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Price Of Patriotism — Get Fired!

The current “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan have to rank among the most unusual in American history. They are fought by a group of volunteers numberings about 1,500,000 who daily risk their lives even as the remaining 300,000,000 go about their business of work, leisure, schooling and safety. At least during the Korean and Vietnam wars, there was a draft to ensure a wider range of Americans actually participated in the task of defending their nation. Those who serve return home in an anonymous fashion to people who didn’t even realize they had left. Tim Nolan who lives in Vermont encountered an even more dramatic example of indifference on the part of Americans when he lost his job because of being deployed.

Nolan, along with several other correctional officers was hired at the

Patriotism-Last Refuge Of Scoundrels And Republicans

The summer season of politics is alive and well in America as citizens devour hot dogs and hamburgers and wave flags in parades to celebrate the nation’s birth. Senator Barack Obama, is making certain one and all recognize that he is a patriot just like Bush or McCain or Ron Paul or any other of the men and women who have spent the past several months attempting to seize the high ground on patriotism. Obama made certain he stopped in Independence, Missouri, home of Harry Truman where the senator expressed his deep love for America. Unfortunately, he really didn’t grasp the meaning of Harry Truman who was vilified and threatened with impeachment for defending American values and refusing to allow the military to dictate foreign policy.

In the 1950s, Republicans went after Adlai Stevenson, who twice ran for president. He made the outrageous comment that patriotism was about loving America, not hating Russians. In 2004, a genuine war hero experienced the Republican smear campaign which transformed one who fought into the coward while the coward in the White House came across as the all American boy wonder.

Senator Obama does not have to abandon his principles in the name of patriotism. Americans respect a man who stands up for his principles. Catering to the moral majority by espousing faith based initiatives not only will not gain votes, but will result in loss of enthusiasm among his supporters. The way to stand tall for America is fighting for policies that restore economic health, ending a disastrous war, and respecting the intelligence of American voters.