What does patriotism mean to you?

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 5:02 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 30, 2011

As Independence Day approaches and folks break out the fireworks and the flags, the Missourian asks that you ponder a simple but fascinating question:

What does patriotism mean to you?

Webster's New World Collegiate Dictionary takes a shot. Patriotism, it says, means "love and loyal or zealous support of one's country."

We have a hunch in our newsroom that it's more complicated than that. Patriotism undoubtedly means different things to different people. So, we're curious what you think. If you can, please send a quick note describing for us and our readers what patriotism means in your world. We'd love to include your voice.


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Elaine Hartley July 1, 2011 | 8:01 a.m.

To me patriotism means caring for all the people and the land of North America. It does not mean fighting an endless stream of misbegotten foreign wars to protect the interests of the rapacious corporations that are killing all of us.

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Richard Saunders July 1, 2011 | 2:27 p.m.

Patriotism? Why it's the last refuge of scoundrels, who use it to cloak their criminal nature in desiring to control the lives of others.

The "Land of the Free" was created with a weak centralized government on purpose, in order that the people did not have to live under the tyranny of the minority (which masquerades as a polarized majority).

Today, there are few areas left in life that the politicos do not have under their thumb. Tomorrow, those to shall succumb, as their is no escape from the Hell on Earth unleashed by the world's largest banks in 1913 with the creation of the not-Federal not-Reserve.

This private monopoly on bank notes is no different, for instance, than the federal government declaring that "Due to our mandate of consumer protection, only Wal-Mart will be allowed to sell goods from China, which they will inspect and report to us on. While some might think this unfair, it is the only way we can ensure the safety of the American Public."
Freedom is what made America great, while the Federal Government (a Wall St. subsidiary) is what's killing it.

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Paul Allaire July 1, 2011 | 2:39 p.m.

Patriotism means sending them to IRAQ!!!

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John Schultz July 1, 2011 | 3:00 p.m.

Elaine, so do you only buy from non-rapacious corporations, or are they all equally bad in your eyes, in which case you don't buy from any corporations, right?

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Ellis Smith July 1, 2011 | 3:34 p.m.

Rapacious corporations? There's a concept!

What about rapacious governments?

I keep quoting Comte Joseph de Maistre because he has it so well summed up:

"Every country has the government it deserves."

It's amazing that the Comte could see 200 years ahead of his time, and with such clarity.

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Paul Allaire July 1, 2011 | 3:44 p.m.

Obviously we are deserving a bad government if we allow it to intrude in to the sanctity of the affairs of a corporation. God save the corporations.

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Ellis Smith July 1, 2011 | 4:16 p.m.

So far He has. No guarantees. "The mills of God grind slowly but exceedingly fine (nanoparticles?)."

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Tim Trayle July 1, 2011 | 7:52 p.m.

To me, "patriotism" means being aware of the wonderful aspects of one's country, and also taking care to educate oneself about the nature of the misdeeds in which one's country has also engaged. (Extra points for exploring how an unexamined and uncritical patriotism has contributed to the latter.)

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Dan Johnson November 3, 2011 | 12:57 p.m.

Mann I need some good ass answers..... Some body needs to help me out punks!!!!!!!!!!!

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