The true meaning of patriotism
Patriotism is an undying love for one's country, a love so strong that one would willingly sacrifice all to defend and keep it. It's what made our country a free and independent nation. Patriotism captivated the hearts of our forefathers, giving them the courage to stand up for liberty and independence from Britain. It compelled many men and boys to enlist in World Wars I and II to defend their country.
Patriotism has made America the great and prosperous nation that it is today, while an antiAmerican sentiment has only served to tear it down.
The feeling of indifference to our country that is taught in American public schools is outrageous. It is taught that open displays of American patriotism are offensive to our international communities. This is ridiculously inaccurate. True immigrants to America are proud and eager to pursue their dreams here. Though they may retain some of their native country’s culture, they become Americans — in both heart and actions. Sadly enough, many true immigrants are more patriotic than many nativeborn people. Why? Immigrants come to America to escape poverty and imposed government rule, and they view America as the place where their dreams of success and freedom will come true. Coming from such a situation, these people understand and appreciate the blessed free- dom obtained in America, perhaps to a greater depth than many other Americans.
Many Americans lack their forefathers' patriotism because they take their freedom for granted. They don't know how it felt to win the American War for Independence, or to defeat the Axis powers. The public school system's indoctrination in the matter has only made the situation worse. The newer generations don't appreciate the sacrifices their forefathers made and don't understand patriotism's meaning. They are taught that patriotism is offensive to immigrants; yet it's just the opposite. It's the other immigrants to the United States — those who are loyal to their own countries and who view America as an evil place that they must endure until they get rich and can get out — that we are mistakenly trying to please.
I believe it's wrong for us to cater to disloyal residents in our country who refuse to call themselves Americans. Why should we restrict ourselves, cut off the very fiber that has made us a wonderful, free nation, to avoid offending people who could care less about our ideals? In attempting to please such people, we are neglecting in training our future generations to be patriotic citizens like their ancestors. Angelique Maxson Auburn, Washington