The word patriotism is a term that sadly, is rarely used nowadays. This word was derived more than 200 years ago in the early 1700s when America was in it’s most initial stages. The Webster/Merriam Dictionary defines the word patriotism as a noun, and its meaning is asserted in the dictionary as; love for or loyalty to one’s nation.
A classic act of true patriotism was when Patrick Henry declared his timeless appeal, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Henry was a true American patriot who risked losing freedom in his beloved America while struggling against Britain’s rule in this new land. America was the hope of liberty, and without a doubt or fear, Patrick Henry would instead be hung than not live free in his dear America.
Throughout the years, patriotism remained strong in America, and it’s people united with their commander in chief through America’s many wars and trails wars such as the Spanish American War, the Civil War and the two World Wars. During those hard times in America, all Americans stood together and stood firm in unity and their country’s love. Many of our heartfelt patriotic songs were written and sung with one’s right hand over their hearts in those hard times. Some old patriotic songs often sung by Americans for ages are You’re A Grand Old Flag, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, God Bless America, and my favourite, America the Beautiful. These deep songs portray and tell a tale of what patriotism is all about, and the words to the songs declare a deep love and loyalty for America.
Patriotic songs were once famous and were often sung in churches, schools and sporting events; they were a part of daily life in the United States until the mid-1960’s when they slowly started to disappear from our society. On rare occasions in the year 2020, one would hear or sing any of the patriotic songs from above.
Showing your love for America despite what the world says, is true American patriotism. Standing with our armed forces in times of war is patriotism. Looking out for the greater good of this nation and not one’s own personal gain is patriotism. Being a unified nation and standing firm in unity against anyone or anything which threatens Americans’ freedom since this great nation’s birth is patriotism.
Somewhere over the last few years, patriotism seems to have vanished from the everyday lives of Americans. No longer do we begin our day with the Pledge of Allegiance or with patriotic songs. No longer do Americans begin their day at their jobs or in their schools with a prayer to bless this great nation. It appears as though Americans do not remember that it was with patriotism that our forefathers, our parents, our brothers and our children have fought for freedom and given their lives for it, to keep America free.
We have come to a place and time in history where it is no longer politically correct to be patriotic and encourage our brave armed forces fighting for our freedom today.
Many people in this beautiful land are against our police being funded, our military being involved in fighting wars. Riots are widespread, and the boycott brigade is destroying our nation.
It’s time to stand against the rioters. It’s time to believe in our Court of Justice. It’s time to stand united under our Stars and Stripes and support our doctors’ fighting against Coronavirus.