I Just Wanted To Say...

What is your problem?

Name:
Location: Georgia, United States

I am me. More than I was, less than I will be. This is difficult. Facts-female, southern, mother and grandmother. Abstract-a Christian, a loner, intelligent, somewhat arrogant, impatient with stupidity, an unusual sense of humor.

7/04/2005

They just don't know what they are missing.

The concept of patriotism has taken a real beating. Perhaps because people who don't like the concept have managed to equate patriotism with jingoism. They are not the same thing.
Patriotism is an awareness, love and appreciation of where and what you can from, in its entirety, both the good and bad. We have more here than anywhere in the world, both in the tangible things and the intangible. Nowhere else in the world offers the opportunity to be so much, not just for those born here, but for those who come here looking for more and who are willing to try and work for it. This is a good place.
Perhaps no one understands how good or how dear it is until you have left it for a while and then returned. However lovely or interesting or fascinating other places may be, they simply lack what can be found here.
Military personnel who have to spend time overseas miss their country. Not just their families and the comforts they have known, but they miss what America is, the way it feels. I know, because I spent six years living in other countries and coming home, even that first moment when you can see land from the plane, is a special moment. You feel like you've been holding your breath the whole time you have been away and at last you can breathe again.
I feel both annoyance and a profound sense of pity for those people who can't or won't try to understand the beauty and poignancy of patriotism. Who can't or won't understand that when you have been given so much it is right and honorable to be willing to give something back. Because they don't know what they are missing.
So, here is a a little help from people who do understand, better than most, what it is to give and what it is to love what America is and what America can and should be.

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