Are you a patriot? You cannot answer that question if we do not agree on the definition of “patriot”.
- Merriam Webster:
“one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests”
“a person that loves his or her country and defends it when necessary”
“A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”
- The Free Dictionary:
“a person who vigorously supports his country and it’s way of life”
“Someone who is a patriot loves their country and feels loyal toward it.”
- Your Dictionary:
“a person who loves, defends and supports his or her country.”
- The Urban Dictionary:
“A real patriot is someone who loves their country enough to speak up when they see something that needs changed; and not someone who blindly assumes that their government knows best and is always right no matter what.
Originally, a patriot was someone who loves their country and supports it, but won’t blindly follow whatever their country’s government does. These days, it is synonymous with Nationalist, which is someone who blindly follows whatever his country’s government does, and lacks his own ability to think and reason for himself.”
These definitions can seem to cloud the answer. When someone like myself declares that they are a patriot, others can have a wide view of what that means. The idea of being an American patriot is fading into meaningless rhetoric. We should not let that happen,
I am an American patriot! In upcoming posts, I will explain my reasons for choosing the definitions of patriot that I `follow and how that impacts my positions, opinions and politics.