“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
It is hard to recognize what’s described above in today’s United States of America. We are not united. The federal government is trumping states rights on numerous issues. California is trying to attempt secession. Clearly, the union is no longer perfect. The patriots who have sacrificed lives and fortunes are neglected by the very govt that sent them to war and dragged feet to bring them home. The government itself is no longer representative of the people, by the people, for the people. Freedom doesn’t exist when we have one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, as well as highest average personal debt in the world. Equality can’t exist where discriminatory laws are enacted. Justice can’t exist when warrantless searches, secret courts and jails, and asset forfeitures cannot be contested by American citizens. We owe our enemies trillions of dollars of debt. Kneeling for Justice has been misconstrued as disrespecting the flag. Public services are no longer accessible to those who pay taxes for it.
I do believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. However, patriotism these days has very little to do with being patriotic. Nationalism is far less about a nation, and far more about a specific group of people. Freedom is mistaken for conformity. Liberty is traded for security. And we are too busy standing against eachother to stand united against the corruption that surrounds us.