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Thread #52026 Message #795491
Posted By: Art Thieme
02-Oct-02 - 11:20 AM
Thread Name: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
Subject: RE: BS: Patriotism -- what is it?
Even with all the definitions that any of us can concoct here in this thread, I am quite certain that if hell has a religion, it is patriotism. Indeed, the cyclonic concept of Patriotism (with a capital "P"), only rears it's swirling headwinds in times of disaster to allow the powers of the various lands to muster the troops to the cause at hand-----a cause that might very possibly demand that those troops march to their deaths. And people will die for an ideal like this only providing that vision isn't quite clear to them. Indeed, some causes are more "just" than other causes---but that depends on one's viewpoint. For me, that's a whole other ethical can of maggots that are outside this disussion. Given that scenario, though, and in other words, patriotism can, in a situation where a U.S. president might be striving to clear his daddy's record, be seen as nothing more than a crooked corporate accountant trying to cook the books to allow this to fly below the low radar of our none-too-perceptive lowest common intellects.
For me, that's it in a nutshell. I am NOT reducung a big topic to bumper-sticker slogans here. As I see it, all the extra verbage just makes the waters impossible to see through.