Anti-Patriotism Abounds Around Independence Day

While I believe most Americans truly love their country, there is a small minority of people in the United States who feel no devotion to this great land and who take opportunities around traditionally patriotic days of the year like Independence Day to decry nationalism.

Most of the disloyal screeds are not worth reading, but I must say that I was amused with this particular article and the amount of thought that the author put into how much he doesn’t love his country.

“Love of country is a form of idolatry,” writes Matthew Rothschild. “It is time, it is long past time, to put patriotism back on the shelf — out of the reach of children and madmen.” George Bernard Shaw would be so proud.

How drastically different are his words from those of George Washington! This is what the first President of the United States had to say about patriotism: “Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of ‘American,’ which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

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