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Patriotism


             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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