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Many people debate about what the definition of a patriot is.

The Webster's dictionary defines it as "love of country and willingness

to sacrifice for it." Some people mistake that as meaning to blindly

follow whatever the popular political opinion might be that week whether

it's raising taxes, going to war, or any other issue of the month. I

believe that being a patriot means to love your country, but also take

advantage of your liberties and point out when something might be wrong.

Recently, our country has gone through a very tumultuous period.

The War in Iraq, the faltering economy, and terrorism have made people

very tense about what direction our country is heading. In particular

the war in Iraq brought out many different opinions and many of them

were against the action our government took. These people were often

ridiculed by members of the right and talk radio as being un-patriotic.

Somehow people speaking passionately against an issue became

Whether its war, public school funding, or the economy people

speaking on an issue exemplifies what patriotism truly is. Our country

was founded by people who had a passion for a better idea and they

fought for the freedoms we enjoy to this very day. If we live in a

country where minority opinions are discouraged or even silenced, then

Whenever our country faces an issue that strikes up debate,

everybody in the country becomes better because of it. People become

more informed, become more active, and possibly decide to make a

difference. The war in Iraq sparked such a debate. People were on

television, print, and radio debating whether war was the right thing

for us to do. In the end, our government and the American people

decided that war was the best option. All of these people whether they

were for against the action were truly patriots.

Patriotism means something different to everybody. Some people

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