Athena Pappas | Patriots Freedom
I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it.
Buntings in red, white and blue
Flags, waving in the breeze
Standing for the National Anthem
Saluting veterans and the flag
Tears in the eyes when Lee Greenwood sings, “I’m Proud to be an American”
These are things that patriotic people assume will happen instinctively.
With Patriots, there’s a deep abiding devotion to America. We honor her with a passion that fuels us to serve, to defend, and to protect. And we believe strongly in the laws and institutions of this fair land because they have served us well for nearly 250 years. We quote the Constitution and use it as a guide.
Maybe you’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel patriotic, to have your heart swell with pride as the American flag is raised. In this current political climate people have more of a globalist view. Patriots—those who put American first—seem to be a dying breed.
Consider this quote by Howard Zinn:
“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, nor as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one's country, one's fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.”
With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of five ways you can double your patriotism in two short weeks. This is an experiment you can share with your kids, your friends, and even your neighbors.
- Go back and read the Constitution. Really read it. Take a look at not only what our founding fathers wrote, but place it in context. Examine what they were living through and examine what you’re currently living through. Does the document still work? If so, then commit part of it to memory and make it part of your conversation as you share your convictions about conservative choices.
- Once you’ve taken the time to absorb the Constitution, turn to the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. Be reminded of all our forefathers fought for.
- Study the “greats” in American history. Learn the back-stories. (We all have one.)
- Volunteer at the Veteran’s hospital or a local Veteran’s group. Get to know someone who served. Listen to his/her story. Interview him/her, asking why service to country was so important in their journey.
- Take a stand for the things you believe in. Go to rallies. March for the unborn. Take a stand for the things that matter.
- Take your children to visit your state’s capitol building. Take a tour, inside and out. If you’re able, plan a trip to D.C. to visit all of our most famous landmarks.
- Get to know your current representatives (local, state, and national) by name. Send each a letter of thanks.
- Do your best to treat all men, women, and children equally—created by God as equals and each having great value.
- Listen to Lee Greenwoods, I’m proud to be an American” once a day. Teach it to your children. Make it part of your repertoire. Also include America the Beautiful, My Country Tis of Thee, The Star-Spangled Banner, This Land is Your Land, and Some Gave All.
- Commit to pray for your representatives, even those you disagree with.
It might seem silly to put yourself through a “patriotism refresher” but you’ll find that these things really will go a long way in encouraging you to keep on keeping on, even during tough political seasons.