American Patriotism and Nationalism

American patriotism is something that is very exciting especially to the government of America. Some people might see any lack of modern American patriotism as a kind of black and white problem; either you’re a patriot, love America and absolutely everything it stands for, regardless, or not. As highlighted in a series of surveys at the International Social Science Programme, Americans are number one at thinking they’re number one.

Self-absorption and ignorance are other problems that kill American patriotism. Our only loyalty is to an idea that every individual mind is free to choose its own loyalties and happiness. It’s rooted in the words of the founding fathers, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Patriotism is simple love of one’s country and its institutions. Love of our country engenders love for our countrymen.

Nationalism can be a powerful resource, if intended as national solidarity and common resolve to build the future together, via the ‘patriotism of the constitution’ and an affirmation of the American democratic creed.

” E pluribus unum “ is America’s motto meaning Out of many, one.

But oddly enough it starts with one of the things I’m proudest of in the past eight years; the resurgence of national pride that I called “the new patriotism. Such violence and desire draw on colonial identities of Self vs Other, patriotism vs treason, hunter vs prey, and masculinity vs femininity that are played out on the bodies of ordinary men and women. In accordance with these goals, boys and girls are guided toward an understanding of and respect for the dignity and worth of the individuals, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, handicap, or economic status.

While the word has taken on a meaning of national pride and attachment to one’s homeland, the American usage of the term brings with it a certain kind of pride that goes back to the American revolution. Our patriot fervor was the result of the old and widespread belief in the idea of American exceptionalism—the idea that America was a new thing in history, different from other countries. Patriotism shouldn’t be reduced to pointless rhetoric.

We as a country have never been perfect; the road to progress has been hard, and it’s paved with the blood of radical patriots. However, when people support discriminating against or killing those who aren’t Americans or patriotic, then it gets out of hand. At best, patriotism makes us want to share our nation’s gifts of freedom and democracy with the rest of the world, to act as an example and an inspiration. That said, thanks to the Constitution so long as you’re not infringing on the rights of others, being “un-American” is your right as an American.

Where the line is drawn between regular patriotism and fervor is also very different. Patriotism isn’t about flag waving or living with a glorified, head-in-the-sand mentality of our country. Your love of country cannot be taken from you. However, in our attempt of maintaining equality and freedom for all, we are seeing more and more allowances for newly welcomed citizens to change some of the traditions and recognition that have been a part of the very symbol of freedom that brought them to America.

The subconscious effects of symbolism are powerful, and we experience reminders of them every day through objects as uncommon as window shades or as prevalent as the media. But patriotism is far more than flying flags and shouting about liberty in Tea Party rallies. Throughout the span of our country’s existence, people have proven their patriotism by volunteering in their communities, donating to charities, supporting war efforts, and making sacrifices during wartime. A patriot cares for their nation over their nation’s people : they prize their loyalty to their nation above all else, and would do absolutely anything for it.

Patriotism preserves the hope of progress. Our government makes decisions that puts the American people first, above all others, because its first priority is to protect the American people. However, having ethnically driven, gender driven, or religiously driven organizations to have an effect upon government, government programs, and our nation’s laws, is not the way towards continued equality amongst Americans.

The reason the founders of America focus so strongly on rights is because their rights had been taken from them. We fought for and secured our freedom in two bloody wars: The Revolutionary War and The War of 1812; which took strength, determination, and perseverance. The idea itself of America was greater than anything that they, or anyone else, had ever seen. Through our brief history, America has shown resolve to uphold freedom and crushing oppression and tyranny around the world. The exercise of this right shall not interfere with the rights of others. All of which make up the strength of American patriotism.