Of the many things I have learned from my father one of the most important for discussion is defining your terms. This ensures that everyone is referencing the same thing, and minimizes conflict. Now these are my own definitions of these two words, while they hold true to what good ‘ol Merriam Webster says I have tweaked them slightly to fit my argument.
Patriot – One who loves their country and wants what is best for the country. The most vital part of that country being the citizens who occupy it.
Nationalist – One who loves their country and wants what is best for their government.
Do you see the difference? In this age it appears that we have more nationalists than patriots. Taken at face value this does not have to be a bad thing, assuming the government wants what is best for the country, and not what is best for themselves. That is where the problem lies. If you read my last post you know my opinion on what the interest of the government is, if you didn’t, go read it. Nationalists will follow their leaders blindly sometimes so far that they relinquish their freedoms. This is not good. This only leads to a fascist state and believe me, that is what the globalists are striving for. What we need is an influx of patriots. Those who believe that a country that began with a set of rules as good as the constitution, should stick to those rules. We need people who will challenge the government when they are out of line, when they are not looking out for out best interest. How about that excerpt from the Declaration of Independence again to back my point up.
…Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…
I can see hope on the horizon. We forced Pistole to rethink transportation security measures, some of them at least. The point being, as a country we need to quit being idle nationalists. We need to keep loving our country, and guarantee that is continues to exist as OUR country. That is what a country of patriots can do.