“I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward anyone.”
– Edith Louisa Cavell, quoted by the newspapers before being shot by Germans in Brussels, Oct. 15, 1915
Whoever controls the language, controls the culture. The far left seeks to redefine “patriotism” – from “loving, supporting, and defending” our country, to “pointing out the flaws” of Republican leaders.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “patriotic” as: 1) Feeling, expressing, or inspired by love for one’s country. 2) One who loves, supports, and defends one’s country.
Yet Air America talk-show host Rachel Maddow seeks to redefine patriotism, telling MSNBC last week; “Being patriotic is pointing out the flaws of your country.”
I see no mention of “pointing out flaws” by Webster’s definition, yet that’s exactly what the far-left agenda calls for in their effort to unify opposition to vilify Republican leaders – starting with the president, vice president, chief of staff, GOP leadership, etc.
Sadly, the Democratic Party has degenerated from a party of populist statesman (and women) to pure politicians – who seek to create a “dis-United” States of America. They seek only “pointing out flaws” and then have the gall to call their actions “patriotic.”
They even admit it. The Washington Post reported Friday: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.”
By attacking our leaders during a time of war, the Democrats are, in effect, “loving, supporting and defending” the enemies of our country for political gain. Today, Democrats:
- Claim to speak for the rights of “little guy” – yet ignore the rights of our littlest ones by supporting abortion on demand in violation of a fundamental constitutional protection.
- Claim government can create prosperity – while constantly “pointing out flaws” of the free market so vital to building wealth, which then promotes private charity help for the poor among us.
- Claim gender roles are artificial and homosexual behavior is natural – while undermining the traditional family and feminizing the legitimize role of men in leading families, businesses and the nation.
Rachel Maddow and her fellow far-left advocates have a stated goal of “poking a sharp stick at the soft, white underbelly of the right-wing scheme machine.” I see no evidence of her loving, supporting or defending” America in these words, do you?
Our nation – and most of the nations of the world – today suffer from a lack of a unified vision. A vocal minority seeks as much negative national unity as they can create by promoting the disillusionment of the citizens against their leaders.
Disillusionment can be either very negative, or at times, very useful in making needed changes. It can be very negative because it opens the door for manipulative political, economic and spiritual leaders to seize an entire nation. It can be very positive because it presents a great opportunity for a renewal of faith and courage by “We the people” to reclaim responsibility for our country’s future – which is our patriotic duty.
Instead of searching for flaws, a true patriot understands the distinction between attacking questionable public policy and attacking the personal life of our top policymakers.
A true patriot knows the importance of having a unity of vision built upon a proper understanding of our God-given rights … and wrongs. This process begins in the heart with concept of self-government under God – not surprisingly, a concept rejected by the far left.
Providing a vision for the future that creates positive unity does not begin with “pointing out flaws,” but rather, it begins and ends with “loving, supporting and defending.” A true patriot lives above party lines and stand up for U.S. border security first – something neither major party has demonstrated much of recently.
On a personal level, I would like to challenge Rachel Maddow to put her definition of patriotism to the test on a personal level by starting the day off “pointing out the flaws” out to her significant other – and then let’s see how much “patriotic” unity is created in the relationship.
I say: Let’s stop the far left from redefining any more words, especially an important word like patriotism, which is so vital to the unique legacy of America.