The reason the term “patriotism” hasn’t been used in any beneficial sense is because it has remained undefined. Following in line with the relativist attitude of late, patriotism is just another favorable word that politicians throw around.

So, what is patriotism?

I’m confident the standard of patriotism is not to be measured by whether you agree with George W. Bush and, unlike what the Patriot Act might communicate, patriotism is not a love of government. Patriotism is not about how many flags one waves or some sort of unfounded emotional feeling one has on Independence Day.

Patriotism is a love of country and can be strictly defined in two ways.

First, patriotism is a love of the people of the nation and a love of the land. America is home, and Americans are fellow citizens. Home is not France or Germany, and fellow citizens are not Germans or Frenchmen. We are Americans. This love of people and land leads a patriot to fight for and stay vigilant in its protection.

Secondly, patriotism is an allegiance to the ideas of a nation. The ideas of our country, contained within the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and writings of the founding era are our principles. These are not all-inclusive ideas, but are strict and exclusive.

Thus, logically, if patriotism can be defined, there are those who are patriotic and those who are unpatriotic.

Modern-day liberalism – which is really socialism or eventually communism – is unpatriotic. Those activists on both sides of the aisle who lobby for the implementation of liberalism are not patriots. They are enemies of the United States and will fight to stop America from being what it is intended to be.

Congress rarely acts patriotic, because they nonchalantly commit crimes against the United States by violating the Constitution. The executive, in its gaining power and tyranny of the bureaucracy are acting unpatriotic. The same goes for judicial activists in the federal courts of America.

These enemies of the United States who flex power in the three branches of government do so without regard for label or political party. Previously, parties and labels had some sort of significance, but now the cancer of unpatriotic liberalism rules everywhere, while constitutionalists have little say.

Patrick Henry, one of the greatest patriots seen by America, said in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.” The generally uneducated populace of today leaves us with the words, “Give me government or give me death.”

Unpatriotic, liberal politicians are happy to comply and continue to take us down a road of immorality and fiscal disaster.

Sen. Clinton, no mainstream conservative has branded you as unpatriotic. Yet, if patriotism is not just another demagogic word to throw around, then you don’t have it.

Patriotism has meaning and it’s important, but it’s sorely lacking in American today.

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