This is the actual definition of Patriot: “A person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.”
This may come as a shock to some people who think they are the most patriotic patriots to ever sport and American Flag tee-shirt AND bumper sticker, but for all of the privileges, rights and freedoms we are lucky enough to have had our ancestors fight for and earn in the past, America is still just a country. It’s not magic, it’s great but it’s not “the best” at a LOT of things, and it doesn’t fart bald eagles and liberty bells. It is made up of citizens, and it is both the right and the responsibility of all citizens to continue to fight for our privileges, rights and freedoms.
Corporate-controlled media and corporations themselves have done an incredible job of creating an “us vs. them” mentality and encouraging blind nationalism on both “sides”. This is an age-old strategy to distract a population; instead of focusing on the people who are actually trying to subjugate and control them, people are convinced that the other “side” is out to get them, that they’re “other” and something other than fellow citizens.
The American people have been tricked into a two-party system that benefits no one. And the “us vs. them” mentality is so pervasive at this point, it’s difficult to find a subject of concern that hasn’t been shamelessly politicized. By making any multifaceted issue two-dimensional, we lose our ability to see it, understand it, or talk about it clearly. Instead, anyone who questions the status quo is labelled and diminished as being “other”. Dogmatically subscribing to any political party without questioning or seeking out information or ideas independently sets you up for failure. It sets America up for failure.
A Who’s More Patriotic?! argument is pointless and does no one any good. It, like so much else, is a distraction from actual political and social issues. What do we get at the end of such an argument? Oh, you’re the most patriotic? Okay, great. So what have you accomplished, again? Oh.
One more time, for posterity: “A person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.”
Not the person singing the national anthem the loudest or blindly waving the flag the hardest.
For contrast, the definition of Nationalism: “The policy or doctrine of asserting the interests of one’s own nation viewed as separate from the interests of other nations or the common interests of all nations.” / “Excessive patriotism; chauvinism.”