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    • CommentAuthoradmin
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
     
    What are your thoughts?
    • CommentAuthorAGD
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009
     
    I think there are lots of different definitions of what a patriot is and that sometimes the mainstream media limits this too much - they think a patriot is only someone with a flag on their lawn who goes to July 4th parades. There are a lot of different ways you can show love of country. I think people in the Peace Corp. are patriots, for example.
    • CommentAuthorMia
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009
     
    you can't get a higher form of patriotism than dying for your country!
    • CommentAuthorTyler
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2009
     
    Dying for your country is not the only valid way to be a patriot. Unquestionably, those men and women in our Armed Forces serve our country. However, I believe that questioning your government (i.e. political activism) is another route to express patriotism. One must care enough about the government to help guide it - following orders isn't the only way to be a patriot.
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2009
     
    wearing desert camo and american flags doesn't make you a patriot that's for sure... You're a patriot if you are proud to be an american, which is something you can't see on the outside.

    b in brooklyn
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
     
    i think that is probably true, that you can't see if someone is a patriot based on what they wear or the bumper-sticker they put on their car. but that said how do we tell patriots from people who are ambivalent or, worse, anti-american???
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2009
     
    Why can't we judge people based on their actions, instead of how they dress? If you are (or were) a soldier you don't need to go around the rest of your life wearing an American flag shirt to count as a patriot. -Jamie, NJ
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009
     
    I think different people show their patriotism in different ways. Senators and Congressmen are patriots - in many cases they are getting paid less then they would make in the private sector to serve their country.
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2009
     
    Well, I'm not so sure about the Senator/Congressmen comment (and why can't it be Congresswomen?). I think a lot of those people are just attracted to power. But I do agree that different people show patriotism differently and that there is more than one way to serve. Look at all these young people signing up for Americorp. I think that is great! Holly, CA
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
     
    Why is it that in America we feel like we need to prove our patriotism to each other? I doubt people are like that in other countries!
    • CommentAuthorAGD
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2009
     
    I think people are like that, it is just perhaps shown in different ways. I went to Italy a while ago and there is definitely some serious Italian-pride that gets shown in the streets. Especially around the time of their football games (our soccer).

    What do people think about Obama sending more troops to Afghanistan???
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2009
     
    I think he thought long and hard about it and he is a smart guy - so I'm willing to give him the benefit of doubt and take the leap of faith with him. But it worries me ...
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2009
     
    it doesn't seem to be something that has made anyone happy - not people on the Left or the Right.
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2009
     
    If you've watched The Recruiter then you know what a Patriot looks like. 1SG Clay Usie is without a doubt the most patriotic individual I've served with during my time in the Army.

    We were both assigned to GEN Petraeus' Communications Team in Iraq which is an ultra stressful job requiring daily sacrifices. The SSG/SFC Clay you see in The Recruiter who talks all pumped up and seems to be the offical salesman of the Army was still that charged-up go getter years later when I met him in Iraq.

    He met every task with vigor and resolve and saw it to the end regardless of countless hours of sleep we'd lose or the unusal physical requirements they contained. On top of his technical duties he fought to maintain the spirit of the team and constantly reminded us of the overshadowing goal: Supporting the Army the best you can so it can win our nation's wars.

    There was no room for personal gratification and many a day ended with one of us venting the day's complaints to the other but come morning you left your gripes out on in the sand and got moving on what needed to be done for today.

    The guy truly cared more about doing it for the country than anyone I'd met.
    • CommentAuthorguest
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2010
     
    Clay is a perfect example of a patriot. His "I'm an American and I care for my country" attitude was important for his line of work. To be a patriot, you must have a firm belief in what you are standing to defend.

    Patriotism can take a variety of shapes and colors. In NYC there is a shocking number of homeless Iraqi war veterans and each of them are patriots in their own right. Its sad to see how patriots can be taken from the spotlight of returning from war to forgotten about and living in the streets.

    I oppose Obama's sending more troops, we can barely support the returning veterans we have today. More troops means more problems for tomorrow.

    G.M.
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