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It occured to me the other day, that with September 11th, all Americans were waving their flags, and wearing patriotic t-shirts, and uttering phrases like "God Bless America", and "United We Stand". But now about a half a year later, patriotism sadly has become a passed fad. As I look in crowds, I see more shits from "The Gap" then shirts with the American flag on them, the phrases like "United We Stand" have gone down with " Like...Whatever!". In fact the other day I saw an American flag in front of someone's house that had been torn in half and still not tended to!!. I hope all of you who read this will remember September 11th and why our nation is at war, and thus renew patriotism in your hearts. Thank You for reading and God Bless America!

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The following comments are for "Patriotism Forgotten"
by Wes

not forgotten
Patriotism has to be more than just flag-waving, and God knows we do it more than anyone else in this world. If you're worried that America is not showing its colors as often as you think it should, then your priorities may be a bit misplaced. Something positive came out of 9/11, and that was a warning to religious fanatics that we weren't gonna take any of their sh*t anymore. That and we've grown a bit more determined, a bit more resolute. That kind of invisible patriotism doesn't show up at a VFW parade.

I don't have to wear the colors everyday or sing "God bless America" in the workplace to prove that I'm not going to be running off to Canada before denouncing my citizenship. Patriotism has to be much more than a visible show of eye-candy or a verbal exchange of goodwill. I'm sorry you can't sense a love for country in the hearts and minds (and most importantly, actions) of those around you, but you're just going to have to trust that it's there to ease your insecurities.

Today I donated to my political party (so democracy will still be around in the morning), checked some email about organizing a food drive next week, and expressed concern for all those around me, including my family. I've done what I can for the American society - even if it's miniscule in the grand scheme of things - so what have you done?

Tachyon One

( Posted by: TachyonOne [Member] On: March 13, 2002 )

I see
Well Tachyon, I respect your critisism though I'll ask you next time to disect my post not my character. I belive calling me insecure, is going a bit to far, and I belive after your comment that yes, patriotism is more than waving flags, but it is also more than donating money to a political party. So please next time, comment on my post, not me. Thanks.

( Posted by: Wes [Member] On: March 14, 2002 )

re: wes
Let's agree to disagree, but if you're going to be putting up rants and opinions you can't complain about personal attacks. You are your opinion, so if I (and indeed others) make it personal, there's probably good reason. This is not a sleight on you, but this is the real world (or that's the way it is, or that's the cookie crumbles, or etc etc) and thicker skin is required to stand your ground. When you're editorializing, everything's fair game.

Don't worry, this is softball. Little league. Scrimmage. I can tear your post apart if I so choose. But I'm a nice guy. :)

Tachyon One

( Posted by: TachyonOne [Member] On: March 14, 2002 )

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