Pardon My Pessimistic Patriotism - Page 4
Or perhaps that is the very meaning of patriotism - a love for one's own country and community so strong that they would rather find a way to fight to fix the wrong that go on turning the other way in passive acceptance of the norm.
Regardless, in my full naivete' I sincerely wish that we will find a way to fight the battles in our backyards, that we will not stand in fear as our youth suffer, that we will combat anger and hatred with education and love and courage, that those children will have a teacher or an adult enter their lives who they can look up to and who can make them see that violence truly is not the answer. I'd love to see them take that bravado and use it for good.
For if that day comes, count me first in line to raise the flag, yell out the anthem and shout out my pride and patriotism as an American for all walks of life.