Monday, March 28, 2011

WTF is a patriot anyway?

"Git outta here with yer fancy werds you fag-lovin',
anti-Amurrican member of the Leftist muhchine!"
(not a direct quote, but they did make fun of me
for using big words)
This one is dedicated to the retards I encountered this weekend while roaming political forums looking for good discussion.  Someone mentioned that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell was a way for Obama to remove "pro-American, patriotic anti-leftists" from the military.  I sarcastically quipped "So in order to be patriotic, pro-American, and anti-leftist you have to think that homosexuals shouldn't be allowed to serve openly in the military?"  I was immediately branded an unpatriotic leftist who hates his country and only focuses on the negative.

I can’t help but laugh whenever someone accuses another person of being "unpatriotic," whenever their views are divergent. What’s even more laughable is that the people who throw that little word around are usually persons who have never even read either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.

"But Jack, who cares if they’ve read those documents? They are null and void because the men who took part in writing them were slaveholders!" Yes, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, but that doesn’t mean that what he said is any less true. So assuming that the Constitution and Declaration contain values that we can consider American (I would argue that they are universal values that are not specifically American, but that’s a whole other essay) lets use those values to determine what it means to be patriotic. 

Dan Rather is not amused.

It might come as a surprise to my conservative readers (if there are any readers at all, let alone conservative) but I am actually a Republican. I might be a bit too liberal for some of my Republican contemporaries, but that’s okay because most of them are politically retarded anyway. Although I am a Republican, I shit myself in disbelief when my Democrat enemies are charged with being unpatriotic.

Now that’s not to say that none of them are unpatriotic. Some of them may hate their country and want it to burn. But what the hell does it even mean to be a patriot? I think I’ve mentioned it before, but my idol Camus said something along the lines that it’s holding our country to our highest standards.

What the hell does that even mean?

Well, for starters it means that you have to understand  the fact that what’s best for our country doesn’t always have to do with positive material gain. Just because something might win a war faster, or protect us better from violent death, or make us more economically prosperous doesn’t mean that it’s what is best for us. Take, for example, the Patriot Act. Sure, it might help prevent terrorist attacks and save lives if the FBI were able to do whatever it wanted without any warrants (over-exaggeration) but is sacrificing privacy really a good thing?

"But sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice some rights and liberties to spare people from violent death!" You’re actually right on that one, HTNS. But check it: being a patriot doesn’t mean you want to save lives. Being a patriot means you want to save the soul of America. What is the soul of America? It’s the body of ideas that we uphold as being true for every man, woman, and child on the planet. It’s the notion that people everywhere ought to be free to live their lives in whatever way they choose.

Don’t you think the Democrats want that? Don’t you think that freedom and liberty matter to them as well? Or do you honestly think they are trying to destroy the country? Because I have come to the conclusion that water-boarding is wrong, does that mean I’m not a patriot? Nationalism bears the mantra of "my country, right or wrong." Patriotism means that you love your country so much that you want what is best for it’s body and soul.

So if you think that being a patriot means you never dissent, or that you believe your country has acted unjustly in some way, then please stop engaging in political discussion. You’re comprehension of intangible ideas is woefully inadequate, and your contributions to anything political serve only to make everyone dumber. So thank you to everyone who proved to me that most Americans are anti-intellectual dipshits who prefer ideological circle-jerks to meaningful discussion.

One of them informed me that "egalitarianism" is
a purely French idea . . .

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