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29 December 2006 @ 08:04 pm
So...  
Patriotism.

Good?

Bad?



Why?
 
 
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thudpucker: Farscape coffee - by Erniemaythudpucker on December 30th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)


I'm not certain if "Die, you scum sucking son of a bitch" is what you're looking for, but it's what I feel.

I don't know about you, but I can certainly sleep, tonight.

So can a whole shitload of Kurds. Finally.



Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on December 30th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
That's not what I was asking, actually. I had the idea of posting this before I even heard the news. Did you wanna re-answer?
ricktboy on December 30th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
did I miss something?
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Yep... - lonewulf on December 30th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
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postrophe on December 30th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
It sorta fits... _He_ thought he was being super-patriotic...
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Egregiously Mislabeled Taxidriverbrendo on December 30th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
Great, as long as it's not used for the wrong ends.

Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on December 30th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Care to elaborate?
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Phoenix Anew: see no evil..phoenix_anew on December 30th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
I figure there is nothing wrong with having pride in your country as long as it doesn't include putting down everyone who isn't in your country.

I believe that living in America is currently the best thing for me. However I say "rock rock on" to those who live in Canada, England, or China, as long as they are happy there.

It's sort of like having pride in your race, in that it often skirts the line of elitism and therefore also racism. It's possible to have one without the other, but many people often assume they are one and the same.
Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on December 30th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
Good answer.

Good icon!
Lonewulflonewulf on December 30th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
I believe that...
Patriotism is a good thing, while being a zealot is not. Patriotism to me is being proud of your country's heritage and ideals... or more generally, what it stands for. If you're patriotic about your country, and there's enough other people who share the same viewpoint/emotion, then there's nothing that can't be accomplished. Two cases in point. First, when we were in the space race to the Moon, if the country as a whole didn't have a patriotic environment, I fully believe that we wouldn't have made it to the moon, let alone be the first ones there ( and I'm not going to get into the debate of whether we actually went or not ). The second case doesn't even deal with our country, but with Japan. After the war, they were pretty well devastated, both mentally, emotionally, and economically. But with their patriotic, can do attitude, they've become one of the leaders in just about all areas of technological innovation, are becoming the leader in the automotive world, are one of the main exporters of steel (they import the raw materials, since they don't have any real natural resources to work with), and the list goes on and on. None of that would have been possible without being patriotic. My personal belief is that the spirit of patriotism is just a group of people having the same vision of the future and are willing to work towards that goal without wavering from it no matter the opposition. To draw a parallel, back when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, because of our patriotic spirit, we threw ourselves to the task of defeating the Axis of Evil and almost 4 years later dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Because of our patriotic spirit, we never once wavered from that goal of defeating the enemy.
In comparison, when the twin towers were destroyed, I made a prediction that day that within 4 years, the USA in general would forget the anger we had towards the enemy that committed the act and we'd want to crawl back into our cocoon of self importance and the "me" attitude that has become so commonplace today. The proof is how we want our troops to pull out of Iraq and stop looking for Osama bin Laden. We don't have very many patriots today, including some people in the military. It shocked me when I recently read a news article relating how a soldier sued the gov't for lawyers fees that he used to defend himself when he refused to be deployed to Iraq. First, he disobeyed a direct order. In times of war, he could legally be shot for that. The fact that not only is he a free man right now, but he won his case shows what a sad state of affairs this country is in. I think that if we don't somehow revive our patriotic spirit somehow and set a national goal for our country, it's only a matter of time before we collapse and some new country takes our place. It's happened before in history (Rome is the only one I can come up with off the top of my head, but I know I can find the references if I get to my personal library). So in a word, it's a good thing.... ;) (I'm a biased Republican, and I approved this message...Heh)
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on December 30th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
Re: I believe that...
Wow, that was incredibly well put. I often try hard not to compare the U.S. with Rome but have trouble avoiding the comparison.

So how do we get people to realize more patriotism would be good? Would a democrat president help, since the libs, who I've seen be less patriotic, would be more likely to feel better about the country? Or, in your republican opinion, would that do more harm than good?
Lonewulflonewulf on December 30th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
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I've always felt (even tho I'm a diehard Republican) that the Democrats should have their day in the sun to provide balance to the country. Any political party that stays in power too long tips the country too far out of balance, but in the long run, I prefer the Republicans to be in power more often that Democrats... That being said, I don't really think there's much that any political party can do to invoke patriotism. The problem comes down to the individual level, as most things do. What would you die for? For most patriotic people, they'd die for their country without ever asking for anything in return other than the right to serve their country. I enlisted into the Marines during desert shield/storm. I was ready to go over there and kick ass and take names in the belief that I could help defend people who were unable to defend themselves, and in a round about way, promote America as a country that, even tho we're on the opposite side of the globe, cared about people we never met and were willing to die to help them. In some ways, it was a pre-emptive strike that may or may not have staved off terrorist acts in the USA a little longer. But when all was said and done, the Marines said they needed me, so I went in. Looking at it in another light, back in WWI and WWII, almost any able bodied person that could enlist was proud to enlist to defend the USA against all comers. How many people today would do that? What it comes down to unfortunately is that the majority of the country is more interested in "what can my country do for me" instead of "what can I do for my country". I enlisted knowing full well that I could get sent somewhere and get killed to protect this great country we live in, and if I was single and not affect my disability rating, I'd re-enlist if they needed me. How many people are so proud of being an American that they'd die for their country? That's what it really comes down to. Believing your country is right no matter what other countries think or say about you. Putting your country's needs before your own. In WWII, people gave up using butter, chose mass transit where available, stayed home instead of going out to conserve rubber, etc... in an effort to make sure the troops had the supplies they needed to keep on fighting the good fight. How many people today would give up their vehicle and use mass transit to make sure the troops had the metal/rubber/fuel to keep fighting over in Iraq, or any other theater of operation the USA chose to fight in? Hell, people get pissed when told not to water their yard during drought season or not to run their A/C during high power usage times... Hence the rolling blackouts and brownouts... If it wasn't so full of scandal, I'd say everyone should be required to be a boy/girl scout growing up, and if you want the right to vote, then you have to enlist in some branch of the military (unless you have a good reason not to, such as only child that's providing support to their family, or other good reasons, but I'm not going to argue that point here, since it's outside the topic under discussion). I hate to say it, but you can usually tell the level of patriotism in a country by how many of their population enlist or want to enlist in the military. The native americans follow the idea of providing for your children's children, and base all your decisions off that belief, both at the personal and gov't/tribe level. In that way, they have their own version of Patriotism, one which I think we could all learn from.

Yes, I know I'm rambling on in this response, but when all is said and done, it comes down to this... Patriotism comes from the heart, the heart that would bleed for their country, setting aside your wants and comforts if only for a short time, for the good of the country, and in the long run, for yourself, your descendants, and your fellow man/woman. As in the words of the Marines... God, Country, Corps.( And in an extended way, family, since the Marines ARE your family, if an extended version of it)
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Lonewulflonewulf on December 30th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
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Ya know, after thinking on it some more, I realized that it could be boiled down to this. Patriotism is the ability to be self-sacrificing for the greater good of the country and your fellow man.

On a second note, I just remembered that the last time I aired my political views, people attacked me and wrote nasty-grams in my LJ. With that in mind, I'll say something that I read a while ago that fits perfectly with this topic. I have my opinions, you have your opinions, we might not agree, but I'm willing to die to protect your right to have your opinions, just as I'm willing to die for my beliefs.
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♔ Lydzi ♔ Au service du Roi Rickon.: Team Servilialydzi on December 30th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hum Patriotism is a big word for nothing very important. I'm going to be coherent in english but that's going to be hard so sorry in advance ^^.

I know the importance of being in a group for most of us. So that includes religions groups, earth groups (countries, provinces etc...) or even arts groups. It's always about being recognized as an identity. It's more a "human" problem in a great scale. People need to be proud of something, to believe that they are in a group whatever big is the group. So patriotism is that I supose. There's nothing to be proud of. There's nothing to fight for. You are born somewhere, you could have in another place. And when you die, patriotism is a ridiculous notion.

So it may sound very glorious and everything but in the end, patriotism, as far as I'm concerned, is an illusion. You can fight for an Idea (wich is a right thing to do really) but the land is not yours, never will be. It's there, and it's for everyone.
Lonewulflonewulf on December 30th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
But...
by the same token, taking your description of what patriotism is, most civilizations would never have existed. The roman empire was as powerful and as advanced as it was precisely because of it's national spirit. The british empire was the same way... "God save the queen" springs to mind. It was only after people stopped being so patriotic that their power as an empire started to wane. The USA is currently going through such a decline for the very same reason. Because of the Vietnam conflict, Americans became divided, and started loosing such patriotic feelings, and this country has slowly started declining in dominance in all areas of influence after only 2-3 generations.
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Fritters: TT Raven Ehhhrrr by ellonwyefritters on December 31st, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Don't you believe being totally unpatriotic is minimizing, or thumbing your nose, at all the sacrifices people have made in the name of your country? Every country has had people who died to protect the rest of the country and to preserve the ideals of that country. Don't you feel if you say patriotism is unimportant that you say that all ideas died for ever are unimportant?
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