The American people are naturally patriotic. We love our country because on some level we know that what happened in 1776 was special, a one-time event, never to be repeated, though easily squandered.
Our patriotism is used against us. It is used to confuse us, demoralize us, defeat us, lie to us.
Patriotism means you love your country, its people, its ideals. It doesn’t mean you love the F’ing government.
The symbols of patriotism have been stolen and distorted to the point where they are no longer useful.
For the Second American Revolution, we need new symbols, actually old ones.
In April, I proposed three new/old symbols of patriotism for the tea party movement. One has already been adopted, the Betsy Ross flag, a no-brainer.
We need to go further.
Let’s stop singing about bombs bursting in air during a war that few understand.
Finally, stop pledging obediance to a flag. Jefferson and Washington never did. They pledged allegiance to principles and fought for them at the risk of their lives.
I pledge allegiance to the principles of the American Revolution, stated by Jefferson, and for which the Minute Men and Washington’s Army fought: that government’s only purpose is to protect our natural rights to life, liberty and property; that any government that does more than protect our natural rights must thereby violate those same rights and become a tyranny that the people have the right to alter or abolish. I pledge to resist that tyranny by peaceful means if at all possible.
Stop talking about being a patriot. Start acting like one!
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