Notions on patriotism

Not quite sure why serving in the military automatically makes you patriotic, more so, than say your average citizen. I think the semantics of the word patriotic have become distorted over the past decade or so. But that’s a debate for another day.

Today, however, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, defended himself in front of the Washington, DC media. “I served six years in the military,” Barack Obama’s longtime pastor said. “Does that make me patriotic? How many years did (Vice President Dick) Cheney serve?” It’s a good question for sure.

But the flip side of that is does Cheney’s lack of military service necessarily make him un-patriotic? Does it make anyone who’s never served in the military lack a certain love or devotion for their country. Because that is, strictly speaking, the very definition of patriotism. Love or devotion to their country.

Seems there should be room for citizens to be patriotic other than serving your country in the military.

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