PATRIOTISM DEFINED BY THE GREATS AND SOME OTHERS:
DEFINE PATRIOT = A person defends individual rights against presumed interference by the federal government + A person who defends his Nation that honors human freedom.
“Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving Offense, I should consider myself as guilty of TREASON towards my COUNTRY..”
— Patrick Henry
“PATRIOTISM, n. 1) The inability to distinguish between the GOVERNMENT and one’s ‘COUNTRY’; 2) A highly praiseworthy VIRTUE characterized by the desire to DOMINATE and KILL; 3) A feeling of exultation experienced when contemplating heaps of charred ‘enemy’ CORPSES; 4) The first, last, and perennial refuge of scoundrels.”
—Chaz Bufe, The DEVIL’s Dictionaries
“If what your COUNTRY is doing seems to you practically and MORALLY wrong, is dissent the highest form of PATRIOTISM?”
— HOWARD ZINN, historian and author
“In the beginning of a change the PATRIOT is a scarce man, and brave, and HATED and SCORNED. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a PATRIOT.”
— Mark Twain
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
— George Bernard Shaw.
“PATRIOTISM is supporting your COUNTRY all the time, and your GOVERNMENT when it deserves it.”
— Mark Twain
“Guard against the impostures of pretended PATRIOTISM.”
— President GEORGE Washington
“That we are to stand by the president (or Congress), right or wrong is not only UNPATRIOTIC and SERVILE, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
— President THEORDORE ROOSEVELT (R)
“PATRIOTISM means to stand by the COUNTRY. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official…”
— President Theodore Roosevelt (R)
“PATRIOTISM is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a BLIND desire for safety and SECURITY.
— RON PauI (R) In the Name of PATRIOTISM May 22, 2007
“The ideal of PATRIOTISM is taught to citizens of every NATION as soon as they enter kindergarten. Being gradually reinforced all through school, PATRIOTISM becomes ingrained. Most citizens accept PATRIOTISM as they accept grass being green – just a natural aspect of their lives. But PATRIOTISM isn’t natural, though it has ancient roots. Few ever consider the shadowed caverns of the mind those roots penetrate.”
— Albert Einstein, having experienced NAZI Germany, called PATRIOTISM “a loathsome nonsense.”
“PATRIOTISM is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
– Samuel Johnson
“A PATRIOT must always be ready to defend his COUNTRY against his GOVERNMENT.”
— Edward Abbey, Born Again PATRIOTS
“Understanding PATRIOTISM demands being informed beyond what standard schooling teaches and mass media conveys.”
— Lew Paz
“During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of PATRIOTISM.”
— HOWARD Thurman
“The issue is … whether we want to live in a free SOCIETY or whether we want to live under what amounts to a form of self-imposed totalitarianism, with the bewildered herd marginalized, directed elsewhere, terrified, screaming PATRIOTIC slogans, fearing for their lives and admiring with awe the leader who saved them from destruction while the educated masses goose-step on command, repeat the slogans they’re supposed to repeat, the SOCIETY deteriorates at HOME, we end up serving as a mercenary enforcer state, hoping that others are going to pay us to smash up the WORLD. Those are the choices. That’s the choice that you have to face. The answer to those questions is very much in the hands of people exactly like you and me.”
— NOAM CHOMSKY
“Whether or not PATRIOTISM is the last refuge of the scoundrel, NATIONAL SECURITY can be the last refuge of the tyrant.”
— LORD Walker of Gestingthorpe 1/14/O5
“PATRIOTISM consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our COUNTRY shall be righteous as well as strong.”
— James Bryce
The PATRIOT ACT KILLED PATRIOTISM!
“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the Ieaders…tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of PATRIOTISM and EXPOSING the COUNTRY to danger.”
— Herman GOERING – GERMANY
“When a GOVERNMENT is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the GOVERNMENT CONTROL(s)… Money has no MOTHERLAND; financiers are without PATRIOTISM and without decency; their sole object is gain.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte
“Money has no motherland; financiers are without PATRIOTISM and without decency; their sole object is gain.” THEY Finance both sides of every war!
— Napoleon Bonaparte – This CRIMINAL understood
“If the test of PATRIOTISM comes only by reflexively falling into lockstep behind the leader whenever the flag is waved, then what we have is a formuIa for DICTATORSHIP, – not democracy…”
— MICHAEL PARENTI
“It’s a curious characteristic of American PATRIOTISM, in fact, that most of us think we’re more PATRIOTIC than the next guy. In surveys, Americans greatly exaggerate the “PATRIOTISM gap,” dramatically underestimating the proportion of their COUNTRYMEN who say they’re extremely PATRIOTIC. In a recent Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, two-thirds of us – and 8O% of Republicans – claim to be more PAT’RlOTIC than the average American. In short, we like to think that PATRIOTISM is a lot more exceptional than it actually is.”
— Geoffrey Nunberg
“GEORGE W. Bush and cohorts are concerned with scaring people and accusing those who criticize them as being UNPATRIOTIC to gain votes. In reality, the GEORGE W. Bush administration and those who support it are the UNPATRIOTIC ones by creating a war based on lies and spending billions of dollars that could have been used to PROTECT us at HOME.”
— Amy A. Schwab
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who goes on ‘crusades’.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who supports corporate monopolies.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who declares war on the common man.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who takes from the POOR and gives to the wealthy.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who lusts for POWER.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who declares war.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who grubs after material wealth.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who makes sure his buddies get good GOVERNMENT jobs.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who makes sure his buddies corporations land no-bid GOVERNMENT contracts.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who fails to enforce laws of his COUNTRY that are inconvenient to his buddies.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who allows his buddies to spoil the ‘commons’ with toxic waste.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who worships a patriarchal image of GOD.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who ‘bends the rules’ as the ends justifies the means.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who is in inflexible because inflexibility is seen as a sign of weakness.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one that has been born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who works under cover of darkness to hide his secrets.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one that uses fear and terror to increase his political fortunes.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who expertly stages ‘citizen’ ‘city hall’ meetings.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who expertly stages ‘mission accomplished’ entrances.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who knows what is best for his citizens.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who fears educated citizens.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one prefers ‘pseudoscientific babble’ to real science.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who uses propaganda to further political objectives.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who has underlings commit crimes and then grants pardons in order to keep underlings from squealing like stuck pigs.
A PATRIOT is not defined as one who grants a pardon to a political supporter who kills endangered and PROTECTED NATIONAL symbols – bald eagles.