Patriotism begins at home — just like apathy
June 21, 2014 11:18 PM | 975 views | 11 11 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

On Memorial Day, I drove around my reportedly conservative East Cobb neighborhood of several hundreds of homes. I counted seven U.S. flags on display in honor of those men and women who lost their lives defending our freedoms.

On Flag Day, I drove the same route with my daughter and counted five flags.

I suppose that by the time the Fourth of July rolls around, the only red-white-and blue I’ll see is on holiday cocktail napkins discarded by backyard barbecue people who are only celebrating a long weekend and retail sales.

Many of us decry the direction in which our country is headed. Yet, it seems, relatively few are willing to do anything about it. The turnout during the recent primary elections would be laughable if it weren’t so embarrassing. Failure to evidence our patriotism by ignoring days which are meant to commemorate our pride in our history is evidence that we just don’t care.

We keep re-electing politicians who have the collective rating of yard snails, and we show little interest in the fact that we are no longer thought of as a world power, but rather a nation that begs to negotiate.

It’s been long enough since President Reagan gave us a feeling of national pride. We need to go back to that to save what’s left of the Republic. To borrow from the poet: Democracy ends not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Flag kits are inexpensive at places like Amazon and Wal-Mart, and they’re even made in the USA. Voting is not only civic duty, but it’s free.

Show some pride this July 4th. Remember: Patriotism begins at home. So does apathy.

Fred Burrall

Marietta

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why not
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June 22, 2014
So you believe that if we all run down to Wal Mart and buy a flag and stick it on our house we will save democracy. Our founders knew that our democracy depended on an informed involved electorate. If anything destroys our democracy it is efforts by the Supreme Court to weaken the Voting Rights Act and Republican states that seek to minimize minority voting with onerous voter ID's laws and manipulating polling places. If this country is destroyed it will be because crooked politicians are always willing to rig the system in their favor not because of who is waving a flag.
Rhett Writer
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June 23, 2014
@why not. Would you please show me where the writer said anything about saving democracy?

Your attack is without merit and simply an excuse to spout some liberal "slopaganda".
Kevin Foley
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June 24, 2014
Rhett Butler or Writer or Whatever - I wrote this with people like you in mind, those who think flying a flag is patriotic but ignoring their duty to become fully informed voters is "laughable."

Please present anything I've gotten "wrong."
Rhett Writer
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June 25, 2014
Foely, I did not say you were wrong. What I said was you do not pratice those things you say are essential to patriotism, ergo, you are not qualified to lecture anyone on the meaning of the word.

Nobody ever claimed that waving a flag was all one has to do to be patriotic. That is your inane spin on what the man said.
Rhett Writer
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June 22, 2014
@In my spirit. Hogwash!! If you consider the flag of our country to be "clutter," I suggest you keep that opinion to yourself. To do otherwise, especially in the presence of patriots, could be hazardous to your health.

To answer your next statement, "Yes, you have the right to express your opinion." But, let me hasten to add, "You also have the right to suffer the consequnces of that exression."
Kevin Foley
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June 22, 2014
Patriotism is more than flying a flag, Fred.

It's also about being a fully informed voter who acquires a variety of information from multiple sources including those that don't align with one's preconceived notions or prejudices. It means respectfully and thoughtfully entertaining opposing opinions. It means always testing what you think you know and not assuming your point of view is always right. That's real patriotism.



Rhett Writer
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June 23, 2014
Foley, you have proven time and again that patriotism is a word foreign to your nature and actions.

That you would presume to lecture anyone on the meaning of patriotism is totally laughable. Particularly since you practice none of the characteristics you allude to in your inane response.

Your repsonse to those who express opposing opinions is to call them names and insult them. And you have never admitted that there was even the remotest possibility that you might be wrong about ANYTHING.
k-foissowise
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June 23, 2014
Or you can just vote for someone because they're black.

Oh, K-Fo...you and your 'mighty wisdom.'
In my spirit
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June 22, 2014
I for one participated in the Memorial Day sale at Target. And my flag flies in my spirit and need not clutter the yard.
FortheCorps
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June 22, 2014
An American Flag graces a yard. Terrible to say it clutters anything.
Service Member
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June 22, 2014
"Need not clutter your yard"? Wow...makes me SOOO proud to serve in the military. I hope you were able to save a lot on your China made crap.
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