posted on May, 26 2009 @ 03:59 PM
reply to post by chise61
Sadly... and this was the point of this thread all along is that patriotism is not; as some would have it, a one way street that they have a monopoly
That a true patriot will understand that while their neighbor might have diametrically different political views than you do... that is alright... it
does not in any way diminish their love of country... they just have a difference of opinion and that is all.
And it is the freedom to have a difference of opinion without some jackboot storm trooper kicking down your door because of it is why people serve.
As for protest... the same applies... the right wing and the left wing protester are both right because both, despite heated rhetoric from some love
their country and do not want it to go down the wrong path. The debate is which is the wrong path... in my opinion it is extremism period... neither
left or right extremism is healthy for the nation.
The fact I took down my American flag as a personal protest against what I felt were the wrong headed policies of the bush minor administration does
not and I stress this, does not in any way diminish my patriotism... I also stood in protest groups against them in the lead up to the invasion of
Iraq as well...
I felt that they were the wrong policies and it was my duty to protest them... as was the duty of others to rally in favor of them... even though I
disagreed with them I am not nor have I ever been so foolish to think that my opinion is the only correct one.
What was wrong however were those who threw eggs at us and threatened us with violence for opposing the invasion.
[edit on 26-5-2009 by grover]