can’t see the forest

Right or Wrong, Drunk or Sober

Posted in Nationalism, Patriotism, philosophy, USA by Curtis on 10/29/06

From Naomi at Martian Anthropologist, one of the most biting and succinct commentaries on the dubious idea of patriotism I’ve seen in a while. (original post [here]).

Altogether too many in our country think they have cornered the market on “patriot/patriotism”; they think of it as a commodity that they exclusively own. It has become a brand-name, a trademarked product to be shoved down our throats as bitter medicine. They define it in their peculiar fashion and use it as a yardstick to measure the quality and depth of others’ belief. And then beat them over the head with the “yardstick” for failing to measure up to their jingoistic (bellicose chauvinism) yahooism (uncultivated boorish behavior). The awful truth is they have no idea what it means at all… 

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  1. Naomi said, on 10/29/06 at 9:38 pm

    OMG! How can I ever express what a thrill it is have my words shared/linked on other blogs! Thanks!

    I’ll be back to visit you (and how ironic that you’re practically a neighbor–I live in south-central Tennessee…)

    Naomi (let’s turn this whole shebang blue!)

  2. tellitlikeitis said, on 11/2/06 at 6:20 am

    Well, I thought that was a nothing-short-of-terrific post. Kudos to you and I’m glad to share it with others.

    Let’s turn it blue, agreed. If only we could just add food coloring!


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