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