For rhe record...no, I am not referring at all to that U.S. football team that also calls itself "Patriots" . The NFL is not on my list of items...that call for any thought at all.
I am now 71 years old and there are some things I have never understood.
How does anyone...who has not volunteered or was drafted... by the U.S. military services...dare to call himself/herself...a "patriot" in the U.S.? How does one proclaim oneself to be "patriotic", how does one assert oneself to be a "patriot" who was born and raised in the U.S.?
Can those people who did/do... all that they could/can...to avoid military service...from the 1960s until today...consider themselves "patriots"?
People in military service...deserve all the respect that one can muster for those who did the ultimate...they walk/walked the walk, while many others did nothing but verbalize empty rhetoric about "how much they love their country." But...are those persons with military experience..."patriots"...because they honored contracts which they signed with the U.S. Government? I might consider honoring a legal contract of any kind...worthy of respect for those persons to whom integrity means something...but I would not necessarily want the stigma of today's self-acclaimed "patriots" to be affiliated with those I consider "honorable".
Yet...it's always these people who have never donned a military uniform...never put themselves in military uniform with the realization that they may be called upon to be killed for the sake of honoring their military commitments...who are the ones who use term "patriot" most often, most loudly, and most dishonestly.
Sure makes me wonder...just what a "pariot" might be...since it's obviously not what I ever invoke as easily as "patriots" throw the ambiguous, ill-defined word around...whenever they seem to run out out of other inanities to utter.
Edited by hamluis, 23 February 2018 - 04:52 PM.