What does America stand for? and what makes an American Patriot?

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    I see a lot of people, especially on the right, like Bush92 telling people they're un-American for watching football, or protesting.

    So, what does America stand for? What are the principles of the USA?

    Personally I thought it would have been what the Founding Fathers set down in the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Human Rights are important, treating people fairly and equally, people having the right to talk about politics, people having the right to be left alone by the US govt, but also a government which listened to its people, which represented its people, which worked to improve the country for its people.

    What makes an American Patriot?

    In my view the term "patriot" is as vague as some other words like "love". What does it mean? Most people don't really know. They know it means that a person loves their country, but how much does a person really love their country? How much of the country do you need to actually love in order for you to be a "patriot".

    Clearly you can't love everything and everyone in your country. Many people proclaiming to patriots fly the Confederate flag, a flag of treason, other people will pound on Obama, pound on Trump, pound on the government at home, criticize it massively when their "side" isn't in power. Does this make you not be a patriot?
     
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    America leads the world to civilization
     
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    Where many people think it necessary to carry sidearms for self defence on shopping trips. How much more civilised can one get?
     
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    Neo-liberalism has destroyed America's collective consciousness. We have been reduced to a bunch of individuals competing with one another in the marketplace. I don't think America has any principles by which we can all unite.
     
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    Or maybe it's destroyed something you want, but you don't get everything you want.
     
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    For an example on the definition of sheer patriotism, all you have to do is look at me, Steve McGarrett-American Patriot.
     
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    Well, I already stated that I thought America's collective consciousness was destroyed. If that doesn't satisfy you then perhaps you ought to tell me what it is I want.
     
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    Fuck commies
     
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    What is an American Patriot?
    Think the exact opposite of most on the Left.

    pa·tri·ot
    ˈpātrēət/
    noun
    noun: patriot; plural noun: patriots; noun: Patriot
    1. 1.
      a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
      synonyms: nationalist, loyalist; More
      chauvinist, jingoist, flag-waver
      "would a true patriot abandon a comrade?"

      Definition of patriot
      :eek:ne who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests
      • … praised him as a … motivated patriot who was fearless in the quest to preserve American security.
      • —W. R. Hearst, Jr.
     

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