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Defining PATRIOTISM

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

 

“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

“Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

“Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.”

Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 17 January 1961.

The choices that were made during this administration will have consequences that will out live most of us who are currently here on the planet.  So many of us are quick to move to the next topic and do not want to dwell in the past.  Even if the past is the last eight years.  It is imperative that we thoroughly look at how we arrived at this point in time.  How did an entire nation of people allow a few individuals to convince us to go invade another sovereign state.  Just a little common sense tells us that this was not because the leader of the country was a dangerous and unstable individual who had killed his own people and invaded another country.  We have several people on the world stage that fit that description and several countries that are committing genocide, engaging in nuclear weapons testing, and in reality are a much greater threat to our country. 

 

It will take soldiers, strategist, diplomats and a leader who understands that there can be no victory when there has been bloodshed, there can only be rebuilding and healing. 

 

We as Americans must decide what definition of PATRIOTISM we will take into the election booth in November and select another individual to make decisions and act in our name on the world stage.

 

Will we utilize a patriotism that we wear on our sleeve or will we utilize a PATRIOTISM that we carry in our hearts. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, His words…40 years after his death

 

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

The Flag pen

 One of my friends suggested that I clarify exactly what I am attempting to do with my blog and who it is directed at. I agree.  My blogging is simply a catharsis for my own thoughts.  With that said, I am also attempting to reach out to other thoughtful souls who are tortured by what seems like meaningless noise from …….  Yes it is everywhere.  I spoke about democracies in my last post. That’s only because I happen to be in the US and that is how we refer to ourselves.  Comments are welcome from all thoughtful people everywhere, because no matter where you are and your current situation, you are still a citizen of the planet.   Now, let me explore what I was referring to as meaningless noise.  Last week, I had to hold my head in my hands when our news media turned the absence of a flag pen on Senator Obama’s lapel into what they considered a news story.  I think that I was silently screaming……the screams resulted in this blog.  Either someone out there actually believes that you and I are mindless, petty, pawns or that we as citizens o f this country are not intelligent enough to meet the obligations owed to our country and our democracy.  What are these obligations you say?  The first is, “that we are critically able to evaluate noise, marketing, propaganda, whatever you want to call it that comes from these random sources.  I am not going to place this on any one source in particular, because it’s coming from everywhere.  That means that you and I have to be able to critically think about what it is that we are hearing or reading and why it is being said.  I watch as ordinary citizens are being manipulated like pawns on a chessboard…..  Pitted against each other with these ridiculous blurbs and sound bites and the silent screams erupt.    My personal thoughts when I first heard this was that, I truly respect the flag.  I don’t happen to be a flag burner or even a flag wearer, but the flag is a symbol of the ideals.  I cannot get to upset about flag pins before I get upset about

  1. Each of us sitting back and allowing our government to be sold to the highest bidder,

  2. The fact that a majority of what is supposed to be our government (the people, you and I) do not even participate in the most elementary part of our government (we do not vote)

  3. The lack of fiscal responsibility in our government (whether they raise taxes or not, they are still funneling money to their cronies). 

 As you can see, I didn’t have the energy to get upset about the flag pen.

Quote of the day

Keeping the promise of our founding – the promise of America – means keeping faith with our values.  But keeping faith, while often enormously difficult , is not a burden.  It is our greatest source of strength.  It is what knits us together, what motivates us and moves us forward, and what connects us to other nations.    Our values keep America strong by binding us together.  By committing and recommitting ourselves to our ideals, we have forged a common American identity.  It is what makes e pluribus unum – “out of many, one” -possible. 

Anne-Marie Slaughter

THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA

http://www.ideathatisamerica.com/