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Happy Independence Day
Posted by: McQ on Friday, July 04, 2008

For all its warts and carbuncles, I'd still not want to live anywhere else.

That's because there's still a will, in this great nation, to do what is right.

And while we may disagree on what that is and how to go about it, that freedom to dissent, to argue, to rant and rave is more precious that you can imagine. Never do I go to bed at night concerned there will be a knock on my door and I'll be taken away for something I've said or written.

I spent my youth in other countries as my father, a career Army officer, did his job. I saw first-hand what poverty really looks like. I got to see what the suppression of freedoms we take for granted entailed. I learned at an early age to appreciate what we have here and how important it is to work toward keeping us free. And certainly, I have my concerns and take the opportunity on this blog to voice them. But again, the simple act of doing that without fear is a blessing beyond reach for many in this world.

There's an innate spirit that still lives in most Americans (and needs to be constantly nurtured) that says we can and will overcome all obstacles in our path and do it while we continue to live free. There are those among us who cynically denigrate any appeals to patriotism and would have us believe that being patriotic is more like a disease than a matter of pride in one's country and its accomplishments. But the proof of their ignorance on the subject is found in the irony of their freedom to say such things without fear.

I find that most people who can't muster pride in where they live and what it stands for have no pride in much of anything. I feel sorry for them.

That said, I've never felt patriotism meant "my country right or wrong". Instead it meant trying to shorten that phrase to "my country - right" and working very hard to make that happen.

We're independent today because a group of patriots pledged their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" toward achieving a goal. It is and was a very noble goal. Today's patriot needs to remember those original goals and ideals of our independence and renew the effort to keep them in the forefront of the political discussion. We are free today because of those ideals and goals, and we should never forget that.

Have a very happy 4th.
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Charles de Gaulle defined it best:
"Le patriotisme, c’est aimer son pays. Le nationalisme, c’est d├ętester celui des autres."
- Charles De Gaulle

For those who can’t read french:

"Patriotism is to love ones country. Nationalism is to hate the others’ country"
- Charles De Gaulle
Written By: slntax
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This piece from Thomas Sowell ties in somewhat with this article.

How Relevant Is Patriotism? Go Ask France
Written By: jpm100
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Splendid post! Happy 4th to you too and God bless America!
Written By: Linda Morgan
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jpm100: Thanks for the link to the Sowell article. Once again we witness the "Vision of the Anointed."
A happy 4th to everyone
Written By: tom scott
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God bless America and Americans.......even those I disagree with.
Written By: shark
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"that freedom to dissent, to argue, to rant and rave is more precious that you can imagine."

Wait until liberals control things, and then watch as any dissent against their Nazified government is considered a crime.

Imagine for a moment, if you will, that Obama was President, and protesters from the right yelled at him while he was delivering a July 4th address. Would the "freedom to dissent" line be reported, or would liberals be saying that these people need to be imprisoned, or worse?

Remember that Obama wants to close Fox News down because they deign to not kiss his shady rearend. If that kind of talk from a man who could be elected President of the United States is not frightening, I do not know what is.
Written By: James Marsden
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