When I was younger I swore an oath to defend the United States, even giving my life if necessary to protect our freedoms and way of life. I have never rescinded that pledge. I am a patriot, and I respect the office of the President as the highest office in our country.
But, President Roosevelt was right. Being a patriot doesn’t mean one has to stand by a president who cannot tell the truth and whose ego is so warped that he is obsessed with his small hands, his small crowds, and his tiny margin of victory.
I do not want a reality show, ratings-driven egomaniac with his finger on the button. I want a a leader worthy of this nation. If BLOTUS truly represents the values we hold as a nation, I, for one, have to reconsider what it means to be a patriot.
Educated and rational folks need to remember this, especially in the coming days. The United States is a wonderful and blessed country. We all know that.
But we need to always remember that “God so loved the world…” Our nation, as blessed as it is, is no closer to God’s heart than any other.
There is a real likelyhood over the next couple of years that our leaders are going to attempt to stir up in us a sense of nationalism that will be both ugly and dangerous. When that happens we need to fight against a false patriotism and national pride that promotes our dirt is better that other peoples.
How is this allowable in the richest, most affluent nation in the history of the world?
The United States spends more on our defense budget than the next five countries combined, but but we cannot insure that kids in our country go to bed with a full stomach. We should all be as angry as we are ashamed.
Am I the only one who feels we have our national priorities wrong?
We might be able to defend our borders and increase our military footprint around the globe, but it is obvious we cannot defend any claim to being moral, or to being just. Such claims are just as spurious as calling ourselves Christian.
There’s a big difference between being powerful and being good. It’s much like the difference between patriotism and faithfulness