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  •  Thank you for this wonderfully written (7+ / 0-)

    diary on an important subject.

    I always remember the saying that fascism will come carrying a cross wrapped in a flag.  How true that has become when the display of patriotism (flag pins, public religiosity, and jingoism) have replaced actual patriotism where we look to better our country.

    And since when has it been standard to place your hand over your heart to sing the National Anthem?  You do that for the Pledge of Allegiance, but the RWrs have added it as a requirement now for the signing of the Anthem - another useless display of patriotism that's become the subject of public criticism for those who remember Civics well and don't go along with the newly enstated requirement of the phony nationalists.

    These folks have no clue about what real patriotism is - the sacrifices it's built on, ensuring the next generation will do better, leaving a better country, promoting justice and equality and yes, PAYING TAXES, too.  

    Real patriots didn't sign up for the national guard or get deferment after deferment to avoid service during wars and those who did for matters of conscience were never part of the crowd of chickenhawks who started wars for no real reason and sent others to die for oil, prestige, power, or just to rack up the poll numbers and approval ratings.

    I'm still surprised that all the nationalistic jingoism and phony patriotic displays (how many American flags do you really need behind you when you give a speech?) hasn't been called out for it's overextravagent excess.  And how much reference to God must every political speech now contain?  

    It's phony, it's stupid, and it's a useless parade of nonsence that the cowards hide behind to disguise their real hatred for this country and it's people.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 12:33:59 AM PDT

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