Is Patriotism Still Alive in America?

Fireworks and Flags!!  Cookouts and Cold Drinks!!

July is certainly the month to think about patriotism.  As we know or should know, July 4th is the day that America declared its independence from England, then the most powerful country in the world.

What is patriotism?  Is it the same today as it was in 1776 or even 10 years ago?  Theodore Roosevelt said, “Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.  It is patriotic to support them to the same degree by which they stand by the country and efficiently serve it.”

Currently the divisions in our country’s belief system have downplayed our original loyalty to the grand old flag – and what it truly represents.  Today, patriotism implies a diversity of intense emotions.  Many have died for the love of this country and many of those living today can’t seem to wrap their mind around how fighting in a foreign land will somewhere down the road keep America safe and free.  Patriotism is a somber subject today when politicians are trying to change the face of our nation.

George Bernard Shaw said, “You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

Oscar Wilde said, “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”  Some people would like to see patriotism die away.

The true definition of patriotism radiates from deep within each one of our hearts.

When you stand facing “Old Glory:” with your hand over your heart either singing or hearing the national anthem  or saying the Pledge of Allegiance, what comes to mind?

Today our country is racked by division, bickering and complaining at all levels.  But when tragedy strikes, like 9/11, we all come together.

Have we forgotten the true meaning of the Fourth of July?

While we spend a lot of energy having fun, if we give any thought about our forbearers and their determined efforts to bring our nations independence, it’s fleeting.

So this Fourth of July, Independence Day, as you gaze up at the fireworks lighting the night sky, reflect on the enduring spirit of independence that is integral to our American character.

May you have a safe Independence Day!