Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
I think you confuse patriotism with boorishness. Patriotism should be worn in one's heart, not on their sleeve.
There have been instances throughout history where non-violence has worked (think MLK and Gandhi). You wouldn't say that MLK and Gandhi were "pussies", would you? A lot of times non-violence can take greater strength and will than violence.
Let's face it. No Christian religion endorses going to war and killing people. (At least none that I know of...) Those who say, "I'm Catholic, I'm going to evade the draft," can go to hell. They're cowards.
Thank you, Quazi!
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I see patriotism as involving an awareness and a commitment to values rather than just just allegiance. Patriotism becomes jingoist when it is offered unquestioningly.
I see plenty of Jingoists who think America is always right. Even when we torture people, they will support the action. I also see plenty of anti-Americans who think America is always wrong. THey are so reactive by nature, they defend those who wish to destroy us.
To me a patriot is one who believes in our values, thinks they are a good thing and wishes to promote these values, but is also willing to stand up in such a way as to say "we need to be better than that". It isn't a republican/democrat thing, a liberal/conservative thing or a left/right thing. It is a basing one's patriotism upon values thing and when a person loses sight of the values and follows blindly, they stop being a patriot.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
Thank you, Quazi!