The protagonist in my work-in-progress is blogging. Today Kelsey is exploring the idea of patriotism. So I'm going out on a limb here to share what she's thinking.
WHAT IS PATRIOTISM ANYWAY?
August 24, 2010
Seventeen miners are trapped underground in Chile. On Good Morning America, Robin Roberts is interviewing the governor of West Virginia. I hear him say that miners are doing their patriotic duty by working in the coal mines.
Wow! It’s not often you hear patriotism described as anything other than waving our flag or going into the military.
Remember a few years ago when the Dixie Chicks got in trouble for saying they were ashamed that the president of the United States was from Texas? They were perceived as being unpatriotic.
I’m not saying that was the wisest thing for the chicks to do. But, is it okay to express dissent in this country? Isn’t that what freedom of speech means?
What is patriotism anyway? To me, it is loving my country enough to:
• Obey the laws
• Get along with my neighbors
• Vote when I’m old enough
• Help clean up after natural disasters
• Pick up trash even if I didn’t throw it on the ground
• Be frugal and live simply so that more resources are available to help others
• Volunteer in my community
• Speak up for others who can’t speak for themselves
• Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose
• Respectfully disagree with some decisions that our leaders make
I suppose there are a million ways to be patriotic.
How do you think patriotism expresses itself? Kelsey wants to know.